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For some time I have had people ask whether we could occasionally have a Mass earlier on weekday mornings, similar to what we do on the Fridays during Lent and on Holy Days. With the start of a new school year, we will again have Mass each Friday with our school students. On the first Friday of the month this Mass takes place at church. It would seem that if we were to offer an early option occasionally, the first Friday of each month would be the best time for this to happen. That way those who attend Friday morning Mass will have two options: to come a little earlier or come a bit later.

Thus beginning the first Friday in September – September 5 – we will have a morning Mass at 6:30 AM in the chapel and a Mass at 9:15 AM in the main church. We will not have an 8:00 AM Mass that day. As we make this change, it is also good for us to remember the tradition in the Church of attending Mass on Fridays. Just as each Sunday is a recognition of the anniversary of Christ’s resurrection, so too each Friday has long been recognized as a remembrance of Christ’s crucifixion. Saint Pope John XXIII encouraged the faithful to practice acts of penance on all Fridays, not merely during Lent, and also offered devotions on each Friday to the Precious Blood of Christ that was shed on a Friday.

Further, in the 17th century, Jesus appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, speaking to her about his Sacred Heart. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus spread and particularly became popular after her death. Many Catholics try to attend Mass on Fridays, even if they cannot attend Mass on other weekdays, to continue this devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and His Most Precious Blood.

You may notice a few changes in the arrangement of our altar furniture. We have moved the altar more to the center and forward, slanted the ambo, raised the crucifix, and relocated the presider’s chair. This is in preparation for receiving a new altar that the Knights of Columbus plan to donate to our parish in honor of their 100th anniversary. We have been working with Johan van Parys, director of Liturgy and the Sacred Arts at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, for the design of the altar, but at the same time also looking at our entire space so that we can have a master plan of how we might enhance our space as items need to be replaced or opportunities become available to make changes.

With the start of September, we will again welcome to our parish Mr. Sam Schneider. Sam is a seminarian studying for our Diocese, the Diocese of Superior, and starting his second year of graduate studies. Sam will generally be with us each Wednesday afternoon and evening and one weekend per month as a part of his formation program. As a Diocese we have two new seminarians starting studies this fall. One is a sophomore in college and the other is beginning his graduate studies. They join Sam and two other seminarians who are in graduate studies. Please keep these young men in your prayers as we continue to pray for vocations.

As we begin a new school year, let us remember to pray often for students, teachers, and school staff. We pray for those students who are moving away from home for the first time, for students starting new schools, and for the safety of all students. We pray for teachers, that they too may be kept safe, are encouraged by the work they do, and always serve as good role models for their students.  And we pray for school staff, that they may know that the work they do supports the education of children, that they will serve as good role models for students, and – because they are often called upon to protect children – may they themselves work in an environment that is safe.


Fr. John Gerritts
August 31, 2014


 
        


                              












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THIS WEEK


~ Saturday August 30
8:00 AM Dust Busters
10:00 AM Reconciliation
Funeral for James Murphy
5:00 PM Mass
Scrip available after Mass


~Sunday August 31

Masses: 7 AM, 9AM, 11AM
NO 7 PM MASS UNTIL AFTER MEMORIAL DAY
Scrip available after Masses


~Monday September 1
 Labor Day
8:00 AM Mass
9:15 AM Bakery and Produce Give Away


~ Tuesday September 2
First Day of School
8:00 AM Mass

6:00 PM Family Rosary
6:30 PM Light Weigh One King
7:00 PM KC Meeting

~ Wednesday September 3
8:00 AM Mass
10:00 AM Mass -  CCH


~ Thursday September 4
8:00 AM Mass
9:15 Staff Meeting
9:30 AM Bible Study
1:00 PM Charity Quilters
7:00 PM Praise Company Rehearsal

~ Friday September 5
6:30 AM Mass

9:30 AM School Mass at Church
12:30 PM Golf Tournament

~Saturday September 6
8:00 AM Dust Busters
10:00 AM Reconciliation
5:00 PM Mass
Scrip & Coffee available after Mass






DIOCESAN VOCATIONS PRAYER

O God, we earnestly ask you to bless our diocese with many priests, brothers, sisters and deacons who will love You with their whole mind and heart and gladly spend their entire lives serving Your Church and making You known and loved. Bless our families, bless our children, and choose from our homes those needed for your work. Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for our priests, religious, and deacons. Obtain for us many more. We ask this through Christ our Lord.    Amen.


   










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