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December 29, 2013

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH      FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY & JOSEPH      HOLY CROSS CHURCH

 

Box 38                                                                                               December 29, 2013                                             25072 – 285th Avenue

 

Lastrup, MN  56344                                                                                                                                                         Pierz, MN  56364

 

                                                                                                                                     HOLY CROSS CHURCH WEBSITE – hardingchurch.org

 

               FATHER DAVID MACIEJ, PASTOR  (320-468-2111)

 

MASSES FOR THIS WEEK:

 

Tuesday                 December 31st (New Year’s Eve)                      8:00 pm                 Saint John Nepomuk              For the Parishes               

 

Wednesday           January      01st (New Year’s Day)                      9:00 am                 Holy Cross                             +Clyde Kisor

 

Thursday                January      02nd                                                     7:00-8:00 pm       Holy Cross                 Divine Mercy Eucharistic Service

 

                                January      02nd                                                     8:00 pm                 Holy Cross                                Special Intention (JEK)

 

Saturday                January      04th                                                     8:00 pm                 Saint John Nepomuk            +Ione and Earl Froelich

 

Sunday                   January      05th                                                     8:45 am                 Holy Cross                             +Greg Ziemkowski

 

Sunday                   January      05th                                                   10:45 am                 Saint John Nepomuk               For the Parishes

 

                *Divine Mercy Eucharistic Adoration: 7:00-8:00 pm – Thursday, January 2nd – Mass: 8:00 pm at Holy Cross Church   

 

                *Rosary and Divine Mercy Prayer – 25 minutes before every Mass at both Parishes

 

                *Prayer Service: 8:00-9:30 pm every Wednesday evening at Holy Cross Church in the Divine Mercy Adoration Room

 

                *Confessions: Saturday, 7:15 pm at Saint John Nepomuk Church – Sunday, 8:15 am at Holy Cross Church

 

HOLY CROSS CHURCH:

 

Ushers:                  Wednesday                           January 01st (New Year’s Day)           9:00 am                Allen Stuckmayer & Willie Rudolph

 

                                Sunday                                   January 05th                                          8:45 am                 Dave Schubert & LeRoy Woitalla

 

Servers:                 Wednesday                           January 01st (New Year’s Day)         9:00 am                 Daisy and Ivy Dembouski

 

                                Sunday                                   January 05th                                          8:45 am                 Alyssa Thesing and Katie Hoffman   

 

Lectors:                 Wednesday                           January 01st (New Year’s Day)         9:00 am                 Doug Knopik

 

                                Sunday                                   January 05th                                          8:45 am                 Lynn Donek-Dukowitz

 

Rosary:                   Wednesday                           January 01st (New Year’s Day)           9:00 am                 Phyllis Schmidtbauer

 

                                Sunday                                   January 05th                                          8:45 am                 Lois Woitalla

 

E. Ministers:         Wednesday                           January 01st (New Year’s Day)           9:00 am         Phyllis Schmidtbauer & Duane Sobiech

 

                                Sunday                                   January 05th                                          8:45 am                 Debbie, Leonard, Diane and Gary

 

 

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH:

 

Ushers:                  Tuesday                                 December 31st (New Year’s Eve)      8:00 pm                 Claude Dahmen & Gary Diederich   

 

                                Saturday                                January      04th                                     8:00 pm                 Gary Diederich and Alan Welle

 

                                Sunday                                   January      05th                                   10:45 am                 Donny Schommer and Todd Meyer

 

Servers:                 Tuesday                                 December 31st (New Year’s Eve)      8:00 pm                 Derek and Peter Schommer

 

                                Saturday                                January      04th                                     8:00 pm                 Natalie Nash

 

                                Sunday                                   January      05th                                   10:45 am                 Derek and Peter Schommer

 

Lectors:                 Tuesday                                 December 31st (New Year’s Eve)      8:00 pm                 Dale Beierman

 

                                Saturday                                January      04th                                     8:00 pm                 Bridget Britz

 

                                Sunday                                   January      05th                                  10:45 am                 Eileen Espelien

 

E. Ministers:         Tuesday                                 December 31st (New Year’s Eve)      8:00 pm                 Ginny Seelen

 

                                Saturday                                January      04th                                     8:00 pm                 Dale, Carol and Barb

 

                                Sunday                                   January      05th                                   10:45 am                 Traci, Rob and Evelyn

 

 

 

SHEPHERD’S VOICE:

 

It’s very logical for the Church to have this Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph right after celebrating the birth of Jesus.  Any birth of a child either creates or furthers the creation of a human family.  And every family is called to become “holy”, to become “set apart”, as it were, for God and for His kingdom.  While we may never do it as perfectly as Jesus, Mary and Joseph—although they had their challenges as a family, minus the sin that the rest of us fall into—we are still called to pattern our lives after them, as fully as possible.  May the Lord help all of us to strive after this holiness.  And may He bless each of you and your families during this Christmas Season!                Father David

 

 

 

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GODEvery January 1st we begin the new year by celebrating the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.  Mass times will be Tuesday, December 31st, 8:00 pm at Saint John’s; then on Wednesday, January 1st at Holy Cross.  Please note that this is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Church.

 

 

 

THANK YOU!To each of you who gave prayer, a card or a gift to me for Christmas, my heartfelt thanks!  I’m not able to send a reply to everyone, so please accept this as my expression of gratitude to you.                     Father David

 

 

 

HONORING MARRIAGE DAYCouples who are celebrating their 5th, 25th, 40th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2014 are invited to join Bishop Kettler at a special celebration on Sunday, May 1st.  This day will begin at 1:00 pm with Mass at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Saint Cloud, with a reception to follow in the church basement.  Please let Father David know at 468-2111 by February 1st, and he will send your name in.  You will then receive a personal invitation to this gathering.

 

 

 

LOOKING AHEAD…….PRIEST RETREATMany of our priests, including Father David and Father Ken from Pierz and Buckman, plan to be on retreat in Buffalo from the afternoon of Sunday, January 12th through Thursday afternoon, January 16th.  In case of emergency, the phone number at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo is (763)682-1394.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOLY CROSS PARISH NEWS:

 

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, December 22nd – Adults, $1,042.00 (54 envelopes); Youth/Children, $7.75 (10 envelopes); Adults Loose, $1,087.01; Children Loose, $5.75; Immaculate Conception, $47.00 (4 envelopes); Christmas-Adults, $805.00 (2 envelopes); Energy, $5.00 (1 envelope); Retirement, $195.00 (8 envelopes); Building Fund, $76.54 (3 envelopes).  Christmas DayAdults, $4,352.00 (77envelopes); Youth/Children, $37.50 (13 envelopes); Adults Loose, $650.54; Children Loose, $52.33; Donut Sunday, $69.01; Music CD’s, $28.00; Christmas Flowers, $2.00 (1 envelope); Cookbooks, $105.00.  Thanks so much for your generosity of giving to Our Baby Jesus – We all know it’s hard to give sometimes, but look at what Jesus did for all of us – Gave His life for each one of us!

 

 

 

BAPTISM – NEW LIFE IN CHRIST:  We welcome to our Family of God, Addison Noelle Pulak, daughter of Michael and Antonia Pulak who will be baptized on Sunday (today), December 29th after the 8:45 am Mass at Holy Cross Church in Harding.  Congratulations and Welcome to our Community of Faith.  God Bless Addison Noelle, Michael and Antonia!

 

 

 

DONUT SUNDAY – Sunday, January 5th after the 8:45 am Mass at Holy Cross Church with Group I doing the honors of serving!

 

 

 

CHURCH CLEANERS – Bonnie Matlock, Alvina Kisor, Mary Ann Kowalczyk, Iris Kowalzek, Carol Langer, Julie Langer, Mary Litke and Rhonda Lodermeier.  Thanks go out to all our Ladies who come so faithfully each and every week – Please come to help out!

 

 

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK PARISH NEWS:

 

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, December 22nd – Adults, $12,369.00; Youth, $10.75; Loose, $255.00; Retired Religious, $355.00.  Wow!  Thanks for your super Generosity of giving to Our Baby Jesus, Awesome – keep it up and you’ll be blessed in the Year of 2014!!

 

 

 

THANK YOU – I, personally, want to thank the Volunteers of Saint John’s for their awesome job of snowplowing after the snow.  This is what you call “Stewardship” – It sure helps me when I bring the bulletins and I don’t have to walk in snow and get my feet wet!

 

 

 

BABY JESUS SHOWER – Christian Mothers are sponsoring a Baby Jesus Shower from not till Epiphany.  Taking any size of baby items.

 

 

 

BAR BINGO at two locations in Lastrup.  Sunday evenings, 6:00 pm at Herold’s Bar and Grill.  Jackpot is $600.00 for 56 numbers and $400.00 for 51 numbers.  Wednesday evenings, 6:00 pm at Tiny’s Tavern.  Jackpot is $600.00 for 50 numbers and $400.00 for 62 numbers by Saint John’s Gaming #02115.  Maybe you need a break after all your Christmas shopping, why not go and play Bingo!

 

 

 

NEWS FOR BOTH PARISHES – HOLY CROSS AND SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK:

 

Please Keep in your Prayers the Following – Lorraine Boser, Mary Ann Dahmen, Marie Dombovy, Darnell Froelich, Cora Gross, Mark & Lucy Hanson, Diane Kowalczyk, All Kuebelbeck, Astella Kurtz, Mary Jo Loscheider, Mary Lust, Joe Malinowski (Buckman), Michelle Murphy (Colorado), Tim Nash, Judy Riese (Cities), Janis Schubert, Virginia Stegora, Jake Thomsen and Martha Woitalla, Sr.  Prayer List for Lastrup is 468-6395 and for Harding is 277-3832.  Allow Your Healing Hand to Heal Us – Give us Strength to go on!

 

 

 

THE CAMP FOLEY BREAKFAST is postponed.  Please attend the Athman Benefit!

 

 

 

INVITATION TO ALL – Everyone is invited to our Divine Mercy Eucharistic Adoration on Thursday, January 2nd, starting at 7:00 pm with Adoration and Mass at 8:00 pm.  We at Holy Cross welcome all of you to join us on Thursday, January 2nd and maybe this would be the time to make your New Year’s Resolution to Our Lord – Honestly, we do have so much to be thankful for if we look around us.  In the Bible, Matthew 26:40 says, “Could you not watch with me one hour?”  A time to reflect on our lives and give thanks to Jesus!

 

 

 

A PRAYER FOR OUR TROOPS (Let’s please remember our Troops especially during this Christmas Season) – Dear Lord, We thank you for the lives and service of our men and women in the Armed Forces.  Strengthen them and give them guidance as they stand in harm’s way to protect our nation and way of life.  May they face each day of their service the same way Your Son Jesus did; with courage, dignity and faith.  And if it be Your will, when their work is through, bring them safely home.  Lord, please also bless the families of our troops.  Reward them generously, for their sacrifices are known only to You, while their loved ones are so far from home.  And may we never forget those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom and safety; those who have died in the service of our country.  May they rest in peace forever with You in Your kingdom.   Amen

 

 

 

A PRAYER FOR OUR NATION – Gracious and loving God, we come to you in humble prayer for the United States of America.  Bless our President, give him wisdom and strength to serve the American people and lead our country in ways that are pleasing to you.  Bless our Congress, instill in them knowledge and understanding to enact laws that protect the sanctity of life – from the unborn to the elderly; and promote the good of all people.  Bless the People of the United States, make us aware of our responsibility as citizens to uphold the principles of life, liberty, justice and equality.  Send your Holy Spirit upon our beloved country.  Make us people of faith in time of uncertainty.  Make us people of hope in times of trouble.  Make us people of compassion with those who are less fortunate.  Make us people of peace in our homes, our communities, our country and our world.   Amen

 

 

 

HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC SCHOOL:                           BELIEVE, GROW, ACHIEVE

 

Holy Trinity Calendar Winners:  12-23 Roger Grittner; 12-24 Cheri Hogan; 12-25 Scott & Brenda Boser ($500.00); 12-26 Jeanne Kapsner; 12-27 Dean & Paula Rocheleau; 12-28 Lori & Bill Przybilla ($35.00 winners); 12-29 Amy Fremling ($75.00 winner).

 

***THANK YOU for purchasing 2014 raffle calendars!  Good luck in being a winner during the coming year.

 

***HOLY TRINITY SCHOOL will provide an open gym for young children and parents on Mondays from 9:30 -10:30 am beginning January 6th through March 10th.  Enter the flagpole door and proceed down to the gym.  There will be balls and other equipment available for parents to use.  This is a parent-supervised event.

