St. Mary Roman Catholic Church at 210 West Main Street, Manchester, MI 48158 US - In the Parish: News and Events
|In the Parish: News and Events|
March 1-9, 2014
Exposition and Adoration
On First Friday: Fri., March.7 come spend time with Jesus from 9:00 am until Benediction on Sat., March 8 at 8:15 am -- All day and all night! Also there will be the opportunity for Confession on First Friday evening following Stations of the Cross, between 7:30-8:30 pm. A special Saturday Mass will follow the time of adoration, beginning at 8:30 am. In addition to our own prayer intentions and our prayers for our pastor, this month we will ask God to hear our prayers for this special intention: For Vocations to the Holy Priesthood in the Diocese of Lansing. Come spend time with Jesus!
Beginning our Lenten Journey
*** MASSES on ASH WEDNESDAY, March 5, will be at 8:30 am and 7:00 pm with the imposition of ashes at both Masses.
*** STATIONS OF THE CROSS: This traditional Lenten devotion will be prayed each Friday evening during Lent (but not Good Friday), led by Fr. Tim, at 7:00 pm here in the church. This is a powerful, prayer-filled opportunity to enter more deeply into the graces of Lent.
*** CONFESSION: Following Stations of the Cross, time is scheduled for the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. Fr. Tim will hear confessions from 7:30-8:30 pm each Friday of Lent.
*** ALMSGIVING: “Any material favor done to assist the needy, and prompted by charity, is almsgiving” (The Catholic Encyclopedia). There are two “boxes” in the vestibule related to almsgiving: 1) Operation Rice Bowl boxes are available in the vestibule to take home for saving coins during Lent to offer as alms for the needy throughout the world. Return your Rice Bowl boxes on Palm Sunday, and the parish will combine all of our gifts to send to the Diocese for Catholic Relief Services. 2) A collection box for placing donations for the Shelter Association, a coordinating body for the various shelters for the homeless throughout the county. The list of personal care items and other needed goods is on the box. The deadline for these needed donations is Palm Sunday, April 13.
*** MAGNIFICAT LENTEN COMPANION: Don’t forget to pick up a copy of this Lenten devotional booklet that contains daily reflections and prayers as we journey through a blessed Lent.
*** The CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY will be prayed 20 minutes before each of the weekend Masses during Lent and until Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday following Easter). Be sure to come to Mass early to pray this powerful Lenten devotion. Pamphlets with the instructions are available in the main vestibule.
*** CD PROGRAM: Once again this Lent there will be a variety of CDs available featuring wonderful talks by a variety of powerful Catholic speakers. Please look at the display in the main vestibule. CDs are available at the cost to the parish which is $3 each.
*** BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS: Along with our usual publications, there are two important books also available in the vestibule for your Lenten reading. Please look at the displays.
“Mom 2 Mom” Sale
Our parish American Heritage Girls troop will be hosting a “Mom 2 Mom Sale” on Sat, March 22 from 9 am until 2 pm at the Parish Center. A great opportunity to buy and/or sell children’s clothes and other items! For sellers: Tables (8ft) are $20 each or 2 for $35. For buyers: admission is $1.00 (under 12 free, early birds, i.e. 8:30 am are $3.00). Coffee, pop, snacks, baked goods and food!! To reserve tables to sell items contact: Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 522-4151; or Marie at email@example.com or (734) 717-0537. All proceeds benefit AHG Troop MI 1871. Thank you!
Serving at Holy Mass: Lent & Easter time
Lectors, Altar Servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion & Ushers: If there are any times in April or May that you cannot serve or you have a preference for Holy Week, please call me no later than March 2. Remember that during Holy Week, there will be Holy Thursday Mass at 7:30 pm, Good Friday service at 3 pm, and Easter Vigil on Sat. April 19, at 8:30 pm. Extra Lectors and Altar Servers will be needed for Palm Sunday weekend and Easter Vigil. Please let Marja know which of the Masses you will be attending, so there are no scheduling conflicts. Lectors/Altar Servers/ Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion/ Ushers call Marja Warner at 428-9506.
You’re Invited to Participate in CRS Rice Bowl!
Our parish will be participating in “Rice Bowl,” Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten program, as a way t encounter Jesus through others, especially through the most vulnerable in our world. Please take home a Rice Bowl box and use it as a resource to deepen your family’s Lenten experience and make a difference in the lives of the poor.
The Graces of the Divine Mercy Chaplet
Mark your calendar now to arrive 20 minutes early for weekend Masses during Lent to pray together the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. “For the sake of His sorrowful passion…”
#17 Marriage Mentoring Minutes: Sanctification
“Work out your salvation in fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12). This scripture quote is ignored by those who think salvation is a onetime decision. St. Paul knew that living the life Jesus taught is hard work, hence, this quote. Our toxic culture presents marriage as a fun adventure with a fun partner. The idea that marriage is for sanctification is a foreign concept. As married Catholics, our vocation calls us to sanctification in which we will need to work out our salvation in our marriage with fear and trembling. Sacrificial love of God, spouse and family is how we work out salvation; it is our mission field.
