July 20 - 26, 2014
We invite you to explore opportunities to know Jesus Christ and
grow deeper in your Catholic Christian faith.
The Parish July 2014 Calendars
Dear St. Mary Parishioners,
What a pleasant surprise I received for my 97th birthday. It was so kind of everyone to send me
cards and greetings to make my birthday a very special one. I received over 88 birthday cards and
they are still arriving. Your thoughtfulness brought so much joy to me. I so miss being able to be with all of you each weekend at Mass.
Again, please know how much you brightened my day and I will never forget you. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
God bless each and everyone of you!
— Sincerely, Louise Flood —
Faith Formation News
Parents, just a friendly reminder to turn in your child’s registration form as soon as possible as we are planning our classes the first week of August!
You may go to our website www.stmarymaplepark.org and download a registration form or take one from the bulletin board in back of Church or on the large bulletin board just outside the Parish Office. It’s going to be a fun exciting year!
CATECHISTS/AIDES: Mark your calendar for the following Catechetical Training Sessions:
Tools of the Catechist: Thurs., Aug.7th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Novak Center
Catechist & the Learner: Wed., Aug. 13th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Novak Center
Protecting God’s Children: Thurs., Aug. 21st from 6:30-8:30pm in the Novak Center
Protecting God’s Children is mandatory per the Diocese of Rockford and should be completed BEFORE the classroom….take advantage of it in our parish-on site location.
Click on this link to read more Religious Education news!
Our keepsake ornaments commemorating our 100th Anniversary
of the dedication of our church have arrived. These ornaments will be on sale intermittently on the weekends after Mass for $15 each. If you would like to purchase one you may watch for Deb Bullard or Linda Diehl after the weekend Masses or you may call either of them at 815-286-7940 (Deb) or 815-793-5169 (Linda). This is being
sponsored by our Fundraising Committee and funds generated at these ornaments will help fund the upkeep of our parish grounds and buildings.
Respect Life Corner
We are confident that we serve a God of life, of hope and mercy. We know that all human life is a gift from God, a gift that God charges us to protect. To be worthy of being called his disciples, Jesus urges us to love others as he has loved us (Jn 13:34-35). Our response then, to a culture in which hostility towards others is commonplace, in which killing is often considered a legitimate solution to social problems, is to both live and proclaim a gospel of life, hope and mercy.
- Life Matters: A Catholic Response to the Death Penalty
2013 Respect Life Program -
Let Us Pray to the Lord,
for the vulnerable in our society - the unborn, the elderly, migrants, and the poor, that they may be treated with respect, dignity and love.
Marriage and Family
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat….” Let Worldwide Marriage Encounter help protect your good marriage from the weeds of the
modern world. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are on Aug 1-3 in Madison, WI; Sept. 12-14 in Brookfield, WI and Oct. 24-26 in Rockford, IL. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: alifetimeoflove.org or call (888) 574-5653.
Prayer and Work - One of the hardest things to do while discerning is
to find a balance between “action” and “receptivity.” You see, we all know that simply praying harder doesn’t mean that God is going to reveal our vocation to us and faster, as if we have to reach a
certain level of proficiency at prayer or to prove ourselves to Him before He will give us what we seek. Of course the solution to avoiding this pitfall, of believing that we can produce the answer to where we are called, is to sit silently in prayer and to receive what God has to tell us . . .in His time! But, at the same time, as we sit and wait and wait and wait for God to speak to us, sometimes we may be tempted to do nothing but wait, which ends up being nothing more than laziness masked by this idea of being open to hearing God’s voice. So what is the solution? I believe that St. Augustine has a great outlook as to how we ought to go about our day to day lives. He says: "Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you." In other words, we need to depend on God for all that we do, but at the same time we need to go out and use the gifts we’ve been given, rather than sitting around aimlessly until God hits us over the head with a sign that tells us what to do. So today, pray hard, and then put to work the gifts that you’ve been given.
Something New, Something Different
In an effort to make it easier to access the Novak Center office area we are changing the main entrance to the east door (facing County Line Road). Parking is readily available and this makes the distance to the parish office much closer for anyone wishing to come in for business. Also, in the near future the doors to the parish center will be locked to insure the safety of those in the building alone. There will be doorbells installed at both entrances in order to make your presence known. So, as we proceed into new adventures, please try
to help us implement these changes and begin using the new parish office entrance.
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