Posted: Jan 25, 2017
As Lent nears, join Jeanne Hunt, Mary Malloy, and Miri-am & Friends for a two-night parish mission focusing on the Stations of the Cross. Through Scripture, story, song, and prayer, they will extend the Church's Lenten invita-tion to embrace the cross and follow in the footsteps of Christ throughout the forty-day Lenten journey.
Save the dates of February 27, 2017
and February 28, 2017
for the St. John/St. Saviour Parish Mission
Posted: Jan 24, 2017
This weekend we begin the 2017 Catholic Ministries Appeal. Thanks to the generosity of many families here at St. Saviour Parish, a total of $22,819.00 was contributed to the 2016 CMA from our parish community. This year, our goal is $24,669.00].
Every registered parish household should receive a CMA mailing from Archbishop Schnurr. Please prayerfully complete your pledge card and return it in the envelope provided, or bring your completed pledge card sealed in its return envelope to Mass. For more information, please visit CatholicAppeal.info. Thank you!
Posted: Jan 23, 2017 | Category: Gospel Reflection,
Sharing the Gospel
Today's Gospel talks about people living in darkness. When you think about darkness, you may also think about stumbling, falling, or even being afraid. That's what your life could be like without God. You could stumble around trying to find love or happiness, but without God you will only fall. Jesus brings light into a dark, unhappy world. With Jesus, you no longer need to fall, and you don't need to be afraid. God loves you.
Dear God, thank you that with Jesus I don't need to be afraid.
Something to Draw
Draw a picture of Jesus bringing light and love into a dark world.
Mission for the Week
Sing the song, "This Little Light of Mine."
Posted: Jan 22, 2017
There will be no 8 am Mass on Tuesday, January 24 or Wednesday, January 25
Everyone is welcome to attend the visitation for Ellen Bentz at 9:30 am on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 am.
Everyone is welcome to attend the visitation for Chuck Geis at 10:00 am on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 am
Posted: Jan 22, 2017 | Category: Gospel Reflection,
So the NFL season is almost over. Only the Super Bowl remains. For some fans, the season is already over since their team is now sitting at home. It is amazing the allegiance some people have to their teams. Some people bleed Green Bay green and yellow or believe the only team is supposedly America's team, the Dallas Cowboys. Of course, if you are reading this outside the States, perhaps you live and breathe a team like the New Zealand All Blacks or the Calgary Flames.
In the early church, people took their allegiance to certain leaders to an extreme. Paul chastised them for thinking that the baptism of one community or the teachings of a certain leader were superior to the anything else in this new movement of Jesus followers. He reminded them that there is to be no division in Christ and that all things flow from Christ, not from the leaders in the community. Those who follow Jesus are one body of Christ: a place where there is no room for competition or condescension.
Sometime our stewardship efforts in a parish become all about the parish. We seek to get people to do more stuff and give more money and we lose sight of why we live a stewardship way of life in the first place: Jesus. It is wonderful to watch our parishes grow into more vibrant communities that lead people to Jesus. We should rejoice to be in such a parish family. But one day there will be no parishes and those who have received his gifts freely and have followed him will live with Christ as one forever. In your stewardship, always keep Jesus as the main thing.
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