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Browsing Deacon Russ (from the weekly bulletin)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Thank you to all parishioners who have completed and submitted your Commitment 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 electronically. Several families have shown an interest in contributing through this easy on-line means.
How do you get started? Go to https://osvonlinegiving.com/2990. 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.
PENANCE SERVICE—We will again join with Saint Bartholomew for a combined penance service this 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 it refers is Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The liturgical celebrations that we celebrate during these three days is really one continuous liturgy. It begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 13, at 7:00 PM, continues with the Good Friday Service on April 14 at 1:00 PM during which we once again hear the reading of the passion and venerate the cross, and reaches it climax with the Easter Vigil on the night of Holy Saturday, April 15 at 8:00 PM. This year, we will gather at Saint Bartholomew as we celebrate together the Triduum.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Saturday evening Mass here on April 15. Easter Sunday Mass will be held here at 9:30 AM. This will be the only Mass offered here for Easter.

EASTER EGG HUNT—In past years there has been an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Morning. If you would like to organize such an event this year, please contact the parish office soon. If no one steps forward, we will not have a hunt.
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.
FINANCE COUNCIL MEETING—The parish finance council will meet this Tuesday, March 28, at 6:30. All parishioners are welcome to join us.
GOODBYE FRIEND—While last week it was wonderful to welcome 3 new families to our parish, this week I acknowledge a departure. Gerald (Jerry) Campbell left last weekend to return to Kentucky from whence he came. Jerry was rather unassuming, but he was always willing to help out either here or at the food pantry. One never knows, perhaps one day Jerry will return to us. Let’s keep Jerry in our prayers as he seeks work in Kentucky and as he settles into a new life and family of faith there.

SECOND COLLECTIONS
There are several second collections during Lent; this weekend 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.
UPCOMING EVENTS—Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:
April 8 ·············· Spring Honey Do Day
April 9 ··················· Pancake Breakfast
May 7 ···················· First Communions
June 11 ························· Parish Picnic
Sept. 13-16 ······· Edinburgh Fall Festival
Sept. 16 & 17 ··············· Rummage Sale
Oct. 21·················· Fall Honey Do Day
ARCHDIOCESAN LISTENING SESSIONS—Last Tuesday three parish members and I sat in on a listening session sponsored by the Archdiocese. It is intended to gather information for our new archbishop. Soon, an online questionnaire will be available for each of us to give our thoughts. Stay turned!

40 DAYS FOR LIFE CONTINUES! You can register and sign up here: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/bloomington/ Every time we do this campaign, abortion numbers drop dramatically. Thank you for all of your past help and prayers. Please consider spending one hour in prayer at the Planned Parenthood location in Bloomington.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS—The Knights of Columbus will once again be leading us in the stations of the cross each Friday during Lent at 6:30 p.m. Walking the stations is a very old tradition possibly going back to Mary retracing Christ’s steps.
ABOUT SECOND COLLECTIONS—For the past couple months, the parish finance council has broached the subject of second collections. As you know, there are several second collections throughout the year, and, for most of them, there is a special envelope that is sent out in our envelope packets.
In the parishes from whence I came, we eliminated second collections and instead tithed 10% of the regular collection toward the special need. Each parishioner then received only 52 envelopes a year, one for each Sunday. Thereby we encouraged parishioners to give a consistent amount on a weekly or monthly basis knowing that, for the most part, we would not be coming to them asking for more.
There are advantages and disadvantages to doing this. Perhaps one disadvantage is that we don’t have as much of a connection to the particular need though we did make provisions for making a special gift for a particular cause.
What do you think? Is this something that you think we should pursue for the new fiscal year? Let us know your thoughts.


HAPPENING AT SAINT BARTHOLOMEW
MATTHEW 5:4 GRIEF MINISTRY GATHERING—Our next Grief Ministry gathering will take place on Tuesday, March 29 following the 5:30 p.m. Mass. Join us in conference room #2 for dinner and a sharing session. The group is facilitated by Annette Barnes and Colleen North.
MEN’S MINISTRY BREAKFAST: GROWING IN THE LIGHT OF FAITH—The next Men’s Ministry Breakfast will be Thursday, April 6, at 6:15 a.m. in the parish hall. Fr. Andy will offer a recap of the recent MM St. Meinrad Retreat, whose theme was "Growing in the Light of Faith." Other retreat participants present will be invited to share their highlights of the retreat. This will be a revealing presentation for those men who were unable to attend, as well as a good “reset” for those who did go. With the glory of Easter resurrection very close at hand, the topic of the Light of Faith is relevant for all. Come for a tasty meal, good companionship, and an enlightening presentation. The breakfast will end by 7:30 a.m.