April 25th is the feast day of Saint Mark the Evangelist. Given that this year is our parish’s 140th anniversary, it’s fitting that the bishop will be here to help us celebrate the day. He will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation in the early afternoon. Then he will celebrate a Vigil Mass at 4:00 p.m. in place of the 6:00 p.m. Mass (confessions being heard from 3:00-3:30 p.m.). Mass will be followed by a meal of fried chicken and the fixings. Each family is asked to bring a salad or dessert. Activities will be held after the 4:00 p.m. Mass and will include a dunk tank (weather permitting), petting zoo, photo booth, three inflatables, refreshments and more!
(Romereports.com)During his homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflected on how early Christian communities helped one another. He said that modern day Christians should follow their example and be a community that "seeks poverty and not the accumulation of wealth.”
"Ask for the grace of poverty, not the misery of poverty. What does that mean? If I have whatever I want, I should share it with generosity for the common good.
The Pope said that communities should always pursue the common good. He added that harmony and patience to endure hardship are also important.
CYO Chili Cook-Off
13 April 2015
All are invited to our 1st Annual CYO Fundraiser - Chili Cook-Off. Sunday, April 19th @ 12:30 pm in Germania Hall. We need your help raising money for our CYO! This fundraiser will go towards future retreat opportunities, t-shirts, and other CYO activities. So break out the ol' cookbook and get your famous chili recipe ready! This competition is going to be great! Come to enjoy a great lunch or register to compete, contact Logan Winter at
09 April 2015
The following have recently registered in the parish: Eric & Kyree Scripsick and Logan Allen
Please warmly welcome the newest members to our parish family!
If you are new and are interested in joining the parish, you may contact the Parish office at 796-1604.
From the Vatican: Pope Francis at Santa Marta: It is sad to be a believer without joy
31 March 2015
(Romereports.com)During his Thursday homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis explained that doctrine doesn't give joy to Christians. Instead, he said, it's faith and the hope to one day find Jesus.
"And that's what these doctors of the law did not understand. They did not understand the joy of promise; they did not understand the joy of hope; they did not understand the joy of the alliance. They did not understand! They did not know how to rejoice, because they had lost the sense of joy that only comes from faith. Our father Abraham was able to rejoice because he had faith; he was justified in the faith. These others had lost faith. They were doctors of the law, but without faith! But what’s more: they had lost the law! Because the center of the law is love, love for God and neighbor.”
There are some debunkers of religion around today who want us to believe that the story of the resurrection is just another iteration of the myth of the dying and rising god that can be found in many ancient cultures. Nothing could be further from the truth. A careful reading of the Easter accounts shows that they have to do with a very particular, historical individual and with a very particular, unrepeatable event.