Parish Bulletin May 5, 2013]]>
My Dear Faithful in Jesus Christ,
I hope you are all enjoying this special spring weather! I have already set up my fishing rod and even got my license for trout and now I am sensing the fear of the fish around Wisconsin! My specialty is catching octopuses, but as far as my knowledge of geography and biology permits, I do not believe there is such an animal like this around this area. If you know any place, please let me know!
I would like to share with you some of the special devotions we are undertaking in our parish over the next few weeks. The most important one is the beautiful celebration of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on June 2nd. In order to honor the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar, we are planning to have our Sunday Mass at 9:30 am. The faithful from our Saint Augustine Parish will join us, so no 10:30 am Mass will be celebrated there. Right after Mass we will have a Solemn Procession from Saint Mary’s Church to Saint Augustine Church with the Blessed Sacrament in the Monstrance. As soon as we arrive in Saint Augustine, we will do the benediction followed by a social reception. This is one of the most gorgeous devotions we have as Catholics to adore Jesus Christ in the Eucharist! Please, I encourage you to participate in this religious procession. You may go to our website (http://stmaryplatteville.org/) and see there a YouTube video of one of the many Corpus Christi processions around the world. Our Pope Frances is revitalizing this tradition by encouraging Pastors around the world to establish on this Sunday one extra hour of Adoration.
Also as you know, May is the month dedicated to our Blessed Virgin Mary. On May 31st at 5 pm there will be a Rosary prayed in front of our Statute of the Blessed Virgin located in the garden outside the Church. We are inviting you to join us and to donate flowers or money to make this Garden more beautiful. You will find envelopes in the Church if you want to make a monetary donation. Find more information on our website.
Finally, as a parish community we want to keep helping the Hope House in Dubuque. We need people to help us take meals there one Monday a month and people who want to donate food or time for serving the meals. Please, call our parish secretary or talk with Walt Wisnewski if you are willing to lend a hand. Helping the poor and the homeless is one of the ways to show God how much we love Him. There is additional information on the website.
I am truly happy to spend my life with and among you. Every day here is a challenge! I really love my Parish, all of you and all the Platteviliens. Pray for those who are suffering and in need!
God bless you all!
The KC’s will lead the procession followed by the Blessed Sacrament, then all other parishioners and the choir leading everyone in Eucharistic hymns. When the procession reaches St. Augustine Parish, there will be benediction.
A reception will follow in St. Augustine’s hall. There will be no 10:30 Mass at St. Augustine. There will be Latin Mass at 8:00 am and the regular 6:00 pm Mass at St. Augustine and the 12:00 Hispanic Mass at St. Mary Church.
We welcome all parishioners of both parishes to participate in the beautiful procession of Corpus Christi.]]>
CLOSING THE MONTH OF OUR BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
The Month of May is always dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The First Sunday of May, we had the crowning of Mary and have been closing Mass with a song dedicated to our Blessed Virgin Mary. So with the closing of the month of May, on Friday, May 31st at 5:00, Father Faustino and anyone who would like to attend will be praying the rosary for the unborn outside at the Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the corner of Cedar Street and Court Street. All are welcome. We welcome anyone to give a monetary donation towards flowers to be planted around the church in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary Monetary donation flower envelopes are on the tables in back of church. Please drop in the Sunday offertory basket or drop off at the parish office.
Hope House Catholic Worker House
1592 Locust St.
Dubuque, IA 52001
Manager: Tom Johnson
Who are we?
Hope House is a Catholic Worker House of Hospitality, one of hundreds located throughout the world, but you don’t need to be a Catholic or even Christian to live here. Catholic Workers provide food, clothing and shelter because Jesus Christ did and told his followers to do it, too. Catholic workers do not receive wages for their service to the poor.
A guest’s length of stay will be determined when talking with one of the workers. Overnight guests share two common bathrooms with showers.
We are so grateful for all those who have taken the time to provide meals for our community meals on Sundays and Mondays. We average from 25 to 30 people on those nights. Some of the groups included are: Loras College students, St. Augustine and St. Mary of Platteville, St. Joseph the Worker, St. Joe’s of Key West, The Divine Word Seminary, H.E.A.R.T., and Nativity.
Recently New Hope farm and Apostolic Faith Temple have started to serve meals on a regular basis.
Hope House is a weapon-, smoke-, alcohol-, drug-, and violence-free environment in which guests can feel safe about their person and their belongings.
We respect the dignity of each individual who comes for help and try to build community – or brotherhood – among those who live here. Ordinarily, guests are expected to be at our evening meal, to participate in weekly meetings and recreation, and to contribute to the upkeep of the house.
How you can help.
We welcome your prayers, gifts of money, food, furnishings, linens, clothing and skilled services such as carpentry, electrical, and plumbing. Volunteer to prepare and serve one of our evening community meals. Stand in solidarity with poor people when they voice their concerns.]]>
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