October 12 - 18, 2014
We invite you to explore opportunities to know Jesus Christ and
grow deeper in your Catholic Christian faith.
The Parish October 2014 Calendars
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.
Collectionfor the Universal Church
THE DIOCESAN 2014 COMBINED COLLECTION FOR THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH will be held next weekend, October 18th & 19th. The Mission Appeal supports the Church’s outreach, spreading the Word of God not only in the United States of America, but also in mission countries and situations abroad. This Mission Appeal includes: WORLD MISSION SUNDAY; MISSIONS IN THE UNITED STATES; THE CHURCH IN LATIN AMERICA; MEMBERSHIP IN THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH; AND ROCKFORD DIOCESAN PRIESTS’ PENSION. For the Catholic elementary schools in our Diocese, we have created a special opportunity for you to assist grade schools that have operating deficits and need your help to become financially viable.
Rules of Etiquette for Mass:
Things to Do and Not Do
FAST BEFORE MASS. It is church law that one fasts for at least one hour before receiving Holy Communion. Water and medicine can be consumed, of course. The purpose is to help us prepare to receive Jesus in the Eucharist.
NO FOOD AND DRINK IN CHURCH. The exceptions would be a drink for small children, water for the priest or choir (if discreet) and water for those who are ill. Bringing a snack into church is not
appropriate, because we want to set the church apart as a place of prayer and reflection.
MEN TAKE YOUR HATS OFF. It is impolite to wear a hat into a church for a man. While this is a cultural norm, it is one that we ought to follow closely. Just as we take off hats for the Pledge of
Allegiance, we do so in church too, as a sign of respect.
DON’T CHEW GUM IN CHURCH. It breaks your fast, it’s distracting, it is considered impolite in a formal setting, and it doesn’t help us pray better. Can you imagine the Pope popping gum during
CROSS YOURSELF WITH HOLY WATER ON ENTERING AND LEAVING THE CHURCH. This is a reminder of our Baptism, which made us members of Christ’s Church. Just try to remain mindful of what is
happening when you do so and don’t do it without saying a prayer.
Watch for more Rules of Etiquette for Mass in next week’s bulletin.
Respect Life Corner
“For couples who are experiencing difficulty in conceiving a child
that the Holy Spirit may fill them with trust in God’s loving plan.”
“God’s infinite love for each one of us helps us to grasp our identity and our worth. The recognition of this dignity leads us to respect and protect each person’s life…”
- 2014 Respect Life Program pamphlet, Advance Medical Directives:
Planning for Your Future, USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities -
Let Us Pray...
for those involved in post-abortion healing ministry, that the Father of mercy would fill them with the necessary grace and compassion to minister to those in need of healing.
Marriage and Family
In our second reading it calls us to “complete my joy by being of the
same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing..” Bring your marriage to a unity of heart. Restore, renew and rekindle your marriage at an upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on Oct. 24-26 in Rockford, IL; Nov. 14-16 in Brookfield, WI or January 23-25, 2015 in Brookfield, WI. For more information visit our website at: alifetimeoflove.org or call (888) 574-5653.
Relationship - Identity - Mission - I’d like to propose that in order to
know where we are called, that we must first understand who we are, and that in order to understand who we are, we have to know where we come from. So often in life, we assess ourselves based on
what we do, we look at people who have done great things as “somebodies” and those who haven’t shown much, to be “nobodies.” We ourselves may feel like we are of little worth if we struggle in life and don’t seem to see great results from our efforts in life. This assessment of what we do thus affects how we view ourselves, which can in turn affect our relationships. God, however, wants for us to see things in the exact opposite way! We begin by looking at our relationships. From the moment of our baptism, we are brought into the relationship of being sons and daughters of God! We must NEVER lose sight of this fact, because it gives us a profound and extraordinary dignity. This relationship defines who we are and gives us our Identity! And only when we accept and acknowledge this identity, are we able to receive our mission. Look at Mother Theresa, the things that she did were seemingly small in the eyes of the world, but she did what she did with love as a response to her identity that stemmed from her relationship with God. Now, I’d say that she had pretty good results! So today, accept your identity from
God, and let that identity reveal your mission.
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