Saturday, May 10th is the scheduled parish clean up day. During this event we will be doing outdoor as well as a spring cleaning inside the church. Please bring outdoor equipment necessary to spruce up the parish grounds. This event will take several volunteers to accomplish. It is a great way for ALL family members to be involved with the beautification of our parish. The Alter Society will be providing a luncheon for all persons who assist."
(Romereports.com)During his catechesis, Pope Francis talked about Holy Week. He reflected on the Passion of the Lord and the betrayal of Judas.
"Jesus had a price. As if He were something that could be bough in a market. Jesus accepts this humiliation until His death on the Cross. FLASH His Passion is no mistake. It's His way of showing us His infinite love.”
He then explained that the suffering Jesus went through should not be ignored, explaining why it's relevant to all Christians.
Despite the locked doors, the risen Jesus stands in the midst of the disciples. This is a beautiful icon of the Church, the community gathered around Jesus and filled with his spirit. When the Lord, first appears, Thomas is not there and hence does not believe. Only when he returns to the apostolic circle does he encounter Jesus and make his great confession. This detail reminds us that we see the risen Lord only in the church and through its mediation"
Holy Thursday Mass - 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Stations - 6:30 p.m. and the Sacred Liturgy of the Passion - 7:00 p.m. Holy Saturday Mass - 8:00 p.m. (There will not be 6:00 p.m. Mass on Holy Saturday). Sunday Masses are at the regular time (8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.).
Confessions Times before Easter
Thursday, April 17 - 5:00-6:00 p.m. Friday, April 18 - 5:00-6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 19 - 11:00a.m-Noon
The funeral Mass for Clarence Mies, will be celebrated Thursday, April 17th at 10:30 a.m. The Rosary Vigil will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
From the Vatican: Pope's Mass: Stay away from narrow thinking
15 April 2014
(Romereports.com) In his Thursday morning Mass, the Pope talked about the need to have an open heart and mind. Reflecting on the Gospel reading, he said that with a closed mind, one cannot recognize the Word of God.
"There is no possibility of dialogue, no possibility of opening yourself to the new things God brings through the prophets. They killed the prophets, these people; they close the door to the promise of God. When this phenomenon of narrow thinking enters human history, disgrace follows.”
Easter is the dawn of a new creation. St. John tells us that Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early on the morning of the first day of the week. This is meant to call to mind the first day of creation, when God said, ""Let there be light"" and brought order out of chaos. From the meaninglessness of death, God brings eternal life. This is the central and revolutionary message of Easter."
St. Mark’s Penance Service will be Monday of Holy Week (April 14) at 7:00 p.m. There will be six priests to hear confessions. The next day, Sacred Heart will be having their Penance Service at 7:00 p.m. Extra confession times will be held the rest of Holy Week.
Extra Confession Times: April 17th from 5:00-6:00 p.m., April 18th from 5:00-6:00 p.m., and April 19th from 11:00 am - Noon.
The funeral Mass for Mary Seiwert, will be celebrated Friday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. The Rosary Vigil will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 10. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.