December 24, 2017



SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH                             FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT                                      HOLY CROSS CHURCH


Box 38                                                                                             December 24, 2017                                                 29482 – 243rd Street


Lastrup, MN  56344                                                                                                                                                              Pierz, MN  56364


                                                                                                                                                  HOLY CROSS CHURCH WEBSITE - hardingchurch.org


                                                                                                                                               SAINT JOHN’S CHURCH WEBSITE – stjohnlastrup.com


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




Monday                 December 25th                     9:00 am (Christmas)          Holy Cross                                                             +Dan Knopik


                                December 25th                     9:00 am  (Christmas)          Saint John Nepomuk                                             For the Parishes


Tuesday                 December 26th                     7:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                                            +Peter Scpurek


Wednesday           December 27th                     8:00 am                                 Holy Cross                                                              +Mathilda Koemer


Thursday                December 28th                     8:00 am                                 Holy Cross                                                       +Rosie Rudolph MacMillan


Saturday                December 30th                     8:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                                            +Irene Brady


Sunday                   December 31st                     8:45 am                                 Holy Cross                                                             +James Woitalla                                   


                                December 31st                   10:45 am                                 Saint John Nepomuk                                              For the Parishes


                                December 31st                      8:00 pm (New Year’s Eve) Saint John Nepomuk                                       +Fr. Leo Leisen                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Monday                 January      01st                       8:45 am (New Year’s)        Holy Cross                                                             +Clyde Kisor


                *Divine Mercy Eucharistic Adoration: 7:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 4th with Mass at 8:00 pm at Holy Cross Church


                *Monthly Adoration on Tuesday, January 16th (?) from 4:30-10:00 pm at Saint John Nepomuk Church


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


                *Prayer Service: 7:30-9:00 pm every Wednesday evening at Holy Cross Church in the Divine Mercy Adoration Room


                *Confessions:  Saturday, 7:15 pm at Saint John Nepomuk Church and Sunday, 8:00 am at Holy Cross Church




Ushers:                  Sunday                                   December 31st                                     8:45 am                                 Richard Langer and Dave Schubert


                                Monday (New Year’s)          January       01st                     8:45 am                                 Gary Matlock and Dave Skwira


Servers:                 Sunday                                   December 31st                     8:45 am                                 Katie and Macy Hoffman


                                Monday (New Year’s)          January       01st                     8:45 am                                 Keegan Rudolph and Mason Gahler


Lector:                   Sunday                                   December 31st                     8:45 am                                 Diane Virnig


                                Monday (New Year’s)          January       01st                     8:45 am                                 Doug Knopik


Rosary:                   Sunday                                   December 31st                     8:45 am                                 Lois Woitalla


                                Monday (New Year’s)          January       01st                     8:45 am                                 Lois Woitalla                        


E. Minister:            Sunday                                   December 31st                                     8:45 am                                 Leonard Thesing


                                Monday (New Year’s)          January       01st                     8:45 am                                 Lynn Dombovy






Ushers:                  Saturday                                December 30th                     8:00 pm                                 Gary Diederich and Alan Welle


                                Sunday                                   December 31st                   10:45 am                                 Roy Boser and David Welle


                                Sunday (New Year’s Eve)    December 31st                     8:00 pm                                 Gary Diederich and Alan Welle                         


Servers:                 Saturday                                December 30th                                     8:00 pm                                 Ella Riedeman and Kyler Athman 


                                Sunday                                   December 31st                   10:45 am                                 Paige and Piper Laney


                                Sunday (New Year’s Eve)    December 31st                     8:00 pm                                 Alexus Hanneken and Lily Poser


Lectors:                 Saturday                                December 30th                                     8:00 pm                                 Art Stumpf                            


                                Sunday                                   December 31st                   10:45 am                                 Mary Ann Schomer


                                Sunday (New Year’s Eve)    December 31st                     8:00 pm                                 Mark Loidolt


E. Ministers:          Saturday                                December 30th                                     8:00 pm                                 Allen Riedeman                


                                Sunday                                   December 31st                                   10:45 am                                 Karen Schommer                                         


