December 31, 2017




Box 38                                                                                                December 31, 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)




Tuesday                 January 2nd                            7:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk            St. John’s Christian Mother’s & Women 


Wednesday           January 3rd                             8:00 am                                 Holy Cross                                                              +Greg Woitalla


Thursday                January 4th                             7:00-8:00 pm                       Holy Cross             Divine Mercy Eucharistic Adoration Service


                                January 4th                             8:00 pm                                 Holy Cross                                                             +James Woitalla


Saturday                January 6th                             8:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                                              For the Parishes


Sunday                   January 7th                             8:45 am                                 Holy Cross                                                              +Donald Woitalla                                  


                                January 7th                           10:45 am                                 Saint John Nepomuk                                             +Alcuin Welle


                *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 23rd 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                                   January 7th                             8:45 am                             Kevin Dembouski & Allen Stuckmayer


Servers:                 Sunday                                   January 7th                             8:45 am                             Ethan and Maya Thesing                        


Lector:                   Sunday                                   January 7th                             8:45 am                             Janet Hanneken


Rosary:                   Sunday                                   January 7th                             8:45 am                             Lois Woitalla                            


E. Minister:            Sunday                                   January 7th                             8:45 am                             Leonard, Debbie and Diane






Ushers:                  Saturday                                January 6th                             8:00 pm                                 Archie Block and Mark Beierman


                                Sunday                                   January 7th                           10:45 am                                 Piper Laney and Dale Schmidtz                         


Servers:                 Saturday                                January 6th                             8:00 pm                                 Jack Smude and Ella Riedeman         


                                Sunday                                   January 7th                           10:45 am                                 Alexus Hanneken and Lily Poser


Lectors:                 Saturday                                January 6th                             8:00 pm                                 Bridget Britz


                                Sunday                                   January 7th                          10:45 am                                  Children’s Mass


E. Ministers:          Saturday                                January 6th                             8:00 pm                                 Allen, Carol and Ginny                


                                Sunday                                   January 7th                           10:45 am                                 Julie, Cathy and Lisa                                                     






By being born into a human family, Jesus has given a deeper realization to the importance of family life.  With Mary and Joseph, He brought holiness into human life, forever calling each family to become one that is holy.  May we strive toward that goal, both individually and within our own families.     Fr. David




SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF GODOn Monday, we celebrate the great privilege that Mary received in becoming the mother of Jesus, and—because of Jesus being truly God—also being called the Mother of God.  Mass times will be Sunday (today), 8:00 pm at St. John’s, and Monday, 8:45 am at Holy Cross.  A couple of notes:  Catholics are asked to fulfill their Sunday obligation as usual, i.e., by attending Mass either Saturday evening or Sunday morning.  Also, even though the obligation for Jan. 1st is removed this year, as it falls on a Monday, we are strongly encouraged to attend the Eucharist either Sunday evening or Monday morning.




ADORATION AT HOLY CROSSEveryone is invited to attend Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament this Thursday, 7:00 pm at Holy Cross.  Mass will follow at 8:00 pm.




ST. JOHN’S YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEAD NEXT SUNDAYYouth of St. John’s are invited to lead the Introduction, Readings and Petitions next Sunday at 10:45, as well as take up the Collection and the Gifts.  Practice for this will be Friday, 7:00 pm at the church.  We are always looking for more of our youth to take part in this monthly leadership.  Join us Friday evening!




BECOME A MASS SERVERWe are looking for more Mass Servers at St. John’s, boys and girls 3rd grade and older.  Call Fr. David at 468-2111.




PRIESTS ON RETREATI and many of our diocesan priests will be on retreat in Buffalo from Sunday afternoon, January 7 through Thursday afternoon, January 11.  In case of emergency, please call Kings Retreat House at (763)682-1394.  Note that there will be no weekday Masses that week.               Fr. David




 SCRIPTURE READINGS TODAY – Genesis 15:1-6, 21-1-3; Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19; Luke 2:22-40.




CATHOLIC MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CONFERENCEFor men: Saturday, February 3, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm at St. John’s University.  For women, Saturday, March 10, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at St. Anthony’s Church in St. Cloud.  Call the Office of Marriage and Family at (320)252-4721.




NEXT KOINONIA RETREATJanuary 19-21 at the TEC Center in Belle Prairie.  Call Fr. David at 468-2111.  The retreat starts on Friday (19th) at 5:30 pm and ends on Sunday (21st) about 5:00 pm.  A wonderful way to renew your Catholic faith!






STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, December 24th – Adults, $1,337.00 (50 envelopes); Children, $9.00 (8 envelopes); Adult Loose, $135.24; Children Loose, $20.25;  Immaculate Conception, $1.00 (1 envelope); All Souls, $2.00 (1 envelope); Christmas:  Adult, $4,062.00 (74 envelopes); Children, $6.00 (9 envelopes); Adult Loose, $721.00; Children Loose, $79.50; Votive, $54.50; Flowers, $20.00 (1 envelope); Retirement, $10.00 (1 envelope); Stole Fees, $20.00; Sales of Christmas Wreaths, $980.00.   Thanks for your regular Generosity of Giving, plus Christmas Gift of Generosity was super awesome and the Sales of the Christmas Wreaths were great, you need to give yourself a pat on the back!




