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February 11, 2018                                                      Volume 71, No. 6

Mass Schedule

Please note: Reconciliation Saturdays 3:15-3:45; Saturday mornings 7:00-7:15 a.m.  Missions: 45-20 min. before Mass; or call the Office for appointment, please.

 Monday

   7:30 AM

Richardton

     +Emma Haag                                   

 Tuesday

  10:00 AM  

Health Center

   ++Deceased Frank & Margaret Rummel & Family

 Wednesday

    7:30 AM

    4:00 PM

    7:00 PM

Richardton

Richardton SC

Richardton

   ++Bob & Marge Buresh

     +Mike Messer

+++Joe, Louise, Dan Haag                           

Thursday

    7:30 AM  

    7:00 PM

Richardton

St. Thomas

     +Louise Haag 

     +Ted Kessel Family                                            

 Friday

7:30 AM

7:00 PM

Richardton

St. Stephen

     +Norman Erhardt              

     +Mike Messer                                                                                         

 Saturday

 Feb. 17th     

    7:30 AM

    4:00 PM

    7:00 PM

Richardton

Richardton 

St. Thomas

   ++Val & Johanna Messer                                             

     +Lester Metz                                                       

 +++Kim, Spud & Ethlyn Martin                          

 Sunday

 Feb. 18th

    8:00 AM

  10:00 AM

St. Stephen

Richardton

   ++Fred & Katheryn Thomas                                      

        PARISHES                                                                 

Mass Schedule and Ministers for February 14th & 17th & 18th                                            

Ash Wed.

   7:00PM

Lector: Joy Kitzan                                  Servers: Adult Volunteers

Eucharistic Minister: 7:30 AM   Harvey Baer           7:00 PM  Becki Hoff             

Thursday

 

   7:00 PM

   St Thomas

Lector: Tina Meyer

Servers: Paula & Natalie Meyer

Saturday

Feb. 17th

4:00 PM

Richardton

 

 7:00 PM

St. Thomas

Lector: Scott Bohn                     Server: Ella Scott & Jenna Schutt                          

Eucharistic Minister: Ken Haag                      

 

Lector: Lisa Sickler                      

Servers: T. J. Meyer & Aria Sickler

Sunday

Feb. 18th

 

1st Sunday of Lent         

8:00 AM

St. Stephen

 

 

10:00 AM

Richardton

Lector: Mike Greff                           Servers: Jaycea Thomas & Gabby Messer

Eucharistic Ministers: Duane Zent                 

Gift Bearers: Brian & Dana Scholz                          

Lector: Jack Wyckoff        Servers: Lee Hoff & Finnley Vaagen                               

Eucharistic Minister: Jessica Schutt      

Collections for  February 4, 2018

St. Mary’s

St. Stephen’s

St. Thomas

Adults

2,062.00

460.00

520.00

Plate

227.01

152.51

61.00

School

2.00

1.00

 

Total

2,291.01

613.51

581.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome!
Thank you for joining us today in worship; we hope you will return often. If you are

new to our faith or community and want to join our parish, please call our office

at 974-3569.

 

ST. MARY PARISH

REMEMBER: Ash Wednesday is this week.  Masses are 7:30 am; 4:00 pm at Social Center with Rel. Ed.; 7:00pm.  Ash Wednesday is a day of fast (one main meal, no snacking between meals) and abstinence (no meat).  ALL FRIDAYS OF LENT ARE ABSTINENCE—NO MEAT.  Maybe you can put it into your phone and it will come up as a reminder J

WELCOME TO THE PARISH: Oliver James Hauck, son of Andrew/Heather Hauck.  Let us all encourage the family in faith by our good example and welcome!

