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May 7, 2017 – 4th Sunday of Easter

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May 7th, 2017

4th Sunday of Easter

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

 

“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

 

 

Welcome To The Table of the Lord

 

Congratulations

To the following children who are receiving their

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Today, Sunday, May 7, 2017at the 10:00 AM Mass

 

Cora Crow

Daughter of Jason & Roxanne Crow

Lilly Duban

Daughter of Brian & Patricia Duban

Blake Durbin

Son of Robert & Pamela Durbin

Kirra Flicek

Daughter of Joseph & Jamie Flicek

Brandon Geer

Son of Shannon & Kristen Geer

Abigail Grant

Daughter of Jeffrey & Heather Grant

Andrew Hauge

Son of Joel & Amber Hauge

Kellen Jirik

Son of Michael & Margaret Jirik

Karson Keilen

Son of Nathan & Amy Keilen

Garid Meyer

Son of Tad & Nan Meyer

Gabriella Pavek

Daughter of Joseph & Sarah Pavek

Annie Rynda

Daughter of Allen & Kimberly Rynda

Milo Simon

Son of Paul & Cassy Simon

Landen Walgrave

Son of Brad & Halle Walgrave

April 30, 2017 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

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April 30, 2017

3rd Sunday of Easter

 

“Were not our hearts burning within us

while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”

 

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

 

People of faith across the nation will join in intercessory prayer for our governmental leaders, local communities, and the most vulnerable among us.

As Catholic Christians, Jesus invites all of us to be vibrant witnesses of trust in God and love for one another.

All are asked to be a part of this landmark day!

 

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A PRAYER FOR OUR NATION

God our Father, Giver of life,

we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care.

You are the rock on which this nation was founded.

You alone are the true source of our cherished rights

to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Reclaim this land for Your glory

and dwell among Your people.

Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation´s leaders.

Open their minds to the great worth of human life

and the responsibilities that accompany

human freedom.

Remind Your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing Your will.

Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of our land,

grant us the courage to reject the “culture of death.”

Lead us into a new life.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

 

 

April 23, 2017 – 2nd Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday

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April 23, 2017

2nd Sunday of Easter

Divine Mercy Sunday

 

“Receive the Holy Spirit.

Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

 

It is one thing to doubt the fact that Jesus is risen, as Thomas did. We, however, are more likely to doubt the power flowing from that Resurrection, — a power that can keep us from sin. Today is Divine Mercy Sunday, but mercy is not to be confused with presumption or permission to sin. In fact, it is precisely in giving us commandments that, as the second reading tells us, “are not burdensome,” that God shows his mercy. It is not simply our weakness that “God understands.” He understands, first of all, our need of him, and the fact that we flourish only by living a life in union with his will. Therefore, his mercy provides us with every ounce of strength we need to actually fulfill the commandments, which is the same as to fulfill the demands of love.

Love has concrete demands, beginning with a reverence and absolute respect for one another’s lives, and the lives of the weakest and most vulnerable in our midst. Actions that deliberately take innocent human life are always contrary to love. Yet “his commandments are not burdensome,” because by our faith in his Resurrection, we have the power to love as he loves, even to the point of sacrificing ourselves as he sacrificed himself.

Thomas found the strength to believe when he returned to the unity of the Church. Perhaps when Thomas was missing on Easter night, he was out looking for Jesus on his own. After all, he was the kind of person who wanted to see for himself. But he actually found Jesus only when he returned to be with Peter and the other apostles. We too will find the strength to believe, to carry out the commandments, and to respect every human life, when we maintain close unity with the Church, the community of believers built on the apostles.                       

                                    – Priests for Life

 

April 16, 2017 – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

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April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

 

“Christians, praise the Paschal Victim!

Offer thankful sacrifice!

Christ the Lamb has saved the sheep,

Christ the just one paid the price, reconciling sinners to the Father”.

 

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Lord, As we gather together as family and friends

we invite you into our lives.

May the hope of Your Resurrection

fill our days.

May the promise of your spirit working in us

light up our lives.

May the love you revealed to us

shape our giving.

May the truth in Your Word

guide our journeys,

And may the joy of Your Kingdom

fill our homes.

We thank you for all the wonderful blessings

we now enjoy,

And celebrate Your Glorious Resurrection.

Thank you Lord.

Amen.

Food for Kidz Packaging Event May 4 2017

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We are once again hosting a packaging event for Food for Kidz.

When?

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Where?

The Crusader Civic Center in Lonsdale

What Time?

