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From the desk of Father Godfrey

posted Oct 26, 2012, 8:10 AM by Jane Wendholt

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL NOMINATIONS As you know, this weekend we have Nominations to the Parish Pastoral Council, whose primary purpose (according to its constitution) is advising me, thereby enabling the parish better to be a community of faith called to proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom present among us. This is done by prayerfully discerning the needs of the parish community, serving as a consultative body to the pastor, maintaining a mission statement which embraces the total life and mission of the parish, and establishing clear vision and goals based on the mission statement and needs of the parish. The Council meets on a monthly basis, every first Tuesday at 7:00PM. Members must be at least 18 years old. You may nominate yourself or others. If you need more time to think about it, phone-in nominations will be accepted at the Parish Office (683-4903) through Friday, November 2 at 5:00PM. Elections from a slate of the top six nominees will take place at the weekend Masses November 17-18.

ALL SAINTS & ALL SOULS For the Solemnity of All Saints, we will follow our usual Holy Day schedule: Wednesday evening, 6:30PM (I’ll be greeting trick-or-treaters after Mass at the rectory!), Thursday at 8:00AM and 6:30PM. On Friday, All Souls Day, after the Masses (First Friday, 8:00AM and 5:15PM), weather permitting, we’ll go in procession to the cemetery to pray for our beloved dead.

FIRST FRIDAY On November 2, the Sacrament of Penance will be offered 7:00-7:45AM, Masses at 8:00AM and 5:00PM, with Eucharistic Exposition throughout the day. Please sign up in the vestibule of church for an hour with the Lord.

AROUND THE PARISH Congratulations to Tom and Virginia Schnellenberger who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary last Saturday evening at Mass! God bless your faithful witness to His love for us. | In case you didn’t know, there is a vibrant Pro-Life Organization in Dubois County, including Teens for Life, who met last Sunday at St. Mary’s. Thanks to all who guide and participate in the organization. | This past Thursday evening, the Religious Education Commission met. Thanks to all those who give of their time to look after the formation of our young people in the parish. | The Dubois County Herald article on the Knights of Columbus detailed several challenges. I know the group is open to initiating new members. Men of St. Mary’s, please consider joining.
RIAL THANKSGIVING PRAYER SERVICE A reminder that St. Mary’s will be hosting the Religion in American Life Ecumenical Prayer Service on Sunday evening, November 18, 7:00PM in the church. Please make an effort to show hospitality to our brothers and sisters in Christ.


FROM THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL  Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium 7. To accomplish so great a work, Christ is always present in His Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass, not only in the person of His minister, “the same now offering, through the ministry of priests, who formerly offered himself on the cross,” but especially under the eucharistic species. By His power He is present in the sacraments, so that when a man baptizes it is really Christ Himself who baptizes. He is present in His word, since it is He Himself who speaks when the holy scriptures are read in the Church. He is present, lastly, when the Church prays and sings, for He promised: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20).


Herbstfest Parade - St. Mary's Float....

posted Sep 28, 2012, 12:36 PM by Jane Wendholt

Our float will be parked in front of St. Mary's Church and will leave from there.  Any participants may park on the side/back parking lot of St. Mary's. Please be at the church by 12:30pm.  The parade will end at City Park. 

Blessing of Pets

posted Sep 28, 2012, 12:33 PM by Jane Wendholt

October 4 is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  In his honor, at 12:00 Noon on Sunday, October 7, weather permitting, Father Godfrey will offer the blessing of pets in front of the church to anyone who wishes.  This short blessing - about 5 minutes - is a happy tradition of the Church.
Be sure to bring Fido or Tabby.  All pets (as long as they're with their handlers) are welcome!

Interested In Becoming Catholic?

posted Sep 18, 2012, 11:44 AM by Jane Wendholt

Are you interested in becoming Catholic?  Do you know someone who is?  It will soon be time to begin the RCIA Classes (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) for those who wish to become Catholic.  These classes will be meeting soon and will run through Holy Saturday Night. 
RCIA is the normal process by which non-baptized persons and Christians from other denominations join the Catholic Church.  Call the parish office at 683-4903 if you have questions or would like to register for the classes.


posted Aug 28, 2012, 2:58 PM by Jane Wendholt

Heavenly Father, we give You praise and thanksgiving for all that You have given us.
We look forward to a day of worship, work, fellowship and good times.
Our prayer this time of year, when we come together for our parish picnic, is to ask You to bless our gathering with Your beautiful sunshine.
We pray for a good response from our workers, parishioners, and Your whole community of faith.
We ask You to guide us to do the very best, to make our picnic a success.
We place our faith in Your hands, through Christ, our Lord.         Amen.


posted Aug 28, 2012, 2:54 PM by Jane Wendholt

If you would like raffle tickets or special quilt tickets for St. Mary's Church Picnic on September 16th, please contact Rich & Mary Roby at 683-2939 or stop by the parish office during regular working hours of 8-12 and 1-5pm Monday through Friday.


posted Aug 28, 2012, 6:30 AM by Jane Wendholt

Sunday, September 16 from 10:30am to 6pm.  Homemade Chicken & Road Beef Dinners.  Chicken noodle soup, 50+ quilts, over $6,000 in cash prizes.  Country Store, Bingo, Chinese and Silent Auctions, Game Booths for adults and children, and Live Musical Entertainment by Danielle Wehr and the Gospel Sounds.  Bring family, friends and lawn chaires to sit and enjoy the afternoon music.  Mass will be celebrated by Father Godfrey Mullen, OSB, at 9:30am before the picnic.

Are You Interested In Losing Weight?

posted Aug 3, 2012, 11:50 AM by Jane Wendholt

Are you having trouble organizing your life?  Then, join us in the 3D Your Whole Life Plan. This is a faith-based weight loss program designed to help you eat right, live well, and love God.  You will learn strategies to eat right and discipline your life.  The class will meet for one hour each week for 12 weeks.  We will weigh in each week  and have discussions.  12 weeks of inspirational and motivational devotions are included.  The classes will be held each Monday, August 13 through October 29 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. in the Activity Center.  Cost is $12 per person.  Class size is limited to 12 participants.  Call Donna Eckert to register at 683-9613.

Raffle Tickets:

posted Jul 27, 2012, 1:15 PM by Jane Wendholt

Tickets for St. Mary's Grand Raffle and Special Quilt tickets are now available in the back of church beginning this weekend; July 28 and 29.  Please pick your tickets up as soon as possible.  Thank you

Happy Birthday........

posted Jul 27, 2012, 1:12 PM by Jane Wendholt

Happy Birthday, Father Mark on Thursday, August 2, 2012!

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