September 21 - 27, 2014
We invite you to explore opportunities to know Jesus Christ and
grow deeper in your Catholic Christian faith.
The Parish September 2014 Calendars
Thank You Volunteers!
This Sunday is “Catechetical Sunday” and we wish to thank all those who have volunteered to teach in our religious education program. Without you, there would be no “faith formation/religious education” for our children. Thank you for letting your hand touch the heart of a child!
CONGRATULATIONS to the following Catechists for achieving the “Bishop O’Neill Award” in Catechetics:
3 - 5 yrs. of service: DAVE & LISA GORLEWSKI, SHERI BAUMANN
10 yrs. of service: THERESA LAROCCO, THERESA HARTKOPP
Please keep ALL our volunteers in your daily prayers.
Home School Parents
If you missed the meeting on Sept. 9th please call the Faith Formation Office and speak to Darlene regarding your child’s curriculum and materials. There is a one time “family fee” of $75.00 to defray the cost of textbooks, monitoring chapter reviews, etc. Each child has his/her own file and we monitor their work on a regular basis. Thank you for your understanding and feel free to contact Mrs. Biggs at 815/827-3205 ext. 3 with any questions.
Save the Date
Countdown to our Harvest Draw Down - Only 40 days remain until our Draw Down. Remember to mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 1st. The committee is hard at work making plans for yet another recordbreaking Draw Down. Tickets will be on sale soon. There will be a limited number of tickets sold. If you have questions or would like to help by being on the planning committee you may contact one of the following people: Deb Bullard at 815-286-7940, Anne Carson at 815- 827-3302, Linda Diehl at 815-757-2021 or Ken Nelson at 815-895-5297. Please watch future bulletins for more details.
SATURDAY, OCT. 4TH will be the annual “animal blessing” held at Ss. Peter & Paul Church in the parking lot from 11:00am-12:00noon. All are encouraged to bring their family pets (big or small) for a special blessing from Fr. Perfecto. The blessing of animals is a custom conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. See you all there!
Commemorative Anniersary Books
COMMENORATIVE ANNIVERSARY BOOKS - Our Parish Commemorative Anniversary Books are now complete and available for pick-up. If you did not pick up your book up over the last two weekends you may now do so by coming into the parish office on Tuesdays or Thursdays between the hours of 9:30am and 5:00pm. We hope you will have many enjoyable hours of catching up on the history of our parish from its’ beginning through the 100th Anniversary celebration held here on Wednesday, June 25th. Don’t forget to stop by to get your copy if you have not already done so.
Our keepsake ornaments commemorating our 100th Anniversary of the dedication of our church are selling fast. Only 30 ornaments remain! The 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 any member of the Fundraising Committee after the weekend Masses or you may call Deb at 815-286-7940 or Linda at 815-757-2021. This is being sponsored by our Fundraising Committee and funds generated by the sale of these ornaments will help fund the upkeep of our parish grounds and buildings.
Respect Life Corner
“…the Gospel calls for rehabilitation, reconciliation, and
restoration and teaches us to respect the dignity of all human beings, even those guilty of committing
- Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities:
A Campaign in Support of Life, p. 24, (USCCB) -
Marriage and Family
The second reading calls us to “conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ”. The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend helps your marriage to be a sign for the world. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are on Oct. 24-26 in Rockford, IL; Nov. 14-16 in Brookfield, WI or January 23-25, 2015 in Brookfield, WI.Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: alifetimeoflove.org or call (888) 574-5653.
Rejecting Idleness - One of the most dangerous things that we can face in the spiritual life is idleness. Of course being too busy to spend any time with God is problematic too, but being idle can cause us to end up filling our God-given time with all kinds of meaningless things that lead us nowhere. I mention this because often when we don’t know exactly where God is calling us or what our next step in life should be, it can be very easy to simply sit back and wait for God to hit us over the head with a sign that makes it clear where He is guiding us. After all, we are always told that we have to be willing to listen and to be quiet so that we can hear God’s voice. This of course is true, but at the same time we need to be willing to actively put ourselves in a position to let God speak to us. In other words, we have to have an “active receptivity.” Here is an example: when women who feel called to religious life want to know what they should do in order to know which one of the thousands of orders they are called to, I tell them to pick one, visit there, and see how it feels. If it is a good fit and one is filled with peace, then I’d say they are doing well! And if it doesn’t seem like a good fit, that’s fine too, because you’re narrowing down and honing in on where God may be calling. Either result is good! The important step is being willing to take action in the first place!
Let Us Pray...
or the unborn, that they will be welcomed into the world with love, joy and the support they need to flourish.
Have you or someone you know ever thought about becoming Catholic? We would love to hear from you and help you explore the Lord’s call! St. Mary Parish would like your help in surfacing names of potential candidates for our upcoming RCIA Program. Perhaps you have thought about becoming Catholic yourself, or maybe you know of a family member or friend who might be interested. WHAT IS RCIA? RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the ordinary way in which adults who were not raised in the Catholic faith become fully initiated into the Roman Catholic
Church through Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The Program is exciting, fulfilling,
inspiring, and enriching. We know that you will enjoy the process! WHO IS RCIA FOR? (1) Someone who was baptized Catholic, but then never received any other Sacraments; (2) Someone who was baptized into a different faith or Church; (3) Someone who was never baptized at all and is just beginning their life of faith, or (4) Catholics who want to learn more about their faith. It is for people from all walks of life and faith backgrounds who are curious about the Catholic Church, and who have at some time and on some level considered joining! Classes will begin soon. HOW DO I INQUIRE OR REGISTER? Call the parish office at 815/827-3205.
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