THIS WEEK IN OUR PARISH
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
MONDAY April 11, Stanislaus, bishop, martyr
Acts 6:8-15; Jn. 6:22-29
12:00 p.m. Frank Schneider
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer & Rosary
7:00 p.m. Knights of Columbus
7:00 p.m. Social Concerns
7:30 p.m. 11:30 choir practice
8:30 a.m. Living & Deceased of the Carone
8:30 a.m. Kitty Meier
8:30 a.m. Nova King
SATURDAY April 16, Vigil Mass
4:00 p.m. Mary Jo McCarthy (1st Communion)
6:30 p.m. O’Brien/Daugherty Wedding
Acts 2:14a, 36-41; 1 Pt. 2:20b-25; Jn. 10:1-10
11:30 a.m. Martha Gray (Teen Mass)
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, Henrietta Koch, Mary Ann Koch, Rick Shawver, Don Terndrup, Millie Veit.
RCIA – Mystagogy, the final period of the RCIA process is a special time after Easter for deepening a neophyte's understanding of the mysteries of faith. The neophyte’s (new members) will celebrate a Mass with Bishop Campbell on Saturday, May 21st at 5:15 PM at St. Joseph Cathedral. All are invited to attend. A reception will be held for the neophytes following the Mass.
Bible Study – Currently St. Mary’s has two Bible study groups. Jason Shanks, Pastoral Assistant has a group that meets at 6 PM each Tuesday. Deacon Michael Ross has a group that meets each Wednesday at 7 PM. Both Bible Study groups meet on the second floor of the Burkley Center.
St. Mary First Communion is next Saturday, April 16th during the 4:00 p.m. Mass. Please pray for our second graders as they prepare for this sacrament.
Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are reminded to please get a substitute if you are unable to fill your assigned ministry.
Please remember that as the weather gets warmer young children who have been inside most of the winter don’t always remember safety rules. Please watch for our children when driving near schools and parks.
TEEN Mass next Sunday, April 17th at 11:30 a.m.
Please remember Pope John Paul II in your prayers.
LITURGICAL/VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES April 16-17
ALTAR SERVER LECTOR EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS
4:00 PM volunteers needed M.E. O’Connell, J.Testa K.Brown, F.Carrick, D.Mitchell, L.Mitchell
9:00 AM volunteers needed B.Collins, H.Matthews A.Breitfeller, A.Haytas, E.Hommerding,
A.Metoyer, P.Mortimer, C.Reis
11:30 AM volunteers needed TEEN MASS
Coffee & Donuts 4/17: Knights of Columbus. Due to lack of volunteers the Nursery is closed. Call Charisse at 445-9668 to volunteer.
FROM THE PASTOR
The death of our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, is a significant moment in the life of our Church. We are certainly grateful for his strong and faithful leadership for more than 26 years. I believe that history will show that he was truly a great leader, both for the Church and for the world. As an expert at the Second Vatican Council, he had a keen understanding of its teaching, and so much of what he stood for as Pope shows the depth of this understanding.
Pope John Paul was a man of tremendous integrity. He truly lived – and died – what he taught. His courageous critique of modern culture, and his defense of the sanctity of all human life, was made possible because of his deep faith in Jesus Christ. His faith was truly the center of his life, and he has given to us an invaluable example of how a Christian, a priest, and a Pope should live. His life genuinely echoed his motto, totus tuus, totally yours. We will certainly miss him as our shepherd, yet we also confidently entrust him to our gracious, merciful, and loving Father.
The cardinals now have a vital task to perform, as they will soon enter into conclave to elect John Paul’s successor. Let us fervently pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to be with all of them. There will be an abundance of speculation about the future of the Church in the days ahead, and I imagine that some of it will be pretty wild. If we have learned anything from Pope John Paul II, I hope we follow his encouragement to “Be not afraid”. Jesus Christ has promised to be with us always, so we have nothing to fear. The Holy Spirit has always guided the Church, and will guide us still.
Let us also pray for our children who are preparing for First Communion! They will celebrate this next Saturday at the 4:00 PM Mass. May their encounter with the Lord Jesus be just the beginning of a lifetime of faithful Catholic living. Through their reception of this sacrament, may God always guide them to a deeper understanding of His love.
May the good Lord bless and be with all of you and your families!
Sincerely in Christ,
4-S Ladies Auxiliary (281 Whittier St.) invites all to a Delicious Pot Roast Dinner Sunday, April 17th from 12 Noon to 4 :00 PM.
Saint Mary Parish 80th Annual Homecoming Festival is August 12/13.
DONATIONS FOR THE HOMECOMING SILENT AUCTION are needed – everything from tickets to trinkets, artworks to auto-works, season passes to services, food to football. If you know of an organization willing to donate, please contact us. Call Sandra Thompson, 444-5811 or Nancy Auer, 445-9668.
Are you a registered parishioner at St. Mary’s? If you are not listed in the parish guide book, pictorial directory or do not receive contribution envelopes through the mail you may not be. Registration in a parish is very important. It is not just because we want to send you contribution envelopes.
If you are ever asked to be a godparent or sponsor you will need to get a letter stating that you are a participating member of a parish. We cannot issue such a letter if you are not a registered parishioner. If you plan to marry or have your child baptized, registration is necessary. These are not only St. Mary’s requirements but the requirements of the Church.
We are about saving souls not collecting funds. St. Mary's purpose and mission is Christ and Eucharistic centered. We seek to be of one mind and heart with the Church in its mission for holiness by loving God with all our heart, all our mind, all our strength, all our soul; and by loving our neighbor as ourselves
Please register at the back of church at any time. You may put your registration form in the collection basket or just leave it on the registration table.
St. Mary School Notes:
· St. Mary School is accepting registrations for the 2005-06 school year call 444-8994 for more information.
· St. Mary School Library invites all parishioners to participate in our annual Family Cake Decorating Contest, Monday, April 25th as part of our Right to Read Week celebration. Our theme this year is ancient Egypt: “Get Wrapped Up in Reading!” Families may bake and decorate a cake based on a book or a reading theme. Lots of prizes! Parishioners may view or purchase; cakes on display during the school day, 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM. call the library 443-2532 for details.