March 9 - 15, 2014
We invite you to explore opportunities to know Jesus Christ and
grow deeper in your Catholic Christian faith.
The Parish February Calendar
Church Flooring Update
Our major obstacle to re-flooring the church is uncertainty as to the condition of the floor under the carpet in the sanctuary. To remedy this, our buildings and grounds committee will remove that part of the carpeting on Saturday morning, March 15th. Our hope is to have the work in the church completed by mid-June. Please “pardon our dust” while we do this important work.
Save the Date
Our next fundraiser, “March Madness”, is scheduled for Saturday, April 5th 2014. It will be held at Bootleggers Pizza, 107 Main, Maple Park. We are raffling off a 55” Vizio TV and an Amazon Kindle. Ticket prices are $5 each or 5 for $20. Winner will be pulled at half-time—winner need not be present to win. 50/50, Meat Trays, Hams, Turkeys and more!! Food & drinks available for purchase. A mailing has been sent out with tickets enclosed. Please help us out by selling as many of the tickets as you can. Tickets that you do not sell are to be returned as well as the ticket stubs and money for the tickets you do sell. ALSO - We are seeking donations of 3 hams, 3 turkeys and any gift certificates of $25 or more for raffle items for this fundraiser. (Many thanks to those who have so generously responded already.) Perhaps, if you are unable to help us physically, this would be a chance for you to support our parish and our fundraising efforts. Please call Anne Carson at 815-827-3302 or Deb Bullard at 815-286-7940 if you can help us out in any way. We would like to thank everyone in advance for your continued support of our efforts to raise money on behalf of St. Mary's.
Let Us Pray to the Lord
For medical workers who have renounced their involvement in abortion, that they may they obtain peace and consolation through the mercy of God, and may their conversions inspire others to respect the gift of life.
Respect Life Corner
“There is an urgent need to recover a correct perspective on life
as a whole. The correct perspective is that of eternity, for which life at every phase is a meaningful preparation. Old age too has a proper role to play in this process of gradual maturing along the path to eternity. And this process of maturing cannot but benefit the larger society of which the elderly person is a part.”
~ Blessed John Paul II, Letter to the Elderly, 1999 ~
Marriage and Family
Satan tries often to tempt us into doing things that are bad for our
marriage. It is only through the strength of God that we can resist the lures of this world and Satan and stay strong in our Sacrament of Marriage. Plan to enrich your marriage by attending the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on April 4-6 in Crystal Lake, IL; May 16-18 in Brookfield, WI and June 20-22 in Rockford, IL. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit
our website at: alifetimeoflove.org or call (888) 574-5653.
One of the most powerful actions that we can perform in our lives is forgiveness. When we hold onto things rather than letting them go,
all they do is hold us down. This of course makes sense in regards to dealing with hurts that others have caused us, but do we ever think about the need to forgive ourselves? So often we hold on to weaknesses from the past or to failures from long ago, and these memories keep us from having the confidence that we need so that we can step out in faith and to go when God is calling us to go. It’s as if we’ve fallen down again and again, and we’re afraid to get back up because we fear that we’ll simply fall again. Well, it’s probably true that we will fall again, but as long as you take a few steps
forward (even just one step makes a difference!) then it’s worth all of the effort. On the other hand, if we stay down, we have a 0% chance of ending up where God is calling us, and if we don’t try to follow, then we’ll most likely not find the peace and the joy that we all seek. So today, do what you need to do to forgive yourself, and let God pick you back up. A great resource for this is the sacrament of confession, when we can be assured that God wipes it all away. Since God wipes it all away, we need to try to do the same in our hearts and minds! Fr. Keith Romke, Dioc. Dir. of Vocations.
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