February 4, 2018


SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK CHURCH                       FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME                                   HOLY CROSS CHURCH


Box 38                                                                                             February 4, 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                 February 06th                        7:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk               St. John’s Christian Mothers and Women


Wednesday           February 07th                        8:00 am                                 Holy Cross                                                              +Matthew Rudolph


Thursday                February 08th                        8:00 am                                 Holy Cross                                                                 Allen Jaques


Saturday                February 10th                        8:00 pm                                 Saint John Nepomuk                                            +Betty Boser


Sunday                   February 11th                        8:45 am                                 Holy Cross                                                              +James Woitalla            


Sunday                   February 11th                      10:45 am                                 Saint John Nepomuk                                                For the Parishes


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


                *Monthly Adoration on Tuesday, February 20th 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


HOLY CROSS CHURCH:                                                                                                                                                                    


Ushers:                  Sunday                                   February 11th                        8:45 am                                 Allen Stuckmayer & Richard Langer


Servers:                 Sunday                                   February 11th                        8:45 am                                 Mason Gahler and Keegan Rudolph


Lector:                   Sunday                                   February 11th                        8:45 am                                 Doug Knopik


Rosary:                   Sunday                                   February 11th                        8:45 am                                 Holy Name            


E. Minister:            Sunday                                   February 11th                        8:45 am                                 Gary Matlock and Lynn Dombovy






Ushers:                  Saturday                                February 10th                        8:00 pm                                 Glenn Boser and Marne Loidolt


                                Sunday                                   February 11th                      10:45 am                                 Richard and Stacy Monson               


Servers:                 Saturday                                February 10th                        8:00 pm                                 Natalie and Jared Thomsen


                                Sunday                                   February 11th                      10:45 am                                 Jared and Scotty Becker


Lectors:                 Saturday                                February 10th                        8:00 pm                                 Geri Pohlkamp


                                Sunday                                   February 11th                      10:45 am                                 Art Stumpf


E. Ministers:          Saturday                                February 10th                        8:00 pm                                 Stacey Thomsen            


                                Sunday                                   February 11th                      10:45 am                                 Karen Schommer






At times probably all of us feel like Job in today’s First Reading.  Job’s life has become miserable and hopeless, and he expresses his despair, saying, “I shall not see happiness again.”  At a time like this, it takes a deep faith to believe that God will bring light and peace once again.  May we turn to the Lord, and to each other, when the struggles of life seem to overwhelm us.            Fr. David




ST. JOHN’S CHRISTIAN MOTHERS AND WOMEN - We meet this Tuesday, 7:45 pm at the rectory.  Please consider attending as we strive to keep this valuable organization alive and growing.  Any woman of the parish, married, or not, is invited.  We had an encouraging turnout for last fall’s meeting.  Please help us keep the momentum going!




FIRST COMMUNION PLANNING MEETINGParents of First Communion children are reminded of the information and planning meeting on Wednesday, 6:00 pm, St. Joseph’s Church basement in Pierz.




LOOKING AHEAD TO ASH WEDNESDAYLent begins Wednesday, February 14th.  Masses that day will be 5:00 pm at St. John’s, and 8:00 pm at Holy Cross.




SCRIPTURE READINGS TODAY – Job 7:1-4, 6-7; I Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39.




BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEALEach year Bishop Kettler asks us to prayerfully consider making a financial commitment to the St. Cloud Diocese through the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  Next weekend, February 10-11 will be “Announcement Weekend,” with information being given.  A mailing will then go out to each household during the next days, leading up to “Commitment Weekend” February 17-18.  Please begin to ask the Lord what He wishes for your response.  Our contributions help fund many offices and programs in our diocese which reach out to a great number of people, both here and beyond.


DIOCESAN  FUTURE PLANNINGThe St. Cloud Diocese has begun an intensive time of planning for a future with fewer priests.  If you have a basic, “statement of hope” for your parish that you would like the diocese to consider, please contact a Parish Council member or call Fr. David.




FISHING DERBY/LOG-SAWING CONTESTHoly Family Parish on Bulldog Lake (1182 County Road 8) invites everyone to a Fishing Derby and a Log-Sawing contest on Saturday, February 10th.  Prizes will be given for the biggest fish of several kinds, as well as for the fastest log-sawing done by teams of two.  It all starts at 12:30 pm, with lunch available.  There’s also games for the kids.  P.S. Please bring your own bait.






STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, January 28th – Adults, $1,381.00 (55 envelopes); Children, $12.50 (16 envelopes); Adult Loose, $63.50; Children Loose, $15.00; Energy, $235.00 (3 envelopes); Building Funds, $80.00 (3 envelopes).  Thanks so much for your Gift of Generosity of Giving!




DONUT SUNDAY – Sunday, February 4th after the 8:45 am Mass at Holy Cross Church with Group 2 doing the honors of serving the donuts!




2017 CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS are in the entry of the church for you to please pick up as soon as possible.  Thanks for your help!




BAPTISM – NEW LIFE IN CHRIST:  We welcome to our Family of God, Landon Thomas Hemmesch, son of Albert and Melissa Hemmesch who will be baptized today, Sunday, February 4th during Mass at Holy Cross Church in Harding.  Congratulations and Welcome to our Community of Faith.  God Bless Landon Thomas, Albert and Melissa!




CHURCH CLEANERS – Nancy Matlock, Janice Pawlu, Jessica Pawlu, Tina Pawlu, Diane Poser, Taunya Poser, Lisa Prokott and Bernadine Przybilla.  Thanks ladies for taking time from your busy schedules to come and clean our church each and every week!  You’re all Awesome!




SAINT JOHN NEPOMUK PARISH NEWS:                                                                                                                                                                


STEWARDSHIP for Sunday, January 28th – Adult, $477.00; Youth, $1.00; Loose, $305.00; Energy, $75.00.  Thanks for your Gift of Generosity!




SLEDDING/SKATING PARTY at St. John’s next Sunday, February 11th, noon(?) till 4:00.




WORDS OS SYMPATHY TO VERN FROELICH FAMILY – There is Comfort in friendship, Hope in prayer, and Peace in love.  We are praying for Comfort for the Family of Vern, Faith to uphold the family and our loving memories to help you SMILE again!  Funeral was Saturday, January 27th at St. John’s in Lastrup.  God Bless Vern’s wife, Darnell and the Family and may Vern rest in Peace!




THANKS TO ALL who helped with preparing and serving the lunch for Vern Froelich’s Funeral, also whoever else helped in any way to make things go smoothly.  Thanks to Fr. David for the beautiful Mass and his words of sympathy!     The Vern Froelich Family!




BAR BINGO at one location in Lastrup.  Wednesday evenings, 6:00 pm at Tiny’s Tavern. Jackpot is $600.00 for 50 numbers and $400.00 for 48 numbers by Saint John’s Gaming #02115.  We have such cold weather, why not, go and play a game or two of Bingo and maybe Win!






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




PANCAKE BREAKFAST at St. Michael’s Parish Center, Buckman on Sunday, February 11th.  Serving from 8:30 am – 12:00 noon.  Serving Pancakes, eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, coffee, milk and juice.  Adults, $8.00; Children 5-12, $5.00; 4 and under, free.  Immediate family of 5 or more: $25.00.  All proceeds go towards Holy Trinity School 6th Grade Camp Foley trip. Also there will be a yummy Bake Sale!  Please join us!   


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


Holy Trinity Calendar Winners:  1-29 Linda Borg; 1-30 Marilyn & Bob Virnig; 1-31 Kim Toops; 2-1 Diane Virnig; 2-2 Joe Then; 2-3 Paul Cekalla ($35.00 winners); 2-4 Chuck & Karen Gruber ($75.00 winner).                   Congratulations to all our Winners!


***HOLY TRINITY SCHOOL – Now that our celebration of National Catholic Schools Week has ended, the pastors, administrator, staff, and students wish to thank the families, parishioners and friends who helped make our week special.  We appreciate the time you spent learning how students at Holy Trinity Catholic School learn, serve, lead, and succeed.


***On Wednesday, February 7th the students that are the top spellers from grades 3-6 will compete for a chance to attend the regional spelling.


***Let your friends and family with 2-4 year-olds know about the Toddler Class 6-7:30 pm, Wednesday, February 7th at HTCS.


***The school carnival will be Sunday, March 11th.  Mark your calendars.  Raffle tickets are for sale.  Donations are being taken for silent auction items, bingo, toy walk, shake-rattle-roll, and country store.  Items can be left at door #1 entrance into school