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Fr. John Gerritts - October 21, 2018


Congratulations to our young adults who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this Saturday evening. Bishop Powers will be with us for the 5 PM Mass and confer the Sacrament upon the candidates. We have 60 candidates who have worked hard to prepare themselves for this sacrament, and we should be proud of each and every one of them.

Many of them participated in our mission trip this past summer. All attended at least one retreat and several attended multiple retreats. Some volunteered with our vacation Bible school, Totus Tuus, Summer Stretch, or at Extreme Faith Camp. This is the first group of juniors to be confirmed from our parish in the fall of their junior year. Our hope is now that they have almost two years of high school left during which they can continue to be a part of a small group and take on a liturgical ministry. We know several will help with our Quest retreat in January for the freshman and sophomores. Please keep our youth in your prayers.

In response to the Pennsylvania grand jury findings of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, Bishop Powers will lead two evenings of reparation within our Diocese. The first is at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Rhinelander, on Monday, October 22. The second will be at Saint Patrick in Hudson, on Tuesday, October 23. The evening will begin at 6:30 with Eucharistic Adoration in the main church. This will be followed by a Mass of Reconciliation and Healing at 7 PM. Following the Mass will be a time of hospitality including refreshments. All are invited to attend from our parish, and the neighboring parishes are being invited to attend as well.

This is one of three ways our Parish Pastoral Council is encouraging us to offer input to our Bishop concerning how we hope he, our Diocese, and the bishops as a whole would respond to this crisis within our church. The time of hospitality following the Mass on Tuesday, October 23, will allow for some time of informal personal interaction with our Bishop. A more formal way to provide input regarding your thoughts and ideas is to write him a letter. His address is: Most Reverend James Powers, Bishop of Superior, P.O. Box 969, Superior, WI 54880.

A final way to provide input will be at a listening session our Parish Pastoral Council is hosting on Sunday, November 4, at 3 PM. The listening session will be held in the parish hall or lower level of the church. There will be a moderator and few rules, for example a time limit per each speaker so all who wish will have a chance to speak. The session will begin with a prayer, followed by a few remarks from the moderator and a representative from the Parish Pastoral Council. A microphone will then be opened to anyone desiring to speak. We anticipate the session being finished by 5 PM.

During the listening session Parish Pastoral Council members will be present taking notes, but will respectfully listen to all input. Whether it is anger/ frustration, stories of past abuse, gratitude for the service many priests offer, constructive suggestions on reform, or anything related to the abuse crisis – the council hopes to hear from you. Following the meeting the Council will meet to review the comments and suggestions. Council members will compose a letter to our Bishop on behalf of the parish with five to ten suggestions of ways we would hope to see the Church respond to this crisis. 




 
           






















































THIS WEEK

Friday, October 19
5:45 AM That Man is You
9:00 AM Mass at School
11:00 AM Funeral for Robert Allison
6:30 PM Spooky Family Fun Night at School

~ Saturday, October 20
8:00 AM Dustbusters
8:30 AM Music Rehearsal
10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Mass with Confirmation 

~ Sunday, October 21
Social by CCW
8:30 AM Mass

10:30 AM Mass 
7:00 PM Oasis


~ Monday, October 22
8:00 AM Mass 
9:00 AM Bakery and Produce Giveaway
9:00 AM Walking with Purpose

6:00 PM Boy Scouts
6:00 PM Music Rehearsal
8:00 PM Walking with Purpose

~Tuesday, October 23
8:00 AM Mass
4:00 PM Extended Food Shelf Hours
6:00 PM Family Rosary
6:30 PM Adoration and Mass of Reconciliation and Healing
7:00 PM Financial Peace University

~ Wednesday, October 24
7:30 AM PSAT Testing
8:00 AM Mass
10:00 AM Mass - CCH
4:30 PM Faith Formation at School
7:00 PM Wednesday Night Live

~Thursday
, October 25
6:45 AM Toastmasters
8:00 AM Liturgy of the Word with Communion
9:15 AM Bible Study
9:30 AM Small Group Faith Sharing
1:00 PM Charity Quilters
4:00 PM Football Boosters Dinner
4:00 PM Parent Teacher Conferences
7:00 PM Praise Company Rehearsal

~ Friday, October 26
5:45 AM That Man is You
8:00 AM Liturgy of the Word with Communion


~ Saturday, October 27
8:00 AM Dustbusters
10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Epic
5:00 PM Soul Singers
5:00 PM Mass 

~ Sunday, October 28
8:30 AM Mass
10:30 AM Children's Choir
10:30 AM Mass 
11:30 AM Baptism


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