4:00pm Holy Family Willard
6:30pm St. Anthony Loyal
8:30am St. Mary Greenwood
10:30am St. Anthony Loyal
8:15am Holy Family Willard
8:15am St. Anthony Loyal
8:15am St. Mary Greenwood
8:15am St. Anthony Loyal
Five parish members are going to Saiker, Kenya June 30-July 9. We will help our sister parish start the gardens our Advent Fundraiser has made possible. Help us raise the funds to go by attending:
June 4, 2016
6:00pm at Parkway Pines
by calling Parish Office 715-255-8017
Dear of People of St. Anthony, St. Mary and Holy Family Parish:
“They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets.”
How many times have you said, or heard someone say: “I get back so much more than I give.” When it seems like you are giving yourself away but you end up more full than when you started, you know Christ is at work. He is working his miracle of multiplication again, turning shortages into abundance and emptiness into overflowing bounty.
As St. Mary’s and St. Anthony’s school years end this Wednesday it fills me with joy to know that along with math, spelling and social studies, these young people know where real happiness lies and the miracle of multiplication that Jesus can work through them. I wish all families a summer of wonder, good honest work and times of deep relaxation. It promises to be a summer of wonder in several ways.
June 30 th five of us will leave for Kenya Africa to build our sister parish relationship with the Massai people of Saikeri by helping them put in the gardens we made possible through our amazing collection of over $10,000.00 this past Advent. The green house and drip irrigation teaching farm is up on the parish grounds. Now families will take the garden kits we sent them and put what they’ve learned into practice. Although Alan and Pat Billings have done plenty of gardening in their day, Megan Melcher will be our team expert. She has a degree in horticulture and ran the gardens at the Spooner Experimental Farm during the summers of her college years.
Besides adding a strong back to our team, Aarica Humke is our investment in the future of the mission. We hope to be sending groups back and forth for years to come. And we have long sought ways to draw our youth back into active involvement in the Church. We believe she will return and inspire many other young people to become a part of Christ’s work in this world.
Next Saturday, June 4 th, is our Mission Fund Benefit Dinner at Parkway Pines Our Joint Social Concerns Committee agreed to draw $2,500.00 out of our Mission Fund to help with airfares for Megan and Aarica. Airfare is about $2,000.00 per person. Fr. Fortune is putting us up in the rectory while we are there so other expenses should be at a minimum. We need to order the food for the Benefit Dinner. It would be very helpful if you bought your tickets this weekend. Megan (715-267-6867) and Aarica (715-267-6500) will be speaking at Masses this weekend and would be glad to get you tickets. It will be a wonderful night!
Another area Christ seems to be multiplying loaves and fish is with the Transitional Living Center. This past week Citizens Bank accepted Catholic Charities’ offer to purchase the apartment building immediately to the south of the Root Beer stand on the main street of Loyal. The agreement to purchase is contingent on the building passing an inspection and the $65,000.00 price being paid by June 27 th. Catholic Charities has approached seven Clark County businesses already and will be approaching more. We are confident the money is there but because of the short time line and the slowness with which large corporations move, we welcome help with meeting this deadline from all interested parties! (Checks are made to Catholic Charities with “House of Mercy” on the note line.)
Because of the new location of the house the concerns of those gathered at the community meeting Wednesday evening seemed to melt away. There were about 30 people present, all from St. Anthony’s except for two Trinity Lutheran members. There was broad and strong support for this project at meeting’s end. Several encouraged us to not make this a “St. Anthony” or “Catholic Church” project, but truly a project for all to be a part of. Catholic Charities staff fully supported that. As soon as the building is paid for we can begin preparing it for use.
Lastly, this Monday at 8:15am we will celebrate Mass in the cemetery in honor of all of our deceased loved ones, but especially those who have served in the military. In case of rain we will gather in the Church. We can celebrate that, having given themselves away in service, they now have hearts overflowing with the peace.
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