Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday

Health Note: At last weekend Masses, I had some difficulty due to allergy symptoms. Sunday afternoon I developed a 102 deg. temperature. The temp. came down over the next couple days, but I still decided to have tests done. I tested negative for COVID-19, cold, and flus. I had an ear infection. After meds are done in a couple days, I should be doing well. I did not have daily Masses until First Friday. I also missed Memorial Day activities. Sorry!

Priest Retreat: It’s my standard practice as it was Fr. Kopel’s to attend our diocese June Priest Retreat. I plan on being gone to the Abbey of the Hills June 13-17, 2022.

Pentecost Sunday Mission of Christ, the Church and Our Parishes YFF: On this Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the birthday of the Church. Upon receiving Jesus’ promised gift of the Holy Spirit, the Church immediately proclaimed the Good News of salvation to all the nations represented in Jerusalem at the Jewish feast of Pentecost. Jesus continued His Mission from the Right Hand of God the Father by sending the “power of God” to his disciples as he promised. This equipped them to do their part in Jesus’ Mission without hesitation. We in our parish and our Pastoral Council’s in particular, need to discern the direction we are being called to do our part in our parish assigned regions.

The first year of our Youth Faith Formation Parish Missions in both of our parishes demonstrated a great start in implementing Bishop DeGrood’s vision for our diocese “Lifelong Catholic Missionary Discipleship through God’s Love.” Fr. Scott Traynor gave our catechists in St. Pius X Parish confimation that we had a great start in implementing Bishop DeGrood’s vision and encouraged us to continue on.

In Sacred Heart Parish we capped off our YFF Parish Mission year wonderfully with Summer YFF and Youth Nights this past week. Thank you to Neva & Olivia Mikkelsen and Reagan Brown for their leadership and all other volunteers with the support of the Altar Society and Knights of Columbus. We are hoping that Youth Nights may be an added feature to our YFF Parish Mission this fall. Are there any adults who may be interested in either parish to help with youth group type activities periodically?

In St. Pius X Parish we had review meetings and a parents survey to decide next year’s schedule, catechist assignments, and improvements. We settled on grades 1-4 & 6 meeting Wednesdays 5-6:15 pm. Grades 7-9 meeting 5:00 - 6:15 pm and Confirmation grades 10-12 meeting 6:30-8:00 pm. Grade 5 catechists and parents will continue to discuss their options. The next YFF year will be August 24, 2022 - May 3, 2023.

YFF Conclusion for 2021-22 Academic Year

Youth Faith Formation (YFF) Big Thank You!: We have finished out our first YFF Parish Missions for this school year! We had a rough start of it, but we had to make some quick decisions and changes in Sacred Heart Parish with a restart, and so, for some consistency between parishes and my messaging, we made some changes in St. Pius X Parish also. Some people said they didn’t need any changes, but based on my experience in several parishes, if I make some changes in one parish that parishioners from other linked parishes like, they will complain that their other parish is neglected. This all was a challenge, but overall, our YFF Missions were a greatsuccess. We eventually filled all of our catechist and other volunteer positions. Also, we had over 80 percent attendance in both parishes with many compliments. Of course, we have more time for better planning now and based on requests for changes, more time to work on making some adjustments. With all of this, I owe a very big thank you to ourstaff, our volunteer catechists and theirsubstitutes, YFF coordinators and other volunteers, parents, grandparents, and young disciples for making the adjustments or at least trying to. It really was a great year. We look forward to an even better one next year. Please consider your involvement for next year as an opportunity to serve our Lord by serving His children! Our YFF Parish Missions continue with Summer YFF (formerly VBS) May 31st - June 3 rd . Sacred Heart Parish volunteers are taking the lead while welcoming volunteers and children from St. Pius X Parish. New this year will be Youth Nights on the same dates! See our parish pages in this bulletin for more information.

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

In thanksgiving, we wish all mothers a blessed and happy day. We also pray for our deceased mothers. We remember and give thanks for our spiritual mothers - Holy Mother Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church as well as Holy Mother Church! People who have a personal relationship with the Blessed Mother are blessed themselves! Consider praying for this gift and foster it with Maria devotions.

Are we going to have the River Mass? Of course, this has been a concern of many people since I arrived. I took my time to listen to various concerns. I plan on always having the 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening Sunday Vigil Mass available in Sacred Heart Church as a parish Mass. Since the Catholic Church requires weekend Mass attendance, I believe every parish priest should provide one Saturday evening Sunday Vigil option as consistently as possible in a parish church. The River Mass is a Mass of convenience and accommodation for people of various parishes in that area which is larger than many towns during the summer. This Mass was originally at 8:15 p.m. I would like to go back to that and try it. The timing might be tight at times, but it should generally work and the wind should go down by then. I will provide as much notification that I can if there has to be a time change or cancellation. One possibility is when there is a substitute priest. It will be up to that priest as to whether they can do it. We will start Memorial Weekend, Saturday evening, May 28 th at 8:15 p.m. The ending date is generally the beginning of August. The specific date is to be determined.

The Catholic Home Missions Appeal is an annual collection to benefit Catholic dioceses in the United States that cannot afford their annual needs. It is normally taken at the end of April. I have giving envelopes available in our church pews and gathering spaces. Please use them the next couple weeks and place your contribution in the regular Sunday collections. Thank you.

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Published on  July 6th, 2022

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