August 31 - September 6, 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 61 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 815-757-2021 or Ken Nelson at 815-895-5297. Please watch future bulletins for more details.
Mark Your CalendarsLife Line Screening is pleased to offer a preventive health event here at St. Mary’s. Life Line Screening is a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings and will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings here at St. Mary’s on Sept. 27th. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653- 6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.
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 815-757-2021. 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
“Abortion […] cannot be a human right – it is the very opposite.
It is ‘a deep wound in society’.”
- Pope Benedict XVI,
Meeting With the Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps,
Hofberg, Vienna, 7 September 2007-
Marriage and Family
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there
am I in the midst of them.” Today’s gospel challenges us to come together in His name. Is God in your Marriage? Enrich your Sacrament of Marriage by attending the next 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.
The Desires of Our Hearts - “If I find in myself desires which
nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” ~ C. S. Lewis ~ Our hearts were made by God and for God. We could in fact extend this by rightfully saying that the whole reason why God created us (and the world and all that is in it) was in order to share His love with us and to receive our love in return. If we search the depths of our hearts and if we are honest with ourselves, I truly believe that each and every one of us, without exception, will find that there is a desire within each of us that nothing in this world can satisfy or fulfill. When applying this to C.S. Lewis’ beautiful quote, this proves for us the truth all of us, in fact, have been created for another world. We are called to sanctity because becoming a saint is the one and only way to enter into the world that we have ultimately been created for. This means that we need to spend the days of our lives striving to grow in holiness and virtue and to discovering the individual path that God has planned for each of us. It is only in trying to hear and follow God’s voice that we will have the deepest longings and desires of our hearts satisfied. So today reach out in prayer to the one who made you out of love, and ask Him how He is calling you to love Him in return.
Let Us Pray
to the Lord, for all married couples, that they may be open to receive courage from the Lord to be open to new life.
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