4:00pm Holy Family Willard
6:30pm St. Anthony Loyal
8:30am St. Mary Greenwood
10:30am St. Anthony Loyal
7:30pm St. Anthony Loyal
8:15am Holy Family Willard
8:15am St. Anthony Loyal
8:15am St. Mary Greenwood
8:15am St. Anthony Loyal
Director of Religious Education
and Youth Ministry
Our three parishes are seeking a person with a love for God and for youth to lead our Religious Education Programs and to build a Youth Ministry. To see a Job Description and an application form click here. For more information contact Fr. Steve at 715-937-1644 or email@example.com.
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Dear of People of St. Anthony, St. Mary and Holy Family Parish:
“The water I will give
will become a spring of water
welling up to eternal life.”
We take up the third “Cry of Youth” this week. The first two cries came from the woundedness of young people. The third cry comes from their wholeness, from an irrepressible source of life within them. It is the cry of outrage at a world of suffering and injustice. Our author says of them: “in general they identify with the sufferings of people… They are inwardly pained when they see minorities abused, they worry about world starvation, and they are troubled when they see people in need. They want to become involved in effecting changes that will push the realities of life closer to the oft-repeated ideals of church and government.” Where would we be without this fountain of life—this desire to make the world a better place—springing up in the hearts of our youth?
The life giving water Christ stirs in hearts is not just for youth however. So if your heart has been dry lately, if you haven’t had much inspiration, be sure to come to the three days of our parish Mission. Fr. Mark has been a teacher in our Diocesan Lay Formation Institute and the Diocesan Biblical Studies Program. And all those who have had him, including members of our parishes, love him! He is easily the finest scripture scholar we have in the diocese. And his years of being a college chaplain have taught him to deliver God’s word in a way that makes sense to people today. We meet Monday at 6:30pm at Holy Family Parish, Tuesday at St. Mary’s and Wednesday at St. Anthony’s. Bring a friend!
Those who attended the first two sessions of our Catholic – Lutheran dialogue have also experienced new life springing up in their hearts. In their document From Conflict to Communion Catholic and Lutheran Bishops write: This commemorative year presents us with two challenges: the purification and healing of memories, and the restoration of Christian unity in accordance with the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bishops go on in this document to retell the story of the Reformation in a way that shows that both Catholics and Lutherans made mistakes and both have blessings to share with the Christian community. In learning the true story our memories are purified and healed. The taking down of old walls and opening lines of communication allows new life to spring up in our hearts! This coming week we meet at Trinity Lutheran in Loyal at 1:00pm. All are welcome to join us!
Sometimes new life feels like a lump in the throat. Perhaps you have heard that two staff members will be retiring from St. Anthony’s school at the end of this school year. Mrs. Billings our principal and Mrs. Laesch our 3 rd & 4 th grade teacher are turning in their grade books and classroom keys. We are happy for them and their chance now to explore other interests in life. But it is hard to imagine ever finding such skilled and compassionate people to replace them. The search for their successors has already begun. Please join me in praying that God will send us just the right people to keep St. Anthony’s such a wonderful place for children to grow in. We will plan a proper farewell for Mrs. Billings and Mrs. Laesch for later in the year.
Lastly next weekend we will be gathering nominations for Parish Pastoral Council elections. It will be done in all three parishes. There will be nomination slips in the pews at all the weekend Masses. At the start of Mass everyone will be invited to nominate up to three people from the parish they belong to. The ushers will collect nomination cards after communion.
The nominations committees will then contact those nominated to confirm they are willing to serve a three year term on the parish’s Pastoral Council. If they agree to run they will be asked to write 4-5 sentences about what they would hope to do for the parish if elected and submit a picture. Those statements will be run in the bulletin two weekends before elections on May 13 & 14. Two will be elected and one appointed by the pastor. Please take this to prayer this week and come ready to nominate our leaders for the next three years. We need people in whom there is a life giving spring welling up in their hearts.
If you are planning to be a part of our Catholic Lutheran Dialogue the Thursdays of Lent you can read your materials online at these links:
The document: From Conflict to Communion (click here)
The Study Guide for Conflict to Communion (click here)
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