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Browsing Deacon Russ (from the weekly bulletin)

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Thank you to all parishioners who have completed and submitted your Commit-ment Card to the church. As a reminder, all commitments need to be submitted to the church no later than April 2 in order to be accounted for in the final Summary Report. Please complete and submit your card to the church even if you are unable to make a change to your current level of giving. For those registered parishioners not currently supporting the church with regular offertory gifts, please consider a monthly gift to support the needs of our parish. If you have any questions, please contact me the church office. We also encourage all parishioners to consider our electronic giving method and to setup your reoccurring offertory gifts electroni-cally. Several families have shown an interest in contributing through this easy on-line means.

How do you get started? Go to You will create an account and you can decide from which account or credit card you wish to make payments. From there, you can setup a recurring or one time gift. It only takes a few minutes then you can forget about writing checks. Let us know and we will stop sending envelopes.

LENT CONTINUES—I hope your Lent is off to a great start! The importance of this season is to turn back to God, seek out his forgiveness. Several penance ser-vices are planned throughout the Archdi-ocese over the next few weeks. You can find the list in The Criterion. We will again join with Saint Bartholomew for a combined penance service on Thursday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m. And, as always, you can also participate in the sacrament of reconciliation each Saturday evening before Mass.

TRIDUUM—Triduum is a word that means “Three Days.” The specific three days to which is refers is Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The liturgical celebrations that we celebrate during these three days is really one con-tinuous liturgy. It begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, continues with the Good Friday Service during which we once again hear the reading of the pas-sion and venerate the cross, and reaches it climax with the Easter Vigil on the night of Holy Saturday. This year, we will join with Saint Bartholomew as we celebrate together the Triduum. Times for these services will be published in weeks to come.


SIMPLE SOUP SUPPERS—Our simple soup suppers continue on most Wednesdays during Lent at 6:30 p.m.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A DISCIPLE? - I found some excellent videos from Fr. John Riccardo on Discipleship. We will watch these Wednesday evenings after our soup suppers.

LITURGICAL ART—We wish to again thank Madeson Shehan for designing, creating and sharing with us her artis-tic talents this Lent with her Jesus praying under the olive tree. We have not yet worked out the best lighting to reveal her creations true beauty. At this point in time, we may be at the best we will have for this Lent. Perhaps we can see about coming up with a better display for next year?

WELCOME NEW FAMILIES—Please join me in welcoming three new families who have registered in our parish in recent weeks. First there is Chad and Nichole Gitcheff and their three children: Autumn, Cooper and Bailey. Next we have Larry and Mary Ann Taylor. And, last but not least, Steve and Sally Paulin. If you see someone in church that you don’t know, please introduce yourself and welcome them. I read recently that some-one coming to a new church makes their decision about returning in the first three minutes after they arrive. Be friendly!

There are several second collections during Lent; next week we have the collection for Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. Bishops’ agency that provides assistance to the poor outside of the United States. These special collections offer you the opportunity to give alms during this Lenten season. Another way is by using the CRS Rice Bowl. CRS Rice Bowl is one way Catholics can enhance their Lenten fasting practice by giving up meals and donating the cost of those meals to Catholic Relief Services in order to help those who do not have enough to eat. Please pick up a Rice Bowl on your way out of church today.

Thank you to each parish family who helped us not only reach but exceed our United Catholic Appeal goal this year. I received a letter this past week from our Archdiocesan Administrator, Msgr. Bill Stumpf. He explained that over the course of the past few years there had been a discussion with then Archbishop Tobin concerning parish goals. They have remained the same since 2009. A taskforce was created to determine a bet-ter method for setting goals which will be phased in over the course of the next five years. You can read his letter in the hall-way of the parish center if you so desire.