THANK YOU to all who helped out last Sunday with decorating the Church and the Christmas Trees!  You sure can tell what Season we are in with the decorations in the Church.  Thanks to Janet Hanneken and Sharon Skwira for watering the trees.  Thank you to all who stayed last Sunday to help decorate the church and trees.  Everything looks so beautiful for Baby Jesus and His Blessed Mother and St. Joseph!!!




EUCHARISTIC MINISTER, LECTOR, ROSARY, SERVER AND USHER LISTS FOR JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND MARCH OF 2018 are in the Sacristy mailboxes to be picked up this weekend or as soon as possible.  Thanks for your service in helping out at Holy Cross Church!




A SPECIAL BIG THANK YOU TO JOHN BLISSENBACH for donating the Christmas Trees to Holy Cross Church!  Very nice of you, John!  Thanks!




CHURCH CLEANERS – Kathy (Gary) Hebler, Kathy (Ricky) Hebler, Kathy Hoffman Tax, Emily Hoheisel, Carol Juaire, Alicia Kapus, Donna Kapus, Louise Kloss, Vickie Kowalczyk and Denise Krych.  Thanks to all you wonderful ladies for coming each and every week to clean our Church!




SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK PARISH NEWS:                                                                                                                                                                


STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, December 24th – Adult, $837.00; Youth, $4.50; Loose, $433.10.  Christmas:  Adults, $10,843.00; Youth, $5.00; Loose, $1,562.25; Initial Offering, $10.00; Votive, $20.00.  Thanks for your Gift of Generosity for the weekend.  WOW, what an Awesome Gift of Giving for Christmas!!!  I’m sure Baby Jesus is happy with your giving to St. John’s!  You also give yourselves a pat on the back!!!




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!   Guess what, you have one more week to shop for the Shower for Baby Jesus!  Thanks to all who donated so far – a great job!




BAR BINGO at two locations in Lastrup.  Sunday evenings, 6:00 pm at Skiba’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 60 numbers and $400.00 for 56 numbers by Saint John’s Gaming #02115.  It’s up to you if you want to chance yourself in trying your Luck with playing Bingo, maybe the cold weather is Luck!






Please keep in our Prayers the following – Theresa Becker, Darnell Froelich, Roberta Gross, Bob Happke, Ione Hoskins, Katie Houle (Belle Prairie), Christopher Keehr, Diane Kowalczyk, Joey Kozulla, Rita Kruschek (Hillman), Astella Kurtz, Alan Novak (Foley), Carrie Paulsen, 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. 




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 at the State Capitol.  Please Note:  The donuts are freshly made special by the “Knights of Columbus Guys” for the Breakfast (they are not the ones served on Donut Sunday).




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:  12-25 Crystal Ratke ($500.00); 12-26 Russ & Cindy Marshik; 12-27 Dale & Susie Vogtlin; 12-28 DeDe Litke; 12-29 Bob Kummet; 12-30 Stacy Pearson ($35.00 winners); 12-31 JoJo Wagner ($75.00 winner)         Congratulations to all our Winners!




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


SPECIAL THANKS – I personally would like to thank first of all, Father David for all his extra time with all the extra Masses and inspirational homilies during this Christmas Season.  Also, for John Blissenbach for donating the Christmas trees that were decorated for Christmas plus the Church decorated so beautiful, the Choir and the Guitar Group for their beautiful music, Mass Servers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers and the Rosary leaders.  Also, I would like to Thank Leonard and Teresa for all their hard work with decorating the Tree of Lights and getting the Christmas Wreaths.  Great job well done, Leonard and Teresa!  Lastly, I want to say thanks to all who sent me cards, money, gifts, and so many thanking me for the great work I do with the bulletins, (sometimes a few errors, but I’m a human being, I’m not perfect), I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and especially of all the Christmas Cards I received this Christmas with my dear husband, Joe, being gone with words of sympathy and prayers for me and Joe!  What wonderful people we have!  Have a Very Happy and Blessed New Year of 2018!!!  GOD BLESS EACH ONE OF YOU FOR 2018!!          Love You All, Grace!!!




RECIPE FOR A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR – Take twelve whole months.  Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate and jealousy.  Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.  Now cut each month into 28, 30 or 31 parts, but don’t make up the whole batch at once.  Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients:  Mix well into each day one part of faith, one part of patience, one part of courage and one part of work.  Add to each day one part of hope, faithfulness, generosity and kindness.  Blend with one part of prayer, one part of meditation and one good deed.  Season the whole with a dash of good spirits, a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play and a cupful of good humor.  Pour all of this into a vessel of love.  Cook thoroughly over radiant joy, garnish with a SMILE and serve with quietness, unselfishness and cheerfulness.




MY CHRISTMAS PRAYER TO ALL OF YOU FROM HOLY CROSS AND SAINT JOHN’S – Gracious God, we rejoice as we celebrate the Birth of Your Son, Jesus.  He is the light of the world whom scatters the darkness of sin.  He is the Savior God sent to redeem us.  He is the way who leads to your peace.  Open your hearts this day to welcome the Precious Gift of Your Divine Son, Jesus.  Amen.




THOUGHT FOR THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON – JESUS stands at your door and knocks, and then enters your heart when invited!!!