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    • Father Mike's Musings
      I firmly believe the cycle of life and death plays itself out every day.  As I reflected prior to this Easter a few days ago, I came back to some personal experiences since last August which show the cycle.  Last August 11, my mother had suffered a T.I.A., that is, a mini stroke, which only furthered some dysfunctionality due to several traumatic brain injuries over the years.  Within a month and 2 days, my mother had spent time in a hospital, 1 month in a rehabilitation center, and then moved into St. John Neumann Nursing Home, where she will live the rest of her life.  As I experienced this rapid-fire series of unwanted changes in her life, I saw the “death cycle” that was clinging to my mother, as her cherished independence was ebbing away.  For the most part, these months have shown me the death part of the death-resurrection cycle for her and for me, as her declining functionality is a great sadness for me.  Lest I believe resurrection is not the other part of the cycle, I have seen times when my mother laughs, jokes around, enjoys a meal, smiles, and is pretty sharp.  These “resurrection” moments bolster my spirits, and help me to remember Jesus’ death NECESSARILY paved the way to His resurrection, as He has forever conquered death, so nothing else in this life, including my mother’s declining functionality and my great sadness for her at times, is unconquerable!  While I know she will die, and I will miss her terribly, she too will rise on the Last Day, and will experience a wonderful life of peace in the meantime.
      I firmly believe all of us are probably feeling another “death” in this same cycle; the anticipated announcement of parish restructuring at the end of next month.  We know the recommendation concerning our parish and the other parishes in our Pastoral Planning Area.  What if the recommendation is changed in any way?  What if another current parish church becomes the new parish church?  These questions alone are painful to consider.  The new parishes which will be formed will be new parishes; each merged parish closes to form the new parish.  Grieving will naturally happen.  The death part of the cycle will be glaringly obvious.  In the times to come, the Risen Jesus never leaves our side, and truly “has our back”.  Can you allow yourself to believe that nothing in this life is unconquerable?  A blessed Easter to you and your families.  I love celebrating this awesome mystery with all of you who were here today.
          
      Peace and Love,

      Father Mike
       
         
       
       
       
       
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    • Mass and Reconciliation Times
      SUNDAY LITURGY
      Saturday Vigil
      5:00 p.m.
       
      Sunday
      9:00 a.m.
      11:00 a.m.


       
      DAILY MASS  
      Monday through Wednesday,  Friday
      9:00 a.m. 

      Saturday Daily Mass 
      9:00 a.m. 
      RECONCILIATION
      Saturday~ 9:45 AM- 10:15 AM

      Saturday~ 4:00 - 4:45 PM

      Sunday-  8:30 AM and 10:30 AM

       

                 OR By Appointment
      CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

      M - F 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      Closed for lunch 12:00 -1:00 PM


    • Daily Mass Readings
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    • Calendar
      • Apr 22, 2014
        5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
        Children making First Communion in May will cut their hosts tonight and practice for the reception of the Sacrament. Those in Catholic School are invited to attend.
      • Apr 22, 2014
        7:00 PM - 8:30 AM
      • Apr 26, 2014
        10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
        A parent must attend. Children will be making their Communion banners. Please bring anything "special" you might want to put on the banner.
      • Apr 27, 2014
        Session #6 - Discernment in Prayer
      • Apr 29, 2014
        5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
      • Apr 29, 2014
        7:00 PM - 8:30 AM
      • May 3, 2014
        9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
        A photographer will be here from 8:30 AM if you wish to have a portrait taken. Otherwise children should report by 9:30 AM. First Communion Liturgy begins at 10:00 AM.
      • May 4, 2014
        11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
        First Communicants are invited back in their First Communion outfits for the 11:00 Mass. We will also have May Crowning at that Mass. Social to follow for the First Communicants in Father Crehan Hall.
      • May 4, 2014
        Session #7 - Dealing with Distractions
      • May 6, 2014
        5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
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