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St. Joseph Catholic Church MARCH 20, 2016
ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH
415 Ormsby St. Adrian, MI 49221
Phone: 517-265-8938 Fax: 517-265-1987
Weekend Mass Times: Saturday: 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Weekday Mass Times: Tuesday: 5:15 p.m. Adoration: 5:45 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday - Friday: 8:00 a.m.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament : First Fridays 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. or by appt.
Parish Staff Pastor:
Fr. Anthony J. Strouse
[email protected] ext 23
Dcn. Leonard Brown Tues. & Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or by appt.
Dcn. John Crowley Hours by appointment
[email protected] / ext. 21
[email protected] / ext 28
Director of Religious Education:
[email protected] / ext 32
[email protected] / ext 36
Maintenance / Custodial:
Rob Love / Nick Muck [email protected]
St. Joseph Cemetery:
Arlene Ball - 263-5535 or 403-2114
Bulletin / Ministry Schedules: [email protected] Copy deadline is Friday at 2:00 p.m. the preceding week. We reserve the right to edit articles for clarity and length.
Parish Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed for lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
St. Vincent Ferrer
In 1398, at Avignon as a member of the entourage of Pope Benedict XIII, St. Vincent Ferrer was suffering from a grave fever and near death. Years later in 1412 in a letter, he shared with a friend about that time when a “certain religious [Vincent himself], praying lovingly to God for his recovery so, that he might again preach the word of God when, at last, while he was at prayer…two saints [Dominic and Francis] appeared to him as in a dream, at the feet of Christ, making great supplication. At length, after they had prayed thus for a. long while, Christ rose and, with one on either side, came down to this same religious lying on his bed. Then Christ, touching him caressingly with the finger of His most holy hand, gave him a most definite interior comprehension that, in imitation of these saints, he must go through the world preaching as the Apostles had done, and that He, Christ, would mercifully await this preaching for the conversion and correction of mankind. At once, at the touch of Christ's fingers, the aforesaid religious rose up entirely cured of his sickness.”
From that point on, for the next 20 years Vincent trekked across Europe preaching what we know as parish missions seeing himself as the angel of the Apocalypse, announcing his theme, “Fear God and give Him glory, for His time has come to sit in judgment” (Rev. 14:7).
~Fr. Albert Judy, OP
Offerings for Week Ending: 03/13/2016
Weekly Year to Date
Budgeted $6,100.00 $266,700.00
Actual $5,983.00 $274,512.05
Surplus/(Deficit) ($117.00) $7,812.05
REFLECTION: PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD:
“Acclaimed as son of David, as the one who brings salvation (Hosanna means ‘Save!’ or ‘Give salvation!’), the ‘King of glory’ enters His City ‘riding on an ass’.309 Jesus conquers the Daughter of Zion—a figure of His Church—neither by ruse nor by violence, but by the humility that bears witness to the truth.310 And so the subjects of His kingdom on that day are children and God's poor, who acclaim Him as had the angels when they announced Him to the shepherds.311 Their acclamation, "Blessed be he who comes in the name of the Lord",312 is taken up by the Church in the Sanctus of the Eucharistic liturgy that introduces the memorial of the Lord's Passover.” (C.C.C. 559)
CEMETERY DECORATIONS All cemetery decorations must be removed by Friday, April 1, 2016.
MINISTRY SCHEDULING Ministry Scheduling for May through July 31, 2016 will take place the last week of March. Please advise the office of any days you are not available no later than Monday, March 28, 2016, or send an email to: [email protected]
PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD MARCH 20, 2016
And so we begin the most sacred week of the year: Holy Week. During this week my mind always returns to the Holy Land, and the sites where these sacred events took place. I can see the chapel at Bethphage where Jesus began His triumphant entry into Jerusalem; the Upper Room (formerly a mosque) where Jesus instituted the Priesthood and the Eucharist at the Last Supper; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which is the site both of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection; the stone which, by tradition, is the place where Jesus was anointed after His death.
