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THIS WEEK IN OUR PARISH

Mass & Services

Saturday (Apr. 9) 5th Sun. of Lent  --

                                Mass -- 4:00pm

Sunday (Apr. 10)  5th Sun. of Lent

                                Mass -- 9:00am

Communal Reconciliation     4:30pm

Sunday Evening Mass -- 5:30pm

Wednesday (Apr.13) Mass/Confession —   6:00pm

Friday, (April 15) Way of the Cross --          4:30pm  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                             Classes & Meetings      

Monday        Family Faith Formation                     6:30pm

Tuesday       DIM Sml Grp   (2)                           10:30am

                   DIM Sml Grp (2)                              7:00pm

Wednesday   DIM Sml Grp                                   10:00am

                   DIM Sml Grp                                    6:00pm

                   Boy Scouts                                       7:00pm                     

                   Prayer Group                                    7:30pm

Thursday       DIM Sml Grp                                    7:00pm

Friday           DIM Sml Grp                                     10:00am    

Saturday       AA Meeting                                        8:00pm

                    Small Group Meetings End

                     Next Weekend April 16/17, 2011

                              Palm Sunday

Saturday     Sunday Mass                                       4:00pm                                      

Sunday       Sunday Mass                                      9:00am

                    Sunday Evening Mass                         5:30pm

                                                                                                    

DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS

Mon             Dn 13: 1-9, 15-17,  19-30, 33-62   

Tues           Nm 21: 4-9     Jn 8: 21 -30                                                                 

Wed            Dn 3:14-20,    91-92, 95   Jn 8: 31-42   

Thurs           Gn 17: 3-9     Jn 8: 51-59  

Fri              Jer  20: 10-13  Jn 10: 31-42                                                             

Sat             Ez 37: 21-28   Jn 11: 45-56                                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                             

NEXT WEEKEND SCRIPTURE READINGS

Palm Sunday

Mt 21:1-11(37) Is 50: 4-7    Phil  2: 6-11    Mt 26: 14-27:66                    

PARISH SUPPORT                                  April 3, 2011

Envelope Holders                                 350

Weekly Envelopes                                181              5352.50

Loose                                                 343.10                          

Special Restoration Projects                    14                155 .00                               

Church Improvement                              33                 495.50      .                   

Literature                                                        2                  10.00                             

Flowers                                                  3                  50.00                                                                          

                                                                                    $     6,406.10   

Catholic Relief Services                                 4                 215.00 

Week 14                      Target                          Actual

04/03/2011         $ 5,700.00                   6,406.10                        

To Date                79,800.00                62,219.42             

           

Church Cleaning This Week

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Joan Adamkiewicz & Jan Luptowski

 

 

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT          

Romans 8:8,  2 Corinthians 4:10,

  John 11:11 , 21-22,25,33,35,44 Responsorial Psalm 130

               

            The Gospel is the account of the raising of Lazarus. This is the last and greatest of Jesus’  “signs,” and it marks a turning point in John’s account: from this point on, the movement to silence Jesus gains force and strength, and the reli-gious authorities make plans to have him arrested.

            Mary, Martha, and Lazarus are friends of Jesus, and so when Lazarus falls ill, they send word to the Lord. And Jesus determines to go back to Bethany , which is not far from Jerusalem , in spite of the dangers that encompass him. For reasons that the Gospel does not explain, Jesus delays his return. But he already knows what he will do there: he will “awaken” Lazarus.  He knows that in “awakening” Lazarus from the sleep of death, he will awaken faith in many. . . .

            The story unfolds in a series of dramatic en-counters. Martha meets Jesus halfway. Even before Jesus says anything to her, she professes her faith in him: “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now, I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” Martha believes in the Resurrection, but Jesus opens up a whole new dimension: “I am the resurrection and the life.”