KC: Knight of the Month: Mark Rummel; Family of the Month: Ron/Fran Hauck; not present to win $50 drawing: Tony Messmer

ST. STEPHEN PARISH

REMEMBER: Ash Wednesday is this week.  Masses are at St. Mary: 7:30 am; 4:00 pm at Social Center with Rel. Ed.; 7:00pm.  Ash Wednesday is a day of fast (one main meal, no snacking between meals) and abstinence (no meat).  ALL FRIDAYS OF LENT ARE ABSTINENCE—NO MEAT.  Maybe you can put it into your phone and it will come up as a reminder J

LENTEN STATIONS & MASS:  Fridays @ 6:30.  This week it will be Mass/Ashes only.  Servers & Ministers are Adult Volunteers.

FISH FRY is set for Friday, March 2 @ St. Mary Social Center.  Serving 5:00 – 7:30 pm

PAINTING UPDATE: the walls of the church, east sacristy and entry are completed.  I’ll paint the back stairwell by the furnace room, the choir loft and the south stairwell this Spring or Summer. 

 

ROLL LIST FOR FEB. 18:  Fran Hauck, Chr., Ruth Haas, - Bread, Megan Dukart, Karen Zent, Dana Scholz, Cathy Schorsch, Kelsey Dobitz.

THOMAS PARISH

REMEMBER: Ash Wednesday is this week.  Masses are at St. Mary: 7:30 am; 4:00 pm at Social Center with Rel. Ed.; 7:00pm.  Ash Wednesday is a day of fast (one main meal, no snacking between meals) and abstinence (no meat).  ALL FRIDAYS OF LENT ARE ABSTINENCE—NO MEAT.  Maybe you can put it into your phone and it will come up as a reminder J

LENTEN STATIONS & MASS: Thursdays @ 6:30.  This week it will be Mass/Ashes only.

 

ALL PARISHES

PLEASE PRAY for those who are seriously ill, terminally ill or in immediate concern.  Jacob Reyles, Greg Meyer, Sherry Urlacher, Rosie Weiler, Mary Ann Hoff, those with influenza, and all others in need.  They appreciate our remembrance in prayer.

NEW HRADEC K OF C CLUB is sponsoring a Whist and Pinochle card party on Sunday, Feb. 18 starting at 2:00 pm at the Catholic Workman Hall.  Prizes will be awarded and lunch will follow.  Proceeds will go to Club projects.  Everyone welcome.

 

 

1ST COMMUNION: Please remember our children who will be receiving their 1st Communion on May 6, and their parents to foster their faith: Mataya Calahan, Kanyn Dohrmann, Isabella Dominquez, Irelynn Dressler, Dallys Goetz, Olivia Goetz (St. Stephen), Camden Hoff, Will Messer, (St. Stephen) Josie Schutt, Eva Scott.

JOIN REAL PRESENCE RADIO for a pilgrimage on June 2 – 6 2018 to the Holy Sites of Michigan!  We will focus on three early missionary priests who traveled throughout the Upper Midwest to evangelize & catechize the early settlers.  We will also visit the Shrine of the Cross in the Woods, Ava Maria Radio & Mackinac Island.  Cost is $1500 with flights from Fargo, Bismarck, Rapid City & Duluth.  Deadline to register is April 1st or until filled.  To register call Lisa @ 1-877-795-0122 or email lisa @yourcatholicradiostation.com

CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS give a baby basket to local mothers with newborn babies.  So they are having a gift basket drive.  Items needed are: Diapers (size 2 & up) bibs, wipes, homemade quilts,

socks, onesies (size 3 month & up), fleece (2 pieces that are 1-1/2 yard each).   The Youth Ministry and Catholic Daughters will make tie blankets for the babies.  Drop off sites are Suzy’s Stash, St.

Mary Church, Youth Ministry Office @ St. Mary Parish.  Basket Drive will continue till Feb. 28.