 

***MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the Camp Foley 6th grade pancake breakfast and bake sale on Sunday, January 12th at Saint Joseph Church, Pierz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 22, 2013

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH                               FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT                                 HOLY CROSS CHURCH

 

Box 38                                                                                               December 22, 2013                                             25072 – 285th Avenue

 

Lastrup, MN  56344                                                                                                                                                         Pierz, MN  56364

 

                                                                                                                                      HOLY CROSS CHURCH WEBSITE – hardingchurch.org

 

            FATHER DAVID MACIEJ, PASTOR (320-468-2111)

 

MASSES FOR THIS WEEK:

 

Tuesday                 December 24th (Christmas Eve)                        4:00 pm                 Holy Cross                                For the Parishes

 

                                December 24th (Christmas Eve)                        8:00 pm         Saint John Nepomuk             +Virgil, Jeff & Bruce Ortman

 

Wednesday           December 25th (Christmas Day)                        9:00 am                 Holy Cross                             +Danny Knopik

 

                                December 25th (Christmas Day)                        9:00 am                 Saint John Nepomuk           +Oliver Virnig

 

Thursday                December 26th                                                     8:00 am                 Holy Cross                                 Rosary Sodality

 

Saturday                December 28th                                                     8:00 pm                 Saint John Nepomuk              +Rita Streasick

 

Sunday                   December 29th                                                     8:45 am                 Holy Cross                               +Arvilla Tretter

 

Sunday                   December 29th                                                   10:45 am                 Saint John Nepomuk                For the Parishes

 

                *Divine Mercy Eucharistic Adoration: 7:00-8:00 pm First Thursday of each Month – Mass: 8:00 pm at Holy Cross Church

 

                *Rosary and Divine Mercy Prayer – 25 minutes before every Mass at both Parishes

 

                *Prayer Service: 8:00-9:30 pm every Wednesday evening at Holy Cross Church in the Divine Mercy Adoration Room

 

                *Confessions: Saturday, 7:15 pm at Saint John Nepomuk Church – Sunday, 8:15 am at Holy Cross Church

 

HOLY CROSS CHURCH:

 

Ushers:                  Tuesday                                 December 24th (Christmas Eve)        4:00 pm                 Jason, Andy and LeRoy Woitalla

 

                                Wednesday                           December 25th (Christmas Day)        9:00 am                 LeRoy Knopik and Allen Woitalla

 

                                Sunday                                   December 29th                                     8:45 am                 Gary Matlock & Kevin Dembouski

 

Servers:                 Tuesday                                 December 24th (Christmas Eve)        4:00 pm                 Kayla Brisk and Anna Young

 

                                Wednesday                           December 25th (Christmas Day)        9:00 am                 Katie Hoffman and Alyssa Thesing

 

                                Sunday                                   December 29th                                     8:45 am                 Anna Young and Tim Przybilla

 

Lectors:                 Tuesday                                 December 24th (Christmas Eve)        4:00 pm                 Tim Schubert

 

                                Wednesday                           December 25th (Christmas Day)        9:00 am                 Sheila Rudolph

 

                                Sunday                                   December 29th                                     8:45 am                 Diane Virnig

 

Rosary:                   Tuesday                                 December 24th (Christmas Eve)        3:30 pm                 Christmas Hymns

 

                                Wednesday                           December 25th (Christmas Day)        9:00 am                 Lois Woitalla

 

                                Sunday                                   December 29th                                     8:45 am                 Gloria Woitalla

 

E. Ministers:         Tuesday                                 December 24th (Christmas Eve)        4:00 pm                 Leonard, Diane and Lynn

 

                                Wednesday                           December 25th (Christmas Day)        9:00 am            Gary Matlock & Phyllis Schmidtbauer

 

                                Sunday                                   December 29th                                     8:45 am                 Debbie Hoheisel

 

 

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK:

 

Ushers:                  Tuesday                                 December 24th (Christmas Eve)        8:00 pm                 Archie Block and Joshua Joerger

 

                                Wednesday                           December 25th (Christmas Day)        9:00 am                 Robert Schmidtz & Dale Schmidtz

 

                                Saturday                                December 28th                                     8:00 pm                 Kurt Becker and Glenn Boser

 

                                Sunday                                   December 29th                                   10:45 am                 Donny Schommer & Todd Meyer

 

Servers:                 Tuesday                                 December 24th (Christmas Eve)        8:00 pm                 Natalie and Jared Thomsen

 

                                Wednesday                           December 25th (Christmas Day)        9:00 am                 Raychel Virnig and Laura Skiba

 

                                Saturday                                December 28th                                     8:00 pm                 Jonathan Welle and Taryn Becker

 

                                Sunday                                   December 29th                                   10:45 am                 Paige and Piper Laney

 

Lectors:                 Tuesday                                 December 24th (Christmas Eve)        8:00 pm                 Art Stumpf

 

                                Wednesday                           December 25th (Christmas Day)        9:00 am                 Alyssa Virnig

 

                                Saturday                                December 28th                                     8:00 pm                 Gloria Stumpf

 

                                Sunday                                   December 29th                                   10:45 am                 Alyssa Virnig

 

E. Ministers:         Tuesday                                 December 24th (Christmas Eve)        8:00 pm                 Ginny, Dale and Carol

 

                                Wednesday                           December 25th (Christmas Day)        9:00 am                 Mary Ann, Evelyn and Rob

 

                                Saturday                                December 28th                                     8:00 pm                 Geri Pohlkamp

 

                                Sunday                                   December 29th                                   10:45 am                 Bonnie Boser

 

 

 

SHEPHERD’S VOICE:

 

With all the advertising and activity that surround us this time of year, God’s Word gives a beautiful contrast in the person of Saint Joseph in today’s Gospel.  We have no words of his recorded in the Bible.  That in itself can speak to the need we have to listen, to be silent and still, and to trust that in those times of quiet God will speak to us.  The courage and trust that Joseph displays in taking Mary as His wife undoubtedly found their growth during times of listening and prayer.  We too can find the deeper meaning of Jesus’ birth, not by joining in the busyness of the “season,” but in pondering and listening.  It’s hard to find time for those during these days.  But the depth of faith and trust that can result are well worth the effort.               Father David

 

 

 

TO ALL PARISHIONERS AND YOUR FAMILIESMay God Bless your Christmas with much joy and peace, especially as you gather together to celebrate the Lord’s birth and to share your love and care for each other.  May this Christmas bring all of us deeper into our own personal relationship with Jesus.  May it also bring God’s peace to our world, so wounded by war, conflict, hunger and other struggles.

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAYAll are invited to celebrate the Eucharist with us at our parishes of Saint John’s and Holy Cross on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Masses on the 24th will be at 4:00 pm in Harding and 8:00 pm in Lastrup, with Christmas carols beginning ½ hour before each Mass.  Then on Christmas Day—thanks to the help given by Father Bernie Kahlhamer—both parishes will have a 9:00 am Mass.  Do join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!

 

 

 

CONFESSION TIMESThe Sacrament of Penance will be offered today (Sunday) at 7:00 pm in Saint John’s and Monday at 7:00 pm in Holy Cross.  Anyone is also welcome to make an appointment for Confession by calling Father David at 468-2111.

 

 

 

THANK YOU, CHOIRS!This is a good time to give special thanks to our four choir groups that serve our two parishes so faithfully, week after week throughout the year.  We deeply appreciate the wonderful music you provide, and your leadership in helping all of us worship the Lord more deeply.  May God bless you for your hard work and sacrifice, and know that we are grateful for who you are and what you do!

 

 

 

NEW YEAR’S DAY…….MARY, THE MOTHER OF GODLooking ahead to January 1st, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God: Masses will be 8:00 pm, December 31st, at Saint John’s, and 9:00 am, January 1st, at Holy Cross.  Please note that this is a Holy Day of Obligation.

 

 

 

HOLY CROSS PARISH NEWS:

 

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, December 15th – Adults, $903.00 (51 envelopes); Youth/Children, $8.75 (11 envelopes); Adults Loose, $79.00; Children Loose, $4.00; Immaculate Conception – Adults, $77.00 (8 envelopes); Adults Loose, $5.00; Energy, $90.00 (2 envelopes); Christmas – Adult, $25.00 (1 envelope); Votive, $14.00; Retirement, $45.00 (2 envelopes); Stole Fee, $15.00; Thanksgiving – Adult, $25.00 (1 envelope); Christmas Flowers, $25.00 (1 envelope).  Thanks for your Gift of Giving to Jesus!

 

 

 

HOLY CROSS CHURCH CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES are ready to be picked up in back of Church, Adults and Children, please pick up as soon as possible.  Also, if you didn’t receive one and would like one, please call 277-6151.  Thank you!

 

 

 

HOLY CROSS COOKBOOKS – If you still need a Christmas Gift and can’t find one for this special person, please think about maybe a cookbook, something that can be used every day of the year, and besides they are the special recipes from our Parishioners.

 

 

 

CHURCH CLEANERS – Renee Litke, Judy Boser, DeDe Litke and Kate Krych.  Thanks Ladies for coming to clean the Lord’s House!

 

 

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK PARISH NEWS:

 

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, December 15th – Adults, $819.50; Youth, $13.95; Loose, $210.05; Immaculate Conception, $195.00.  Thanks to all of you who give so generously every weekend, in Thanksgiving for all that Jesus has done for each one of us!

 

 

 

BAR BINGO at two locations in Lastrup.  Sunday evenings, 6:00 pm at Herold’s Bar and Grill.  Jackpot is $600.00 for 55 numbers and $400.00 for 50 numbers.  Wednesday evening there will be NO BINGO at 6:00 pm, but it will be back on Wednesday, January 1st.  This is by Saint John’s Gaming #02115.  Guess what, you have only Sunday evening this week to go and play Bingo – Try and Win!

 

 

 

BABY JESUS SHOWER – Christian Mothers are sponsoring a Baby Jesus Shower from now till Epiphany. Taking any size of baby items.

 

 

 

NEWS FOR BOTH PARISHES – HOLY CROSS AND SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK:

 

Please Keep in your Prayers the Following – Lorraine Boser, Mary Ann Dahmen, Ardyce (Bednarek) Dalbec (Duluth), Marie Dombovy, Darnell Froelich, Cora Gross, Mark & Lucy Hanson, Diane Kowalczyk, Al Kuebelbeck, Astella Kurtz, Mary Jo Loscheider, Mary Lust, Joe Malinowski (Buckman), Michelle Murphy (Colorado), Tim Nash, Judy Riese (Cities), Janis Schubert, Virginia Stegora, Jake Thomsen and Martha Woitalla, Sr.  Prayer List for Lastrup is 468-6395 and for Harding is 277-3832.  Thanks Jesus for Healing!

 

 

 

HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC SCHOOL:                           BELIEVE, GROW, ACHIEVE

 

Holy Trinity Calendar Winners:  12-16 Maxine Bauer; 12-17 Todd & Nina Halls; 12-18 Scott & Barb Storkamp; 12-19 Raymond Kahl; 12-20 Jeff & Christina Jacobson; 12-21 Samantha Lanners ($35.00 winners); 12-22 Bob Olson ($75.00 winner).  Congratulations!!

 

 

 

RAFFLE CALENDAR FUNDRAISERCalendars are available for purchase through Sunday, December 22nd.  Contact school families, local businesses or Holy Trinity School.  The raffle drawing will take place on Monday, December 23rd at 9:00 am.

 

 

 

*Merry Christmas from all of us to all of you.  May the Lord bless your Christmas and the coming year!

 

 

 

FATHER PIERZ SCHOOL OF RELIGION:

 

*We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!!!

 

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Matt and Abby Athman Benefit is on Saturday, January 11th from 4:00 – 10:00 pm at the Pierz Ballroom.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

FROM GRACE’S CORNER:                             EMAIL:  [email protected]                                  PHONE NUMBER:  277-3832

 

MY CHRISTMAS WISH TO ALL OF YOU – May the blessings of the Holy Season, fill your heart and home.  May the beautiful promise of this Holy Season, the miracle birth of that Baby Boy, JESUS, bless your heart and fill your home, with Peace, Love and Joy.  May your Christmas Season sparkle, with special loved ones chose to you, may your friends and family give to you, memories to last the whole year through. (*Hope you all have a Very Blessed and Merry Christmas, and remember why we have Christmas, it’s not for the presents, but something more important – It’s Jesus’ Birthday – what a great celebration for all of us).

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:  Silently look up to Heaven and humbly whisper, “Thank you, Father.”  ‘Tis a Very, Merry Christmas!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                               

 

December 15, 2013

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH                                THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT                                     HOLY CROSS CHURCH

 

Box 38                                                                                             December 15, 2013                                               25072 – 285th Avenue

 

Lastrup, MN  56344                                                                                                                                                         Pierz, MN  56364

 

                                                                                                                                      HOLY CROSS CHURCH WEBSITE – hardingchurch.org

 

           FATHER DAVID MACIEJ, PASTOR  (320-468-2111)

 

MASSES FOR THIS WEEK:

 

Tuesday                 December 17th                     7:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                            +Father Daniel Taufen

 

Wednesday           December 18th                     8:00 am                                 Holy Cross                                             +Donald Woitalla

 

Thursday                December 19th                     8:00 am                                 Holy Cross                                             +Aaron Frisch

 

Saturday                December 21st                     8:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                            +Elaine Kummet

 

Sunday                   December 22nd                     8:45 am                                 Holy Cross                                             +Luella Schlegel

 

Sunday                   December 22nd                   10:45 am                                 Saint John Nepomuk                               For the Parishes

 

                *Divine Mercy Eucharistic Adoration: 7:00-8:00 pm First Thursday of each Month – Mass: 8:00 pm Holy Cross Church

 

                *Rosary and Divine Mercy Prayer – 25 minutes before every Mass at both Parishes

 

                *Prayer Service: 8:00-9:30 pm every Wednesday evening at Holy Cross Church in the Divine Mercy Adoration Room

 

                *Confessions: Saturday, 7:15 pm at Saint John Nepomuk Church – Sunday, 8:15 am at Holy Cross Church

 

HOLY CROSS CHURCH:

 

Ushers:                  Sunday                                   December 22nd                     8:45 am                                 Willie Rudolph and Dave Schubert

 

Servers:                 Sunday                                   December 22nd                     8:45 am                                 Tim Przybilla and Jacob Woitalla

 

Lector:                   Sunday                                   December 22nd                     8:45 am                                 Dave Skwira

 

Rosary:                   Sunday                                   December 22nd                     8:45 am                                 Phyllis Schmidtbauer

 

E. Ministers:          Sunday                                   December 22nd                     8:45 am                       Phyllis Schmidtbauer and Duane Sobiech

 

 

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH:

 

Ushers:                  Saturday                                December 21st                     8:00 pm                                 Archie Block and Joshua Joerger

 

                                Sunday                                   December 22nd                   10:45 am                                 Robert Schmidtz & Dale Schmidtz

 

Servers:                 Saturday                                December 21st                     8:00 pm                                 Natalie Nash

 

                                Sunday                                   December 22nd                   10:45 am                                 Katelyn Waytashek & Jared Becker

 

Lectors:                 Saturday                                December 21st                     8:00 pm                                 Gloria Stumpf

 

                                Sunday                                   December 22nd                   10:45 am                                 Debra Meyer-Myrum

 

E. Ministers:          Saturday                                December 21st                     8:00 pm                                 Barb Specker

 

                                Sunday                                   December 22nd                   10:45 am                                 Bonnie Boser

 

 

 

SHEPHERD’S VOICE:

 

The word “patience” is a good description for Advent, and for how we often need to be in our lives.  In today’s 2nd Reading, James exhorts us to be patient like the farmer who awaits the life-giving rain for his crops.  And John the Baptist, in today’s Gospel, probably needed a good amount of patience before he was firmly convinced that Jesus was truly the one he was waiting for.  Many areas of our life require patient waiting before we realize the hopes and dreams that we put into them.  Behind all of this lies our God who knows how faith takes place within us.  At times it is only through a patient, trusting kind of walk that has to happen before we encounter the Lord more deeply within our souls.                   Father David

 

 

 

PENANCE SERVICES TODAYPlease note the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation at our Penance Services today (Sunday): 2:00 pm at Saint John’s, 4:00 pm at Buckman and 7:30 pm tonight at Pierz.  At least two priests will be available for Confessions at each place.