Two shifts:
4 – 5:30pm    &    5:30 – 7pm

No sign up needed!
Come when you can; leave when you need to!

We hope you are able to come! When you do, please bring your cash/check donation with you to cover the cost of food. If you are unable to come, please mail your tax-deductible donation to:

Food for Kidz
c/o Immaculate Conception Parish
PO Box 169
Lonsdale, MN  55046

Checks can be made payable to Food for Kidz

100% of the money raised is used to buy food!!

The mission of Food for Kidz is to package and distribute nutritious meals to hungry children and their families where crisis has struck and there is an immediate need. People like you, coming together with friends and family to package food, donate money and offer compassion MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Change has to start somewhere, and it’s often with the simplicity of a meal.

Please see the flyer for more details and pass on the word!

Sponsored by the Parish Pastoral Council

April 9, 2017 – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

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April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

“Hosanna to the Son of David;

blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest”

 

 

The Cross

They brought him to the place of Golgotha (Place of the Skull). They gave him wine drugged with myrrh, but he did not take it. Then they crucified him.… It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. (Mark 15:22–23, 25).

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, and the other on his left. [Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”] (Luke 23:33–34a)

So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle.… When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four shares, a share for each solider. (John 19:16b–18, 23a)

In the ancient world, there was no punishment more painful, terrifying, and dehumanizing than the cross.

It is not simply that Jesus died or even that he was put to death by corrupt people; it was that he endured the death reserved only for the lowest and most despised.

We are the inheritors of centuries of artwork and piety that present the cross as a moving religious symbol. We wear it as jewelry, and we hang it on the walls of our homes as a decoration.

But for the men and women of Jesus’ time, a person condemned to this manner of execution would be stripped, nailed or tied to a cross-bar fitted into a stake, and then left for hours, or in many cases days, to suffer the excruciating pain of very slowly asphyxiating while rocking up and down on wounded hands and feet in order to breathe.

The mocking of the crucified, which is frankly described in the Gospels, was part of the execution. When finally the tortured criminal died, his body was allowed to remain on the cross for days, permitting animals to pick over his remains. Jesus’ rapid burial was exceptional, a favor specially offered to Joseph of Arimathea, a high-ranking Jewish official.

To be sure, the Gospel proclaimed by the first Christians involves the glorious resurrection, but those initial evangelists never let their hearers forget that the one who had been raised was none other than the one who had been crucified.

So what exactly is happening on the cross? Why could God not simply have pronounced a word of forgiveness from heaven and dispensed with all of the blood and horror of the crucifixion?

The scriptural authors understand sin not so much as a series of acts, but as a condition in which we are stuck, something similar to an addiction or a contagious disease.

A mere word of forgiveness, uttered from the safety of heaven, would never have affected the needed transformation. No amount of merely human effort could possibly solve the problem.

Some power has to come from outside of us in order to clean up the mess; something awful has to be done on our behalf in order to offset the awfulness of sin. With this biblical realism in mind, we can begin to comprehend why the crucifixion of the Son of God was necessary.

Something had to be done—and God alone could do it. On that terrible cross, Jesus took upon himself the worst of humanity and swallowed it up in the ever greater divine mercy.

 

Jesus’s Passion and death are not the end;

they point to the joy of the Resurrection.

“By His wounds, we were healed” (Isaiah 53:5)

April 2, 2017 – 5th Sunday of Lent

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April 2, 2017

5th Sunday of Lent

“Lazarus, come out!”

And God Said “No”

I asked God to take away my pride, And God said “No.”

He said it was not for Him to take away, But for me to give up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole, and God said, “No.”

He said her spirit is eternal, While her body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience, And God said, “No.”

He said patience is a by-product of tribulation. It isn’t granted – it is earned.

I asked God to give me happiness, And God said “No.”

He said He gives blessings, Happiness is up to me.

I asked God to spare me pain, And God said “No.”

He said, “Suffering draws you apart from Worldly cares and brings you close to Me.”

I asked God to make my spirit grow, And God said “No.”

He said I must grow on my own, But he will prune me to make it fruitful.

I asked God if He loved me, And God said “Yes.”

He gave me His only Son, who died for me,

And I will be in heaven someday Because I believe.

I asked God to help me love others As much as He loves me,

And God said, “Ah, finally you have the idea.”

  -Claudia Minden Welsz

 

 

March 12, 2017 – 2nd Sunday of Lent

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March 12, 2017

2nd Sunday of Lent

 

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

 

 

FASTING AND ALMSGIVING IDEAS

 

  • Limit television or Internet use to only that which  helps build and strengthen your faith.