All sacraments, except marriage, are between Christ and the individual. Marriage, however, is the binding of two very different people together with Christ. Two personalities with separate ideas on everything are asked to grow together in sacrificial love. The sacrament of marriage is not lived in the peace and quiet of a church or monastery, but in the world with every distraction and attack the world, the flesh and the devil can use against it. Catholic couples must avail themselves of constant prayer and frequent sacraments, asking Jesus in the sacrament of reconciliation for the grace to love their spouse more, to let go of their own personality flaws and to heal all that is divisive in their relationship.
Share this with your spouse. Have you given your salvation any thought? Can each of you think of one thing you can do to grow closer to God and one thing you can do to grow closer to each other? This week, each of you put into practice one new idea to grow in love ..
The complete 52 weeks of Marriage Mentoring Minutes is in book form and can be ordered through the parish or by calling 602-743-4303.
1 First Friday Adorer still needed!
The blessings of our monthly First Friday Exposition and Adoration depend on parishioners stepping forward to commit to being Adorers for every hour of Adoration. We currently have one vacancy, and an Adorer is needed to fill this opening on First Friday morning! Please call Pete Nashif (428-1836) or the parish office if you can commit to Adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament from 11:00 am–noon on First Friday morning.
Check it out!
Did you know that Fr. Tim’s homilies are available online? Also usher, lector, EMHC and altar server schedules, times of special parish events, recent bulletins and newsletters – and more? Check it out: stmarymanchester.catholicweb.com
The blessings of our parish
If you attend Mass here at St. Mary’s, it is important that you register with the parish. It is part of our Catholic life to be connected to a parish. Just give the parish office a call; registration can be done on the phone. Registering means that your family’s sacramental history is in the care of a priest, and that the parish is able to serve those who are attending. Please don’t neglect this important step. Call the parish office at 428-8811.
“The “Poor Box”
Perhaps you’ve noticed it: the little wooden box on the wall above the holy water font in the main vestibule. “Poor Box” it says on it. Each week, the coins and dollars dropped in this box are collected and put in a special fund. The priest then has available to him discretionary funds to use at any moment to help someone in the parish experiencing an emergency, unexpected crisis, or serious need. This has been a great blessing to a number of people. Thanks to those, young and old, who have dropped coins in the Poor Box. While the amounts are typically humble each week, occasionally there is great generosity. Thanks be to God! Sometimes our eyes become so accustomed to something that they no longer see it. But take a look. The simple wooden box is there. And what you put in it may be an answer to someone else’s prayer!
Baptism preparation classes
A reminder that if you are expecting a baby, you can arrange to attend the Baptism Preparation Class anytime before the baby is born. You will most likely find this easier than after the little one is born, and it will also mean everything will be ready for a baptism as soon as possible after birth! Please call the parish office to make arrangements. Note: All parents must take the class to be updated in their preparation.
Collection Counter Needed
We are looking for another individual who might be willing to help count Sunday collections – either as an occasional substitute or as a “regular,” once every five weeks. If you think you might be able to serve in this way, please call the parish office at 428-8811.
Mass intentions & Sanctuary Lamps
Our parish Mass book is filling up quickly. To have a Mass offered for a loved one is a great blessing, and many are anxious to take part in this. But please remember that if the Mass is already “taken” for the date you want, you can request a Sanctuary Lamp.
You recall the Sanctuary Lamps are the special candles which burn in every Roman Catholic Church to remind us of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, present in the Tabernacle on the Altar. Here at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church we add our prayer intentions to the light of the candle and bring them to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The prayer intentions for the Sanctuary Lamps are for one week, from Saturday to Saturday. They are published in the bulletin as well as on the card in the main vestibule to encourage all who come to pray to remember and pray for this special intention. Cards to send are also available.
Like a Mass intention, you can contact the parish office to schedule a Sanctuary Lamp prayer intention. The customary donation is $12.
Can you be a sub for Eucharistic Adoration?
During First Friday Exposition and Adoration, there must be two adorers present at every moment of the 23-hours. Right now all the commitments are made, but there is always a need for substitutes. Can you offer your name as a sub? If so, please call Pete Nashif (428-1836) or the parish office.
If you shop at Meijers.
Please consider getting a “Meijer Guest Card” and designating our parish # 670279 to receive a donation from Meijers worth ½-1% of your monthly purchase totals made by cash, debit card, or Meijer credit card (MasterCard or store-card). This is a simple way to make have Meijers designate funds for St. Mary’s when they are donating to community organizations. To enroll, either get an application from Meijer stores or go online at www.meijer.com/rewards.