January 14, 2018




Box 38                                                                                                 January 14th, 2018                                               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 16th                          7:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                                            +Betty Boser


Wednesday           January 17th                          8:00 am                                 Holy Cross                                                             +Marilyn Bieganek


Thursday                January 18th                          8:00 am                                 Holy Cross             Living & Deceased members of Holy Name Society


Saturday                January 20th                          8:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                                              For the Parishes


Sunday                   January 21st                           8:45 am                                 Holy Cross                                                              +Joe Dembouski                                


                                January 21st                         10:45 am                                 Saint John Nepomuk                                             +Regina Britz


                *Divine Mercy Eucharistic Adoration: 7:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 1st 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 21st                           8:45 am                                 LeRoy and Allen Woitalla  


Servers:                 Sunday                                   January 21st                           8:45 am                                 Vince and Ben Rudolph


Lector:                   Sunday                                   January 21st                           8:45 am                                 Sheila Rudolph


Rosary:                   Sunday                                   January 21st                           8:45 am                                 Gloria Woitalla     


E. Minister:            Sunday                                   January 21st                           8:45 am                                 Lynn Dombovy






Ushers:                  Saturday                                January 20th                          8:00 pm                                 Archie Block and Willie Schirmers


                                Sunday                                   January 21st                         10:45 am                                 Donny Schommer & Todd Meyet                     


Servers:                 Saturday                                January 20th                          8:00 pm                                 Natalie and Jared Thomsen               


                                Sunday                                   January 21st                         10:45 am                                 Schommer’s


Lectors:                 Saturday                                January 20th                          8:00 pm                                 Mark Loidolt


                                Sunday                                   January 21st                        10:45 am                                  Paige Laney


E. Ministers:          Saturday                                January 20th                          8:00 pm                                 Stacey Thomsen                


                                Sunday                                   January 21st                         10:45 am                                 Traci Schommer  






There is a key question that Jesus asks the first two disciples who become His followers: “What are you looking for?”  This question goes before us in this earthly journey.  We are asked to believe that only in a personal, trusting relationship with Jesus Christ will we truly find what our hearts and minds are looking for.                    Fr. David




FR. DAVID ON KOINONIA NEXT WEEKENDI will be at the TEC Center in Belle Prairie next weekend (Jan. 19-21) for a Koinonia retreat.  Fr.Laurn Virnig will be having Confessions and Mass at the usual times in both parishes.  In case of emergency, the number at the TEC Center is 632-1675.  We are always looking for more candidates interested in making a weekend.  There are already a couple of our parishioners on the team for next weekend.  Please call me at 468-2111 if you’d like to join with others in a renewal of our Catholic faith.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fr. David


ST. JOHN’S CHRISTIAN MOTHERS/WOMEN FEB. 6THWe had an encouraging response to our Christian Mothers/Women meeting earlier this winter.  All women of the parish are invited to join us Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 7:45 pm in the rectory for the next meeting.  We hope to bring growth to this very valuable organization that has done so much in the parish and beyond through the years.




ST. JOHN’S ADORATION JANUARY 23RDAll are invited to our monthly day of Adoration at St. John’s, Tuesday, January 23rd from 4:30 until 10:00 pm.  There is a sign-up sheet in the entry….we’re very appreciative of those who make an hour!




TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READINGS – 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19; 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20; John 1:35-42.




PRO-LIFE RALLY AND BUSJanuary 22nd marks the 45th anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand throughout the nine months of pregnancy.  Since then approximately 60 million unborn children have suffered the fate of this policy.  Continue to pray and witness to the sacredness of life.  Also consider joining thousands of others who will march at the MCCL March for Life at the State Capitol on Monday, January 22nd.  Please see the Bulletin note regarding the bus available for this rally.




CATHOLIC CONFERENCES FOR MEN AND WOMENCatholic Men’s Conference Saturday, Feb. 3rd at St. John’s University in Collegeville.  Catholic Women’s Conference Saturday, Mar. 10th at St. Anthony’s Church in St. Cloud.  Call the Office of Marriage & Family: (320)252-4721.