 

 

 

EXTRA CONFESSION TIMES THIS WEEKTuesday, 6:00 pm at Saint John’s; Wednesday, 6:30 pm at Holy Cross; Thursday, 7:00 pm at Holy Cross, and Saturday, 3:00 pm at Saint John’s.  These are in addition to the usual times of 7:15 pm on Saturday at Saint John’s and 8:15 am on Sunday at Holy Cross.

 

 

 

GIFT TREEFor Harding Place is up in the church entry at Holy Cross.  Take a gift tag and purchase the item listed.  Please return it, wrapped and tag attached, to the Church by December 22nd.  Also…FOOD SHELF BOXES are in the entryways of both churches.  Any donations are greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO CHRISTMASMasses on Tuesday, December 24th will be at 4:00 pm  at Holy Cross and 8:00 pm at Saint John’s.  Then, on Christmas Day both parishes will have a 9:00 am Mass.  We thank Father Bernie Kahlhamer who makes this possible on Christmas Day.

 

 

 

HELPING OUR RETIRED RELIGIOUSOur generosity is asked for today’s special collection—note the envelope attached to the Bulletin—which is for the many retired sisters, brothers, and priests whose orders struggle to provide them with a life of dignity when they end active ministry.  Please think about the words you heard this weekend from Sr. Elise Saggau…….

 

 

 

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CELEBRATIONEveryone is invited to join Bishop Kettler today, December 15th at Saint John’s Abbey Church in Collegeville as he celebrates Mass in honor of our Lady of Guadalupe.  The Hispanic community especially has a deep devotion to Mary under this title, and invites us to join them at this event.  A main focus of prayer at this Mass will be for all immigrants and a speedy reform of the immigration laws in the U.S.  Mass begins at 2:00 pm, with a reception in the Guild Hall after.

 

 

 

HOLY CROSS PARISH NEWS:

 

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, December 8th – Adults, $1,080.00 (52 envelopes); Youth/Children, $7.75 (10 envelopes); Adults Loose, $56.75; Children Loose, $15.00; Immaculate Conception, $34.00 (5 envelopes); Christmas Flowers, $70.00 (5 envelopes); Energy, $10.00; Stole Fee, $120.00; Retirement, $20.00 (2 envelopes); Thanksgiving, $103.00 (7 envelopes); Building Fund, $420.00 (2 envelopes); Cemetery Plot, $1,000.00.  Thanks to all of you for your generosity of showing great Stewardship toward your Parish!

 

 

 

 REMINDER – We are still taking orders for the fresh balsam wreaths and the Memory Light Tree.  Forms on table in back of church or call Teresa at 320-360-9720.  All profits go to the roof repair fund.

 

 

 

HOLY CROSS COOKBOOKS – Okay, are you wondering what to buy this special person for Christmas (one that has everything) why not one of our Holy Cross Cookbooks. Think about it, you can’t buy it in a store….Think about it, maybe it’s not such a bad idea - all you have to do is please call Marlene at 277-6151 or Yvonne at 277-3419 and they’d be glad to help you – you’ll get it right away!

 

 

 

REMINDER – CHRISTMAS CAROLS: Singing of Christmas Carols starting at 3:30 pm on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24th) at Holy Cross Church.

 

 

 

THANK YOU – The family of Leo Peter Woitalla would like to thank Father Maciej for celebrating the Funeral Mass for Leo Woitalla on December 7th, 2013.  We appreciate all of your efforts and attention to detail to ensure everything flowed smoothly, and the beautiful voices of the choir.  We would also like to thank all of those who coordinated, prepared and served the lunch after the Funeral Mass, as well as those that donated bars, cakes, and salads.  The lunch was awesome!  It is always comforting to share a meal with family and friends, especially during a time of loss.  Most of all, a thank you to the doctors and nurses at Saint Cloud Hospital and the staff at Meadow Ponds who assisted and cared for Leo Woitallla until his death.  A great thank you to Emblom-Brenny Funeral Chapel for your comforting words and professionalism.  To the people who sent flowers, cards, memorials, and words of sympathy after his death, thank you.  We also sincerely thank all of whom we may have forgotten to mention.  God bless you!               The Family of Leo Peter Woitalla

 

 

 

FLOWERS – A Thank You goes out to the Leo Woitalla Family for the beautiful flowers they left for us to enjoy in memory of Leo.

 

 

 

CHURCH CLEANERS – Yvonne Kisor, Ruth Norberg, Kayla Kisor, Melisa Kisor, Jessica Kreutter, Diane Kowalczyk, Jessica Kowalczyk, Renee Kowalzek and Terri Kowalzek.  Thanks ladies for coming to clean, hopefully everyone tries to make it for coming to clean!

 

 

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK PARISH NEWS:

 

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, December 8th – Adults, $2,133.00; Youth, $10.00; Loose, $194.00; Fuel, $30.00; Thanksgiving, $110.00; Phillipines, $40.00; Retired Religious, $40.00.  Thanks for your generosity of giving each and every weekend to Our Lord, Jesus!

 

 

 

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING was held on December 3rd - *Spiritual growth was discussed and we are considering a series of short presentation at Masses on a DVD series.  *The board continues to work on a presentation to the Parish on findings of the vibrancy tool.  *Parish Raffle date has been set for May 18th, 2014.  A letter will be mailed to parishioners in January regarding donations.  *The Pancake Breakfast that was held on December 1st made a profit of $1,493.10.  Many thanks to Dean and Lois Virnig  Family and Alan and Carol Welle Family for spearheading this event.  Also many thanks to all the workers and those who came to support our parish fundraiser.  *Next meeting will be held January 7th, 2014 after the 7:00 pm Mass.

 

 

 

BABY JESUS SHOWER – Christian Mothers are sponsoring a Baby Jesus Shower from now till Epiphany. Taking any size of baby items.

 

 

 

BAR BINGO at two locations in Lastrup.  Sunday evenings, 6:00 pm at Herold’s Bar and Grill.  Jackpot is $600.00 for 54 numbers and $400.00 for 49 numbers.  Wednesday evenings, 6:00 pm at Tiny’s Tavern.  Jackpot is $600.00 for 49 numbers and $400.00 for 61 numbers by Saint John’s Gaming #02115.  Maybe try Bingo this week and win some Cash to do your Christmas Shopping!  TRY IT!

 

 

 

NEWS FOR BOTH PARISHES – HOLY CROSS AND SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK:

 

Please Keep in your Prayers the Following – Lorraine Boser, Mary Ann Dahmen, Ardyce (Bednarek) Dalbec (Duluth), Marie Dombovy, Darnell Froelich, Cora Gross, Mark & Lucy Hanson, Diane Kowalczyk, Al Kuebelbeck, Astella Kurtz, Mary Jo Loscheider, Mary Lust, Joe Malinowski (Buckman), Michelle Murphy (Colorado), Tim Nash, Judy Riese (Cities), Janis Schubert, Virginia Stegora, Jake Thomsen and Martha Woitalla, Sr.  Prayer List for Lastrup is 468-6395 and for Harding is 277-3832.  Please Jesus, Pray for Us!

 

 

 

HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC SCHOOL:                           BELIEVE, GROW, ACHIEVE

 

Holy Trinity Calendar Winners:  12-9 Wes & Kathie Winscher; 12-10 Mike & Carol Meyer; 12-11 Carrie Hoffman; 12-12 Jeff & Tiffany Dingmann; 12-13 Jeanette Perleberg; 12-14 Jason Oldakowski ($35.00 winners); 12-15 Kevin Young ($75.00 winner).Congratulations

 

***RAFFLE CALENDAR FUNDRAISERCalendars are available for purchase through Sunday, December 22nd.  Contack school families, local businesses or Holy Trinity School.  The raffle drawing will take place on Monday, December 23rd for the 2014 calendar year.  Thank you  for your support!

 

***HOLY TRINITY KNOWLEDGE BOWL TEAMThe Holy Trinity School Knowledge Bowl had an excellent season.  The team competed in 6 competitions and took 2-1st place, 2-2nd place and 1-3rd place.  The team members were Cole Andres, Brenna Andres, Mason Zajac, Simon Kroll, Mariah Olesch and Jaron Gross.

 

***SERVICE PROJECTOn Wednesday, December 18th the second grade students will be visiting Meadow Ponds and third grade will be visiting Horizon Health.

 

 

 

FATHER PIERZ SCHOOL OF RELIGION:

 

***SNOWTUBING is on Wednesday, December 18th.  Meet at Father Pierz School of Religion at 5:15 pm and returning at 9:45 pm.

 

***FUDGE will be here on Tuesday, December 17th.

 

 

 

FROM GRACE’S CORNER:             EMAIL: [email protected]                   PHONE NUMBER:  277-3832

 

CHRISTMAS THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.  It is a Wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

December 8, 2013

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH                             SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT                                    HOLY CROSS CHURCH

 

Box 38                                                                                             December 8, 2013                                                  25072 – 285th Avenue

 

Lastrup, MN  56344                                                                                                                                                         Pierz, MN  56364

 

                                                                                                                                      HOLY CROSS CHURCH WEBSITE – hardingchurch.org

 

         FATHER DAVID MACIEJ, PASTOR  (320-468-2111)

 

MASSES FOR THIS WEEK:

 

Monday                 December   9th                     8:00 am                                 Holy Cross                                                For the Parishes

 

                                December   9th                     7:30 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                            +Hildegard Hoheisel

 

Tuesday                 December 10th                    7:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                            +Arlene Smude

 

Wednesday           December 11th                     7:00-8:00 pm                       Holy Cross                                 Divine Mercy Eucharistic Service

 

                                December 11th                     8:00 pm                                 Holy Cross                                             +Melissa Gahler

 

Thursday                December 12th                     8:00 am                                 Holy Cross                                             +Louise Matlock

 

Saturday                December 14th                     8:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                            +Viola Nesser

 

Sunday                   December 15th                     8:45 am                                 Holy Cross                                             +Maurice Becker

 

Sunday                   December 15th                   10:45 am                                 Saint John Nepomuk                               For the Parishes

 

                *Divine Mercy Eucharistic Adoration: 7:00-8:00 pm – Wednesday, December 11th  - Mass: 8:00 pm at Holy Cross Church

 

                *Rosary and Divine Mercy Prayer – 25 minutes before every Mass at both Parishes

 

                *Prayer Service: 8:00-9:30 pm every Wednesday evening at Holy Cross Church in the Divine Mercy Adoration Room

 

                *Confessions: Saturday, 7:15 pm at Saint John Nepomuk Church – Sunday, 8:15 am at Holy Cross Church

 

HOLY CROSS CHURCH:

 

Ushers:                  Sunday                                   December 15th                     8:45 am                         Kevin Dembouski and Allne Stuckmayer

 

Servers:                 Sunday                                   December 15th                     8:45 am                                 Laura and Mary Beth Tautges

 

Lector:                   Sunday                                   December 15th                     8:45 am                                 Janet Hanneken

 

Rosary:                   Sunday                                   December 15th                     8:45 am                                 Lois Woitalla

 

E. Ministers:          Sunday                                   December 15th                     8:45 am                                 Debbie Hoheisel

 

 

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH:

 

Ushers:                  Saturday                                December 14th                     8:00 pm                                 Kent Happke and Kyle Happke

 

                                Sunday                                   December 15th                   10:45 am                                 Don Will and Claude Dahmen

 

Servers:                 Saturday                                December 14th                     8:00 pm                                 Jonathan Welle and Taryn Becker

 

                                Sunday                                   December 15th                   10:45 am                                 Derek and Peter Schommer

 

Lectors:                 Saturday                                December 14th                     8:00 pm                                 Art Stummpf

 

                                Sunday                                   December 15th                   10:45 am                                 Debra Meyer-Myrum

 

E. Ministers:          Saturday                                December 14th                     8:00 pm                                 Dale Beierman

 

                                Sunday                                   December 15th                   10:45 am                                 Traci Schommer

 

 

 

SHEPHERD’S VOICE:

 

John the Baptist is a prominent voice in our Advent Season.  As the one who prepared the people for Jesus’ coming, John also reminds us of two basic truths in our spiritual life: first, that repentance is always a key in our relationship with God; and second, that Jesus is the One who comes to “baptize” us with the Holy Spirit and with fire.  These words are challenging to understand, but we know that the Lord not only wants us to receive His Holy Spirit.  He also wants us to be “on fire” for Him and for the Gospel.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Father David

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTIONThis year, December 8th falls on a Sunday, which means that the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (normally a Holy Day of Obligation) will be celebrated the following day, December 9th.  Because of this transfer, the obligation to attend Mass is lifted.  However, all Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass this Monday, if at all possible.  Masses will be 8:00 am at Holy Cross and 7:30 pm at Saint John’s.  Join us as we honor what God has done in Mary’s life, by keeping her free from any stain of Original Sin from the moment of her conception.

