Praying in Nature

All creation is a song of praise to God!
St. Hildegard of Bingen


On Wednesday, June 12 at 10:00 am and 6:30 pm, join Christy Granda at the Chippewa Nature Center for prayer and a song before heading out to the trails. Please register with Christy to ensure she has enough prayer guides.

Spend time with God in nature by praying with your senses!

The prayer guide has recommended trails at the Chippewa Nature Center, but the guide can be used on any walk or trail!

Nature Walk Prayer Guide

Dear Mother earth,
Who day by day unfolds rich blessing on our way,
O Praise God! Alleluia!
The fruits and flowers that verdant grow,
Let them his praise abundant show.
O praise God, O praise God, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
– St. Francis

Laidback Book Club

Tobit’s Dog

By Michael Nicholas Richard

Our next Laidback Book Club begins on March 18. We will be reading a fictional story: Tobit’s Dog by Michael Nicholas Richard. Please purchase a paper or digital copy and join us on Facebook or read along with us and then join in for a community discussion on Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00 in the parish library. Contact Christy for more information about how to join the group.


One quote from the book: “For whatever reason, be it the work of evil or pure chance, misfortune comes, but even with such misfortune God will knit something from which we might learn and be blessed. Of that you can be sure.” 


Lent 2024

Lent is a time of going very deeply into ourselves… What is it that stands between us and God? Between us and our brothers and sisters? Between us and life, the life of the Spirit? Whatever it is, let us relentlessly tear it out, without a moment’s hesitation.
~Catherine Doherty

Please consider joining us for prayer this season of Lent. Below you will find a list of prayer opportunities at the parish.

Mass:

Wednesday & Thursday: 8:30 am
Saturday: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am (livestreamed)
Sunday: 11:00 am

Evening Prayer:

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

Stations of the Cross:

Friday, February 16 at 7:00 pm
Fridays beginning February 23 at Noon

Reconciliation

Communal Reconciliation

March 10 | 2:00 pm | Blessed Sacrament

Individual Reconciliation

First Saturday of the month at 2:30 pm.

Taize Prayer

Wednesday, March 13
Prayer at 6:30 pm

Holy Hour with Bishop Gruss

Wednesday, March 20
7:00 – 8:00 pm

2nd Stations of the Cross, Jesus is given his cross, Church of the Holy Trinity in Gemunden am Main, Bavaria, Germany

Around the MACC

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Our Lady of Grace
St. Brigid of Kildare

Jesus & Java

Sometimes all you need is coffee with God and his people.

Come meet with fellow coffee and tea drinkers who want to talk about topics of faith while fueling our caffeine cravings on June 11th at 9:00 at Cultivate Coffee and Tea in the Midland Mall.  Since our parish feast day takes place this month, we will discuss Christ in the Eucharist.  What does this mean to you?

If you have questions, please contact Christy Granda.

Wednesday Morning Scripture Study

You are invited to join us from 9:30-11:00 on Wednesday mornings.

On Wednesdays beginning September 13th from 9:30-11:00 am, we will be diving into Little Rock’s Scripture Study’s The Gospel According to John Part One.  This covers the magnificent prologue of John’s Gospel and a portion of Jesus’ ministry filled with the signs of his divine nature.

The cost of the book is $12, and you may drop by the Faith Formation office to sign up and pick up your book.   

About The Gospel According to John Part One

The Gospel of John is a testament to the divine nature of Jesus, the Word made flesh, the Light of the World. Part One of our study (John 1-10) covers the magnificent prologue of John’s Gospel and a significant portion of Jesus’ ministry. This ministry is highlighted by miraculous “signs” that reveal Jesus’ true nature and his relationship with the Father.

Afternoon Bible Break

Afternoon Bible Break: A bi-weekly bible study to refresh your spirit

Looking for something to brighten your winter days? Join our small group as we study Luke: The Good News of God’s Mercy. We learn through Luke, that God acts through Jesus Christ to meet our deepest needs, encouraging us to welcome God’s actions in our lives, and then go out and offer God’s mercy to the world around us 

Wednesdays, 12:30-2 pm
Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21, Mar. 6, 20

Stop by the Parish office to register and purchase a book.
Books cost $9.00. 

Questions: Call Kathy Doering- 839-9273, Carmen Gray-832-4164 

Description:

An overview of the key themes and messages of the book of Luke are offered in this Bible study, Luke: The Good News of God’s Mercy. The overriding message of the book of Luke, that God has acted through Jesus Christ to meet our deepest needs, encourages us to welcome God’s actions throughout our lives and, in turn, to go out and offer God’s mercy to the world around us.

For busy adults who want to study the Bible but don’t know where to begin, Six Weeks with the Bible provides an inviting starting point. Each guide is divided into six concise, 90-minute segments that introduce one book of the Bible. All biblical text is printed in the guides, which means no additional study aids are required.

Christ Renews

Life has a way of teaching us that all of our commitments, including our commitment to Christ, need continual renewal if we are to be faithful!

Christ Renews is an ongoing process for the personal spiritual renewal of men and women over the age of 18 that results in the renewal of our faith community. The process begins with a weekend of prayer, talks given by members of our Midland Area parishes, times of silence and reflection, social activities, and small group discussion. This all takes place in a relaxed, prayerful, and caring atmosphere. Participants are free to share as much or as little as they wish. This is a wonderful time spent exploring our faith and growing in our relationship with Christ.

Think and pray seriously about this opportunity

  • do you need to deepen your faith?
  • do you need space for your inner journey?
  • is your life out of balance?
  • are you out of touch with the action of God in your life?
  • are you seeking to enrich your understanding of what it means to be a Christian in today’s world?
  • do you see yourself as “church”? As a disciple of Jesus?
  • do you need to listen anew to Jesus’ call?

What about the cost?

The renewal weekend is a gift from the team putting on the weekend to the participants attending the weekend.  Volunteers provide food and service.

Who facilitates the weekend?

A team of people from the previous Christ Renews weekend is in formation now with a Spiritual Director, preparing to make your weekend a truly special experience.

What happens during the weekend?

The many activities include prayer, reflection, talks, small group discussions, and social activities; all in a relaxed, prayerful, and caring atmosphere. Participants are free to share as much, or as little, as they wish. The entire weekend is informal. Casual clothes are recommended.

There will be a Reconciliation Service and we participate in Sunday Eucharist together with the rest of the parish community. There are opportunities for private and shared prayer.

It is a Spirit-filled weekend!

The Sharing Plate

Hey parish family! Did you know that there’s a Sharing Plate with yummy treats being passed around the parish? Sign up to join in the fun! Enjoy the treats that you receive and then fill up the plate with your family favorites and pass it on to another parish family!

The plate has already started to pass around and will continue through May. Want to join in the fun?

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Sign up below!

Step 2: You’ll be contacted by a parish family to set up your plate delivery. This would be a good time to make sure the family is aware of any food allergies that you or a member of your family has.

Step 3: Receive the plate and enjoy the treats on it. This is also a great time to take pictures to share with us on Facebook and to add your name and story to the blessing book that came with the plate.

Step 4: Contact the next person on the list that came with the plate to set up your drop-off. Please try to set up a delivery for the next family within 5 days of receiving the plate.

Step 5: Fill up the plate with your family’s favorite treats and pass it on!

Have questions? Please call the Faith Formation office at 835-6777 (extension 236).

Sign-up:

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