CHURCH NEWS

COVID-19

Wearing a facial covering is NOT an option.  It is REQUIRED by local and state regulations.  If you choose not to wear a mask then your only option is to remain home and watch Mass on television or the internet.  These are difficult times and a facial covering should not be a subject of debate.  Fr. Roach

tax contribution statements

If you file tax and need a copy of your yearly 2020 parish contributions, we ask you to fill out the portion below and deposit it in the collection basket. We ask if you could please utilize email (pdf) as your first choice or picking up the statement at the rectory or we can bring it to Mass with a phone call. The most expensive and unrliable way is US Mail (many of are just now receiveing our Christmas cards).  

2020 Financial Statement Request

 

Name _____________________________________

Address ___________________________________

Email _____________________________________

Phone _____________________________________

Email: _____ Pick Up:______ US Mail: _____ (Remember if you choose pick up, please call the rectory to arrange a time/day OR we can bring your statement to one of the Sunday Masses for you)

Pastor's Thoughts

his weekend we celebrate the sixth Sunday of Easter. It is also the weekend of Mother's Day. Anna M. Jarvis, born in 1864 in Webster West Virginia, is credited as the force behind Mother’s Day. When Jarvis was 41 years old, her mother died. On the second anniversary of her mother’s death (the second Sunday in May 1908), Jarvis made public her plans to establish a day to honor all mothers. It was one hundred seven years ago, on May 9, 1914, that President Woodrow Wilson eventually proclaimed the second Sunday in May as an Mother's Day. He wrote in his proclamation, "... we proclaim this special day as a public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of our country." Initially it was a day to honor mothers during church services throughout the world until it was made official by President Wilson. In the early 1920’s, Hallmark Greeting Cards began printing cards with beautiful pictures and verses all about mothers that people exchanged to honor their mothers  and the rest was history. This month the church celebrates our heavenly mother Holy Mary, Mother of God. We have a force in heaven so strong that pleads our causes to God Himself. When I think about Mary as being “God’s” mother, it almost unfathomable to think that almighty God has a mother! Jesus’ mother yes, but Mother of God puts things on a whole different level. There is no greater intercessor, no more noble a woman than Mary, the Mother of God. As we crown Mary this weekend at each Mass, let’s never forget the power and example of her perfect discipleship and example of saying YES to God no matter what. And so, as we say in that awesome prayer, “Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death . . “. AMEN.

The Bible in a Year

If you’ve struggled to read the Bible, this podcast is for you.  Ascension’s Bible in a Year Podcast, hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz and featuring Jeff Cavins, guides Catholics through the Bible in 365 daily episodes starting January 1st, 2021. 

Each 20-25 minute episode includes:

  • two to three scripture readings 

  • a reflection from Fr. Mike Schmitz

  • and guided prayer to help you hear God’s voice in his Word.

Unlike any other Bible podcast, Ascension’s Bible in a Year Podcast for Catholics follows a reading plan inspired by the Great Adventure Bible Timeline®  learning system, a groundbreaking approach to understanding Salvation History developed by renowned Catholic Bible teacher Jeff Cavins.  Tune in and live your daily life through the lens of God’s word!

You can listen to Ascension's Bible in a Year Podcast for Catholics by visiting https://ascensionpress.com.  You can also download Ascension's Bible in a Year Podcast using your favorite podcast app.

Organ Restoration

I am happy to report that so many have generously responded to the organ restoration fund. We now have $151,000.00. Our goal is $224,000.00. Were almost there! Please start saving your loose change as my grandmother always said, “Penny’s Make Dollars.” We will begin a second collection at all our Masses for any loose change or moneys you may have. It all adds up. I am confident we will soon meet our goal. Fr. Roach