August 24 - 30, 2014
We invite you to explore opportunities to know Jesus Christ and
grow deeper in your Catholic Christian faith.
The Parish August 2014 Calendars
FR. PERFECTO would like to have the Rosary prayed before each of the weekend Masses beginning on September 6/7 (in honor of The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, celebrated on Monday, September 8th and during the entire month of October (as October is the month of Mary). Families (especially Religious Education Families), individuals, and/or groups of friends are encouraged to volunteer for this special opportunity. There is a sign-up sheet on the table located in the back of church. Please help us to be able to fulfill Fr. Perfecto’s request.
Save the Date
Countdown to our Harvest Draw Down - Only 69 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 record-breaking 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 815-753-2021 or Ken Nelson at 815-895-5297. Please watch future bulletins for more details.
Here's the LatestIn keeping up with all the changes since we began sharing a Pastor with SS. Peter & Paul Church in Virgil we would like to update you on some changes that have already taken place and some that will be coming up in the near future. Beginning immediately the Parish Office will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am until 5:00pm. Another change coming soon will be that, after September 7th we will no longer have the Sunday 11:00am Mass although Fr. Perfecto will be having an 11:00am Mass on special occasions. Sunday, September 7th is the first day of RE/Faith Formation Classes and the 11:00am Mass on that day will be the opening RE Family Mass. Details of the Family Mass were on the insert in last week’s bulletin. Please watch bulletin for notices of when there will be an occasional 11:00am Sunday Mass. We will have reminders as such special occasions arise. Thank you for understanding.
Our keepsake ornaments commemorating our 100th Anniversary of the dedication of our church are now available. 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 any member of the Fundraising Committee after the weekend Masses or you may call Deb at 815-286-7940 or Linda at 815-753-
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
“Respect for that dignity is owed to every human being because
each one carries in an indelible way his own dignity and value. The origin of human life has its authentic context in marriage and in the family, where it is generated through an act which expresses the reciprocal love between a man and a woman.”
- Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith, Dignitas Personae: On Certain Bioethical Questions, 62 -
Marriage and Family
“Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the
netherworld shall not prevail against it.” Let your Sacrament of Marriage or Holy Orders be the rock for your vocation. Restore, renew and rekindle your marriage at an upcoming Worldwide Marriage
Encounter Weekend on Sept. 12-14 in Brookfield, WI; Oct. 24-26 in Rockford, IL and Nov. 14-16 in Brookfield, WI. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at:
alifetimeoflove.org or call (888) 574-5653.
Earn Your Halo - One of my very favorite works of art is the “Navicella” by the 14th century painter Giotto. This image depicts St. Peter after walking out of the boat towards Christ . . . and subsequently falling into the water when he took His gaze off of Christ and became preoccupied with the wind and the waves around him. This image is beautiful for many reasons. First, it allows us to remember that Peter truly was able to walk out on the water and to do what was seemingly impossible so long as His focus was on Christ. Second, the image depicts the exact moment when Peter cried out “Lord save me!” Giotto shows us what happens the moment that
we cry out to God for help, He arrives, has mercy on us, and saves us from our mistakes and weaknesses. Finally (my favorite part!) if we look closely at the other disciples in the boat we will see that they each have halos above their heads, indicating that these men became saints. If we look above Peter’s head we see no such halo. Does this mean that Giotto had something against Peter and was protesting his sainthood? Absolutely Not! In this image Peter represents each of us who have not yet won our halos but who are nonetheless called to win our halos and to achieve sanctity by
listening to Christ and following where He calls. So let’s go out there and win our halos!
Let Us Pray
for the elderly, that they may experience the joy of full participation in loving communities.
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