You are invited this Friday, March 7th, for a Lenten Soup Supper at 6:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Each family/household brings only a pot or crockpot of soup. The parish will provide bread, butter and drinks. The speaker will be from Sarah’s Hope, a pro-life ministry
This will be followed at 6:30 p.m. by Stations of the Cross, and at 7:00 p.m. by Holy Mass. Also, at the back of church are sign-up sheets for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. You are welcome to sign up for a single hour, or to sign up for each week of Lent.
Congratulations Avery Irene Brand. Avery was baptized Sunday, March 2nd at St. Mark the Evangelist parish. Avery is the daughter of Kent and Nicole. The St. Mark parish community wishes to send our congratulations to Avery, her parents, godparents, family and friends. We warmly welcome her as a daughter of God our Father, and a member of His Church.
Congratulations to Brian and Jennifer Spexarth, who were married at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church on March 1, 2014. May God bless them each day of their married life with a love like that of Christ for His Church.
Thousands of pilgrimsgathered at St. Peter's Square to listen to the Pope's Angelus message on Sunday morning.
He talked about the Gospel reading of the day, and asked Christians not to be too concerned about material wealth because "there are no pockets in the burial shroud.”
"In a heart possessed by riches, there is no longer much room for faith: everything is concerned with riches, there is no room for faith. If, however, God is given his rightful place, in other words, the first place, then his love will lead us to share our riches too.”
The Pope said that if everyone accumulates wealth to put them at the service of others, God's providence would show itself as solidarity.
The source of our greatest suffering is the deification of the will. We make ourselves God. However, once this move is made everyone else, in a self-defensive stance, tries to be God. The product of all of this is isolation, self-consciousness and self-protectiveness. Do not put up walls of self-protection, but become servants of the will of God.
Next week is Ash Wednesday (March 5th). Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.
Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Fasting and Abstinence Are Required: The Church emphasizes the penitential nature of Ash Wednesday by calling us to fast and abstain from meat. Catholics who are over the age of 18 and under the age of 60 are required to fast, which means that they can eat only one complete meal and two smaller ones during the day, with no food in between. Catholics who are over the age of 14 are required to refrain from eating any meat, or any food made with meat, on Ash Wednesday.
Taking Stock of Our Spiritual Life: This fasting and abstinence is not simply a form of penance, however; it is also a call for us to take stock of our spiritual lives. As Lent begins, we should set out specific spiritual goals we would like to reach before Easter and decide how we will pursue them.
Description: Join other individuals in lending voices in song to enhance liturgical ceremonies and Masses throughout the year. Many songs reflect the traditional German Catholic heritage of this community.
Commitment: Practice varies, usually twice a month plus scheduled Masses.
Questions and to sign-up: Mary Kay Martin at 796-1691.
Congratulations Chloe Janelle Winter. Chloe was baptized Sunday, February 23rd at St. Mark the Evangelist parish. Chloe is the daughter of Eric and Lindsey. The St. Mark parish community wishes to send our congratulations to Chloe, her parents, godparents, family and friends. We warmly welcome her as a daughter of God our Father, and a member of His Church.
(Romereports.com)In his catechesis, he reflected on the Sacrament of Confession, explaining that a personal confession isn't enough. Confessing through the Church, he said, is essential and humbleness is needed.
POPE FRANCIS "Don't be afraid of Confession. When you go into a confessional, you have so many emotions, including shame. But afterwords you feel free, great, beautiful and forgiven.”
Reflecting on Wednesday's readings the Pope explained that Jesus can heal much more than just the body. He can also heal the soul.
Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and the rest will be given to you." Make God the center of your life, and you will be spiritually ordered in Christ's image. If you make wealth and security your center, you will be empty. You make the choice: will God be your center?