SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2015 LI T URGI E S FOR TH E WE EK Monday, Feb. 2 8:00am † Mark & Rose Mergen Tuesday, Feb. 3 8:00am † Harry & Lillian Abing Wednesday, Feb. 4 8:00am † Lucy Faherty Thursday, Feb. 5 8:00am † Dee Vaassen 10:30am Friday, Feb. 6 8:00am 11:00am Saturday, Feb. 7 8:00am † Bruno Frigo Manor Care Nursing Home † Bob Klaas (Anniv.) † Paul Hoppenjan Park Place Special Intention (EJB) (TLM) WEEKEND LITURGIES Saturday, Feb. 7 4:00pm † Mary Koeller Sunday, Feb. 8 9:00am † Cletus & Lucille Wunderlin 12 noon Misa 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Dt 18:15-20—1 Cor 7:32-35—Mk 1:21-28. Monday: The Presentation of the Lord Tuesday: St. Blaise Bishop and Martyr Wednesday: Heb 12:4-7, 11-15—Mk 6:1-6. Thursday Friday: St. Paul Miki and companions & martyrs. Heb 13:1-8—Mk 6:14-29. Saturday: Heb 13:15-17, 20-21—Mk 6:30-34. 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time—Jb 7:1-4, 6-7, 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23—Mk 1:29-39. Saturday, Feb. 7 4:00 pm Max Frommelt Mic Frommelti Sunday, Feb. 8 9:00am Altar Servers Lector & Leader of Prayer John Pluemer Vince Momot Joseph Vystrcil Dushan Vystrcil Terry Woolf Jim Rosemeyer Dee Woolf Barbara Stevenson Sacristan: Christine Del Priore Music: Kim & Youth Rosary: Karla Melssen Classic Choir Virgil Splinter ST. MARY PARISH GIVING January 25, 2015 Weekly Envelopes...................$2,636.00 Offertory…………………………$ 340.00 Weekly Average Electronic Funds $ 900.00 Thank you for your generosity! REFLECTION—4th Sunday in Ordinary Time “Brothers and sisters: I should like you to be free of anxieties.” 1 Corinthians 7:32 How much anxiety do we bring upon ourselves by constantly worrying about not having enough or attaining more things? God won’t necessarily give you everything you want, but He will provide everything you need. Try this – use the word “pray” instead of the word “worry” in the future. Our weekly prayer intention for this week based upon the World Meeting of Families Event is for the Single. Tuesday—CCW meeting, 7pm. Wednesday—Bible Study, 2:30pm. Religious Ed— Grades 1-5 (6-7pm). Grades 6-11 (7:15-8:25pm). Saturday—Marriage Prep Day, 8am-4pm. SAVE THE DATE Friday, Feb. 27th for St. Mary’s Fish Fry, 4:30-7:00pm. If you would like to help with the Fish Fry you may call the parish office. Later, there will be a calling committee to get volunteers and donations. THANK YOU Many thanks to Tom for donating the vacuum cleaner for Lorraine’s office. ADVERTISER OF THE WEEK Four Seasons Landscaping and Nursery 348-6617 T h anks to our advertisers for their support. PASTORAL COUNCIL COLUMN The Power of Unity The World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia places special emphasis on the family this year. The reason for this emphasis is that the family is the primary building block of salvation. If that is true, then the attack on the definition of family - the indissoluble union of one man and one woman joined in selfless love, together with their children - is an attack on salvation itself. Assaults on the meaning of gender, of marriage, and of family are too numerous to list. “It takes a village to raise a child” is such a piece of secular nonsense that it almost isn’t worth comment, except that it fits so well into the growing notion that the state should be directly involved in child rearing. However, what is far more worrisome is that even some in the Church seem to wish to redefine the family by subtly changing church law to reflect the idea that marriage, while it is ideally indissoluble, sometimes… well, you know, sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. St. Ignatius of Antioch, who was born almost 2000 years ago, had this to say about attempts within the church to corrupt the holiness of the family: “Make no mistake, my brothers: those who corrupt families will not inherit the kingdom of God. If those who do these things in accordance with the flesh [those who do not know Christ] have died, how much worse will it be if one corrupts through evil doctrine the faith of God for which Jesus was crucified? Such a person, because he is defiled, will depart into the unquenchable fire, as will any one who listens to him.” That is sobering news for us. But in another part of the same letter, Ignatius writes: “Take heed, then, often to come together to give thanks to God, and show forth His praise. For when you assemble frequently in the same place, the powers of Satan are destroyed, and the destruction at which he aims is prevented by the unity of your faith. Nothing is more precious than peace, by which all war, both in heaven and earth, is brought to an end.” Let us assemble in unity at St. Mary’s, to praise God and to destroy the works of Satan!
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