 

 

 

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE DURING ADVENTThere will be a number of added times for going to Confession during this Advent Season.  Times this week are: tonight (Sunday) at 7:00 pm in Saint John’s; Tuesday, 6:00 pm at Saint John’s; Saturday, 3:00 pm at Holy Cross.  Plus we have the usual times before the Saturday 8:00 pm Mass and the Sunday 8:45 am Mass.  Also, next Sunday (December 15th) there will be Penance services at 2:00 pm (Saint John’s), 4:00 pm (Buckman) and 7:30 pm (Pierz).  At each of these there will be at least two priests available for Confession.

 

 

 

HONORING MARRIAGE DAYCouples celebrating 5th, 25th, 40th or 50th wedding anniversaries are invited to a special “Honoring Marriage” day on Saturday, May 3rd.  This event will take place at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Saint Cloud, starting at 1:00 pm.  Send a note to Father David, and he will arrange to have you invited to this wonderful celebration.

 

 

 

THANK YOUWith our Holy Cross Pictorial Directory pictures taken, it’s time to extend a special work of thanks to the following for their hard work in organizing all of us for our photos:  Janet Hanneken, Yvonne Kisor and Doug Knopik.  We are grateful to you for your dedication and effort as we look forward to our new parish directory!

 

 

 

HOLY CROSS PARISH NEWS:

 

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, December 1st – Adults, $1,191.00 (65 envelopes); Youth/Children, $5.75 (8 envelopes); Adults Loose, $60.75; Children Loose, $7.00; Thanksgiving, $42.00 (4 envelopes); Energy, $50.00 (1 envelope); Phillipine Rellief, $506.76; Military Services, $125.00 (3 envelopes); Flowers, $30.00 (3 envelopes); Votive, $20.00; Building Fund, $30.00 (2 envelopes).  Thanks again to all of you who give so generously every weekend to Our Lord, Jesus Christ – but look at what He has done for each one of us!

 

 

 

REMINDER – We are still taking orders for the fresh balsam wreaths and the Memory Light Tree.  Forms on table in back of church or call Teresa at 320-360-9720.  All profits go to the roof repair fund.

 

 

 

BAPTISM – NEW LIFE IN CHRIST: We welcome to our Family of God, Maverick Edward Woitalla, son of Andrew and Amanda Woitalla who will be baptized on Sunday (today), December 8th after the 8:45 am Mass at Holy Cross Church in Harding.  Congratulations and Welcome to our Community of Faith.  God Bless Maverick Edward, Andrew and Amanda!

 

 

 

BAPTISM – NEW LIFE IN CHRIST:  We welcome to our Family of God, Eli John Kapus, son of Mark and Alicia Kapus who will be baptized on Sunday (today), December 8th after the 8:45 am Mass at Holy Cross Church in Harding.  Congratulations and Welcome to our Community of Faith.  God Bless Eli John, Mark and Alicia!

 

 

 

WORDS OF SYMPATHY AND OUR PRAYERS to out to the Family of Leo Woitalla.  It’s a long road ahead when we are left alone to fill those shoes.  Leo was a simple man and lived a simple life.  We all know he is in his special place with our Lord, Jesus Christ!

 

 

 

CHURCH CLEANERS – Kathy (Gary) Hebler, Kathy (Ricky) Hebler, Ione Hoskins, Donna Kapus and Denise Krych.  Thank You Ladies!

 

 

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK PARISH NEWS:

 

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, December 1st – Adults, $1,072.10; Youth, $12.00; Loose, $170.00; Phillipine Relief, $540.15; Area Food Shelves, $395.00; Thanksgiving, $200.00; Thanksgiving Loose, $88.00; Military Collection, $25.00; Campaign for Human Development, $20.00.  You all are so generous with your Gift of Giving to Our Lord, Jesus – Great Stewardship toward your parish!

 

 

 

BABY JESUS SHOWER – Christian Mothers are sponsoring a Baby Jesus Shower from now till Epiphany. Taking any size of baby items.

 

 

 

BAR BINGO at two locations in Lastrup.  Sunday evenings, 6:00 pm at Herold’s Bar and Grill.  Jackpot is $600.00 for 53 numbers and $400.00 for 48 numbers.  Wednesday evenings, 6:00 pm at Tiny’s Tavern.  Jackpot is $600.00 for 48 numbers and $400.00 for 60 numbers by Saint John’s Gaming #02115.  Have you ever said to yourself or someone else, sure feel lucky today, well why not try it.

 

 

 

 NEWS FOR BOTH PARISHES – HOLY CROSS AND SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK:

 

Please Keep in your Prayers the Following – Lorraine Boser, Mary Ann Dahmen, Ardyce (Bednarek) Dalbec (Duluth), Marie Dombovy, Darnell Froelich, Cora Gross, Mark & Lucy Hanson, Diane Kowalczyk, Al Kuebelbeck, Astella Kurtz, Mary Jo Loscheider, Mary Lust, Joe Malinowski (Buckman), Michelle Murphy (Colorado), Tim Nash, Judy Riese (Cities), Janis Schubert, Virginia Stegora, Jake Thomsen, Martha Woitalla, Sr.  Prayer List for Lastrup is 468-6395 and for Harding is 277-3832.  Please Jesus, help us Heal!

 

 

 

REMINDER…SAINT MARY AND SAINT JOSEPH’S COUNCIL OF THE CATHOLIC UNITED FINANCIAL will meet on Sunday (today), December 8th at 6:30 pm beginning with a pot luck dinner at the home of Leon and Joyce Weiss.  Business meeting to follow.  For information, please call Gloria Stumpf at 468-6567 or Joyce Weiss at 468-6125.

 

 

 

FINAL REMINDER…SCHOOL CARNIVAL RAFFLE – Holy Trinity School is now accepting cash donations for the 2014 School Carnival Raffle.  If you would like to donate, please contact Kelly Becker at 468-6446.  Thank you for your past support!

 

 

 

INVITATION IS STILL OPEN FOR OUR ADORATION on Wednesday, December 11th starting with Adoration from 7:00-8:00 pm with Mass at 8:00 pm.  What a great way for us to spend with the Lord, especially during the Advent Season.  We are waiting for Jesus!

 

 

 

PANCAKE BREAKFAST on Sunday, December 15th from 8:00 am to 12:00 Noon.  Serving: Pancakes, Thielen’s Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Orange Juice and Coffee.  Cost is: Adults, $7.00; Under 10, $3.00; Under 5, Free.  Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman.

 

 

 

HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC SCHOOL:                           BELIEVE, GROW, ACHIEVE

 

Holy Trinity Calendar Winners:  12-2 Mick & Dawn Gruber; 12-3 Bill Branum; 12-4 Delores Mueller; 12-5 Alfred Herman; 12-6 Pat Olson; 12-7 Gary Tschida ($35.00 winners); 12-8 Tina Helmin ($75.00 winner).  Congratulations to all our Lucky Winners!

 

***RAFFLE CALENDAR FUNDRAISERCalendars are available in the following businesses: Holy Trinity School, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Sunrise Ag-Lastrup, Sunrise Ag-Buckman, Trails Edge-Buckman nad Hartmann’s.

 

***ADVENTThere are gift tags available on the “Giving Trees” at school.  If you are interested in assisting with Jared Tomala’s Toy Drive or purchasing a gift for an area family, please stop by and pick a tag and return the gift and tag by Friday, December 13th.

 

***HOLY TRINITY CHRISTMAS PROGRAMThe PK – 6th grade Christmas program will be Wednesday, December 11th at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm in the school gym.  All are welcome to attend.

 

***LUNCH PROGRAMVolunteers are needed for the hot lunch program on Thursday and Friday from 11:15 am to 1:00 pm.  Please call the school 468-6446 or cafeteria 468-6971.

 

 

 

FATHER PIERZ SCHOOL OF RELIGION:

 

***CASH BINGO is on Sunday, December 8th at 1:00 pm in the Holy Trinity gym.

 

***STEUBENVILLECome to Pizza Ranch on Wednesday, December 11th from 5:00-8:00 pm to support the students to Steubenville.

 

***SNOWTUBING7th – 12th graders are invited to go snow tubing on Wednesday, December 18th fro $15.00 to Eagle Mountain!  Bus leaves from Father Pierz School of Religion at 5:15 pm and returns 9:45 pm.

 

 

 

FROM GRACE’S CORNER:                             EMAIL: [email protected]                           PHONE NUMBER: 277-3832

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – Remember…The Christmas Season is not about the money you spend or the gifts that we get, its about the Love that we give away.  Please share some Love this Christmas Season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 1, 2013

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH                                FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT                                       HOLY CROSS CHURCH

 

Box 38                                                                                              December 1, 2013                                 25072 – 285th Avenue

 

Lastrup, MN  56344                                                                                                                                                         Pierz, MN  56364

 

                                                                                                                                     HOLY CROSS CHURCH WEBSITE – hardingchurch.org

 

         FATHER DAVID MACIEJ, PASTOR  (320-468-2111)

 

MASSES FOR THIS WEEK:

 

Tuesday                 December 3rd                       7:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                            +Delroy Kowalzek

 

Wednesday           December 4th                       8:00 am                                 Holy Cross                                                Rosary Sodality

 

Thursday                December 5th                       7:00-8:00 pm                       Holy Cross                              Divine Mercy Eucharistic Service

 

                                December 5th                       8:00 pm                                 Holy Cross                                             +Eleanor Tretter

 

Saturday                December 7th                       8:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                            +Ramona Virnig

 

Sunday                   December 8th                       8:45 am                                 Holy Cross                                             +Roman & Mark Woitalla

 

Sunday                   December 8th                     10:45 am                                 Saint John Nepomuk                               For the Parishes

 

                *Divine Mercy Eucharistic Adoration: 7:00-8:00 pm   - Thursday, December 5th – Mass: 8:00 pm at Holy Cross Church

 

                *Rosary and Divine Mercy Prayer – 25 minutes before every Mass at both parishes

 

                *Prayer Service: 8:00-9:30 pm every Wednesday evening at Holy Cross Church in the Divine Mercy Adoration Room

 

                *Confessions: Saturday, 7:15 pm at Saint John Nepomuk Church – Sunday, 8:15 am at Holy Cross Church

 

HOLY CROSS CHURCH:

 

Ushers:                  Sunday                                   December 8th                       8:45 am                                 Willie Rudolph and Gary Matlock

 

Servers:                 Sunday                                   December 8th                       8:45 am                                 Amber Woitalla and Kayla Brisk

 

Lector:                   Sunday                                   December 8th                       8:45 am                                 Allen Kuebelbeck

 

Rosary:                   Sunday                                   December 8th                       8:45 am                                 Holy Name

 

E. Ministers:          Sunday                                   December 8th                       8:45 am                          Gary Matlock and Eleanore Skochenski

 

 

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK:

 

Ushers:                  Saturday                                December 7th                       8:00 pm                                 Kent Happke and Kyle Happke

 

                                Sunday                                   December 8th                     10:45 am                                 Don Will and Claude Dahmen

 

Servers:                 Saturday                                December 7th                       8:00 pm                                 Natalie and Jared Thomsen

 

                                Sunday                                   December 8th                     10:45 am                                 Raychel Virnig and Laura Skiba

 

Lectors:                 Saturday                                December 7th                       8:00 pm                                 Dale Beierman

 

                                Sunday                                   December 8th                     10:45 am                                 Louise Welle

 

E. Ministers:          Saturday                                December 7th                       8:00 pm                                 Geri Pohlkamp

 

                                Sunday                                   December 8th                     10:45 am                                 Art Stumpf

 

 

 

SHEPHERD’S VOICE:

 

A blessed happy New Year!  No, I haven’t missed a month on the calendar.  Rather, today—the First Sunday of Advent—is the beginning of a new Church Year.  Once again we enter this special time in which we meditate on the Lord’s coming to us: both His first coming as a child in Bethlehem, and His second, which will happen at the end of time.  Today’s Gospel gives us some of Jesus’ words on this, emphasizing that we always need to be prepared.  Both Jesus and St. Paul, in the Second Reading, speak of the importance of living in the here and now.  Our call is to be faithful to the Lord, moment by moment, day by day.  He will take care of His Second Coming in His own time.                Father David

 

 

 

SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTIONThis year December 8th falls on a Sunday, which will move the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception to the following day, Monday, December 9th.  Because of this, the obligation to attend Mass is lifted.  However, all Catholics are strongly encouraged to attend Mass, if able to do so.  Masses on December 9th will be at 8:00 am at Holy Cross and 7:30 pm at Saint John’s.

 

 

 

PARISH BREAKFAST TODAY (SUNDAY) AT SAINT JOHN’SEveryone is invited to the parish breakfast today at Saint John’s.  Serving takes place from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

 

 

 

PARISH LIAISONS TO DIOCESAN PASTORAL COUNCILThe Saint Cloud is divided into a number of “deaneries” which include parishes located fairly close to each other.   Lastrup and Harding are part of the Little Falls Deanery.  Each deanery has a representative to the “Pastoral Council” of the diocese.  This council brings parish concerns to the Bishop from these representatives.  The rep from the Little Falls Deanery is Darrell Welle of Holy Family Parish in Belle Prairie.  Darrell has asked our parishes to have a liaison person that he would communicate with as far as parish concerns to bring to the Bishop.  The liaisons from our parishes are Dale Beierman of Saint John’s and Phyllis Schmidtbauer of Holy Cross.  Parishioners are welcome to call them if they have concerns that they think should go to the Pastoral Council.  Dale’s phone is 468-6225 and Phyllis’ phone is 277-3869.

