Solemnity of Christ the King

The month of November has been traditionally designated as the Month of the Family. It is very important to keep in mind how important family life is. As the Catholic Church states, family life is the foundation of the Church and society. Children need to know that they are loved by their parents. As they grow older, the Church helps them to know and follow Christ for we are the family of God on earth.

We can never take family life for granted. The Church and nation will be strong as family life is. If family life is lessened or demeaned, the Church and nation suffer as well. We have quite a job ahead of us to promote and pray for family life in these troubling times.

Let us keep in mind especially this month families which comprise our parish family. We ask for God’s blessings to come upon them. As we are part of the family of God on earth, we pray that we will follow and love Him on earth, and fulfill what He wants us to do on earth as his children.

Thank you and God bless you.
Fr. Stoetzel

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

For some time, you have heard that the wording of some Mass parts will be changed, and the date for the implementation of these changes will take effect the weekend of November 26th-27th. Well, the time has now come and the changes will take effect in two weeks. The purpose of these changes is to get to the actual translation of the Latin in which it was written. When the lectionary and sacramentary were created from the missal in the late 1960’s, the Vatican gave permission for the various conferences of bishops to adapt to the language to the people.

The problem arose that sometimes it got away from the intent of what was written. Since then, the Vatican desires the language be the direct translation of the Roman Missal; hence, the changes in the responses in the celebration of the Mass. To those of us known as the older generation, you will find that most of the responses are very similar to the ones we once said shortly after the Mass could be said in the vernacular or the language of the people.

Cards are in the pews to assist you with the responses. I suggest you look it over at the beginning of Mass to help you get accustomed to the new responses. Please leave them in the pews and do not take them home. We need them for all the Masses. Also, be patient with these responses as well as with the celebrants. It will be more demanding on us than you. It is my hope that we will all be accustomed to the new wording six months from now.

Thank you and God bless you.
Fr. Stoetzel

The intercession this week and month is to pray the Catholics understand and appreciate more the celebration of the Mass which is the greatest public prayer in the Catholic Church.

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The month of November is designated by the Church to pray for the faithful departed. Even though we pray for those of our families and friends who have died throughout the year, the Church asks that we pray for them especially this month. The present Church year is coming to an end, and the readings focus on the coming of God’s kingdom.

As a Church, we pray for the poor souls in purgatory. We ask the Lord to grant our prayers that these souls be purified from their sins that were left in this life and, after this purification, will rest in His peace until the final judgment. We pray for them while we are alive and hope others will pray for us after we have taken our last breath.

May the Merciful Lord grant eternal rest upon those we remember in prayer and the souls of all the faithful departed.

Thank you and God bless you.
Fr. Stoetzel

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

The 2011 Diocesan Annual Appeal is well under way. If you have not yet returned your pledge card and/or payments, please do so as soon as possible. The appeal has been very successful in the past, and I hope it will continue to be so this and the years to come. It has made us aware of the needs of the Church locally, as a diocese, and universally. The money that is given over our target amount comes back to the parish. In the past, that money has supported the annual parish budget which is much needed.

Please give generously to the appeal again this year. Every contribution is very much needed and appreciated. It is necessary to give back 10% to God for the blessings he has given us. The work of the Church is to promote the Gospel and prepare her faithful for the coming of the kingdom of God. Our financial support continues with the great tradition of the Church.

Tuesday is a holy day of obligation for the Solemnity of All Saints. Please check the bulletin for Mass times.

The intercession this week is to pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal. May all Catholics of the diocese know important it is to support the work of the Church.

Thank you and God bless you.
Fr. Stoetzel

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This month is designated as the Month of the Rosary. It is a very beautiful and important form of prayer in the Church. It gives the person who prays the time to reflect on the great mysteries of our faith while praying set-prayers. Reflecting on these mysteries brings us closer to God and the truth he has left us to follow him in this life with our desire to have eternal life in him in the next. I used to pray the rosary with my mother before I went to the seminary. My family would pray it after supper before milking cows during Lent. Unfortunately, I didn’t pray it for several decades. It wasn’t that I was adverse to it; I just didn’t pray it.

Several years ago, I longed and began to pray it again, and I have been doing so every day since then. I walk almost every day and I devote the first 20 minutes to it.

If you are not praying the rosary, I encourage you to do so. It is a very beautiful way to pray reflecting the mysteries of our faith. If you have forgotten the days to reflect on the mysteries they are: the Joyful Mysteries on Mondays and Saturdays, Sorrowful on Tuesdays and Fridays, Glorious on Wednesdays and Sundays, and the Luminous on Thursdays.

Thank you and God bless you.
Fr. Stoetzel

The intercession this week is to pray for all members of the Church so they make time in their lives to pray daily and reflect upon the great mysteries of our faith.

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The fourth Sunday in October is designated as World Mission Sunday. It is important for us to know the work of our Catholic missionaries throughout the world, and support them with our prayers and financial giving. Our diocese has had the great distinction as being the most generous diocese per capita in the United States to the missions. The person who was instrumental to gain that recognition is the late Msgr. Wagener. He was most zealous to support them and wanted us to do the same. As Catholics, we are to share in the missionary activity of the Church. However, it is almost impossible for us to do so. That is why we can support those of the faith who are serving as Catholic missionaries throughout the world.

Please be generous again this year. To those who receive their envelopes via the mail, please use the one designated for the appeal. To those who don’t, you will find envelopes in the pews. Please return to the parish as soon as possible.

Thank you and God bless you.
Fr. Stoetzel

The intercession this week is to pray for the work and safety of the Catholic missionaries who are serving God’s Church by spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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