CAREGIVER’S SUPPORT GROUPIf you are a caregiver, consider attending this support group that meets every 3rd Wednesday, 2 pm at First United Church in Little Falls, 1000 1st St. SE.  No reservation needed.  For info, call Horizon Health at 468-6461.






STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, January 7th – Adults, $1,349.00 (56 envelopes); Children, $12.00 (15 envelopes); Adult Loose, $93.75; Children Loose, $6.00; Immaculate Conception, $10.00 (2 envelopes); Christmas, $160.00 (3 envelopes); Solemnity of Mary, $22.00 (4 envelopes); Energy Needs, $60.00 (3 envelopes); Funerals, $300.00; Tree of Lights, $2,850.00; Building Fund, $1,085.00 (3 envelopes).  Thanks so much to all our Holy Cross Parishioners, Children, Family, Friends, Visitors and outside people who give so generously to Holy Cross Parish!!!




HOLY CROSS PARISH COUNCIL MEETING on Thursday, January 18th at 7:30 pm in the Meeting Room in the church basement.




THANK YOU TO ALL who helped in taking down the Christmas Trees and Decorations last Sunday.  Thanks for our Volunteers who help every year in putting up the trees and decorations and then the fun of taking them down.  A job well done to all who helped!!!   




CHURCH CLEANERS – Judy Boser, Stacy Gahler, Kate Krych, DeDe Litke, Jill Litke, Renee’ Litke and Rhonda Thomas. Thanks to all our ladies who come to clean each and every weekend to keep the Lord’s House clean.  I know we’re all busy, but take the time to come and clean!




SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK PARISH NEWS:                                                                                                                                                                


STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, January 7th – Adult, $1,173.00; Loose, $435.01; Christmas, $10.00; Solemnity of Mary, $45.00; Initial, $5.00.  Thanks to all of St. John’s Parishioners, Youth, Friends, Family and Visitors who all give so generously each and every weekend!




ST. JOHN’S PARISH COUNCIL MEETING on Tuesday, January 16th at 7:45 pm in the rectory.




BAR BINGO at one location in Lastrup.  Wednesday evenings, 6:00 pm at Tiny’s Tavern. Jackpot is $600.00 for 62 numbers and $400.00 for 58 numbers by Saint John’s Gaming #02115.  Well, as you can see, there is only one night to go and play Bingo in Lastrup, better go!!! 






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




21ST ANNUAL KC BUFFALO RAFFLE AND APPRECIATION, to be held on Jan. 27., 2018.  Meal starts at 4:00 pm and we serve until 8:00 pm.  Drawing will be held at 8:15 pm, and this is all at the Pierz Ballroom.  Tickets for the raffle are $10 each, with half the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.  The feed is $6.00 and you get a burger, beans, potato salad, and homemade bars.  Music during the feed by the Waltzateer Band, this makes for a fun evening and a great way to help the KC’s with their fundraiser.  If you want to purchase a ticket you can do so at the feed or from any KC member or some of the businesses.




KC BUFFALO RAFFLE AND APPRECIATION MEAL:  All KC members are asked to bring a pan of bars to the Pierz Ballroom for the Appreciation meal on Saturday, January 27, 2018.  Anyone that can help in working in any way please come to the ballroom, come around 2:00 pm or any time that works for you.  We really need help cleaning up.  Also, please return all tickets (sold or unsold) to the person that gave them to you (before Saturday) or bring them to the Ballroom on Saturday.  Thank you for all your help in making this a great fund raiser for the St. Isidore’s Council.




ST. ISIDORE KC COUNCIL would like to thank all who attended the Pro--Life Breakfast this past Sunday at Holy Cross in Harding.  Also thanks to all the KC members who helped with the breakfast and donut-making crew – a job well done!  Appreciate the donations of eggs by Allen & Debbie Woitalla and Sunrise Ag for dairy products. 