 

 

 

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CELEBRATIONA special Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe will take place Sunday, December 15th at Saint John’s Abbey Church in Collegeville.  Mass begins at 2:00 pm, with Bishop Kettler presiding.  The special intention of this Mass is to pray for all immigrants and for a just reformation of the immigration laws in the United States.  Following Mass, a reception will be held in Guild Hall with Latino cuisine and entertainment.

 

 

 

HOLY CROSS PARISH NEWS:

 

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, November 24th – Adults, $1,164.00 (63 envelopes); Youth/Children, $10.75 (13 envelopes); Adults Loose, $165.86; Children Loose, $5.00; Military Collection, $221.60; Stole Fee, $100.00; Thanksgiving, $10.00 (1 envelope); Building Fund, $20.00 (1 envelope).  Thanks go out to all our generous Parishioners who give so faithfully every weekend to Our Lord, Jesus!

 

 

 

DONUT SUNDAY is today (Sunday), December 1st after the 8:45 am Mass at Holy Cross Church with Group 4 doing the serving.

 

BAPTISM – NEW LIFE IN CHRIST:  We welcome to our Family of God, Liam Lucas Schubert, son of Lucas Schubert and Brooklyn Motschendacher who will be baptized on Sunday afternoon (today), December 1st at Holy Cross Church in Harding.  Congratulations and Welcome to our Community of Faith.  God Bless Liam Lucas, Lucas and Brooklyn!

 

 

 

COOKIES FOR SHUT-INS – Rosary Sodality Members will be putting together cookies for our shut-ins on Sunday, December 15th and you’ll need 2 dozen of cookies to bring to the church basement after the 8:45 am Mass, which then they will be packed up.  Also, if anyone knows of someone who should be getting cookies and isn’t on the list, please call Renee at 468-6200.  Thanks for your work!

 

 

 

CHURCH CLEANERS – Lynn Dombovy, Lynn Donek-Dukowitz, Julie Dosh, Stacey Foust, Robyn Galbreath, Marilyn Gregersen, Lynn Gross and Jill Eich.  Special thanks go out to all our hard-working ladies who come every weekend to clean Our Lord’s House!

 

 

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK PARISH NEWS:

 

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, November 24th – Adults, $994.75; Youth, $11.42; Loose, $209.00; Human Development, $130.00; Military Collection, $50.00.  Thanks for your generosity of giving and showing your great Stewardship to your Church and to Our Lord!

 

 

 

CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES are available in the back of church.  If you don’t find one with your name on it, feel free to take a blank box, but please let us know the number on your box so we give you credit on your year-end statements.

 

 

 

BANK ACCOUNT – If you would like to have your Sunday contributions automatically paid through your bank account, please contact your bank to set this up.  If you bank at our bank, Farmers and Merchants State Bank, it is very simple to set up automatic payments.  If you have a different bank you can still set up an account by contacting your bank and then they will contact us to get the account information they need.

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL SERVERS – We are looking for additional servers especially for our Saturday evening Mass.  If anyone, including adults, would be interested in helping us out, please contact Father David.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

 

 

 

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd after the 7:00 pm Mass at the Parish Rectory.

 

 

 

BABY JESUS SHOWER – Christian Mothers are sponsoring a Baby Jesus Shower from now till Epiphany. Taking any size of baby items.

 

 

 

BAR BINGO at two locations in Lastrup.  Sunday evenings, 6:00 pm at Herold’s Bar and Grill.  Jackpot is $600.00 for 52 numbers and $400.00 for 47 numbers.  Wednesday evenings, 6:00 pm at Tiny’s Tavern.  Jackpot is $600.00 for 48 numbers and $400.00 for 60 numbers by Saint John’s Gaming #02115.  Okay, what’s your excuse for not going to play Bingo – people are winning, so try it!

 

 

 

NEWS FOR BOTH PARISHES – HOLY CROSS AND SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK:

 

Please Keep in your Prayers the Following – Lorraine Boser, Mary Ann Dahmen, Ardyce (Bednarek) Dalbec (Duluth), Marie Dombovy, Darnell Froelich, Cora Gross, Mark & Lucy Hanson, Diane Kowalczyk, Al Kuebelbeck, Astella Kurtz, Mary Jo Loscheider, Mary Lust, Joe Malinowski (Buckman), Michelle Murphy (Colorado), Tim Nash, Judy Riese (Cities), Janis Schubert, Jake Thomsen, Leo Woitalla and Martha Woitalla, Sr.  Prayer List for Lastrup is 468-6395 and for Harding is 277-3832.  Come Lord Jesus and Help Us!

 

 

 

SAINT MARY AND SAINT JOSEPH’S COUNCIL OF THE CATHOLIC UNITED FINANCIAL will meet on Sunday, December 8th at 6:30 pm, beginning with a pot luck dinner at the home of Leon and Joyce Weiss.  Business meeting to follow.  For information, please call Gloria Stumpf at 468-6567 or Joyce Weiss at 468-6125.

 

 

 

SCHOOL CARNIVAL RAFFLE – Holy Trinity School is now accepting cash donations for the 2014 School Carnival Raffle.  If you would like to donate, please contact Kelly Becker at 468-6446.  Thank you for your past support!

 

 

 

INVITATION OPEN TO EVERYONE – Thursday, December 5th at Holy Cross Church starting at 7:00 pm with the Divine Mercy Eucharistic Adoration and Mass to follow at 8:00 pm.  We’d love to have you all come and join us in giving Thanks to Jesus – See You!

 

 

 

HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE – Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church – Please check Flyer!

 

 

 

HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC SCHOOL:                           BELIEVE, GROW, ACHIEVE

 

Holy Trinity Calendar Winners:  11-25 Jim Funk; 11-26 Nick Miller; 11-27 Millie & Gene Gruber; 11-28 Russ & Cindy Marshik (Thanksgiving - $200.00); 11-29 Lisa Ginter; 11-30 Martin Thomas ($35.00 winners); 12-1 Jan Noel ($75.00 winner).  Congratulations!

 

***RAFFLE CALENDAR FUNDRAISERCalendars are available for sale by contacting a school family or the office.  Thanks!

 

***ADVENT - The season of Advent is a wonderful time to watch, prepare and be ready for the celebration of the Birth of Christ.  At Holy Trinity School we do so many things to ready ourselves and prepare the way.  *K-1 students pray together daily placing Jesse Tree symbols on a tree.  *Grades 2-6 will participate in a weekly Advent activity putting their faith into action.  *The “Giving Tree” have gift tags available to select gifts to purchase for families who would be without during Christmas.  All are welcome to stop by and get tags or make a cash donation.

 

***HOLY TRINITY CHRISTMAS PROGRAM – The PK – 6th grade Christmas program will be Wednesday, December 11th at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm in the school gym.  All are welcome to attend.

 

 

 

FATHER PIERZ SCHOOL OF RELIGION:

 

***MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  CASH BINGO is on Sunday, December 8th at 1:00 pm at the Holy Trinity gym.

 

***SAINT NICK’S NIGHT BONFIRE AND S’MORES on Wednesday, December 4th from 5:00-8:00 pm at Billings Park by the Fire Hall.  Students will be making s’mores for the children.

 

***SELLING HOT DOGSFather Pierz School of Religion will also be selling hot dogs at the Ballroom from 4:00-8:00 pm while children are waiting to visit Santa!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 24, 2013

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH     SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE       HOLY CROSS CHURCH

 

Box 38                                                                                                   November 24, 2013                                             25072-285th Avenue

 

Lastrup, MN  56344                                                                                                                                                             Pierz, MN  56364

 

                                                                                                                                      HOLY CROSS CHURCH WEBSITE – hardingchurch.org

 

                FATHER DAVID MACIEJ, PASTOR  (320-468-2111)

 

MASSES FOR THIS WEEK:

 

Tuesday                 November 26th                     7:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                            +Delores Hoffman

 

Wednesday           November 27th                     8:00 am                                 Holy Cross                                             +Dick Hoffman

 

Thursday                November 28th                     8:30 am                                 Saint John Nepomuk                            +Emil Okroi

 

Saturday                November 30th                     8:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                            +Joyce & George Lentner

 

Sunday                   December 01st                     8:45 am                                 Holy Cross                                             +Ervin & Louise Schubert

 

Sunday                   December 01st                   10:45 am                                 Saint John Nepomuk                               For the Parishes

 

                *Divine Mercy Eucharistic Adoration: 7:00-8:00 pm – Thursday, December 5th – Mass: 8:00 pm at Holy Cross Church

 

                *Rosary and Divine Mercy Prayer – 25 minutes before every Mass at both Parishes

 

                *Prayer Service: 8:00-9:30 pm every Wednesday evening at Holy Cross Church in the Divine Mercy Adoration Room

 

                *Confessions: Saturday, 7:15 pm at Saint John Nepomuk Church – Sunday, 8:15 am at Holy Cross Church

 

HOLY CROSS CHURCH:

 

Ushers:                  Sunday                                   December 1st                        8:45 am                                 LeRoy and Allen Woitalla

 

Servers:                 Sunday                                   December 1st                        8:45 am                                 Ivy and Daisy Dembouski

 

Lector:                   Sunday                                   December 1st                        8:45 am                                 Lynn Donek-Dukowitz

 

Rosary:                   Sunday                                   December 1st                        8:45 am                                 Lois Woitalla

 

E. Ministers:          Sunday                                   December 1st                        8:45 am                                 Leonard, Diane and Lynn

 

 

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH:

 

Ushers:                  Thanksgiving Thursday        November 28th                     8:30 am                                 Willie Schirmers & Marne Loidolt

 

                                Saturday                                November 30th                     8:00 pm                                 Kurt Becker and Glenn Boser

 

                                Sunday                                   December 01st                   10:45 am                                 Richard Monson and Kurt Herold

 

Servers:                 Thanksgiving Thursday        November 28th                     8:30 am                                 Katelyn Waytashek & Jared Becker

 

                                Saturday                                November 30th                     8:00 pm                                 Natalie Nash

 

                                Sunday                                   December 01st                   10:45 am                                 Paige and Piper Laney

 

Lectors:                 Thanksgiving Thursday        November 28th                     8:30 am                                 Mary Ann Schomer

 

                                Saturday                                November 30th                     8:00 pm                                 Geri Pohlkamp

 

                                Sunday                                   December 01st                   10:45 am                                 Louise Welle

 

E. Ministers:          Thanksgiving Thursday        November 28th                     8:30 am                                 Ginny Seelen

 

                                Saturday                                November 30th                     8:00 pm                                 Barb, Carol and Ginny

 

                                Sunday                                   December 01st                   10:45 am                                 Traci, Rob and Evelyn

 

 

 

SHEPHERD’S VOICE:

 

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  It’s a fitting way to close the Church Year, and a clear reminder to us that ultimately Jesus will be recognized as the only ruler and Savior of all people.  Ironically, the Gospel today presents Him being crucified…..hardly the picture of a triumphant king.  But it was through His death and resurrection that He has become the head of the Church, the fullness of all things, as our Second Reading shows.  May we always acknowledge Him as our King and Lord.  And may we ever be faithful to Him who has been so faithful and loving toward us!    Father David

 

 

 

THANKSGIVING SERVICEEveryone is invited to the annual Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving Service to be held Monday evening, 7:00 pm at Saint John’s.  It’s a wonderful time to join our area brothers and sisters in giving thanks to God with song, prayer, Scripture and fellowship.  A reception will follow in the parish hall.  And, a special thanks to those who have organized the service and reception, especially Joyce Weiss and choir members, Kathy Tax and others who are helping with the reception.

 

 

 

HOLY CROSS PICTORIAL DIRECTORYPicture-taking will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 2-9 pm, in Holy Cross Church basement as we continue to organize our new pictorial directory.  And, to note that we now have Saturday, November 30th as an added day for pictures.  Our sign-up has been wonderful, necessitating an extra day for photos.  Our special thanks to Janet Hanneken, Doug Knopik and Yvonne Kisor for their hard work in organizing things.  Remember: you receive a free directory and an 8” x 10” portrait just for having your photo taken!

 

 

 

SPECIAL COLLECTIONSA special thanks to all of you as we continue to ask your generosity for special needs in the Church and the world.  Today’s collection for the Military Archdiocese will help many of our military personnel to keep their faith growing, especially with a shortage of chaplains.  Next week we are asked to contribute to another special collection—taken after Communion—to help the people of the Philippines recover from the typhoon tragedy.  May God bless you for your sacrifice for those less fortunate than ourselves.  P.S. Any check for the Philippines can be made out to the parish and marked “Typhoon Relief.”

 

 

 

THANKS FROM MISSION OFFICEThe Saint Cloud Mission Office sends their gratitude to us for our contributions for World Mission Sunday: “Thank you for your parish’s generous contribution to World Mission Sunday.  We appreciate all the energy and effort that you put forth in the promotion of this global connection of solidarity.”

 

 

 

CLOSING OF THE “YEAR OF FAITH”Today—November 24th—marks the closing of the special “Year of Faith” that Pope Benedict called for in 2013.  Each one of us can ask ourselves how we have tried to deepen our Catholic faith during this time, and how we will continue to grow in the days to come.  Perhaps this is a good time to recall the basic suggestions given to us in the September 28, 2013 issue of the The Visitor: 1) Participate in Mass,  2) Go to Confession,  3) Learn about the saints,  4) Read the Bible,  5) Read the Vatican II documents,  6) Study the Catechism of the Catholic Church,  7) Volunteer in your parish,  8) Help those in need,  9) Invite a friend to Mass,  10) Incorporate the Beatitudes into your daily life.  

