THIS WEEK IN OUR PARISH
SATURDAY April 2, Vigil Mass
4:00 p.m. Phyllis Rutan
Acts 2:42-47; 1 Pt. 1:3-9; Jn. 20:19-31
11:30 a.m. Edna Phillips (Regan & Bueltel Baptisms)
7:00 p.m. Bingo
MONDAY April 4, Annunciation of the Lord
Is. 7:10-14, 8:8; Heb. 10:4-10; Lk. 1:26-38
12:00 p.m. Mike Holleran
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer & Rosary
7:00 p.m. Advisory Committee
8:30 a.m. M/M Martin B. Russell
8:30 a.m. Martha Gray
8:30 a.m. Charles Liddil
1:15 p.m. Young at Heart
SATURDAY April 9, Vigil Mass
4:00 p.m. Betty Wuichner
5:00 p.m. Sports Banquet
Acts 2:14, 22-33; 1 Pt. 1:17-21; Lk. 24:13-35
11:30 a.m. Joe Manns
7:00 p.m. Bingo
Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick or suffering, especially those homebound or in nursing homes.
Refresh them Lord, with your healing grace.
The Village at Westerville: Betty Fix
At Home: Diane Carrick, Frankie Carrick, Roberta Cataline, Josephine Calabro, Judy Hall, Catherine Hausberger, Marilyn Hilsheimer, Rita Kemmerling, Henrietta Koch, Mary Ann Koch, Rick Shawver, Millie Veit.
RCIA – Those now fully initiated into the Church (and all parishioners) are invited to attend Mass this Wednesday, April 6th at 6:30 PM. Following Mass Julie Bango will present “Being an Active Parishioner”.
What is Divine Mercy? The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.
We now have the key to understanding the Image of The Divine Mercy with its rays signifying the Blood and Water that flowed from Christ's pierced side with the inscription (Jesus, I Trust In You), and to Our Lord's insistence that this image be specially venerated on the first Sunday after Easter, which is to be celebrated as the Feast Of Mercy (Divine Mercy Sunday).
We can also see these rays as simultaneously symbolizing the Holy Spirit, whom Christ breathed into the Disciples during the same Octave-day appearance. On the strength of that Holy Breath, all sins are forgiven and "at-ONE-ment" with the Father is accomplished. Here, God in Christ is reconciling the world to Himself (see 2 Cor 5:18). And here the Church, the newly-born Body of Christ, is commissioned to be the instrument of reconciliation down through the ages.
LITURGICAL/VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES April 9-10
ALTAR SERVER LECTOR EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS
4:00 PM volunteers needed J.LaMotte, C.Skinner D.Brunney, J.Hanson, E.Hayes, C.Rees
9:00 AM volunteers needed M.K.Oris, A.Ruefle J.Auer, B.Jones, B.Lenkey,
M.Jentgen, D.&M. Smigelski
11:30 AM volunteers needed T.Martello, S.Perry R.Diepenbock, L.Duren, B.Faford,,
S.Thompson, A. & J. Varholla
Coffee & Donuts 4/10: J. & M. Callahan. Due to lack of volunteers the Nursery is closed. Call Charisse at 445-9668 to volunteer.
FROM THE PASTOR
What wonderful Holy Week and Easter celebrations we had! I am very grateful to all who participated, especially to all who helped these to be the beautiful liturgies that they were. Thanks to those who decorated the church, to all of the musicians, bell-ringers, singers and cantors, lectors, and everyone responsible for the planning and ‘doing’ these celebrations. Special thanks go to Don Thibaut for repairing the statue of Jesus in the tomb. It was nice to display that for Good Friday this year.
I again wish to congratulate all those who joined our church at the Easter Vigil. It was a moving ceremony to be able to celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. May the Lord Jesus continue the good work He has begun in all of you!
This coming Wednesday, we invite all the parish to come to an evening Mass in the church at 6:30. It is a Mass for all those who just joined us, and it is open to any who wish to come. Following the Mass, Julie Bango, who has done such great work with the RCIA all year long, will give a presentation on being an active parishioner.
May the good Lord bless and be with all of you and your families throughout this Holy Easter season!
Sincerely in Christ,
Youth 2000: Join us for the 8th annual Columbus Youth 2000 retreat April 15-17, 2005 at the Pontifical College Josephinum. Meet hundreds of Catholics for Praise, Worship, Adoration, Reconciliation, Food, Fun, and Great Speakers including the Franciscan Friars. $30. For information contact 985-2320 or email@example.com.
fyi – The St. Mary Web site www.stmarygv.com now has many new options – check it out!!
The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will sponsor a silent retreat at St. Therese’s Retreat Center 5277 E Broad St., Columbus, April 22-24, 2005. The theme of the weekend will be “God looks with favor – Women of the Gospel”. The retreat will focus on five women in the gospels: their struggles, their blessings, and their roles in carrying the good news to the world. Our retreat director will be Sister Dianne Kozlowski, OP. Msgr. Ralph Huntzinger will be our celebrant. The offering for the weekend will be $90.00. A deposit of $50.00 will hold your room. For a registration form please call the DCCW at 228-8601 or email PatriciaRowley@colsdioc.org. or mail your registration to DCCW, 197 E. Gay St., Cols., OH 43215 Registration deadline is April 18th.
St. Mary School Notes:
St. Mary School is accepting registrations for the 2005-06 school year grades K-8. For more information please call 444-8994. Preschool registrations are also being accepted call 443-5307.
· Early dismissal Wednesday, April 6th at 2:00 p.m.
· The St. Mary’s Paper Recycling Program accepts: newspapers, magazines, mail, shopping catalogues, and all school & office papers. We cannot accept: cardboard, phone books, plastic, metal, glass, or trash. Don’t worry about staples and paperclips. You don’t need to bundle or bag your paper—just drop it in the bin.
· St. Mary School Advisory Board Candidates needed.
A position is coming open for a three-year term on the St. Mary School Advisory Board, beginning with the 2005-2006 school year. Active membership at St. Mary Parish (German Village) is the only eligibility requirement. The school board provides input to the pastor and principal on school-related issues. Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 PM in the school. You may nominate yourself or someone else by returning the form below by Friday, April 8, 2005 to school board president Mike Dillman at 4179 Rohr Road; Groveport, Ohio 43125-1453. Questions may be directed to Mike at 836-7334. Your talents and ideas are important!!