2nd Sunday After Epiphany

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January 14, 2018

Coffee & Donuts – You are invited to join us for coffee and donuts in the Social Hall following the 10am Mass this morning.

Seminary Burse – A second collection will be taken today for the support of the FSSP Seminary in Denton, NE.

Collection for Eastern Europe – Today there will be a third collection for aid to the Catholic Church in Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa.  This combined collection supports the Catholic Church in several different parts of the world, funding catechesis, youth ministry and seminarian education.

Vespers Tonight – Vespers and Exposition with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be tonight from 5:30pm–6:30pm.  Sheets will be provided for all to follow along.  We have Vespers every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.

Parish Christmas/Epiphany Dinner & Party, This Tuesday, January 16 – Our Christmas / Epiphany Party will be at St. Lawrence on January 16 from 5:30pm—8:30pm.  The evening will include Vespers, dinner, a Christmas play and King Cake.  Contact the office for more information.

Epiphany Water Blessing – Epiphany water is available in the Holy Water canister beside the Baptistry gate and in the container near the St. Joseph’s altar.  Additional Epiphany water is in reserve, so do not hesitate to take a large quantity.

Blessing of Epiphany Chalk – Chalk is traditionally blessed on Epiphany for the faithful to take home and use to bless their homes.  The top of the door frames entering the house are marked with “20 + C + M + B + 18”.  The letters “C” “M” and “B” are the initials of the three kings, Casper, Melchior and Balthazar, who arrived at Bethlehem to worship the baby Jesus on Epiphany.  The crosses are placed between the letters and the numbers to remind us of the suffering that Jesus was to undergo for us.  Finally, the “20” and “18” are for the 2018 years since the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  Traditionally, the marking is left on the door frame until the next year when it is replaced by another year’s blessing. Chalk from previous years can be reused.  New chalk blessed on the feast of the Epiphany is also available in the back of the Church.

March for Life & Day of Penance – The National Right to Life March in Washington D.C. is January 19.  The contacts for the buses that are traveling from the diocese to the March can be found by contacting KNeri@hbgdiocese.org.  January 22nd is a National Day of Penance because it is the actual day that the Roe v. Wade decision was made denying unborn babies the right to life.  Please observe this day of penance in reparation for sins against the unborn and for the legal protection of unborn children.

Marriage Bans – Joseph Cunningham and Hermina Kopczynski  plan to be married on January 23, 2018.

Coffee Social – Thank You! – Thank you to each of the over 25 families who volunteered to help clean the social hall after Coffee & Donuts throughout 2018.  Your help is truly appreciated.

Solemn High Mass – The 10AM Mass this morning will be a Solemn High Mass.  Confessions will be heard before Mass, but not during Mass.

Adult Convert / Confirmation Class – Classes resume: our next class will be on Thursday, January 18th at 7pm.  Access via the alley door on Buttonwood St.

Bishop Gainer Visit, 100th Anniversary of St Lawrence – On Tuesday, April 24, at 7pm Bishop Gainer will offer a Pontifical High Mass celebrating the 100th anniversary of the dedication of St. Lawrence Church in April of 1918.  More details about this Mass and 100th anniversary celebration will be coming.

Fr. Flick Visit – Fr. Flick FSSP will be in the area for business on January 16 and plans to attend our Epiphany party that evening.  This is a great opportunity to see Father for anyone who would like to say hello.

St. Tarcisius Meeting – Our next meeting will be February 3.  We are  currently looking for families to host meetings at their home.  Families do not need to have a child in the group to host a meeting.  For questions contact Jill Lear at SaintTarcisiusGroup@materdeipa.com

Youth Group Meeting – On next Youth Group will be Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm in the social hall at St. Lawrence. All attending will participate in a card tournament followed by a talk by Fr Eichman and the Rosary. No card experience needed!!! Please bring a snack and a friend! The Youth Group is open to young people ages 13 through high school. For more information and to RSVP contact us at youthgroup@materdeipa.com

2017 IRS Tax Letter – If you would like a 2017 tax letter please contact the office this week either via email or phone.

Holy Hour for Life – Saturday Jan 20 – In place of prayers at Hillcrest abortuary next Saturday, we will have a Holy Hour for Life in observance of Roe v. Wade from 8am to 9am. There are over two-dozen other parishes joining in a holy hour for life.

Pilgrimage to France – Fr. Garrick Huang, FSSP will be leading a 9-day pilgrimage tour May 22 – 30, 2018).  Highlights include a stay at the traditional Benedictine Fontgombault Abbey, visits to Nevers and Ars to see the incorrupt remains of St. Bernadette of Lourdes and St. John Vianney, a stay in the Alps at La Salette where Our Lady appeared to shepherd children and Paray-le-Monial, where the Our Lord appeared to St. Margaret Mary.  Contact John or Natalie for more information at: www.oc-travel.com/info@oc-travel.com/1-800-675-9088