 

 

 

HOLY CROSS PARISH NEWS:

 

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, November 17th – Adults, $1,091.00 (57 envelopes); Youth/Children, $6.75 (9 envelopes); Adults Loose, $86.89; Children Loose, $4.00; Catholic Charities, $40.00 (2 envelopes); Votive, $25.00; Energy, $10.00 (1 envelope); Building Fund, $110.00 (2 envelopes).  Thanks again for your Gift of Giving and your way of showing your Parish Stewardship to the Lord!

 

 

 

DONUT SUNDAY on Sunday, December 1st after the 8:45 am Mass at Holy Cross Church with Group 4 doing the honors of serving.

 

 

 

WORDS OF SYMPATHY AND OUR PRAYERS go out to the Family of Raymond Kowalczyk.  We don’t know what it’s like to walk this road ahead after we lose a loved one.  It’s a pretty long journey, especially when we’re by ourselves and not having our loved one with us.   Please keep the family and Raymond in your prayers.  Eternal Rest, Grant Unto Raymond!

 

 

 

CHURCH CLEANERS – Bev Copa, Sheryl Cronquist, Jeanette Cyr, Dorothy Dahmen, Grace Dembouski, Dusty Dembouski, Kari Dembouski and Ashley Eich. 

 

 

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK PARISH NEWS:

 

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, November 17th – Adults, $1,297.00; Youth, $15.25; Loose, $169.10.  Thanks for your Gift of Giving!

 

 

 

REMINDER…SAINT JOHN’S PARISH PANCAKE, EGG AND SAUSAGE BREAKFAST on Sunday, December 1st, 2013.  Breakfast includes: Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Potatoes, Caramel and Cinnamon Rolls.  Serving from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

 

 

 

REMINDER…CHRISTIAN MOTHER’S MEETING is Tuesday, November 26th.  There will be no guest speaker.

 

 

 

BAR BINGO at two locations in Lastrup.  Sunday evenings, 6:00 pm at Herold’s Bar and Grill.  Jackpot is $600.00 for 51 numbers and $400.00 for 57 numbers.  Wednesday evening, 5:30 pm only this week at Tiny’s Tavern.  Jackpot is $600.00 for 47 numbers and $400.00 for 59 numbers by Saint John’s Gaming #02115.  Tis the Season to go and play Bingo with your spouse or a friend and WIN.

 

 

 

NEWS FOR BOTH PARISHES – HOLY CROSS AND SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK:

 

Please Keep in your Prayers the Following – Lorraine Boser, Mary Ann Dahmen, Ardyce (Bednarek) Dalbec (Duluth), Marie Dombovy, Darnell Froelich, Cora Gross, Mark & Lucy Hanson, Diane Kowalczyk, Al Kuebelbeck, Astella Kurtz, Mary Jo Loscheider, Mary Lust, Joe Malinowski (Buckman), Michelle Murphy (Colorado), Tim Nash, Judy Riese (Cities), Janis Schubert, Jake Thomsen, Leo Woitalla and Martha Woitalla, Sr.  Prayer List for Lastrup is 468-6395 and for Harding is 277-3832.  Thank you Jesus for helping us!

 

 

 

SCHOOL CARNIVAL RAFFLE – Holy Trinity School is now accepting cash donations for the 2014 School Carnival Raffle.  If you would like to donate, please contact Kelly Becker at 468-6446.  Thank you for your past support!

 

 

 

HAROLD JANSEN BENEFIT – Friday, November 29th at the Pierz Ballroom, Chili feed from 4:00-7:00 pm with a Bake Sale.  Live Auction at 7:30 pm.  Silent Auction throughout the event.  Proceeds to help pay expenses relating to a bilateral lung transplant.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY EDUCATION is sponsoring a trip to the Holidazzle Parade on Saturday, December 7th.  Bus will leave from Healy H.S. at 2:20 pm.  Cost is $10.00.  Call 468-6458, ext. 7 for more information or to reserve a seat.

 

 

 

HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC SCHOOL:                           BELIEVE, GROW, ACHIEVE

 

Holy Trinity Calendar Winners:  11-18 Martin Stangl; 11-19 DJ Prom; 11-20 Rita Koetter; 11-21 Leon Boser; 11-22 Kay & Carol Keehr; 11-23 Nora Poginy ($35.00 winners); 11-24 Chuck Gruber ($75.00 winner).  Congratulations to all our Winners!

 

 

 

***RAFFLE CALENDAR  FUNDRAISERThey should be here to purchase this week.

 

***AMERICA FARMERS GROW COMMUNITIESHoly Trinity School is asking area farmers to register the school again for a donation given through Monsanto.  Farmers can go to this web site and sign-up on line at www.growcommunities.com or by calling 1-877-267-3332.  Deadline is November 30th.

 

***FIRST RECONCILIATIONThis past week the second graders from each parish participated in the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.  Please pray for them as they learn and apply this important sacrament.

 

***THANKSGIVINGHoly Trinity School family extends our hearts and hands to all the community members that support our Catholic School through prayer, service and financially.  The students are  blessed to have an opportunity to learn about Jesus every day!  THANK YOU!!!

 

 

 

FATHER PIERZ SCHOOL OF RELIGION:

 

***PRAYER SERVICE for the Athman’s and all those who are suffering will be held at Saint Joseph’s Church in Pierz on Monday, November 25th from 7pm-8:30pm - Rosary and Adoration.

 

***MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  CASH BINGO is on Sunday, December 8th at 1:00 pm at the Holy Trinity gym.

 

***SAINT NICK’S NIGHT bonfire on Wednesday, December 4th from 6-8pm at the Blue Park.  Father Pierz School of Religion will also be selling hot dogs at the Ballroom from 4pm-8pm while children are waiting to visit Santa!

 

 

 

FROM GRACE’S CORNER:                             EMAIL: [email protected]                           PHONE NUMBER: 277-3832

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – Everyone and everything is interconnected in this universe.  Stay pure of heart and you will see the signs.  Follow the signs and you will uncover your destiny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                               

 

 

 

 

November 17, 2013

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH                  THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME                HOLY CROSS CHURCH

 

Box 38                                                                                                November 17, 2013                                         25072 – 285th Avenue

 

Lastrup, MN  56344                                                                                                                                                      Pierz, MN  56364

 

                                                                                                                                     HOLY CROSS CHURCH WEBSITE – hardingchurch.org

 

                  FATHER DAVID MACIEJ, PASTOR  (320-468-2111)

 

MASSES FOR THIS WEEK:

 

Tuesday                 November 19th                     8:00 am                                 Saint John Nepomuk                            +Evelyn Smith

 

Wednesday           November 20th                     8:00 am                                 Holy Cross                                             +Max Rudolph

 

Thursday                November 21st                     8:00 am                                 Holy Cross                                             +Christine Kowalzek

 

Saturday                November 23rd                     8:00 pm                       Saint John Nepomuk     +Dec. Members of Theodore Ortman Family

 

Sunday                   November 24th                     8:45 am                                 Holy Cross                                                For the Parishes

 

Sunday                   November 24th                   10:45 am                                 Saint John Nepomuk                            +Aaron Frisch

 

                *Divine Mercy Eucharistic Adoration: 7:00-8:00 pm – First Thursday of Each Month – Mass: 8:00 pm at Holy Cross Church

 

                *Rosary and Divine Mercy Prayer – 25 minutes before every Mass at both Parishes

 

                *Prayer Service: 8:00-9:30 pm every Wednesday evening at Holy Cross Church in the Divine Mercy Adoration Room

 

                *Confessions: Saturday, 7:15 pm at Saint John Nepomuk Church – Sunday, 8:15 am at Holy Cross Church

 

HOLY CROSS CHURCH:

 

Ushers:                  Sunday                                   November 24th                     8:45 am                              Dave Schubert and Kevin Dembouski

 

Servers:                 Sunday                                   November 24th                     8:45 am                                 Jacob Woitalla and Tim Przybilla

 

Lector:                   Sunday                                   November 24th                     8:45 am                                 Tim Schubert

 

Rosary:                   Sunday                                   November 24th                     8:45 am                                 Phyllis Schmidtbauer

 

E. Ministers:          Sunday                                   November 24th                     8:45 am                       Phyllis Schmidtbauer and Duane Sobiech

 

 

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH:

 

Ushers:                  Saturday                                November 23rd                     8:00 pm                                 Willie Schirmers and Marne Loidolt

 

                                Sunday                                   November 24th                   10:45 am                                 Richard Monson and Kurt Herold

 

Servers:                 Saturday                                November 23rd                     8:00 pm                                 Jonathan Welle and Taryn Becker

 

                                Sunday                                   November 24th                   10:45 am                                 Raychel Virnig and Laura Skiba

 

Lectors:                 Saturday                                November 23rd                     8:00 pm                                 Becky Joerger

 

                                Sunday                                   November 24th                   10:45 am                                 Mary Ann Schomer

 

E. Ministers:          Saturday                                November 23rd                     8:00 pm                                 Dale Beierman

 

                                Sunday                                   November 24th                   10:45 am                                 Bonnie Boser

 

 

 

SHEPHERD’S VOICE:

 

The Second Coming of Jesus has been part of our faith belief since He first began teaching His disciples.  And it has been an object of interest, even of fascination, ever since.  It goes without saying that many, many people have tried to predict the day of His coming through the centuries, with every prediction—obviously—not turning out so far.  It needs to be stressed that Jesus wants us to be more concerned about how we live our day-to-day life.  Whether He comes in our lifetime, or on some day far in the future, is not our main concern.  What we need to prepare for is that day when we will leave this earth.  That, for us personally, is the “Second Coming” that is of greater concern.                                Father David

 

 

 

FIRST RECONCILIATIONWe’re asked to keep in prayer our children who will receive the Sacrament of Penance for the first time on Tuesday.  Parent’s, please note the 6:30 pm starting time at Saint John’s, and that this is for both Saint John’s and Holy Cross families.  May God bless each of our students with a deep sense of His love and forgiveness through this very special sacrament!

 

 

 

HOLY CROSS PICTORIAL DIRECTORYA special word of thanks to those who have already signed up for the directory picture-taking November 25-27!  And if you haven’t signed up yet, please do so.  Our parish directory just won’t be complete without you.  You can sign up before or after the Sunday Mass, at the table in the entry.  You can also go online at hardingchurch.org.  And if you have questions, please call Janet Hanneken at 745-2641.  As of this writing, we’re not sure if we may need to get another picture-taking date, as the sign-up has been wonderful so far.  Announcements will be made in church about that, and also about whether Saint Joseph’s in Pierz has some slots open November 22 and 23 with their picture-taking.  Remember, you will receive a free directory and a free 8” x 10” portrait just for signing up.  And if you’re a member of a parish group or ministry, please plan to be part of the group pictures taken next Sunday, November 24th, after our 8:45 am Mass.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICEEveryone is very welcome to join our ecumenical Community Thanksgiving Service on Monday, November 25th, 7:00 pm at Saint John’s.  Join us for a special time of song, prayer, giving thanks and fellowship.  A simple reception will follow in the parish hall.  Also to note that a free-will offering will be taken during the service; this will be sent to our area food shelves.

 

 

 

THANKSGIVING DAY MASS- Looking ahead, Mass on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, will be at 8:30 am at Saint John’s.

 

 

 

SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR U.S. MILITARY ARCHDIOCESEQuite recently our U.S. Bishops made the decision that every 3 years parishes would be asked to take up a special collection to help our men and women who serve our country in the U.S. Military.  This is the first year that our Saint Cloud Diocese parishes are being asked to contribute.  The Archdiocese for the Military Services oversees these funds, which go especially toward providing our deployed men and women with the sacraments and spiritual support.  Please consider using the envelope that will be attached to next week’s Bulletin.  Your offering will be sent to our Chancery Office, which will then forward it to the Military Archdiocese.  And thank you for your generosity in the face of a large number of special collections.  Your sacrifice is deeply appreciated!

 

 

 

POPE FRANCIS AND THE YEAR OF FAITHTo a youth gathering last Palm Sunday, Pope Francis said, “With Christ, the heart never grows old!”  (Columbia, June 2013, p.13)

 

 

 

HOLY CROSS PARISH NEWS:

 

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, November 10th – Adults, $952.00 (53 envelopes); Youth/Children, $9.75 (12 envelopes); Adults Loose, $11.00; Children Loose, $16.00; All Saints Day, $25.00 (2 envelopes); All Souls, $15.00 (1 envelope); Energy, $71.00 (4 envelopes); Building Fund, $125.00 (4 envelopes).  Thanks for your Gift of Generosity of Giving, our way of saying Thanks to Jesus!

 

 

 

HOLY CROSS PARISH COUNCIL MEETING – There was a parish council meeting on November 13th, 2013.  Some of the items discussed were: *The possibility of the parish house being occupied, *Education Fund envelopes, *The parish directory, *Vibrancy Tool results and the Memorial Fund.

 

 

 

BAPTISM – NEW LIFE IN CHRIST:  We welcome to our Family of God, Jada Lee Sweet, daughter of Janae Sweet who will be baptized on Sunday (today), November 17th after the 8:45 am Mass at Holy Cross Church in Harding.  Congratulations and Welcome to our Community of Faith.  God Bless Jada Lee and Janae!

 

 

 

CHURCH CLEANERS – Karen Brisk, Diane Brisk, Doris Brisk, Connie Brisk, Bernice Banick, Tabitha Brisk, Heidi Bruse and Kristin Dombovy.  Thank you to all of you ladies who come so faithfully every weekend to clean Our Lord’s House – What great helpers!

