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Note: Fish Fry scheduled for 2/24/17 has been postponed until 3/3/17 due to weather forecast.


Fr. John's Column - February 26, 2017

This coming Wednesday we celebrate Ash Wednesday. Having enjoyed spring-like weather and looking forward to the Knights of Columbus’ first fish fry of the year, we should be well prepared to enter into and eager to make this a great Lent.  Much like meeting a person for the first time can leave a lasting impression, properly entering into and participating in what the Church has in store for us on Ash Wednesday can leave an impression for the rest of the season. We have three opportunities to attend Mass on Ash Wednesday: 6:30 am, 10:00 am and 6:30 pm. Along with prayer and receiving ashes, the Church also challenges us to observe the beginning of Lent by fasting and abstaining from meat. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the two days that we fast. The guideline for fasting requires that those physically able should eat no more than two small meals and one larger meal on those days. Along with these two days, the Fridays of Lent require that we abstain from eating meat. (Yes the Bishops of Wisconsin have granted a dispensation from this for Saint Patrick’s Day, which falls on a Friday this year.)

Once we get our Lent off to a good start on Ash Wednesday, we will want to build through the season. Here are some ideas to make our Lent great:

·         By gathering each Sunday and attending Mass we receive the Eucharist and hear the great readings from Scripture that will help us through our continual conversion, understand God’s forgiveness for us, and aid our growth as disciples.

·         Along with celebrating the Eucharist, to use the Lenten Season as a time to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Besides this opportunity each Saturday at 10:00 am, we will have several priests available on Thursday, March 23rd, at 7:00 pm, to celebrate the Sacrament with us. The students in our Faith Formation Program and school will also have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Finally there will be a few extra times scheduled for the Sacrament prior to Easter.

·         Check out Here you can sign up to have a video emailed to you each day during Lent featuring bestselling author Matthew Kelly. He will be taking you on a journey to help identify what stands between you and happiness and what to do about it.

·         Each Friday during Lent we pray the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm. This year we have a new set of Station Booklets which include reflections from Pope Francis.

·         I will again offer daily Lenten Reflections that will be emailed out to all who opt for this on our electronic communication’s list. (Last year we had some technical difficulties, so we hope we have the glitches resolved.) This year the 8th graders in our school will be helping me with this, writing many of the reflections for me. (We will also have some printed copies available.)

The popular Catholic writer and speaker Matthew Kelly has talked about “not giving up chocolate this Lent”. Good advice!! Lent can be a truly spectacular 40 days. The problem with giving something up is that most of us go back to our old way of living once Lent is done: eating chocolate, drinking soda, enjoying deserts, etc. But doing something this Lent has the potential be to be life changing. 


Fr. John Gerritts



Friday, February 24
5:30 AM That Man is You
10:30 AM Grandparents Day Mass

~ Saturday, February 25
8:00 AM Dustbusters
10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Mass
6:00 PM Baptism
6:00 PM Oasis

~ Sunday, February 26
Social After Masses by Home and School
8:30 AM Mass
8:30 AM RCIA
10:30 AM Mass
10:30 AM Baptism
11:30 AM Faith Formation
12:00 PM 8th Grade Retreat

~ Monday, February 27
8:00 AM Mass

9:00 AM Bakery
6:00 PM Boy Scouts
8:00 PM That Man is You

~Tuesday, February 28
8:00 AM Liturgy of the Word
4:00 PM Extended Food Shelf Hours

6:00 PM Family Rosary

7:00 PM Pastoral Council Committee

~ Wednesday, March 1
6:30 AM Ash Wednesday Mass

10:00 AM Ash Wednesday Mass 
10:00 AM Communion Service at CCH
6:30 PM Ash Wednesday Mass
7:00 PM RCIA

~Thursday, March 2
6:45 AM Toastmasters
8:00 AM Mass
9:30 AM Bible Study
10:30 AM Mass at New Comforts of Home
1:00 PM Quilters
7:00 PM Praise Company

~ Friday, March 3
5:30 AM That Man is You
8:00 AM Mass at Church
4:30 PM Rescheduled Fish Fry by Knights of Columbus
7:00 PM Stations of the Cross

~ Saturday, March 4
8:00 AM Dustbusters
9:00 AM Women of Grace
10:00 AM Confessions
2:00 PM Confirmation Candidate/Sponsor
5:00 PM Mass with Middle School Choir
5:00 PM Epic
6:00 PM Oasis

~ Sunday, March 5
8:30 AM Mass
8:30 AM RCIA
10:30 AM Mass
10:30 AM Baptism
11:30 AM Faith Formation

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