                                Sunday (New Year’s Eve)    December 31st                     8:00 pm                                 Barb Specker






May the Lord bless each of you and your loved ones as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!  As we come to worship Him this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we ask that all people will recognize Jesus Christ for who He truly is: God who took on our humanity, even to the point of being born as an infant in a Bethlehem stable.  He came to us that we might come to Him.  May each of us answer His call with a trusting faith!       Fr. David




SCHEDULE OF CHRISTMAS MASSESToday, for Christmas Eve, Masses will be 4:00 pm at Holy Cross and 8:00 pm at St. John’s.  On Monday, Christmas Day, both parishes have Mass at 9:00 am.  We thank Fr. Laurn Virnig for helping us at Holy Cross.




THANK YOU!To all the parishioners who sent cards, gifts and prayer to me this Christmas, a special “Thank You” for your generosity and care!       Fr. David




MASSES FOR SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GODOn January 1 we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.  Mass times will be on Sunday, Dec. 31, 8:00 pm at St. John’s, and Monday, Jan. 1, 8:45 am at Holy Cross.  Even though the obligation to attend Mass is removed this year, because Jan. 1 is a Monday, all Catholics are highly encouraged to come to Mass.




LOOKING FOR SERVERSWe are looking for new Mass Servers at St. John’s.  Any boy or girl in 3rd grade or above is welcome to become part of this much-needed ministry.  Call Fr. David at 468-2111.  Thanks!




 SCRIPTURE READINGS TODAY AND FOR CHRISTMASFor the 4th Sunday of Advent:  2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38.  For Christmas Eve:  Isaiah 9:1-6; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14.  For Christmas Day:  Isaiah 62:11-12; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:15-20.




CONFERENCES FOR CATHOLIC MEN AND WOMENThe Catholic Men’s Conference will be Saturday, February 3, 8 am to 5:30 pm at St. John’s University.  The Catholic Women’s Conference will be Saturday, March 10, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at St. Anthony’s Church in St. Cloud.  The Office of Marriage & Family invites you to register with them by calling (320)252-4721.  You can also give a gift to someone else by paying for their registration for one of the conferences.






STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, December 17th – Adults, $1,255.00 (61 envelopes); Children, $7.00 (13 envelopes); Adult Loose, $167.00; Children Loose, $3.00; Immaculate Conception, $25.00 (2 envelopes); Christmas, $1,010.00 (2 envelopes); Flowers, $10.00 (1 envelope); Retirement, $175.00 (4 envelopes).  Wow!  Keep it up with your Gift of Generosity to Holy Cross Church!  I’m sure Baby Jesus is Happy!




TREE OF LIGHTS – What a wonderful job you do with the Tree of Lights, very beautiful looking Christmas Tree.  Thanks to Leonard and Teresa for your work of art, plus all who donated a light bulb in Memory of their Loved Ones.  What a way to remember them on Christmas.




CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES FOR 2018 are ready to be picked up in the entrance area at church.  If we missed anyone just give us a call at 277-6151.  Thanks LeRoy, Marlene and Doug for all your hard work in preparation of getting the envelopes ready to be used for 2018!




CHURCH CLEANERS – Cindy Butler, Ashley Gross, Gwen Gross, JoAnne Gross, Ashley Hanneken, Janet Hanneken, Sara Hanneken, Stacy Herold, Bernie Hoffman, Debbie (Martin) Hoheisel.  Thanks ladies for coming each and every week to clean our church, it really looks great!




SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK PARISH NEWS:                                                                                                                                                                


STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, December 17th – Adult, $834.00; Youth, $.75; Loose, $432.15; Religious Retirement, $60.00.  Thanks to all for your Gift of Generosity of Giving to St. John’s Church.  Thanks to all the Parishioners, Guests, Family, Youth/Children, you’re all Awesome!




ST. JOHN’S PARISH COUNCIL NEWS – Organ has been repaired.  Jonathan Welle has been hired for snow shoveling.  A Catholic Mutual inspection was done, and Father will get back to them with intended repairs and updates.