 

 

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK PARISH NEWS:

 

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, November 10th – Adults, $1,172.00; Youth, $12.51; Loose, $395.00; All Saints, $35.00.  Thank you for your Gift of Giving, our way of showing our Christian Stewardship toward your parish.  Your way of saying Thank You to Jesus!

 

 

 

SAINT JOHN’S PARISH PANCAKE, EGG AND SAUSAGE BREAKFAST on Sunday, December 1st, 2013.  Breakfast includes: Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Potatoes, Caramel and Cinnamon Rolls.  Serving from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

 

 

 

CHRISTIAN MOTHER’S MEETING is postponed to Tuesday, November 26th.  There will be no guest speaker.

 

 

 

BAR BINGO at two locations in Lastrup.  Sunday evenings, 6:00 pm at Herold’s Bar and Grill.  Jackpot is $600.00 for 50 numbers and $400.00 for 56 numbers.  Wednesday evenings, 6:00 pm at Tiny’s Tavern.  Jackpot is $600.00 for 63 numbers and $400.00 for 58 numbers by Saint John’s Gaming #02115.  How about a game of Bingo either Sunday or Wednesday evening and maybe even WIN!

 

 

 

NEWS FOR BOTH PARISHES – HOLY CROSS AND SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK:

 

Please Keep in your Prayers the Following – Lorraine Boser, Mary Ann Dahmen, Ardyce (Bednarek) Dalbec (Duluth), Marie Dombovy, Darnell Froelich, Mark & Lucy Hanson, Diane Kowalczyk, Gladys Kowalzek, Al Kuebelbeck, Astella Kurtz, Mary Jo Loscheider, Mary Lust, Joe Malinowski (Buckman), Michelle Murphy (Colorado), Tim Nash, Judy Riese (Cities), Janis Schubert, Jake Thomsen, Leo Woitalla and Martha Woitalla, Sr.  Prayer List for Lastrup is 468-6395 and for Harding is 277-3832.  Oh Mother of the sick, look with mercy on us and comfort us in our time of troubles.  Hail Mary, full of grace! 

 

 

 

HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC SCHOOL:                           BELIEVE, GROW, ACHIEVE

 

Holy Trinity Calendar Winners:  11-11 Dennis & Barb Zajac; 11-12 Jarrod Barclay; 11-13 Gladys Cochran; 11-14 Natalie Stuckmayer; 11-15 Lloyd Boeder; 11-16 Scott Poser ($35.00 winners); 11-17 Rollie Hartmann ($75.00 winner).  Congratulations to our Winners!

 

 

 

***RAFFLE CALENDAR FUNDRAISER – The printer has delayed the calendars until the week of November 25th.  If you are interested, contact a school family or the school office to place your order.  The Calendar is a great Christmas present.  Thank you for supporting Holy Trinity School!

 

***TODDLERS HAVE CLASS – Children ages 2-3 are invited to Toddlers Have Class on Wednesday, November 20th from 6-7 pm in the Holy Trinity preschool room.  Please call the school office to let us know you are attending with your child.  468-6446.

 

 

 

FATHER PIERZ SCHOOL OF RELIGION:

 

***YOUTH GROUP is going to Walmart to buy gifts for the less fortunate on Wednesday, November 20th.  7th-12th graders are invited, meet at Father Pierz School of Religion at 6:00 pm and returning at 8:00 pm.

 

***FUDGE FORMS are due on Tuesday, November 19th.

 

***MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  CASH BINGO is on Sunday, December 1st at 1:00 pm in the Holy Trinity Gym.  Come and support the students going to Steubenville.

 

 

 

FROM GRACE’S CORNER:                             EMAIL: [email protected]                           PHONE NUMBER: 277-3832

 

HUMOR FROM OUR LITTLE TYKES – A church in town was scheduled to have a food fellowship after the Sunday services.  When the Pastor got up to the pulpit, he joked, “I don’t smell the food, so I can preach as long as I need to.”  About halfway through his sermon, a little tyke leaned to his mother and whispered loudly, “I smell food.  Is church over?”

 

 

 

A little 3-year-old boy was having a meal one evening.  After everyone finished praying, he said, “Grandma, I only prayed halfway.”  “What do you mean?”  I asked.  “I only had one eye closed,” he answered.

 

 

 

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD – A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible – Psalm 23.  She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter.  Little Rick was excited about the task – but he just couldn’t remember the Psalm…After much practice, he could barely get past the first line.  One day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Ricky was so nervous.  When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, ‘The Lord is my Shepherd, and that’s all I need to know.’

 

 

 

  

 

                                               

 

November 10, 2013

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH                THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME                 HOLY CROSS CHURCH

Box 38                                                                                                   November 10, 2013                                         25072 – 285th Avenue

Lastrup, MN  56344                                                                                                                                                         Pierz, MN  56364

                                                                                                                                    HOLY CROSS CHURCH WEBSITE – hardingchurch.org

                FATHER DAVID MACIEJ  (320-468-2111)

MASSES FOR THIS WEEK:

Tuesday                 November 12                       7:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk            Welfare of Fr. Robert Wullweber

Wednesday           November 13                       8:00 am                                 Holy Cross                                             +Robert Schlegel

Thursday                November 14                       7:00-8:00 pm                       Holy Cross                             Divine Mercy Adoration Service

                                November 14                       8:00 pm                                 Holy Cross                                             +Father Richard Kalkman

Saturday                November 16                       8:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                            +Betty Gross

Sunday                   November 17                       8:45 am                                 Holy Cross                                             +Melissa Gahler

Sunday                   November 17                     10:45 am                                 Saint John Nepomuk                               For the Parishes

                *Divine Mercy Eucharistic Adoration:  7:00-8:00 pm – Thursday, November 14th – Mass:  8:00 pm at Holy Cross Church

                *Rosary and Divine Mercy Prayer – 25 minutes before every Mass at both Parishes

                *Prayer Service:  8:00-9:30 pm every Wednesday evening at Holy Cross Church in the Divine Mercy Adoration Room

                *Confessions:  Saturday, 7:15 pm at Saint John Nepomuk Church – Sunday, 8:15 am at Holy Cross Church

HOLY CROSS CHURCH:

Ushers:                  Sunday                                   November 17                       8:45 am                                 Gary Matlock and LeRoy Knopik

Servers:                 Sunday                                   November 17                       8:45 am                                 Mary Beth and Laura Tautges

Lector:                   Sunday                                   November 17                       8:45 am                                 Doug Knopik

Rosary:                   Sunday                                   November 17                       8:45 am                                 Lois Woitalla

E. Minister:            Sunday                                   November 17                       8:45 am                                 Debbie Hoheisel

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH:

Ushers:                  Saturday                                November 16                       8:00 pm                                 Mark Beierman and Cory Loidolt

                                Sunday                                   November 17                     10:45 am                                 Roy Boser and David Welle

Servers:                 Saturday                                November 16                       8:00 pm                                 Natalie and Jared Thomsen

                                Sunday                                   November 17                     10:45 am                                 Paige and Piper Laney

Lectors:                 Saturday                                November 16                       8:00 pm                                 Geri Pohlkamp

                                Sunday                                   November 17                     10:45 am                                 Bonnie Boser

E. Ministers:          Saturday                                November 16                       8:00 pm                                 Ginny Seelen

                                Sunday                                   November 17                     10:45 am                                 Eileen Espelein

 

SHEPHERD’S VOICE:

A very basic foundation of our Christian faith is our belief in the resurrection.  In today’s Gospel, Jesus outlines this reality for the Sadducees, explaining to them that even in the days of Moses there was a fundamental belief that those who died in God’s grace would rise again.  And we know that Jesus, by His own resurrection, has conquered death and made it possible for us to also rise to new life.  May this assurance give all of us hope and faith as we travel this earthly journey of joy and sorrow, of struggle and promise.                             Father David

 

WELCOME BISHOP KETTLERLast Thursday we witnessed the installation of our new Bishop, Donald Kettler, as leader of the Saint Cloud Diocese.  We welcome him to central Minnesota, and may all of us give him our prayer and support as he begins his ministry to Catholics and others, here and beyond.                           Father David

 

HOLY CROSS PARISH DIRECTORYA special thanks to those Holy Cross parishioners who have already signed up for picture-taking November 25-27, and a reminder to others to please sign up as soon as you can.  Our directory won’t be complete without you, plus you will receive—free—a directory and an 8” x 10” portrait just for signing up.  Please visit the sign-up table in the entry before or after Mass on Sunday.  You can also go online to our website at hardingchurch.org.  If none of the times on November 25-27 (2-9 pm) work for you, you can look into having your picture taken at Saint Joseph’s in Pierz the week before.  They are getting a new directory organized, and have a couple of picture-taking sessions still scheduled: November 22 from 2-9 pm, and November 23 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm.  Please call Billie Kimman at 468-6550 to arrange this.  Finally, those who are members of ministry groups in the parish, such as Ushers, Servers, Lectors, Communion Ministers, Choirs, etc., please note that group pictures will be taken Sunday, November 24 after Mass.  Plan to be there for that session.

 

COMMUNION FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDSIf you are unable to come forward at Mass to receive Holy Communion, please let Father David or an Usher know.  We will be glad to bring you the Body of Christ to where you are in church.  Also, for those who are homebound, please let us know that you are unable to come to church.  A Communion Minister or Father David will be glad to bring the Eucharist to you.

 

ECUMENICAL THANKSGIVING SERVICEThis year’s Community Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will be held at Saint John’s in Lastrup, Monday, November 25th at 7:00 pm.  Everyone is invited to take part in this festival of prayer, thanks, song and Scripture.  A reception will follow in the parish center.

 

HONORING MARRIAGE DAY ON MAY 3, 2014If you are celebrating a wedding anniversary of 5, 25, 40 or 50 years in 2014, and would like to attend the Honoring Marriage Day at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Saint Cloud on May 3rd, please let Father David know.  Your names will be sent in to the Office of Marriage and Family, and you will receive an invitation to this event which begins at 1:00 pm that day.  Please let Father David know by February 1st.

 

POPE FRANCIS AND THE YEAR OF FAITHIn a homily on May 5th, Pope Francis stated: “May you also be true evangelizers!  May your initiatives be ‘bridges’, means of bringing others to Christ, so as to journey together with Him.  And in this spirit may you always be attentive to charity.  Each individual Christian and every community is missionary to the extent that they bring to others and live the Gospel, and testify to God’s love for all, especially those experiencing difficulties.”  (Columbia, June 2013, p.16)

 

HOLY CROSS PARISH NEWS:

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, November 3rd – Adults, $1,658.00 (67 envelopes); Youth/Children, $9.75 (12 envelopes); Adults Loose, $55.34; Children Loose, $14.50; Mission Sunday, $5.00 (1 envelope); All Saints Day, $178.00 (19 envelopes); All Saints Day Loose, $72.00; All Souls Day, $85.00 (7 envelopes); Energy, $125.00 (7 envelopes); Building Fund, $1, 015.00 (6 envelopes).  Thanks to All!

 

THANK YOU to all who helped make the Rosary Sodality Turkey Bingo a big success.  The profit of $1,216.00 has been donated to the Holy Cross Roof Repair Fund.

 

HOLY CROSS FINANCE AND PARISH COUNCIL on Wednesday, November 13th, 7:30 pm. In the Holy Cross Church basement.

 

CHURCH CLEANERS – Tina Brill, Amanda Anderson, Janet Banick, Kayla Banick, Cassandra Banick, Kelly Brill, Jeanna Brill and Jodi Dambowy.  Thanks ladies for your precious time that you take off to come and clean our Lord’s House – You’re all Awesome!

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK PARISH NEWS:

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, November 3rd – Adults, $1,237.00; Youth, $6.37; Loose, $230.00; All Saints, $232.00.  Thanks for Giving!

 

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING was held on Tuesday, November 5th.  Items of discussion were: *The survey results were reviewed of the parish vibrancy tool that parishioners took last spring.  The council will be looking at the different areas in our parish community over the next several months.  *There will be different options available to contribute to our church including Autopay where money would be taken out of your bank account and directly transferred to the church’s bank account through automatic payment.  Also generic envelopes will be available in the entryway of our church for anyone to use.  More information on this will follow as they become available.  *We will be looking into getting a security light on the outside entrance of the church.  *Important dates to remember: Tuesday, November 19th – First Confession of our Second Graders here at Saint John’s, November 25th – Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will take place with area churches here at Saint John’s at 7:00 pm.  Reception in the parish center will follow and February 23rd – Confirmation at Saint Joseph’s Church in Pierz.  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd after the 7:00 pm Mass at the Parish Rectory.

 

CHRISTIAN MOTHER’S MEETING on Tuesday, November 19th after the 7:00 pm Mass in the Parish Rectory.  Guest speaker will be someone from the Catholic Foundation.  All women of the Parish are invited.

 

BAR BINGO at two locations in Lastrup.  Sunday evenings, 6:00 pm at Herold’s Bar and Grill.  Jackpot is $600.00 for 49 numbers and $400.00 for 55 numbers.  Wednesday evenings, 6:00 pm at Tiny’s Tavern.  Jackpot is $600.00 for 62 numbers and $400.00 for 57 numbers by Saint John’s Gaming #02115.  What more fun is there than going to play Bingo one night, meet your friends and WIN!

 

NEWS FOR BOTH PARISHES – HOLY CROSS AND SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK:

Please Keep in your Prayers the Following – Lorraine Boser, Mary Ann Dahmen, Ardyce (Bednarek) Dalbec (Duluth), Marie Dombovy, Darnell Froelich, Cora Gross, Mark & Lucy Hanson, Diane Kowalczyk, Gladys Kowalzek, Astella Kurtz, Mary Lust, Joe Malinowski (Buckman), Michelle Murphy (Colorado), Tim Nash, Judy Riese (Cities), Janis Schubert, Jake Thomsen, Leo Woitalla and Martha Woitalla, Sr.  Prayer List for Lastrup is 468-6395 and for Harding is 277-3832.  Thank You, Jesus, for Healing Us, Love You!

