Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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March 4, 2018

Dear Parishioners,

        Being the first Sunday of the month today, we have the March Buildings & Grounds 2nd collection.  Thank you for your gifts which keep our facilities in good shape for our ministries!  Also, tremendous thanks to all who have worked so hard on this weekend’s annual Fruit of the Vine event.  Our section of the world has so much to celebrate, and they showcase so much of it superbly each year!  Remember, too, to REGISTER for Wednesday’s ChristLife session TODAY.  It is the last of this season’s series of presentations.  Also, thanks to all whose names are listed among our parish’s CMA donors in today’s bulletin.  Remember, we have until May 31st to make a gift or pay off a pledge.

  Starting on Monday, you’ll notice Mercury to the right of Venus through the 18th of this month.  Tonight, Family Faith is at 6:15 P.M. at St. James, and the Rosary is at 7:00 P.M. at St. Ambrose Chapel.

  Tuesday, notice Jupiter near the Moon overnight in your upward glancings.  As to things on earth, we have our monthly Brighton Manor Mass at 10:30 A.M., Stations of the Cross at 6:30 P.M. at St. John the Evangelist, the Liturgy Committee meeting at 7:00 P.M. in the parish office and the Peace and Justice Committee meeting at 7:00 P.M. in the Parish Office as well.

  Wednesday, the Mary-Martha Sisterhood meets in the Resource Room in St. James School at 10:30 A.M.  Then, in the evening, our ChristLife Process’s 7-week “Discovering Christ” Program concludes.  Registration (with forms available near the doors of each church and online at our web site as well) is always required by the Sunday beforehand so we know how many seats and how much food to prepare.  We meet from 6:00 to 8:15 P.M. (NOTE:  for this final session, we are back at St. John’s on Humboldt Street) for a meal, video, prayer, and chat at table to process what we saw in the video and what it means for our faith.   Our final topic this night is “Our Need for the Church.”  Coffee Hour (which begins at 7:00 P.M.) is at St. James and continues after ChristLife ‘til 9:00 P.M.

  Thursday brings March’s Lunch Bunch at 12:00 Noon at St. John’s (registration by preceding Monday as usual), and our Nursing Home Ministry meets at St. John’s at 6:00 P.M.  Our Lent Evening Prayer Vesper Service is this evening at 7:00 P.M. at St. Ambrose.

  Friday (the 75th birthday of champion chess player Bobby Fischer),  thanks for prepping your envelopes for the weekend.  By the way, since last week’s collection at the end of Winter Break Week was a bit off due to folks being away, thanks for whatever make-up offerings can be given this week.  Indeed, give our Finance Office a call at 288-5000 to set up “automatic giving” which can alleviate such occurrences.

  Saturday, with the Moon between Mars and Saturn pre-dawn, we have the First Eucharist Youth Workshop at 9:00 A.M. and the K of C St. Patrick’s Dinner (tickets required) at 6:00, both at St. James.  Also, keep in prayer all at the 2018 Women’s Conference today.

  Sunday, be sure you’ve turned your clocks ahead one hour or you’ll be late for Mass.  Today is the annual Catholic Relief Services 2nd collection.  Scouts’ Court of Honor is at 1:00 P.M. in Dailey Hall, and Youth Bowling is at 1:00 P.M. at L&M Lanes on this Laetare Sunday.  God’s peace and joy to all! 

                 —Father Schrader