St. Mary’s Community presents Spring for Success Auction Gala on Friday May 10, 2019. The Auction Gala is returning back to the popular Brookfield Country Club. Set aside the date for a special evening that celebrates our faith community as we visit with old friends, meet new parishioners and bid on hundreds of exciting items. Sign up to be part of one of our Auction Gala committees, be a sponsor of the event, host a gift gathering party or donate an item for the auction. Many items are needed to make this a successful event. Proceeds will benefit our faith community and school. Email Amy Jensen Stmarysspringforsuccess@gmail.com with any questions.
On Sunday, January 13th, we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord. Deacon Rick Stachura shared his thoughts below on the meaning of Baptism that day in his homily.
“Jesus was perfect in all ways and yet He decided to be baptized by John the Baptist as a witness to what we as Christians need to do to become a disciple of God.”
“Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation that starts us on our spiritual journey of developing a relationship with God, Our Father.” We are obligated to continually developing that relationship with Him throughout our life.
“By virtue of our baptism, we are given a threefold mission of being a Priest, Prophet and King. As a Priest, we are called to prayer to participate in the mass, not just attend, to also lead others to Christ and to strengthen our relationship with him. As a Prophet, we are called to proclaim the good news to our families, our communities, our workplaces and our country. As a King, we are asked to lookout for those less fortunate, to be good stewards of our natural resources and environment, and to use our time, talents and treasures for the good of the Church and community.”
“Catholic discipleship refers to a committed approach to living a Christian life within the Catholic Church.The term disciple is generally applied to those Catholics who sincerely attempt to live according to the instructions provided by Jesus in the New Testament. The U.S. Catholic bishops have described disciples as those who ‘ make a conscious, firm decision, carried out in actions, to be followers of Jesus Christ no matter the cost to themselves.”‘
So, how are you developing your relationship with God to become His disciple?
One way is to develop holiness. St. Paul told the Thessalonians,
” This is the will of God, that you be holy.”
1 Thessalonians 4:3
“One way to achieve Holiness is through ‘Holy Moments’. Matthew Kelly offers a host of examples in his book: The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity. ”
Here’s a few of his examples:
- Begin each day with a short prayer of gratitude thanking God for giving you another day of life.
- Go out of your way to do something nice for your spouse or partner that you would rather not do, as an intentional act of love.
- Offer the least enjoyable task of your day to the Lord as a prayer for someone who is suffering.
- Control your temper, even if justified in losing it.
- Encourage someone, coach someone, praise someone, affirm someone.
- Be patient with the person who drives you crazy.
- Do someones else’s chores.
- Teach someone how to pray.
- Make healthy eating choices.
- Get honest with yourself about your self-destructive habits
“Baptism, is so much more than the actions of pouring water over someones head and pronouncing a few words. It initiates us into a new life in Christ. It re-establishes a right relationship with God. It makes us children of God, heirs to eternal life. It challenges us to be Priest, Prophet and King. It challenges us to live as His disciple.”
“Take some time to think about your baptism and what it really means to you. Take an inventory of your spiritual life and ask if you are committed to being a disciple of God? And if you need to make some changes, then make a commitment to work on those one at a time this year. Look for opportunities to create at least one HOLY MOMENT in each day and you will begin your journey to achieving holiness as a disciple of Christ.”
“May the graces of our Father bring us closer to Him through the Holy Moments in our lives. Amen.”
The Christ Renews His Parish Continuation Committee hosted an evening social to gather past teams and announce some exciting changes coming for 2019!
Over 180 people attended the social who have participated in the retreat weekend over the years and there was even representation from women’s Team #1! Father Bob & Father Andrew both attended with a blessing and a few words on the ministry were shared by Father Bob that evening. He spoke on “the gift” that CRHP team members receive, “a gift of a deepening in the relationship with Christ”. Father added, “that through this gift we are given, we re-immerse ourselves into our faith and through this begin to renew our parish community. ”
New Changes Effective with 2019 Retreats:
- New Book – A new book called “Welcome” promises to make navigating the formation process easier to follow.
- Re-Retreat – If you would like to recharge your spiritual batteries, you may participate again!
- We welcome all- no need any longer to be a St. Mary’s parishioner, we welcome all souls in need !
For more information, contact St. Mary’s Continuation Committee.
Women’s Weekend is planned for- March 2nd-3rd, 2019 Contact Melissa @ 207-5676 or Gail @ 867-0620 for more info.
Men’s Weekend – March 23rd-24th, 2019.
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This Wednesday, March 6th, is Ash Wednesday, when countless numbers of Christians will gather in churches throughout the world for the imposition of ashes, making visible the sign of the cross for all to see on our foreheads.
Lent invites us to recapture a sense of simplicity: to put aside the many things that complicate our lives and focus again on the simple but profound things of God- love, compassion, forgiveness, and justice. The next 40 days calls us to free ourselves of the empty and shallow values that take over our lives and become the people we truly want to be in the eyes of God.
With the Lenten season upon us, there are many opportunities here at St. Mary’s (listed below), to participate in activities that enrich our soul and prepare us for Christ’s Resurrection.
May we have the courage to put aside whatever distracts us from the Lord’s love and grace, to turn away from self- centeredness and fear, and to open up our hearts to the life and peace of the Risen Christ.
St. Mary’s Lenten Schedule
Ash Wednesday, March 6th– There will be 5 Mass/ Service opportunities for ashes:
7 AM, 9 AM, Noon, 5 PM, and 7 PM- (all in the church)
Reconciliation Opportunities: (All reconciliations take place in church)
Every Tuesday during Lent (except 4/16) 7-9 PM
Every Saturday during Lent (except 4/20) 3:00-3:45 PM
Parish Penance Service ( with 5-6 priests) April 8th, 7 PM
Wednesday , April 17th, 5-7 PM
Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction: Join our Deacons and come and spend an hour with the Lord…
Tuesdays during Lent: 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, and 4/9 7:30-8:30 PM (in the chapel)
Lenten Taize Service, April 4th, 7 PM– Meditative service in prayer,readings and songs.
Stations of the Cross: Every Friday during Lent after 9 AM Mass( 9:30 AM) & 7 PM in the church.
Living Stations of the Cross: Presented by St. Mary’s 5th Graders on Friday, April 5, at 7 PM:
Lenten Regulations Reminder
ABSTINENCE: All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are bound to abstain totally from meat on the following days: Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday.
FASTING: All Catholics between their 18th and 59th birthdays are also bound to observe the Law of Fast on the following days: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This practice involves limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals.Light sustenance may be taken on two other occasions in the course of the day.
EASTER DUTY: After they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, all the faithful are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once per year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season, unless for a good reason, it is fulfilled at another time during the year. this obligation may be fulfilled between February 18TH ( 1st Sunday of Lent) and May 27th(Trinity Sunday).
RECONCILIATION: Catholics are bound by an obligation to confess serious sins at least once a year. (Canon Law 989)
OTHER FRIDAYS OF THE YEAR: All other Fridays of the year remain as days of penance, in prayerful remembrance of the Passion of Jesus Christ.