This is my favorite week of the year, not only because I’ve been to the Holy Land, but because in her liturgies, the Church celebrates the heart of what God did for us. She brings in old traditions, long since abandoned for weekly liturgies in the Roman Rite, and reuses them, like longer processions, longer intercessions, and extended readings. While they can simply seem to lengthen the Mass, they are meant to help us enter in more deeply into the celebration.
In order to get the full experience of Holy Week, I would suggest that, to the extent possible, you attend all of the Sacred Triduum Liturgies: the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday; the Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday; Tenebrae on Good Friday; and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. I have also listed the days and times below for your convenience. I know that more and more businesses do not give Good Friday as a day off anymore. This would be a perfect reason to take personal time (if possible). Also, I know that people don’t always want to attend Tenebrae or the Easter Vigil because they are later at night (the Easter Vigil is much longer than Tenebrae). Both are beautiful liturgies and when people attend, they often wonder why they didn’t before. If you have to choose only one, I would suggest the Easter Vigil. You will see our three Elect get baptized, confirmed, and receive the Eucharist for the first time, and it’s a great show of support for them as their new parish family. If, because of young children, you can’t make it, I understand, but I would love to see a big crowd for the Easter Vigil. And if you want, you can attend the Easter Sunday Mass as well.
Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper .................................. 7:00 p.m.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11 p.m.
Good Friday: Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion ..... 3:00 p.m.
Chapel of Divine Mercy immediately following
Tenebrae ................................................................... 9:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday: Blessing of Easter Food ..................................... 12:00 p.m.
Easter Vigil .............................................................. 8:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday: Mass ........................................................................... 8:00 a.m.
Mass .......................................................................... 10:00 a.m.
“But he was pierced for our sins, crushed for our iniquity.
He bore the punishment that makes us whole, by his wounds we were healed.”
DON ANTONIO’S DISPATCH CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY
The Divine Mercy Novena will begin on Good Friday and continue until Saturday, April 2, before Divine Mercy Sunday. Please Join Fr. Anthony as he leads this devotion after the Good Friday Liturgy. The Chaplet is prayed daily at 3 PM on EWTN.
On Divine Mercy Sunday a l l parishioners will have the opportunity to venerate the Divine Mercy image before and after Mass. A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who receive the Sacrament of Penance within twenty days, and Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday and pray for the intention of our Holy Father. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will begin at 9:45 on Divine Mercy Sunday.
BLESSING OF EASTER BASKETS
According to ancient tradition, beginning in the eighth century, there were seven Paschal foods that were included in every basket prepared and blessed on Holy Saturday. Every item blessed was a gift from God and had symbolic meaning recognized by folk and Christian tradition. The number seven is considered to a special number as there are Seven Sacraments, Seven Days of Creation, and Seven Last Words of Christ. The seven items and their symbolism are: Colored Eggs - hope, new life, and a reminder of Jesus’s Resurrection; Butter/Cheese - fashioned into a Paschal Lamb representing the “Lamb of God”; Bread - a reminder Jesus is the Bread of Life; Sweet Bread - the sweetness of the Resurrection; Sausage/Ham - the abolishment of the “Old Law” and establishment of the “New Law”, the b e l i e f o f t h e R e s u r r e c t i o n ; Horseradish - the bitter agony of Our Lord during His passion; and Salt - believed to impart wisdom, justice, and prosperity.
Easter Baskets will be blessed at noon on Holy Saturday.
PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD MARCH 20, 2016
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Information has been in the bulletin about the Food Bank Challenge (formerly Feinstein Challenge). Please contact JoAnne Baty if you need more information.
There is an interesting display in the Baptistry that shows the effect of using the Food Bank to purchase food for our pantry. Please check it out.
SVdP Volunteers - our sign up schedules are in the Baptistry after all weekend Masses. We are in need of workers for March.
