4:00pm Holy Family Willard
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Thorp Deanery Alpha
Starting Monday January 23
6:00pm to 8:00pm
St. Anthony Church Hall
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“Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.”
The diocesan Rural Life Committee asked that I make known to you that you saved an orphanage full of children from hunger this winter. The Committee learned that most of this year’s Project Milk shipment from the Diocese of La Crosse to the orphanage at Casa Hogar in Lima Peru was stolen before it arrived. Milk is a principle source of protein in their diet. But thanks to the $10,000.00 we had raised for them as part of our Rural Life Day celebration the fall of 2015 and which they had been using very sparingly, they were able to purchase milk locally to see them through. I don’t know about you, but that fills me with deep satisfaction and peace knowing we were able to help in such a critical way. To help save a child from hunger, is the biggest catch I ever hope to make in life.
The Diocesan Rural Life Committee also asked us to promote Project Seed again this year. Please see the insert in today’s bulletin. Project Seed is sponsored by the Diocese of Lacrosse. It provides non-genetically modified seed at a reasonable price. If you would like to talk with a local farmer who has used the seed, please contact Alan Walters (715-255-8166). It is the belief of the Diocesan Rural Life Committee that using non-GMO seed avoids the many complications surrounding the selling of the product overseas, the unknown effects long term of consuming such products, and reduces the farmer’s dependency on those who produce the GMO seed.
On Wednesday of this week I will meet with parents of Sophomores to explain our Vital Signs Confirmation Program. We ask the sophomores to begin journaling their experiences of involvement in the parish, service in the community and prayer. Between the three parishes we have 20 sophomores this year. This Confirmation Program is our primary way to draw these young people into an active faith life before they step out onto their own. If we don’t catch these young men and women now, we may not see them in our churches again.
This letter was written before the Pastoral Council’s had their joint meeting last Thursday so I can’t share what they decided regarding the hiring of a new Coordinator of Religious Education. What ever was decided will become agenda for this coming Thursday’s joint meeting of our Finance Councils. At our Religious Education Committee meeting January 5th there were strong feelings expressed about our need to strengthen our whole Religious Education program if we want to keep our youth engaged in the faith and so assure a future for our parishes. They felt there is no higher priority in our parishes right now than to be fishers of our youth.
Next Sunday we begin our week of celebrating the gift our Catholic Schools are to us. The St. Anthony Holy Name Men want to get us off to a good start by providing a homemade pancake breakfast They will be serving regular and blueberry pancakes, eggs, sausage, cheese curds and applesauce from 8:00am to 12:30pm. The school will be celebrating all week long with special events. St. Mary’s Grandparents Day will be on Wednesday Feb. 1 beginning with Mass at 10:15am. St. Anthony’s has moved its Grandparents Day out of Catholic Schools Week and winter weather to May 19. St. Anthony’s school children will provide special music at the 10:30am Liturgy February 5th. If there are children safely in our nets, they are at St. Mary and St. Anthony’s schools!
I hope you have all purchased your tickets for this year’s Catholic School Dinner & Auction of Giving. This event just gets better and better every year. In addition to a fabulous meal, and the best of people, the auction is always a heart warming experience of the tremendous good will of our community…. both in terms of the items given for the auction and the generosity of those who purchase them. As just one example, the Bob & Darlene Langfeldt family have donated a city lot in Loyal from their parents estate. It is 9,405 square feet and located on the north side of Hwy 98 between South Street and Central Street in Loyal. There will also be quilts and crafts that would grace every home. All proceeds are divided evenly between St. Anthony’s and St. Mary’s Catholic Schools. Help us keep these children safely in our nets!
The more we follow Him, the more we become fishers of men, women & youth!
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