• TH2 Concelebrating Mass with Bishop Robert Morlino
  • TH2 Laying of Hands (Ordination)
  • TH2 New Priests prepare to give first blessings to family and friends
  • TH2 Anointing of Hands
  • TH2 New Priests Bless the Bishop
  • TH2 Handing over of the bread and wine

Thoughts on Readings from 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A. 2014

Father Alex, Divine Mercy Parish, Sauk City, WI

The readings today make us think about a problem that is very common among people, the problem of division and disagreement… and this is common even among Catholics.

Saint Paul tells us today in the Second Reading: I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose.

There cannot be division among us. We are supposed to be united in the same mind and in the same purpose.

And what does this mean?

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“Thank You” from Deacon Bill Bussan

A heartfelt “Thank You” to all of the parishioners of St. Mary’s for their prayers and financial support of the 2014 Mission Team that was in Jamaica 9 through 17 January . The lives of several poor Jamaican families were made significantly better because of you!! Through your support we added 13’ X 14’ additions to two homes and also built an outside kitchen for another family. In addition we did a variety of repairs on the rectory of Our Lady of the Assumption. This included replacing three doors, general plumbing repair, and general maintenance. We were also able to leave Br. Baylon with $1500.00 to support the ongoing needs of the parish and community. None of the home sites we worked on had water and sewer. Only one had electricity. Each of the families were in desperate need of assistance. In one of the homes we added an addition to … (27) family members living in a small two room home!! Thank you again and may God bless each of you and your families throughout the New Year.

Christ’s Peace To You Always, Deacon Bill Bussan

Thursday Day of Adoration

Image of Monstrance

Image of Monstrance

 Eucharistic adoration, in which the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and adored by the faithful, has been practiced weekly in St. Mary Church for the past year.  On Thursday mornings, following the 8:00 a.m. Mass, the monstrance, containing a consecrated Host, is placed on the altar for all to see and adore.  Traditionally, parishioners are invited to sign up for a period of adoration throughout the day to make sure that someone is always present to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

 Adoration closes with the Rosary and Benediction (where a priest blesses the congregation with the Eucharist) on Thursday evenings at 8:00.

 All are invited and encouraged to join in the saying of the Rosary, which will be offered for a different intention each week of the month: week one, for the families of Platteville; week two, for vocations to the Priesthood and religious life and for the students of UW-Platteville; week three, for the poor who are suffering, especially the elderly and the sick (people may send names to be put on a list); week four, for those who have died in abortion; and, week five, for the Bishop.  Following the Rosary, Father will bless all in attendance with the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance during Benediction.  Is there a more worthwhile way to spend a half-hour on Thursday evening than in prayer and adoration?

Thanks from the New Priests

Three New PriestsDear all,

It has been a bit more than a week since we arrived in Spain and sincerely we can say that we miss you.

Everyone here asks us what people from Wisconsin are like. Well, we never seem to find enough words to describe how nice you are. We were most pleasantly surprised with the way you greeted us, both times we were there: for our ordinations as deacons and then again for our ordination to the priesthood. It is such a pleasure to recall all the details, big and small, all of you had toward us.

From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank you for the time you spent preparing the ordination ceremony. It was truly a wonderful Mass. We are so very grateful for the inmense show of attention; the word “overwhelming” even seems to fall short. God bless you for all the prayers you have said for these three new priests. You will always be present in our minds, in our prayers and in our daily Sacrifice of the Mass.

Special thanks to Fr. Faustino Ruiz and all the other priests, for their care, preparations and love for us. We are delighted to see you all so close to them, advancing in your love for our Lord Jesus Christ.

Last but not least, thanks to our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patroness of the parish which joyfully hosted our ordination, for granting us such a wonderful two-week stay. Thanks to her, we were able to answer our Lord’s call and reach the wonderful goal of the priesthood, within our beloved Society of Jesus Christ the Priest.

We would like, once again, to express our enormous gratitude for your kindness. May you all enjoy a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year, and may God´s blessing descend upon you.

Sincerely, Fr. Vicente, Fr. Jerry and Fr. Felipe.

Abbot Rooney: The Liturgy Parts 1 and 2

ST. MARY’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

Picture of 2012 CCW Bazaar_119SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2013

8:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.

Your talents are needed in many ways such as crocheting, knitting, stitchery, painting, woodworking; garden produce and canning items. Baked goods are needed; and cookies for the “Cookies by the Pound” booth.

Cash donations to offset expenses are most welcome.

If you have any New or Gently Used Christmas Décor you would like to donate we have a booth for that also.

Set up will be on Friday, November 15 at 6pm. This will be an excellent time for young people to get some service hours. More sweepstakes tickets are available at the Parish Office.

 

SCRIP

gift bagsJust a reminder that the holidays are approaching and SCRIP makes good Christmas gifts. Also, it can be used for everyday needs such as gas, groceries, prescriptions, dining out and much more. No order is too little. Every SCRIP card earns a profit for St. Mary’s. SCRIP is for sale after Masses on the weekend and in the parish office during the week.