  • Give away one material item you value.
  • Fast from gossip
  • Do not use seasoning on food for some meals.
  • Observe five minutes of silence each day.
  • Save your candy in a jar until Easter.
  • Tell the truth in all your dealings.
  • Sacrifice one hour of time to help someone else.
  • Keep Sunday a day of rest by fasting from unnecessary work.

Cook a meal for a lonely or sick person.

  • Freely give smiles and compliments.
  • Regularly do random acts of kindness.
  • Buy two of everything on your grocery list, and donate the duplicates to the local food shelf.

  Talk to a neighbor you’ve rarely spoken to

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  • Donate a nice item of your clothing to a clothing center.

  Do something that you see needs to be done without being asked.

 

 

February 26, 2017 – 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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February 26, 2017

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of it self.”

MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF

THE CHANCELLOR FOR CANONICAL AFFAIRS

 

February 22, 2017

 

To the clergy, consecrated women and men and lay faithful of the Archdiocese:

Soon we will be entering into the liturgical season of Lent. In these solemn forty days, we will look to the example of Christ who overcame the deceptions of the Tempter during his forty days in the desert. In Pope Francis’ message for Lent this year, he reminds us that “Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in His word, in the sacraments, and in our neighbor.” It is a penitential season that calls us to spiritual exercises, penitential acts, charitable works, fasting, and almsgiving.

The Church provides norms to help guide us in these practices, primarily in the areas of fasting and abstinence. In particular, Ash Wednesday (March 1, 2017) and Good Friday (April 14, 2017) are days of fasting. Fasting is obligatory for all between the ages of 18-59 who do not have a medical condition in which fasting may be considered harmful. Fasting is defined as limiting oneself to one full meal and two lighter meals, which together do not consist of a full meal.

Moreover, all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence in the United States. Abstinence is refraining from eating meat for the entire day. The obligation of abstinence is binding on all Catholics who have reached at least 14 years of age.

Pastors and parents are to see to it that their children, even when not bound by the law of fast and abstinence, are educated in an authentic sense of penance and are encouraged to do acts of penance suitable to their age. All members of the Christian faithful are encouraged to do acts of penance and charity during the Lenten season beyond what is prescribed by the law.

As a general rule, a request for a dispensation from the obligation of abstinence on Fridays of Lent will not be considered unless some serious reason is present. It has been noted, however, that Friday of the second week of Lent this year corresponds with St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), which has traditionally been an occasion for joy-filled celebrations in this Archdiocese. Having consulted with the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council and taken into consideration both past practice and present circumstances, and having judged that it would serve the common spiritual good, Archbishop Hebda has granted to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, as well as any visitors or travelers who may be physically present within the territory of this Archdiocese, a dispensation from the obligation of abstinence from meat on March 17, 2017. Those taking advantage of the dispensation, however, are exhorted to undertake a work of charity, an exercise of piety, or an act of comparable penance on some other occasion during the Second Week of Lent.

With prayers for a blessed Lent,

Susan Mulheron, JCL  – Chancellor for Canonical Affairs

Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis – 777 Forest Street, Saint Paul MN 55106

February 19, 2017 – 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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February 19, 2017

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  

“So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

 

PREPARING BEFORE LENT BEGINS

            Taking some time to get ready for Lent will ensure that we aren’t going to miss the first week or two of Lent, because we are just getting started. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, but we want to be ready to really take off on that day, rather than just beginning to think about Lent on that day. Part of what makes a vacation or a special anniversary so special is the build-up to it.

It doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare for the beginning of Lent. It just takes desire and focus. God can do so much with that. We can give God more of a space to touch our hearts if we begin to establish some simple patterns.

We could wake up each morning, and stand by the edge of our beds, and ask the Lord for the grace to let this day be one in which I long for the beginning of Lent. Perhaps we need to ask for specific helps or graces to get ready to begin Lent. Whatever we try to say, our Lord can understand the Spirit trying to speak through our simple words. And all it takes is the time to find and put on our slippers. And each night, in the days ahead, we can practice giving thanks to God before going to bed.

This simple pattern, in the morning and evening can stir our spirits to look forward to and prepare for Lent, as a season of grace.

May our Lord bless us all on this journey ahead.

 

 

-Taken from the Praying Lent pages of Creighton University’s Online Ministries web site: www.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/online.html.

Used with Permission.