Are you wondering what Christianity is all about?
Are you curious about the Catholic Church?
Have you not received First Communion and/or Confirmation?
Are you engaged or married to a Catholic, and want to know why they believe “all that stuff”?
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Or are you simply interested in learning more about the Faith you already profess and practice?
THE ALPHA COURSE classes began on Tuesday, February 10th, in Fr. D'Arco Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
(There is no commitment, cost , or obligation to you!)
2015 High School Confirmation Registration Is Now Open!!
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Mandatory Parent and Teen Orientation is Tuesday, September 8th @7pm in the church.
Classes will be on mondays at 7pm, starting September 14th.
Register online here or at the Parish office.
Our parish has adoration of the Blessed Sacrament available 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)! Adorers are always needed! Click below for times with urgent needs for adorers.
"Could you not keep watch for one hour?" Mark 14:37
My dear family,
Today (Sunday) is the feast of the great saint of charity, St. Vincent de Paul - therefore, we celebrate this weekend the Society that serves the needy among us under this great saint's patronage.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society is a global organization of Catholic laypeople dedicated to serving Christ in His needy among us. Working in close cooperation with the clergy, the Society collects the alms of the parishioners (our monthly collection for the poor), and then distributes it to those who come to our parish in need of financial assistance, regardless of their religion, helping everyone who turns to the parish for help as our finds permit.
This is never done in an impersonal way, but according to the "Vincentian System", where everyone receives a home visit to see what is needed and to extend Christ-like love to the person in need.
The members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society are among the unseen heroes of our parish. Their ministry is one of the most difficult and time-consuming of ministries, yet is one of the most fulfilling. They are very dear to the Heart of Christ.
I can assure you that they use your donations wisely, trying to help as many of the truly needy who live within our parish as possible.
Support them with your prayers and donations, and think if God is calling you to be involved in this great work of love.
We had a great attendance at our first Monday night Adult Ed class of the season. This Monday, Fr. Bill Woytavich will give a one-hour presentation on "Prayer - Tradition and Practice". As you may know, Fr. Bill spent ten years as a monk, so he comes with special insights into
the practice of prayer. It's sure to be interesting. Monday, 7 pm, in Fr. D:Arco Hall.
Monday, our parish pilgrimage goes off to Rome. Fifty of our parishioners, including Deacons Dave Little and Frank Smith and their wives, Steve Woodbury, Fr. Mansfield and myself are going. We promise to pray for all of you at the holy places, and to leave your petitions at the tomb of St. Peter. And I would ask you to pray in a special way on October 1st when our parishioner, Michael Niemczak, is ordained to the sacred order of Deacon at St. Peter's, the final step before Priesthood.
A blessed week !
Msgr. Doug Raun
My dear family, I am very happy to introduce to all of you out latest member of our parish community, Sister Diana Yodris. We are so thankful to Almighty God but the Filippini Sisters have seen fit to send us another sister, bringing our convent back up to the full strength of four nuns. Sister Diana comes to us with many years of experience in Catholic Education, and will be teaching in our school. God bless you Sister Diana, and may He grant you many years of service among us in our parish.
Beginning this Monday, September 21, we start a new season of adult education in our parish. This Monday, we will have a bible study conducted by your unworthy pastor, entitled "To Teach as Jesus Taught". So many people have mistaken ideas about how Jesus taught, and this keeps us from understanding the full power of the teachings of Christ to change our lives. As I said, I will be leading the bible study on this important topic.
I am from here through the end of the year, will be doing a new format for Adult Ed. We will have one hour presentations, followed by a social time and time for questions and answers. We will have Religious Ed every Monday night, at 7:00 p.m., except of course when there is a holiday. Come, and learn more about your faith.
This Tuesday, September 22, is a very historical day. Our beloved Holy Father, Pope Francis begins his visit to United States. During this time he will go to New York, Washington, and Philadelphia, where he will be at the World Meeting with Families taking place in the city of Brotherly Love. He will also meet with the President, and address a Joint Session of Congress – a first for a pope. He will address the United Nations in New York, and of course meet with our American bishops. Even though we are far away from the east coast, we are still affected by the visit of our chief pastor to our land. Pray for the safety of the Holy Father, pray for the success of his visit to us. Watch as many of the events as you can. Well course the secular media will have a lot of coverage of this, try to watch EWTN, which will have balanced Catholic commentary upon this. May God bless the visit of the Vicar of Christ to the United States of America!
Next Sunday, will be St. Vincent de Paul Sunday in our parish. After the sermon, the members of the society will give a short presentation, telling us what they have accomplished this last year in our parish. The annual financial report will also be in the bulletin.
The members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society are the unsung heroes of our parish. They do so much to serve Christ in the poor among us. They are very worthy of your support. May God bless the members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in their work among us.
A week from tomorrow (Monday) we leave on our pilgrimage to the Eternal City. If you have petitions that you want prayed for, please write them down on a piece of paper, and put them in an envelope marked "pilgrimage" or "petitions" and get them back to the parish as soon as possible. We will be very happy to take them to all the holy places in Rome, to pray for them at each holy place, and to leave them at the tomb of St. Peter.
A blessed week to you all!
Labor Day is right around the corner, and after that holiday we start a new year of religious education in the parish. Now is the time for us to be registering our children.
Of all the things we learn in life, none is more important than learning about God, and His wonderful plan for us. Parents have the duty of providing for the education of their children - this applies first and foremost to their spiritual education!
Catechism classes are offered in our parish from Kindergarten to 8th grade. There is no fee - your Sunday tithing pays the expenses of the classes.
Confirmation in our parish is in 11th grade. All 11th graders and unconfirmed 12th graders should be registered for confirmation classes.
High School religious education takes place at LifeTeen, held every Sunday night at 700 p.m. in the parish hall. There is no registration required for LifeTeen.
To register your child for catechism class, please call the Children's Ministries office: 892-1497. To register for confirmation, please call the parish office: 892-1511. Or do it online - stanm.org
Friends, we have had something new happen at our parish - sometimes beggars have been showing up at Mass. While we feel sorry for such people, we cannot always be certain that the money is being used for what they say. (A few months ago, we had a family out at the driveway with signs that said "We are hungry." We offered to take them to eat breakfast at the parish hall. They refused, and wanted to continue collect money. It makes you wonder.)
No one has permission to beg for themselves on parish property. If anyone asks you for money, please inform the clergy, sacristans, or ushers. We will call the wonderful "Rapid Response Team" of the St. Vincent de Paul Society who will be at the church within minutes to help these people with food, shelter, gas, or whatever is in our power to assist them with. Please do not give these people money. Sad experience has shown that they will use it for unhelpful things. Rather, tell them to talk to the priest, and the parish will help them.
My seven-year old daughter would nightly kneel by her bed and pray for each family member, each friend, and each pet by name. And then she would say "And all girls". Curiosity got the best of me, and I asked her, "Honey, why do you add the part about "all girls" to your prayers?" Her response? "Because everybody always finish their prayers by saying 'All Men' !
A blessed week!
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