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An Advent Message from Fr.  Bob

An Advent Message from Fr. Bob

My Dear St. Mary’s Family:

Advent calls us once again as Christians to ponder anew the mystery of our salvation, the Incarnation, and our hope that there is an answer to the riddles of our earthly lives with all of its passing joys, disappointments, sorrows, frustrations and its apparent darkness. Still there is light, which begins with the promise of a Redeemer. This advent let us prepare with wonder and awe, for the birth of Jesus; the Word made flesh in body and soul. May all of us have a blessed and fruitful Advent!

Fr. Bob Zilliox

Retirement Announcement

Our faith tells us to always trust in Jesus, especially as we consider the future.

After serving as pastor of St. Mary’s for the past 23 years, I will retire effective August 31.

I place my trust in Jesus that he will guide my journey and the future of St. Mary’s. It has been a blessing to serve the St. Mary’s parish community and witness the inspiring faith journeys of thousands of parishioners through the years.

We have accomplished many wonderful things together as a parish community – building the new church, building the Parish Center, and supporting one another during joyful events and tragedy. I have always been humbled by the generosity, hard work and compassion of our parish family.

I anticipate that Bishop Richard Malone will appoint my replacement sometime in August, and the new pastor will be in place in September at the start of a new fiscal and school year.  Fr. Andrew will be extremely helpful during the transition.

I am grateful for your support, friendship, and dedication to our Catholic faith. I will continue to pray for you. I ask for your prayers for the new pastor and for me as I begin this next chapter.

Confession – The Sacrament of God’s Love!

Lent is the most opportune time to go to Confession.

St. John Paul II said:  “(It) is a particularly appropriate time to awaken and form the conscience.
It is precisely at this time that the Church reminds us of the overwhelming necessity for the sacramental Confession, so that we can all live Christ’s resurrection, not only in the liturgy, but also in our own soul.”

In the Sacrament of Penance, we meet Jesus Christ. It is a meeting which is always unique and always different.
In it Jesus Christ welcomes us as the Good Shepherd. He heals our wounds; He purifies us and strengthens us.
Jesus is the center of this Sacrament.

So, do not be afraid! Come! Let us celebrate our Parish Penance Service on the 26st of March, at 7pm.
In Confession, the soul receives greater light from God, and an increased strength. It is free!? Jesus already paid great price – His life. Come, come to the source of God’s Mercy.

A Good Confession

Please do not say: “I do not need to go to Confession, because I haven’t broken any of the Commandments.”

Better asked yourself in the silence of your heart: have I kept the Commandments?’
What do I mean?
Have you honored God’s Holy Name?
Have you kept holy the Lord’s Day?
Have you loved and honored your parents?
Have you sought to preserve and defend life, from conception to natural dead?
When was the last time you told your wife/husband that you loved her/him?
Have you shared your goods with the poor?
Have you defended the good name of anyone?
When last did you put yourself out to help a neighbor?

This is the right direction, to do a good examination of our own conscience.

-Fr. Andrew

Parish Penance Service is Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in church.  

Auction Gala is April 21

Save the Date:

St. Mary’s Community

Spring for Success Auction Gala

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. Click on the link below 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.

Contact Amy Jensen Stmarysspringforsuccess@gmail.com 

Would you like to become a champion?

Please join our parish family on Monday for a spiritual training.

I don’t know one winner reaching up for gold medal without proper training, exercise and hard work including “painful” consultations with a coach. This is a great opportunity; after telling our best coach-Jesus, about our failings in confession, listening to His advice given in His name by a priest, being absolved, we can start again, with a new strength.

Let us run together for the best reward, which is Mercy of God, and joyful, spiritual celebration of Easter.

Come! Monday April 10 at 7 p.m., to church.

Come! To our parish family Penance Service.

Come! Let us run together and win this race together.

-Fr. Andrew, April 7, 2017

Would you like to become a champion?

Please join our parish family on Monday for a spiritual training.

I don’t know one winner reaching up for gold medal without proper training, exercise and hard work including “painful” consultations with a coach. This is a great opportunity; after telling our best coach-Jesus, about our failings in confession, listening to His advice given in His name by a priest, being absolved, we can start again, with a new strength.

Let us run together for the best reward, which is Mercy of God, and joyful, spiritual celebration of Easter.

Come! Monday April 10 at 7 p.m., to church.

Come! To our parish family Penance Service.

Come! Let us run together and win this race together.

-Fr. Andrew, April 7, 2017