First Sunday of Lent

March 12, 2017

Weekly Announcements

CREDO (continued)  (Taken from Notes Made at the Conferences of Dom Prosper Guéranger). Ex Maria Virgine. Note well these words: ex Maria. Mary it was who furnished the substance of His Humanity, that substance which was proper and personal thereunto; so that she truly took from Herself to give unto the Son of God, who thereby became indeed Her very Son. How pure must Mary needs have been to have been found worthy to furnish unto the Son of God the substance of His human Being! The Word did not choose to unite Himself to a human creature drawn immediately from nothingness, as was the first man, but He would be of the very race of Adam. In order to effect this, He became Incarnate in the Womb of Mary, which necessitated His being consequently a son of Adam; not only did He descend into Mary, but He took from Mary, ex Maria: He is of Her very substance. Et homo factus est. And He was made Man. The Word of God has not only taken the semblance of man, but He has truly become Man. In these sublime words, we behold the Divinity Itself, espousing the Humanity. A genuflection is here made, as a mark of honour paid to the Mystery of the Incarnation.
  •  Sunday, March 5 - First Sunday of Lent     8:00 a.m.    Kevin White Jr.     10:00 a.m.    Pro Populo
  • Monday, March 6 - Feria of Lent     7:30 a.m.    Poor Souls (FSSP)
  • Tuesday, March 7 - St. Thomas Aquinas, Confessor & Doctor of the Church     7:30 a.m.    †Mary K Gill
  • Wednesday, March 8 - Ember Wednesday of Lent     6:00 p.m.    †Charles & Theresa Gabet
  • Thursday, March 9 - Feria of Lent     7:30 a.m.    †Lorraine Scholz
  • Friday, March 10 - Ember Friday of Lent     6:30 p.m.    Fr Calvin Goodwin
  • Saturday, March 11 - Ember Saturday of Lent     9:00 a.m.    †Maria C Ricker
  • Sunday, March 12 - Second Sunday of Lent     8:00 a.m.    Rene Ryckman     10:00 a.m.    Pro Populo
Stations of the Cross There will be Stations of the Cross each Friday evening during Lent beginning at 6 PM, followed by Mass at 6:30 PM. Please join us for this special Lenten devotion. Normal Friday/First Friday devotions will be suspended during Lent.
REGULATIONS FOR LENT Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Mar. 1. The      following are the barest minimum obligations which must be observed by Catholics under pain of serious sin (if there is no serious excusing cause). Abstinence from meat is observed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent by all Catholics 14 years of age and older. Fasting is observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59 years of age. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meatless meal. Two smaller meals, not equaling together a full meal, are permitted as necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. If there are any questions about when one would not be obliged to this observance, please contact the office. The older regulations are given at the end of this bulletin for those who wish to observe Lent in a more traditional manner.
Special Collection A special collection will be next Sunday, March 12th for the seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter. There will be an envelope marked Special    Collections Envelope at the entrances. Please pick one up if you would like to be acknowledged for your contribution. At the top of the Envelope please mark what the collection is for along with your name. Thank You!
POTLUCK on March 19 Following the 10a.m. Mass on Sunday, March 19th, there will be a potluck to celebrate the Feast of St.  Joseph. The potluck will replace the usual 3rd Sunday coffee and donuts.  Please bring a dish to share. Coffee will be provided.
New Life Tree Visit the New Life Tree in the back of Church. Items to be collected for those in need of support. Specifically the Women's Care Center, items to be given and allocated according to their guidelines and needs. The tree has ornaments that have items written on them. The list of items requested will be specifically put together by the Women's Care Center representatives. Things like gently used baby clothes, baby shampoo, wipes, monetary donations, etc will be on the tree to choose from. This will continue up to Holy Week. Items would be brought back to Sacred Heart where they will be picked up and delivered to the Women's Care Center. If you have any questions please call Erin Rivera at 260-246-0232.
OLDER LENTEN REGULATIONS FOR DEVOTIONAL PURPOSES (NO LONGER BINDING ON THE CONSCIENCES OF CATHOLICS) Fasting was observed on all days of Lent, Sundays excepted. Contrary to what many believe and what many currently available “traditional” calendars claim, this even applied to major feast days (St. Joseph and the Annunciation), in order to preserve the integrity of the forty days of fast. Complete abstinence from meat was observed on Fridays and the Ember Days of Lent. Partial abstinence (meat allowed once) was observed on the remaining days. Although these regulations no longer bind, anyone able to do so is exhorted to follow the more strict, traditional fast and abstinence during the season of Lent.
Scrip For the month of February we made $36. This is from only 5 families using scrip.      Please take a look at the order forms at the front entrance to see if there are vendors that you frequent. If so, just fill in the amount you would like to purchase. The form will let you know the percentage the Parish receives from your Scrip purchase. Please submit the form with a check by dropping it in the  collection basket. For any questions please call Kim at the office 260-744-2519. All orders must be prepaid and will be placed on Monday of each week. Your orders will then come to the office and you will be called to pick them up or at church the following Sunday. Due to processing costs, in order to make a few dollars we have to put in an order of $300 or more.
Church Cleaners Needed! We are in need of people who would like to volunteer to help clean the church weekly. If you are interested please call Susan Devens at 744-1561.                                                                                   St. Vincent de Paul “Brown Bag Collection” Remember, March 12th is when you can drop off your brown bag full of nonperishable food and pick up another bag for the following month. If you would like to help please pick up a brown bag marked SVdP Food Bank fill it with nonperishable food and bring it back by the 2nd Sunday of each month and we will exchange it with another empty brown bag. This gives everyone an opportunity to help feed the poor in our city and work on our corporal works of mercy. Thank you in advance to all those who helped us last month.