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Browsing Deacon Russ (from the weekly bulletin)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Thank you to all parishioners who have completed and submitted their Commitment Card to the church. For those parishioners who have not yet had the opportunity to submit their card, a letter will be mailed to you with a personalized Commitment Card. It is important that all parishioners complete a Commitment Card as we will be mailing out a Summary Report of the program and need all commitments accounted for in this report. 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. One retired couple in the parish just signed up this week and said, “Easy peasy...all signed up.” If you do sign up and you no longer need envelopes, please let us know here at the office. We can turn them off for you, and that will save us money. The really nice thing about online giving is you don’t have to remember to bring your envelope each week. I often hear people say as they come into the door of church, “Whoops, I forgot my envelope” or “I left my envelope in the car.”

Take inspiration for your Lenten journey from prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms. The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection.


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.


On most Wednesdays during Lent we will have soup suppers following Mass. Please join us for fun and fellowship.


You can still submit questions, and I try to answer them ac-cording to what the Church teaches. In order to give me a little prepa-ration time, we would like your questions in advance. Please use the backs of the prayer cards found in the pews. Write down your question, and drop it in the collection, or you can go here: to submit your question electronically.


Our simple soup suppers continue on most Wednes-days during Lent. Please join us this week.


I found some excellent videos from Fr. John Riccardo on Discipleship. We will watch these Wednesday evenings after our soup suppers.
There are several second collections during Lent beginning this week with the collection for Black and Indian Missions and next week for the Church in Eastern Europe. These special collections offer you the opportunity to give alms during this Lenten season. Another way is by using the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl. CRS Rice Bowl is one way Catho-lics 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.


Don’t forget, Daylight Saving Time begins next Sunday at 2:00 a.m. Be sure to turn your clocks ahead or you might miss church. You might want to go to bed earlier as you’ll get one less hour of sleep. But don’t worry, you’ll get it back in fall.

Catholic Women's Conference
March 25, 2017. Sponsored by the Marian Center of Indianapolis and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Marriott Hotel downtown Indianapolis, 350 W. Maryland St.
 Fr. Ronan Murphy, ordained on the Feast of Fatima in the year 2000. Fa-ther is a member of the Marian Move-ment of Priests.
 Fr. James Blount S.O.L.T. is returning again to us to share his gifts of the Holy Spirt and his ministry of healing. As an exorcist Father will share where we are in the world today and how to move forward in our journey to Christ.
 Carrie Gress PHD, young mother of 4 a renowned speaker, author of 5 books and blogger
For information go to or call: 317-888-0873.


You can register and sign up here: 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.


Theology Night Out
Our next Theology Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14. Join us for an evening with Fr. Andy Syberg, as he shares his love for Mary, Our Mother. The evening begins with hospitality at 7:00 p.m. Our presentation will begin around 7:15 p.m. and wrap up around 9:00 p.m. Food and drinks are provided. A free will offering will be taken.
For Young Adults
All young adults post high school to 35 are invited to attend Mass, share in a meal, and have a church tour on Tuesday, March 7. Dinner will take place immedi-ately following Mass in the lower level. The church tour will take place around 6:45 p.m. For more information contact

YAM to attend an Indy Fuel Game

Join us for an Indy Fuel game on March 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Indianapolis. Cost is $10.00 per person. RSVP to by March 6.
Fish Fry “Meet Up” for YAM
Join YAM as we gather together for fel-lowship a the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry on March 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. For more information contact