EVERYONE IS INVITED to a Shower for Baby Jesus.  New or gently used baby items may be placed in the basket which is located on the right front of the church from now until January 7.  Items will be distributed locally through the Pierz Food Shelf.  Thank You’s will be sent from the heart! .




BAR BINGO at two locations in Lastrup.  Sunday evenings, 6:00 pm at Skiba’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 59 numbers and $400.00 for 55 numbers by Saint John’s Gaming #02115.  Let it snow and be cold, we’ll go play Bingo on Sunday or Wednesday night in Lastrup, and be Lucky in Winning!






Please keep in our Prayers the following – Theresa Becker, Darnell Froelich, Roberta Gross, Ione Hoskins, Katie Houle (Belle Prairie), Christopher Keehr, Diane Kowalczyk, Joey Kozulla, Rita Kruschek (Hillman), Astella Kurtz, Alan Novak (Foley), Carrie Paulsen, LeeAnn Pulak, Lois Roscoe, Robert Schmidtz,  Jerry Wagner, Leon Weiss, Roger Woitalla and Betty Wyatt.  Prayer List for Lastrup is 468-6395 and for Harding is 277-3832. 




MASS SERVERS FROM HOLY CROSS AND ST. JOHN’S CHURCH – Merry Christmas to you for your awesome work of service to our churches, so in return we have in the Sacristy of both churches, Gift Certificates to be picked up by you.  Hopefully, they will be picked up by New Year’s Day, after that we’ll send them to you.  Again, God Bless you for all you do in Serving Mass for Fr. David, and very appreciative of you.




KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BREAKFAST at Holy Cross in Harding on Jan. 7th from 8:30 to 12:30.  Will be serving sausage - French toast -scrambled eggs – and THOSE freshly made donuts.  Free will offering – Proceeds go to pay for the bus trip to St. Paul for the “Rally for Life” on Jan. 22.




SOMEONE TO TEACH FOURTH GRADERS – Father Pierz School of Religion is looking for someone to teach a section of twelve fourth graders starting January 2018 on Tuesday’s from 1:30-3:00 pm.  If you can help us out with this, please call Mark Hoheisel at 320-468-2640.






Holy Trinity Calendar Winners:  12-18 Sister Betty Larson; 12-19 Marty & Missy Kahl; 12-20 Abby Kasella; 12-21 John Virnig; 12-22 Becky Przybilla; 12-23 Ray Kahl ($35.00 winners); 12-24 Jan Kummet (William) ($75.00 winner).                 Congratulations to all our Winners!


***THANK YOU for purchasing 2018 Holy Trinity Raffle Calendars!  Blessings on having a winning calendar, but most of all thank you for supporting the school.


***MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!  May your family receive many blessings throughout the coming year.




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


WHERE’S THE LINE TO SEE JESUS?  Christmas time is approaching, snow is starting to fall, shoppers choosing their presents, people sending out their cards.  Children waiting for Santa with excitement and glee, a little boy tugged my sweater, looked up and asked me, “Where’s the Line to see Jesus?”  As I stood in amazement at this message profound, I looked down to thank him, he was no where around.  A little boy at the mall might as well had wings, as the tears filled my eyes, I thought I heard him sing, “Where’s the Line to See Jesus?”  Is He here at the store?  If Christmas time is His Birthday, why don’t we see Him more?  Where’s the Line to See Jesus?  He was born for us.  Santa Claus brought our presents, but Jesus gave His life for us.  In the blink of an eye, at the sound of His trumpet, we’ll all stand in line at His throne.  Every knee shall bow down.  Every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  One day, we’ll all stand in line at His throne.  One day, we will all stand in Line to see Jesus.  MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE!




KEEP THESE THOUGHTS WITH YOU THROUGHOUT THE COMING YEAR OF 2018 – 1) If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.  2) If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.  3) He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.  4) Whenever you want to talk, He’ll listen.  5) He could live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.  6) What about the Christmas Gift He will send you in Bethlehem, not to mention that Friday at Calvary.  Face it He really does love you.  And remember:  God Answers Knee-Mail!




THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – “Do you take Me as Lord of your life – for the rest of your life?  To love and honor Me all the days of 2018?”  “I do, Lord!”