The power of just mercy is that it belongs to the undeserving.
Christ is the Morning Star,
who, when the night of this world is past,
gives to his saints the promise of the light of life,
and opens everlasting day.
– Venerable Bede
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 dig into 1 and 2 Thessalonians: Stand Firm in Faith. This study offers a close look at Paul’s advice to an early community of believers, a message that can help us live out the Christian life today.
Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9, 23, Mar. 9, 23
Questions: Call Kathy Doering- 839-9273 or Carmen Gray-832-4164
Books are $9. Stop by the Parish office to register and purchase a book.
The use of the wreath and candles during Advent are a longstanding Catholic tradition that was originally adopted by Christians in the Middle Ages as part of their spiritual preparation for Christmas.
Stewardship is a one-word summary of the Christian way of life.
“You also must be prepared for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
Spending five months recently in my parents’ apartment as a caregiver has given me a deeper insight into this Gospel.
We are told to wait expectantly for the Master’s return, to be alert to that moment when the Lord Jesus will return to take us into eternity, as well as to the moment when Christ the King will return in glory on the last day.
Be alert and at work, treating others justly and doing your duty. He whom the Master finds conducting himself in this way will be rewarded.
For all of us, those last 10 or 15 years waiting for the Master’s return are definitely times of being alert. Alert to one’s own changing issues around health and that of the loved one we may be caring for. Alert to insurance issues and long-term care preparation. Alert to the questions surrounding the time to begin nursing home care, move someone into memory care or arrange for at-home care. Rather than “staying awake” these years can be filled with sleepless days and nights where we toss and turn from exhaustion, worry, financial concerns, wondering how do we best love. We could find ourselves overwhelmed with the love we are trying to show our spouse and the feelings of grief and guilt, and just feeling we are not-enough for the daily multiplying needs…. Our own and others…
Jesus says that he will come at a moment we don’t expect, and yet we spend YEARS preparing for it on every level. Years of love, of service, of suffering, of surrender, of doing to Jesus what we are doing for another. Jesus’ coming is not tomorrow or next year. He comes suddenly and unexpectedly into our midlife and aging lives TODAY. He comes not to check up on us. No. In the struggle of these aging-years, struggles that seem to just compound over time, Jesus is gathering us to himself, through the tender endless acts of love rendered at every moment to each other, to spouse, parent, child, relative…. “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world…. Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me“ (See Mt. 25:34-40).
Kathryn James Hermes, FSP, is the author of the newly released title: Reclaim Regret: How God Heals Life’s Disappointments, by Pauline Books and Media. An author and spiritual mentor, she offers spiritual accompaniment for the contemporary Christian’s journey towards spiritual growth and inner healing. She is the director of My Sisters, where people can find spiritual accompaniment from the Daughters of St. Paul on their journey. Website: www.touchingthesunrise.com Public Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/srkathrynhermes/ For monthly spiritual journaling guides, weekly podcasts and over 50 conferences and retreat programs join my Patreon community: https://www.patreon.com/srkathryn.
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Join the Knights for Soup Suppers!
For the last 15 years our parishioners have enjoyed the gathering together in the winter months for a hot soup supper after a Saturday evening Mass once a month. Our Mass comes alive with the joy of the Eucharist, then the Eucharistic celebration would continue in the Social Hall with our soup supper. We are so excited to be able to come together again and share soup suppers together!
We will continue to follow all the Covid protections. All donations are directed to help the K of C charities such as our Youth group and Diocesan Seminarians.
Below are the soup supper dates for this year. All soup suppers takes place after Saturday Mass unless otherwise noted.
1st Annual MACC Car Show a Success!
Saturday, September 18 was a beautiful day for a car show! The first annual MACC Car Show can absolutely be classified as a success! Thank you to everyone who brought vehicles to display, and a big thank you to everyone who came to check out the cars. Thank you to the volunteers and organizers who put so much work into this event to make it a success. It was a great day to be outside and see everyone. This event will be back next year! Check out the pictures below!
South Wing Building Update
Last fall, the former school wing of the Parish Center was assessed by Three Rivers Construction to determine viability for future endeavors. Three Rivers determined that the building structure was in good condition and identified some minor cosmetic issues to be resolved. The hope was that the south wing of the Parish Center might be home to nonprofits in Midland in line with the Church’s mission of care for the poor, education, and also provide an opportunity for our parish community to serve.
As we previously communicated in May, a task force was assembled to determine what nonprofits had a need for space and fell in line with the Church’s mission. After site visits and discussions, an invitation was extended to the Legacy Center. Unfortunately, due to restrictions at the diocesan level, the Legacy Center was unable to move into the space and continue their mission of tutoring children. They remain in their location on the corner of Waldo and James Savage. Although the Legacy Center will not be located in the south wing of the Parish Center, they are always looking for volunteers. Please consider giving your time to this amazing organization.
However, one nonprofit was able to utilize the space: ACT Uganda. They are using a room for storage of handcrafted items made by the women and men of the Muko Empowerment Program. It also serves as their packaging center for online sales. To learn more about this organization or to purchase handcrafted items, please visit their website.
The other rooms continue to be used in service of the Church’s mission. Our high school youth ministry program will meet there on Sunday evenings to alleviate COVID concerns of meeting in homes. Other programs that are utilizing the space include: bible study meetings, prayer groups, chair yoga, etc.
We continue to be hopeful that our original goal of housing nonprofits in line with the Church’s mission will come to fruition. We will continue to keep you updated on any developments in a timely manner.
Updated September 21, 2021