PLEASE JOIN US on Monday, Jan. 22nd to attend the Rally for Life.  Prayer Service at St. Paul Cathedral, noon rally at the Capitol.  Will meet with area legislators and have some refreshments and then return home.  Dress WARM – bring a lunch and a friend who has never had the opportunity to see the many citizens of Minnesota who support Life.  Bus leaves St. Joseph’s in Pierz at 8:00 AM and stops at St. Michael’s in Buckman at 8:15.  To sign up for bus trip call Dale Beierman at (320)468-6225.  Bus sponsored by St. Isidore Council of Pierz.




FIREARMS TRAINING FOR 2018 – Firearm Safety Course:  Local area volunteer instructors who have been certified by the Department of Natural Resources have scheduled their annual Firearm Safety Training Classes.  Participants must be 11 years old by January 25th, 2018, to enroll.  Adults are welcome to take the class too. All individuals born after 12/31/79 must complete this course to hunt.  A parent or guardian must be present the first night to pay a nominal fee and to gather instructions how to get their child certified upon completion of class and field day.  Classes will begin on Thursday, January 25th, 2018, in the Holy Cross Church basement in Harding.  Class times are 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  They will run for seven consecutive Thursdays.  If you have any questions, please contact Gary Hebler at 320-745-2565 or Dave Skwira at 320-277-6135 or Ron Will at 320-468-6636 or Michelle Froelich at 320-277-3275 or John Weiss at 320-277-6229 or Tonya Poser at 320-468-2965 or Corey Andrea at 320-277-6339.  Field Day will be in Spring!!!




THEOLOGY ON TAP – Come join young adults in their 20s and 30s for Theology on Tap!  Our next Theology on Tap will be on Thursday, January 18th at A.T. The Black and White in Little Falls.  We will gather at 7:00 for social hour and for food and/or drinks.  Then Kristen Molitor, an area New Evangelization Coordinator, will give a talk on Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages.  This talk is for married, single, and religious vocations. This is a great way to start off the New Year, to connect with others, and to grow in your faith.




HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC SCHOOL:                           BELIEVE, GROW, ACHIEVE           468-6446


Holy Trinity Calendar Winners:  1-8 Arlene Smude; 1-9 Steve Hoheisel; 1-10 Julie Lahr; 1-11 Richard Held; 1-12 Frances Stangl; 1-13 Pauline Moren ($35.00 winners); 1-14 Eleanor Fussy ($75.00 winner).                   Congratulations to all our Winners!




***HOLY TRINITY SCHOOL WILL BE CELEBRATING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK JANUARY 27 – FEBRUARY 2.  Over Christmas break a 20ish year old man shared how grateful he was to have attended Holy Trinity.  What he learned helped him to graduate from high school and become successful as he moved forward in life.  Holy Trinity continues to provide the faith formation and academic excellence for our children.  Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for the gift of a Catholic School in our communities.




***CARNIVAL RAFFLE TICKETS/MEAT RAFFLE – Opportunities to support Holy Trinity include purchasing carnival raffle tickets 468-6446 and attending the meat raffle on Friday, January 19th at Patrick’s.




***MEADOW PONDS AND HORIZON HEALTH – Fourth grade students will be going on a service learning experience to Meadow Ponds and Horizon Health on January 17th.




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


A LETTER FROM AN UNBORN BABY:   Dear Christian, I was very much looking forward to my life in this world.  I wanted to have dolls, ride a bike, go to the circus, and see the zoo.  I looked forward to celebrating Christmas and receiving Jesus in Holy Communion.  I’m very sad I never got to do any of these things.  My parents did not let me be born.  But I just don’t understand one thing – why didn’t any of you help me I wish you had.  Nobody heard my crying voice.     (*Something to think about with our Pro-Life Rally coming up on Monday, January 22nd at the State Capitol in St. Paul).




THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends for it is one of God’s best gifts!!!