 

FROM THE PASTOR:

     Lent begins with Ash Wednesday February 14.  We will again have 6:30 pm Stations/Mass at the missions: Thursdays @ St. Thomas and Fridays @ St. Stephen; parishioners from all 3 parishes are welcome to attend those Masses.  The communal Reconciliation service is scheduled for 7:00 pm Tuesday, February 20 @ St. Mary.   I will also be available for confessions Monday evenings of Lent from 6-7 pm.  Wednesday Soup and Stations are scheduled at St. Mary Social Center on Feb. 28 and March 14.  Details will follow.  I’ll also try to make available at all the parishes materials to enhance your Lenten observance.     

      The Lenten Season always provides opportunities for supporting various charities and collections.  There will be several again this year including the Black & Indian Mission Collection and the Rice Bowl.  I have been so impressed the past 2 yrs. with your generous support of these opportunities--without slacking on your parish support.  Thank you in advance for continuing that great spirit of sacrifice and generosity.

      We do have Sympathy cards available for purchase at the parish office.  A set of 4 is $7.00 and features iron crosses from St. Mary Cemetery and the Good Shepherd statue.  Also, in cleaning out a storeroom I came across quite a few 1996 St. Mary Centennial books.  These are available for $15.00 each and include the baptismal, wedding and death registers since 1896.     

      Because of the influenza and colds going around, the Diocese has asked that we not exchange the Sign of Peace or offer the Precious Blood at Mass until further notice.  We will follow this guideline until further notice.   

       Also, because of the penitential, somber, quiet nature of the Lenten Season we will observe at all the parishes the Church guidelines of no Gloria, no Alleluia, no bells and no “extra” music i.e., no instrumental music before or after Mass; if there is no hymn sung at Offertory or Communion there should be silence. 

     

 

 

 

We are blessed to have 3 people entering the Catholic faith during Easter: Tammy Friedt, Amy Picovsky and Jamie Thomas.  Please keep them in prayer as they advance in the faith.  They and their spouses have been meeting weekly with me since September to learn about our Christian and specifically, our Catholic faith.  It continues to be a joy for me to explore our rich and holy faith with them.  It is not too early to start thinking about a fall class for anyone interested in learning more about our faith and/or joining the Catholic church.

      Just a reminder from the Catholic Catechism of the basic obligations to be a member of the Catholic Church.  The Church reminds us that Christian life requires a commitment to prayer and active participation in the Mass and Sacraments.  If we fall below this bare-minimum level, we can’t rightly consider ourselves to be in full communion with the Catholic Church.  Each of these precepts (rules) of the Catholic Church is a requirement. Together with the 10 Commandments they represent the minimum level of moral living:  1. Attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and rest from servile labor on Sundays.  2. Confess our sins at least once a year.  3. Receive Communion at least in the Easter Season.  4. Observe the days of fasting and abstinence.  5. Help to provide for the needs of the Church.     

   Finally, choose prayerfully and wisely your Lenten resolutions.  Go for quality, not quantity for better results!  Whatever we choose should help us grow closer to God.

   Fr. Thomas, OSB  

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

Feb. 14           Ash Wednesday--Lent begins  Masses: 7:30 am @ St. Mary,

                        4:00 pm @ Social Center with Rel. Ed., 7:00 pm @ St.  Mary

Feb. 15           6:30 Mass only @ St. Thomas

Feb. 16           6:30 Mass only @ St. Stephen

Feb. 17           4:00 Baptism @ St. Mary (Matt/Miranda Hoff)

Feb. 20           All-Parishes Lenten Reconciliation Service 7:00 St. Mary

Feb. 28           Soup & Stations @ St. Mary 5:00 Soup, 6:00 Stations @ Soc. Center

Mar. 2            5:00-7:30 St. Stephen Fish Fry @ St. Mary Social Center

Mar. 14          Soup & Stations @ St. Mary 5:00 Soup, 6:00 Stations @ Soc. Center

Mar. 17          St. Mary KC Cajun Turkey @ St. Mary Social Center

Mar. 25          Palm Sunday

Mar. 29          Holy Thursday

Mar. 30          Good Friday

Mar. 31          Holy Saturday