33 DAYS TO MORNING GLORY
Are you looking for a simple way to be spiritually renewed, develop a deeper relationship with our Savior and grow in holiness? J o i n u s f o r 3 3 D a y s t o Morning Glory, a p r e p a r a t i o n
program for Marian Consecration, written by Fr. Michael Gaitley. We will gather on Sunday after the 10:00 Mass in the St. Joseph Youth room for six weeks. For more information please pick up a flyer in the Baptistry, call Cheryl Olszewski, 467-4734 or email olszewski7766@ comcast.net.
Learn from: St. Louis de Montfort, St.
Maximillian Kolbe, St. John Paul and
Blessed Mother Teresa
APPROACHING EASTER WITH JOY
Have you ever wondered where the word Lent came from, anyway?
In other languages, the name for Lent implies "forty" -- Quaresima in Italian or Cuaresma in Spanish, for example. In English, its origins are in the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, which means "lengthen," or "spring." It seems appropriate, doesn't it?
As we move through Lent, the daylight hours are literally lengthening and we start to see signs of spring. We ourselves are experiencing the rebirth that comes from repentance and turning to God with our whole hearts during Lent. On Palm Sunday, Holy Week begins with Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Teaching Catholic Kids for March brings you ideas to make it a sacred time for children and families. Visit www.TeachingCatholicKids.com and anytime for the month's activities and resources, as well as archives of past months.
GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION A Pontifical Collection
Pope Francis has asked our parish to support Christians in the Holy Land.
Through the Good Friday Collection, you join with Catholics around the world to stand in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land. When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you become an instrument of peace in a troubled land.
In these challenging times in the Middle East, your support means that our church will conduct parish ministry, provide Catholic education, feed the hungry, build housing for Christians, maintain shrines and operate refugee centers in the Holy Land.
Our parish will support Christians in the Holy Land through the Good Friday Collection, as requested by Pope Francis. Like Simon of Cyrene, you can help carry the cross under very difficult circumstances in the Holy Land.
PLEASE BE GENEROUS! For more information about Christians in the Holy Land, visit www.myfranciscan.org/good-friday.
St. Elizabeth CCW in Tecumseh is sponsoring their 10th Annual Mom2Mom Sale Saturday, April 23rd, in their Parish Center from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Table rentals are available for $10 each with a large item area available. Baked goods and refreshments will be available. Admission/donation is $1.00 per adult and children 12 and under are free.
Please join us for a fun way to get some great bargains or make some money from your gently used children’s clothes (babies to teens), toys, furniture, books, etc.
For more information or table rental, please call Nance Schlanderer at 423-6003.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
In Fr. Williams Hall on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 5:45 PM. Volunteers are needed. Please contact the Parish Office if you can help or if you would like to donate cookies, etc.
THANK YOU NOTES:
On behalf of the Palestinian Christian families in the Bethlehem area, my family, and my staff, we wish to express our sincere appreciation for welcoming us to your parish on February 27 / 28. Thanks to your support, our total sales were $11,050.00. We are grateful for your understanding, interest and especially for your kind hospitality during our visit with you. Please keep us and all the Palestinian Christians of the Holy Land in your thoughts and prayers. May the Lord Jesus bless you and all your loved ones.
Faithfully yours in Christ, Jersey Qumseya
COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN
Thank you so much for all the donations to the CCW Easter Basket project. The ladies of St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s filled 142 baskets that were distributed to Catherine Cobb, homeless children of Lenawee County, and even had some for the children of clients of St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Food Pantries. Easter Baskets and or Bags are available for children from infancy to 17 years of age. Many of the older children have not celebrated Easter with goodies in a long time.
We could not have done it without YOU. Thank you for letting God's love work through you.
~CCW of St. Joseph's Parish.
PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD MARCH 20, 2016
† Deceased ♥ Living
~ ~ PARISH CALENDAR ~ ~ Monday March 21, 2016, Monday of Holy Week Readings: Is 42:1-7/Jn 12:1-11
Tuesday March 22, 2016, Tuesday of Holy Week Readings: Is 49:1-6/Jn 13:21-33, 36-38
5:15 p.m. ♥ Intention of Joel & Barbara Beutler 5:45 p.m. Adoration 5:45 p.m. Sacrament of Penance Wednesday March 23, 2016, Wednesday of Holy Week Readings: Is 50:4-9a/Mt 26:14-25
8:00 a.m. † Holy Souls in Purgatory 6:15 p.m. Cantor Meeting 7:00 p.m. Parish Choir Thursday March 24, 2016, Holy Thursday Readings: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14/1 Cor 11:23-26/Jn 13:1-15
10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer Group 7:00 p.m. ♥ † Priests of the Diocese of Lansing 8:00 p.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11:00 p.m. Friday March 25, 2016, Good Friday Readings: Is 52:13—53:12/Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9/Jn 18:1—19:42
3:00 p.m. Solemn Liturgy followed by Divine Mercy Novena 9:00 p.m. Tenebrae Saturday March 26, 2016, Holy Saturday Readings: Vigil: Gn 1:1—2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a/Gn 22:1-18 or 22:1-2, 9a, 10- 13, 15-18/ Ex 14:15—15:1/Is 54:5-14/Is 55:1-11/Bar 3:9-15, 32—4:4/Ez 36:16-17a, 18-28/ Rom 6:3-11/ Lk 24:1-12
12:00 p.m. Blessing of Easter Food 3:30 p.m. Sacrament of Penance 8:30 p.m. ♥ For the newly received into the Church Sunday March 27, 2016, EASTER SUNDAY Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43/Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8/Jn 20:1-9 or Lk 24:1-12
8:00 a.m. ♥ Christians in the Holy Land 10:00 a.m. ♥ Members of the Parish
ST. MARY TRIDUUM SCHEDULE
Holy Thursday: Liturgy 7:00 p.m. Night Prayer 10:00 p.m. Good Friday: Stations of the Cross (English) 12:00 p.m. Rosary 1:00 p.m. Bilingual Stations of the Cross 2:00 p.m. (followed by Rosary) Liturgy 7:00 p.m. Holy Saturday Easter Vigil 8:30 p.m. Easter Sunday Mass 8:00 a.m. Mass 9:45 a.m. Bilingual Mass 11:45 a.m.
The Deacon’s Corner:
“BE BOLD, BE CATHOLIC”
(Prayer, Study, Generosity & Evangelization)
A Reverence for Scripture and Tradition: Study of Scripture, Tradition and Catholic Literature
We spend considerable time talking about our faith, how we need to live our faith and take that faith into the world spreading the Kingdom of God. But, how do we sustain our faith, nourishing or feeding it, ensuring that it does not become stagnant or even wane or fade away. There are several ways to nourish our faith or help it to grow including prayer, attending mass and continual practicing of our faith, but another very important way that we as Catholics accomplish this is through study.
At times we may hear the word study and it causes flashbacks to our days in school when we had to read and memorize information in preparation for an exam. But, we can look at the study of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and Catholic Literature more as a way of enriching and enlightening or enlivening our faith; keeping the Lord on the front burner reminding us of God’s love and mercy for each of us and deepening our personal relationship with Him. It is through this process of getting to know someone that we truly know them and this is also true for God. It is through this studying or enrichment that we continue to not only deepen our knowledge of Him, but we can get to know Him ever more intimately.
From the USCCB document (Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us) “This life of intimate union with Christ in the Church is maintained by spiritual helps common to all the faithful, chiefly by active participation in the Liturgy. It is also maintained by frequent reading of the word of God, sacred writings of our tradition and the official documents of the Church.”
PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD MARCH 20, 2016
GOOD FRIDAY REMINDER
Good Friday is a Day of Fast and Abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily His Resurrection.