 

INVITATION OPEN TO ALL who are interested in joining us with our Divine Mercy Adoration Service from 7:00-8:00 pm and Mass at 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 14th at Holy Cross Church.  We have so much to thank the Lord for – why not come and give thanks!

 

ANNUAL ECUMENICAL COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE this year will be held at Saint John’s in Lastrup on Monday, November 25th at 7:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome to join in this time of prayer, song and reflection as we thank God for His many blessings to us.  A simple reception will follow in the parish center.  *Practice for members of the Community Choir will be held on Monday, November 11th at Saint John’s at Lastrup.

 

HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC SCHOOL:                           BELIEVE, GROW, ACHIEVE

Holy Trinity Calendar Winners: 11-4 Joe & Kaley Kahl; 11-5 Vern & Karen Schommer; 11-6 Jeff Hoheisel; 11-7 Charlie Virnig; 11-8 Reese Janson; 11-9 Barb Dezurik ($35.00 winners); 11-10 Lydia Hoheisel ($75.00 winner).  Congratulations to all Our Winners!

***CONFERENCE/BOOK FAIR – Parent/Teacher conferences will be on Tuesday, November 12th and Wednesday, November 13th.  There will be a Scholastic Book fair on the gym stage during the week of conferences.  The book fair supports reading and purchasing books for the library.  The book fair is open to the public to come and make purchases.

***RAFFLE CALENDAR FUNDRAISERThe Raffle Calendar will go on sale the week of November 12th.  If you are interested, contact a school family or the school office.  The Calendar is a great Christmas present.  Thank you for supporting Holy Trinity School!  NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH.

 

FATHER PIERZ SCHOOL OF RELIGION:

***SENIOR HIGH YOUTH GROUP is doing a fundraiser at Pizza Ranch in Little Falls on Wednesday, November 13th from 5:00-8:00 pm to raise money for Steubenville.  10% of the profits and all the tips going towards the students.  Please come and support the students and enjoy a meal!

***CONFIRMATION DATEMark your calendars – CONFIRMATION DATE is set for Sunday, February 23rd at 2:00 pm at Saint Joseph’s Church with new Bishop Donald Kettler.

 

 

 

November 3, 2013

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH                             THIRTY-FIRST IN ORDINARY TIME                             HOLY CROSS CHURCH

Box 38                                                                                                   November 3rd, 2013                                        25072 – 285th Avenue

Lastrup, MN  56344                                                                                                                                                         Pierz, MN  56364

   HOLY CROSS CHURCH WEBSITE – hardingchurch.org

                                                                                       FATHER DAVID MACIEJ,  (320) 468-2111

MASSES FOR THIS WEEK:

Tuesday                 November 05                       7:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                            +Hildegard Hoheisel

Wednesday           November 06                       7:30 pm                                 Holy Cross                                      +Deceased Members of KC’s

Thursday                November 07                       8:00 am                                 Holy Cross                                                Special Intention (JEK)

Saturday                November 09                       8:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                  Raymond & Josephine Hoheisel

Sunday                   November 10                       8:45 am                                 Holy Cross                                                For the Parishes

Sunday                   November 10                     10:45 am                                 Saint John Nepomuk                            +Greg Ziemkowski

                *Divine Mercy Eucharistic Adoration:  7:00-8:00 pm – Thursday, November 14th – Mass: 8:00 pm at Holy Cross Church

                *Rosary and Divine Mercy Prayer – 25 minutes before every Mass at both Parishes

                *Prayer Service:  8:00-9:30 pm every Wednesday evening at Holy Cross Church in the Divine Mercy Adoration Room

                *Confessions:  Saturday, 7:15 pm at Saint John Nepomuk Church – Sunday, 8:15 am at Holy Cross Church

HOLY CROSS CHURCH:

Ushers:                  Sunday                                   November 10                       8:45 am                                 Andy and Jason Woitalla

Servers:                 Sunday                                   November 10                       8:45 am                                 Alyssa Thesing and Katie Hoffman

Lector:                   Sunday                                   November 10                       8:45 am                                 Lynn Donek-Dukowitz

Rosary:                   Sunday                                   November 10                       8:45 am                                 Holy Name

E. Ministers:          Sunday                                   November 10                       8:45 am                              Gary Matlock & Eleanore Skochenski

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH:

Ushers:                  Saturday                                November 09                       8:00 pm                                 Mark Beierman and Cory Loidolt

                                Sunday                                   November 10                     10:45 am                                 Roy Boser and David Welle

Servers:                 Saturday                                November 09                       8:00 pm                                 Natalie Nash

                                Sunday                                   November 10                     10:45 am                                 Katelyn Waytashek & Jared Becker

Lectors:                 Saturday                                November 09                       8:00 pm                                 Becky Joerger

                                Sunday                                   November 10                     10:45 am                                 Bonnie Boser

E. Ministers:          Saturday                                November 09                       8:00 pm                                 Geri Pohlkamp

                                Sunday                                   November 10                     10:45 am                                 Karen Schommer

 

SHEPHERD’S VOICE:

Today’s Gospel speaks about the encounter of Zacchaeus, a tax collector, with Jesus.  And this was an encounter that would change the life Zacchaeu forever.  We hear about the joy that he experienced when Jesus asked to stay at this house, and of the changes he made in his treatment of other people.  It’s worth noting that all of this began with a simple desire that he had to see Jesus.  Just that basic thing was enough to set in motion a series of events that would bring Zaccaehus into salvation.  We can ask ourselves a fundamental question: Do I have a desire to “see” Jesus, to encounter Him?  With that simple hope in place, He will meet me more than halfway and lead me to a fulfilling relationship with Himself.                   Father David

 

HOLY CROSS FINANCE AND PARISH COUNCILS meet on Wednesday, November 13th, starting at 7:30 pm in the church basement.

 

HOLY CROSS PARISH DIRECTORY:

 All families and households of Holy Cross are asked to sign up as soon as possible for our new parish director.  A table for this will be in the entry both before and after Sunday Mass.  You can also sign up online at hardingchurch.org.  Any questions, please call Janet Hanneken at 745-2641.  Picture-taking will take place November 25-27, 2:00-9:00 pm in the church basement.  You will need to check in first at the registration table up in the entry.  Let’s make this a full participation event of our parishioners!  And remember: you receive a free directory, plus a free 8” x 10” portrait just for having your picture taken!

 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MEMORIAL MASS on Wednesday, November 6th at Holy Cross Church.  This is the annual Mass for remembering those Knights of our local council who died this past year.  Their family members are welcome to join us as we commend their loves ones to the Lord.  Any member that wants to help serve lunch please help in the basement.

 

BISHOP KETTLER INSTALLATION AND RECEPTION:

Due to limited capacity, the installation of Bishop Donald Kettler for the Saint Cloud Diocese is open by invitation only.  This takes place Thursday, November 7th, 2:00 pm, at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Saint Cloud.  However, anyone is welcome to an evening prayers service the day before at 7:30 pm at the Cathedral.  Also, everyone is invited to the reception after the Installation Mass.  This will take place at Saint Paul’s Church, 1125 – 11th Avenue North in Saint Cloud.

 

HANDS OF HOPE RESOURCE CENTER:

Hands of Hope provides help and resources for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse or other related crimes.  A 24-hour hotline is available for call-in at 632-4878 or (toll-free) 888-454-4878.  To learn about volunteering, or for other information, call 632-1657.

 

POPE FRANCIS AND THE YEAR OF FAITH:

In a homily on April 14th, Pope Francis stated: “The testimony of faith comes in very many forms…..yet they are all important, even those which do not stand out.  In God’s great plan, every detail is important even yours, even my humble little witness, even the hidden witnesses of those who live their faith with simplicity.  Let us remember this: those who listen to us and observe us must be able to see in our actions what they hear from our lips.”  (Columbia, June 2013, p.16)

 

HOLY CROSS PARISH NEWS:

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, October 27th – Adult, $1,028.00 (53 envelopes); Youth/Children, $8.75 (11 envelopes); Adults Loose, $121.79; Children Loose, $5.00; Mission Sunday, $66.00 (6 envelopes); Votive, $26.00; Building Fund, $85.00 (4 envelopes).  Thank you Parishioners and Children for your generous Gift of Giving.  Kids, do you like giving your money to Jesus?  No, better place!

 

REMINDER…DONUT SUNDAY, today, November 3rd after the 8:45 am Mass with Group 3 doing the honors of serving coffee/donuts.

 

CHURCH CLEANERS – Delores Young, Bernice Woitalla, Cindy Young, Wendy Young, Nicole Young, Denise Young, Mary Lou Young and Sherri Ziemkowski.  Thanks go out to all our hard-working ladies for coming each and every week to clean the Lord’s House!

 

SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK PARISH NEWS:

STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, October 27th – Adults, $1,169.00; Youth, 48.00; Loose, $113.00; World Mission Sunday, $50.00.  Thanks!

 

CHRISTIAN MOTHER’S MEETING on Tuesday, November 19th after the 7:00 pm Mass in the Parish Rectory.  Guest speaker will be someone from the Catholic Foundation.  All women of the Parish are invited.

 

SAINT JOHN’S PARISH COUNCIL MEETING will be held on Tuesday, November 5th after the 7:00 pm Mass at the Parish Rectory.

 

BAR BINGO at two locations in Lastrup.  Sunday evenings, 6:00 pm at Herold’s Bar and Grill.  Jackpot is $600.00 for 48 numbers and $400.00 for 54 numbers.  Wednesday evenings, 6:00 pm at Tiny’s Tavern.  Jackpot is $600.00 61 numbers and $400.00 for 56 numbers by Saint John’s Gaming #02115.  I hope you’re enjoying yourself with playing Bingo and winning once in a while Bingo!

 

NEWS FOR BOTH PARISHES – HOLY CROSS AND SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK:

Please Keep in your Prayers the following – Lorraine Boxer, Mary Ann Dahmen, Ardyce (Bednarek) Dalbec (Duluth), Marie Dombovy, Darnell Froelich, Cora Gross, Mark & Lucy Hanson, Diane Kowalczyk, Gladys Kowalzek, Astella Kurtz, Mary Lust, Joe Malinowski (Buckman), Michelle Murphy (Colorado), Tim Nash, Judy Riese (Cities), Janis Schubert, Jake Thomsen, Martha Woitalla, Sr.  Prayer List for Lastrup is 468-6395 and for Harding is 277-3832.

 

INVITATION TO ALL OUR PARISHIONERS AND FRIENDS AROUND US – ROSARY SODALITY TURKEY BINGO: DATE – Sunday, (today) November 3rd ; TIME: 1:30 pm  - This is all taking place at Holy Cross Church basement, with all kinds of fun, maybe even win a turkey, plus there will be a lunch served to all.  The profit will be donated to the Church Roof Repair FundThe invitation is open!

 

REMINDER…QUILT BINGO on Sunday(today), November 3rd at 1:00 pm at Holy Trinity School gym in Pierz.  Your choice of quilt.  Free lunch will be served.  Door prize.  Sponsored by Saint Joseph’s Church, Pierz.  This is a Catholic United Financial Matching Grant Fund-raiser.

 

FRANCISCAN HARVEST SUPPER on Saturday, November 9th from 4:30 to 7:00 pm – Saint Francis Convent.  Serving: Chicken, sausage, garden vegetables, coleslaw, bread, homemade bars and beverages will be served.  Please checkout Flyer on bulletin board.

 

HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC SCHOOL:                           BELIEVE, GROW, ACHIEVE

Holy Trinity Calendar Winners:  10-28 Alysia Przybilla; 10-29 Steve Gross; 10-30 Ryan & Heather Helmin; 10-31 Steve & Joyce Kahl; 11-1 Cara Herold; 11-2 Brandon Przybilla ($35.00 winners); 11-3 Mary Boser ($75.00 winner).

 

KNOWLEDGE BOWLThe knowledge bowl team competed in its first competition of the year and took 3rd place out of 27 teams at Saint Katherine Drexel School, Sauk Rapids.  Congratulations to…..Cole and Brenna Andres, Mariah Olesch, Mason Zajac, Simon Kroll, and Jaron Gross.

 

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING will be at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 7th.

 

FATHER PIERZ SCHOOL OF RELIGION:

SENIOR HIGH YOUTH GROUP is making a meal and feeding those less fortunate in Little Falls on Thursday evening (oasis Share-A-Meal).  Meet at Father Pierz School of Religion at 4:30 pm if you are interested in helping and we will be returning by 8:00 pm.

 

PIZZA RANCH FUNDRAISER is on Wednesday, November 13th from 5:00-8:00 pm in Little Falls.  Please come and support the youth group and have some dinner at Pizza Ranch!  10% of the profits and all the tips go towards the student.

 

MINI RETREAT – The following 7th graders have a mini retreat on Thursday, November 7thKaitlyn Lanners, Sara Loidolt, Rachael Lyon, Ryan McCulloch, Caleb Meyer, Natalie Nash, Charles Pekar, Jade Porter, Cole Poser, Alex Poster, Austin Radunz, Krissa St. Onge, Derek Schommer, Justin Seelen, Ashley Sitzman, Faith Smude, Dominic Sopkowiak, Ryan Stangl, Brooke Rudolph, Terri Tretter, Alex Wilson and Ryan Wisnedki.

 

FROM GRACE’S CORNER:                             EMAIL: [email protected]                           PHONE NUMBER: 277-3832

MY PRAYER FOR EACH ONE OF YOU – God, Our Father, if it is Your will, walk through my house and take away all my worries and illnesses.  And please watch over and heal my family, in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.