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April 3, 2011          FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

THIS WEEK IN OUR PARISH

Mass & Services

Saturday (Apr. 2) 4th Sun. of Lent  -           Mass --                              4:00pm

Sunday (Apr. 3)  4th Sun. of Lent              Mass --                               9:00am

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Sunday Evening Mass --                               5:30pm

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

Friday, (April 8) 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

                         

                     Next Weekend April 2/3, 2011

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Saturday     Sunday Mass                                       4:00pm                                      

Sunday       Sunday Mass                                       9:00am

                    Sunday Evening Mass                         5:30pm

                                                                                                    

DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS

Mon     2 Kgs: 5: 1-15b                    Lk 4: 24-30  

Tues    Dn 3: 25 , 34-43                    Mt 18: 21 -35                                                                 

Wed    Dt 4:1,  5-9                          Mt 5: 17-19         

Thurs  Jer 7:  23-28                          Lk 11: 14-23  

Fri      Hos  14: 2-10                         Mk 12: 28-34                                                             

Sat     Hos 6: 1-6                             Lk 18: 9-14                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                             

NEXT WEEKEND SCRIPTURE READINGS

Fourth  Sunday of Lent

1 Sm  16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a       Eph 5: 8-14       Jn  9: 1-41           

                                               

PARISH SUPPORT                                  March 20, 2011

Envelope Holders                   350

Weekly Envelopes                  151              3649.50

Loose                                                        277.62                         

Special Restoration Projects         6               235.00                               

Church Improvement                                   20.00

Literature                                         5                 29.50                             

Flowers                                    35                282.50                       

Children’s                                        1                    1.00          

                                                          $    4,495.12

Catholic Relief Services                        7                 90.00

Week 12                    Target                                Actual

03/20/2011         $ 5,700.00                         4,495.12                       

To Date               68,400.00                       51,613.81

Thursday, March 31, 2011

 

 

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT          

Exodus 13:2, 1 Samuel 16:13a,Ephesians 5:11-12,14  

  John 9:3,5,9, 12,17,33  Responsorial Psalm 23

               

            Gospel:  The first lines of the Gospel place Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well in the midst of the age-old enmity between Jews and Samaritans. They hated each other the more, per-haps, because they had so much in common—they shared not only a common ancestor, Jacob, but they worshipped the same God and read the same scrip-tures. But their differences drove them apart, and for a devout Jew contact with a Samaritan was enough to incur ritual uncleanness. Only in that context can the surprise of this encounter come through. In reaching out to the Samaritan woman, Jesus breaks down many barriers.

            The long dialogue between them is like a gradual process of initiation; there is a movement from resistance to acceptance, from literal to symbolic. At first, Jesus asks the woman for a drink, and the woman is concerned with etiquette: she points out to him that in accepting a drink from her hands he will violate the prescriptions of his own tradition. Then Jesus speaks of something new: “living water” (John 4:10 ). Still literal, the woman points out that Jesus does “not even have a bucket” (John 4:11 ), but she begins to wonder who Jesus is, who makes such promises: “Are you greater than our father Jacob. . . ?”  (John 4:12). And then, moving still deeper, Jesus shows that living water leads to “eternal life” (John 4:14 ). Now, her gaze turned inward, the woman asks for this gift for herself.

            In the second part of the dialogue, the revelations go even deeper. Jesus reveals that he knows the woman’s past, and she acknowledges the truth of what he says; in fact, his understanding of her sinfulness is a sign for her that he is truly “a prophet” (John 4:19). As she acknowledges her own past, Jesus reveals to her more about himself: he is not only the giver of “living water,” but more; he is the Messiah, who will lead all people to a deeper worship of the Father, “in Spirit and truth” (John 4:23). And the woman, fully initiated, as it were, goes out to speak of what Jesus has done, and many others come to meet Jesus at the well and invite him into their homes.

here in worship forever. The voice of God is heard speaking to the apostles the same words Jesus heard at his baptism: “This is my be-loved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” And when the vision is gone, Jesus is still there, gently touching them and telling them not to be afraid. As they come down the mountain, he asks them not to speak of the vision until after he has been raised from the dead. Why the secrecy? Be-cause only from the perspective of the cross will the vision they have seen make sense.

 

 

DO TO HERE

SPECIAL NOTE

 Our Parish Custodian, Ed Sprague, had  recent surgery and is now recuperating at home. We send our best wishes and prayers for a quick recovery. If you would like to send him cards, his address is: 2415 Wheeler Road , Bay City , MI ,  48706 .

 

LITTLE FLOWER REMINDER

The Little Flower Altar Society monthly Business Breakfast Meeting will take place after the 9:00 AM Mass this Sunday, April 3rd.

 

SAINT VINCENT de Paul NOTICE

 The St. Vincent de Paul monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, April 7th, at 10:00 AM at the Renewal Center .

 

WITH SYMPATHY

            Dolores Marie Kipfmiller, one of our parishioners, has passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2011 . Her Funeral Liturgy and Rite of Committal has taken place on Tuesday, March 29th, at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of the Visitation. Her family would like to thank everyone who helped make the Funeral Luncheon possible. Our caring thoughts and prayers also go out to her loving family at this time.

 

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.

 

TO ALL THE LADIES OF THE PARISH

            A “Huge” Thank You for all the food donations you have given so many times when being called on very often for the Funerals.  It is

truly appreciated!

 

COMMUNAL RECONCILIATION

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

 

BISHOP’S CHARITY BALL:   Please see the Ticket Application Form (Bulletin insert) for the 2011 Bishop’s Charity Ball, to be held on Friday, April 29, at Horizons Conference Ctr, Saginaw .

 

THE BIG RAFFLE CELEBRATION

Raffle tickets for Raising Funds for Catholic Educa-tion in the Diocese of Saginaw Event on May 17, 2011 are now available.  They are $5.00 each. This celebration will take place at the Horizons Con-ference Center in Saginaw . Prizes are:  Grand Prize:  2011 Chevy Malibu or 2011 Chevy Cruze, or $10,000 Cash; Second: Trip for Two to Rome , Italy ;  Third: Home Improvement (5,000 Value); Fourth: Computer Laptop; Fifth: Three $1,000 Cash Awards.  Please see posters in the Church vestibule for full details. Tickets can be purchased at the Parish Office.   

 

 


 

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