April 20 - 26, 2014
We invite you to explore opportunities to know Jesus Christ and
grow deeper in your Catholic Christian faith.
The Parish April Calendar
GOOD FRIDAY HOLY LAND COLLECTION - Christians around the world are united in a special way during Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Our hearts, minds, and prayers are also especially aware of the Holy Land. Once a year on Good Friday, we are called to support Christians in the Holy Land. As a pontifical collection the annual Good Friday Collection offers a direct link for parishioners to be witnesses of peace and to help protect the Holy Places. Please support our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land by giving to this special collection. This pontifical collection allows for care of Christianity’s holiest sites and for God’s people living in the Holy Land. Please be generous!
RICE BOWL COLLECTION - Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl donations may be brought to church over the next several weekends and placed in the designated basket in the back of church.
PLEASE NOTE - Both of these collections need to be recorded and sent to the Diocesan Finance Office as soon as possible. Thank you for your kind attention and assistance in this matter.
Please click on the link to download a copy of the latest RE Letter.
Here is the link to the 2014 RE Registration form.
Raising Kids Catholic
RAISING KIDS CATHOLIC CONFERENCE 2014, APRIL 26TH, 8:30AM-3:00PM AT THE BROOKFIELD, SHERATON - Raising children can be challenging. Raising children with a strong Catholic faith can be even more challenging, especially with the internet, bullying, high divorce rates, school shootings, and world issues. Join fellow Catholic parents for a day of fellowship and education on how to overcome parenting challenges in today's day and age. The day will include presentations by Dr. Ray Guarendi, Rosario Rodriguez, and Gary Zimak, plus literature, lunch, and scripture. We hope you can join us and learn how to raise your kids Catholic through sacraments and scripture. Register at www.clicforhcrist.org.
Let Us Pray to the Lord
In thanksgiving for the gift of human life: that we may we experience the joy of the Resurrection and praise our Lord for every human person.
Respect Life Corner
“The newborn child gives itself to its parents by the very fact of its
coming into existence. Its existence is already a gift, the first gift of the Creator to the creature.”
~ Blessed John Paul II, Letter to Families, 1994 ~
Marriage and Family
In today’s gospel Christ says “Peace be with you.” Let the peace and
love of Christ reign in your marriage. Attend an upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on May 16-18 in Brookfield, WI; June 20-22 in Rockford, IL or Aug 1-3 in Madison, WI. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: alifetimeoflove.org or call (888) 574-5653.
Believing Thomas! Nothing is worse than being labeled for
something that you did a long time ago, especially when you feel that you’ve worked hard to remove a former image. A great instance of this is “Doubting Thomas.” The poor guy had a moment of doubt,
which is understandable considering he knew that a friend had been killed and now others were claiming that he was alive. I probably would have doubted too! Of course, we know that Jesus provided an opportunity for him to grow in faith, and in the end Thomas declared, “My Lord and My God!” Thus, in the end, the last recorded action of Thomas was that of believing! Sometimes we may doubt that God has a plan for us. Maybe we cling to ideas from our past and as a result believe that God couldn’t have anything great in store for us. But, just like Christ gave Thomas the opportunity to come to believe despite his previous shortcomings, He also wants to do the same for each of us. The key here is being open to receiving Christ’s call for us. Thomas was able to receive the risen Christ because, despite his doubts, he got up and went to the upper room. Christ wants to help us to come to believe in His plans for us as well, and all that we need to do is to get up and go where He is present (at Church or in Adoration). No matter where you are, do not doubt but believe!
— Fr. Keith Romke, Diocesan Director of Vocations —
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