            In the encounter with Martha, we see Jesus at his most divine. But when her sister Mary comes forward with the other mourners, we see Jesus at his most human. Jesus is overwhelmed by their grief: “he became perturbed and deeply troubled. . . And Jesus wept.” Jesus, we know, was like us in all things except sin. And here, the Christ who is soon to undergo suffering and death shares in the agonizing grief that comes to those who have lost a beloved friend.

            Jesus comes to the tomb, and with a word calls Lazarus forth.There are strong parallels to the Resurrection of Christ in this passage: the tomb in the rock, the faithful women; the stone rolled away, the rising to new life. But the contrasts are just as powerful. Lazarus is raised to a life that will have another ending: when his time comes, he will die and be buried again. Christ’s Resurrection is something entirely new. . . Lazarus comes forth from the tomb still “tied hand and foot with burial bands.” But when Jesus is raised, he leaves the burial cloths behind; he will never need them again.

           

 

MOTHER/DAUGHTER BREAKFAST

            The Annual Visitation Little Flower Altar Society Mother/Daughter Breakfast will be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday, May 1, 2011 after the 9:00 AM Mass. Charge for the Breakfast is $5.00, children 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at the Rectory Office.  Looking forward to a good turnout and hope to see you there!

 

SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON

The National Honor Society--All Saints Central High School is again sponsoring this Luncheon to thank senior citizens for support of Catholic education. It will be on Thursday, April 28th, at Village Hall, Johnson Street . Doors open at 10:30 AM and lunch will be served at 11:30 AM . The event is free but you MUST have a ticket to attend. Tickets can be picked up at the Parish Office.

 

MEETING CHANGE REMINDER

            The monthly Parish Council Meeting has been postponed and will take place on Tuesday, April 26th, at 6:00 PM .

 

CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL

            During the past weeks, all parishioners should have received two letters about CSA 2011—one from Fr. Steve, and the other from Bishop Cistone. The Bishop’s letter included the form and envelope needed to make your annual pledge.

            Our parish target this year is $ 34,900.00.           

Please consider making a pledge of 1% of your in-come after taxes. Return your completed pledge form/payment to our Parish Office.  You also may drop it in the weekend collection or send by mail. There are extra forms in the Church vestibule.

           

EASTER GARDEN

            On Easter Sunday, we will have our garden set up. Anyone wishing to bring in fresh plants in memory of loved ones is asked to have them brought in on Good Friday—All Day—and Holy Saturday—8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

 

EASTER CHURCH CLEANING

On Monday, April 18th, we need volunteers, both men and women, to do general cleaning of the Church in preparation for Easter.  Please be there at 9:00 AM on Monday.  NOTE: If there happens to be a funeral on that Monday, the cleaning will be done the next day, Tuesday, April 19th.

 

ANNUAL BAKE SALE

            Our Visitation Little Flower Society will have its Annual Bake Sale on Palm Sunday week-end, (April 16-17).  They would appreciate any donation of baked goods and also your patronage at the Sale . Donated baked goods can be dropped off at the Parish Hall between 3:15-4:00 PM on Saturday, April 16, and 8:15-9:00 AM on Sunday, April 17. BAKED GOODS WILL BE SOLD AFTER BOTH MASSES.

 

2011 BISHOP’S CHARITY BALL:   will be held on Friday, April 29, at Horizons Conference Ctr, Saginaw . Includes dinner, dancing and Silent Auction. The event benefits families in need of Catholic School tuition assistance. Information: call (989) 797-6693 or www.saginaw.org.

 

COMMUNAL RECONCILIATION

Our Lenten Communal Reconciliation Service is taking  place TODAY, Sunday, April 10, at 4:30 PM .  (5:30 PM Mass will follow.)

 

CHRISM MASS:  Tuesday, April 19, 10:30 AM at St. Mary Cathedral.

 

TRIDUUM

Holy Thursday, April 21, 6:00 PM- Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Washing  of the Feet – 8:00 -

11:00 PM --Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

            Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion,

April 22, 6:00 PM .

Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil, April 23, 9:00 PM .

Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection April 24, 9:00 AM and 5:30 PM .

 

 
 


 

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