IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY PARISH HH – Hitch Hall R – Rectory CH – Church WH – Waldeisen Hall MH – Maher Hall February 1, 2015 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Date Observance The Presentation of the Lord Blessing of Throats Mon Feb 2 Tues Feb 3 Wed Feb 4 Blaise, Bishop & Martyr; Ansgar, Bishop Thur Feb 5 Agatha, Virgin & Martyr Fri Feb 6 Paul Miki & Companions, Martyrs Mass Time & Intention 5:30 pm Server(s) Antoinette Amedeo Brewer by ICM Parish Staff 5:30 pm Brewer by Joe & Beth Langton 5:30 pm John Pferschi 5:30 pm People of the Parish Joe & Nora Conrad Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time by Family 11:00 am Joseph Placanica by Tom & Eileen Clark Heb 12:4-7, 11-15; Mk 6:1-6 Contemporary Choir 6:45 pm CH Heb 12:18-19, 21-24; Mk 6:7-13 SVdP 11:30 am HH Generations of Faith 6 pm WH Brewer Heb 13:1-8; Mk 6:14-29 Cole Heb 13:15-17, 20-21; Mk 6:30-34 8:30 Brown 11:00 Mason Mason Jb 7:1-4, 6-7; 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23; Mk 1:29-39 by Albert & Roseann Kungl 8:30 am Sun Feb 8 Event/Meeting Heb 12:1-4; Mk 5:21-43 Regina Jenkins Sat Feb 7 Readings Mal 3:1-4; Heb 2:14-18; Lk 2:22-40 Confessions 9 – 10 am CH Free Store 9:30 am - Noon MH Sanctuary Lamp – Frisby, Rister, Reese, Cox & Bodnar Families Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Hours: Mon. & Tues. 9 am - 5 pm. There were 5.5 Holy Hours last week. Please come to the Rectory for entry to the church. Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the kingdom and cured every disease among the people. Matthew 4:23 COLLECTION REPORT Sunday, January 25, 2015 Sunday Offering – $3,675.56 Cap. Improvement - $70.00 Envelopes Used: 116 of 368 sent. Winter Hardship Collection Beginning this weekend, a second collection will be taken up at all weekend Masses to help cover our winter utility and snow plowing expenses. The collection does NOT take the place of your usual Sunday Offertory Contribution. Thank you in advance for your good stewardship. St. Vincent de Paul Thank you for your generosity! Requested item for February: toilet paper. Please place items in the basket behind the last pew in the church. To receive your 2014 Contribution Statement, call the rectory at 330-753-8429, Monday - Friday, 9 am – 4 pm. •SVdP – Thurs., Feb. 5th, 11:30 am, Hitch Hall. • Generations of Faith – Our next session will be this Thurs., Feb. 5th. Because we did not meet in January, we will cover Lesson #4. Menu: chicken & dumplings, salad & rolls. Prayer: will be assigned to an unsuspecting steward. Desserts & snacks are always appreciated and greatly enjoyed by all. •Blessing of Throats – The Feast of St. Blaise is Tues., Feb. 3rd, but since we have no Mass on Tuesdays, we will bless throats at the 5:30 pm Mass this Mon., Feb. 2nd. Bulletin Changes – A representative from Dee Printing will be at the rectory in February to make calls & visits to local businesses to share information on advertising on the back of our bulletin. If you’d like to refer a local business, please contact the rectory. Please be sure to mention our bulletin ad space when visiting local businesses and let them know their ads will be noticed and greatly appreciated. The Acme Cashback Program - Please place your receipts in the baskets near the doors of the church. Your participation is greatly appreciated! Catholic Catechism – taken from Catechism in a Year What should you do once you have come to know God? Once you have come to know God, you must put him in the first place in your life. And with that a new life begins. You should be able to recognize Christians by the fact that they love even their enemies. After all, to know God means to know that He who created and willed me, who looks at me every moment with love, who blesses and upholds my life, who has the world and the people I love in His hand, who waits longingly for me, who wishes to fulfill and perfect me and to make me dwell forever with Him, is there. To nod with your head at this is not enough. Christians must adopt Jesus' way of life. (YOUCAT question 34). STEWARDSHIP THOUGHTS In the first reading, Moses, speaking as a prophet, foretells the coming of a prophet raised up by the Lord who will tell the people all that God commands. In the Gospel we see Jesus, the greatest of all the prophets, teaching in the synagogue. The people were astonished because he was teaching with authority, a gift he handed on to the church. At baptism we were anointed priest, prophet and king. Being anointed means being given a mission by God. We live out this anointing as priest by praying for God’s people and carrying on the sacrifice of redeeming the world through our worship and our service. Anointed king, we’re called to be in communion with one another in the Holy Spirit, to listen to the cries of the poor, work for justice and to share our stewardship to strengthen the common good of all. As prophet, we’re anointed to witness to Christ in our daily lives, to speak the truth, to live in faith and to hear and proclaim God’s message to others. How well do you live out your anointing? How effective are you at proclaiming God’s word and sharing your faith? We’ve been offering an outstanding opportunity for you to grow in your knowledge of the faith through Generations of Faith & video series taught by Fr. Robert Barron, one of the church’s top theologians. Come, see, learn. STEWARDSHIP OPPORTUNITIES In His Name: We are collecting new warm socks for homeless children, men & women to be distributed through Project Hope at Hoban H. S. Donations may be placed in the basket at the main doors of the church. Service Day: Once again our parish will team up with St. Albert the Great Parish in North Royalton for a Lenten Service Day. The date is Sat., Mar. 7th and the project will be painting the vestibule (entrance) of the church. If you have some experience painting, then this is a stewardship project for you! Please call the rectory to sign-up. The project is estimated to go from 10 am until 4 pm. Free Store: Ministry Partners (workers) are most welcome. Join others from our parish & community in serving our neighbors. Call the rectory for info or stop by on a Saturday morning in Maher Hall or the 3rd floor of Waldeisen and check it out. Household items may be brought to the front doors of Waldeisen on Saturdays between 9 am & noon. Someone will come out to get them from your car. Clothing only donations may be placed in the shed anytime. Thank you for your support. Lent - Believe it or not, Lent is only 2 ½ weeks away! Watch the bulletin for more information on Lenten practices, Stations of the Cross & more. Sign-ups for helping with Stations begin next week. Catholic Charities Annual Appeal Through the grace of God & the generosity of donors, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland is a beacon of hope, helping people in need. There is joy in serving & joy in giving. Please give generously to the 2015 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal & prayerfully consider an increase over your last year’s pledge. The in-pew appeal will be held the weekend of February 14-15. We invite you to view stories of inspiration & find more information at www.catholiccommunity.org/2015Appeal. To celebrate Catholic Schools Week & support the value of a Catholic education, Ohio Catholic FCU is awarding fifty $1,000 scholarships to assist families in paying for Catholic school tuition. To apply, visit www.ohiocatholicfcu.com/scholarships between Jan. 25 and Feb. 28, 2015 & follow the instructions to fill out the required information. These scholarships are open to all Ohio students in grades K-11 in Catholic schools. For more info, call 888-696-4462. Off-Site Events • XLT! (Exalt): Wed., Feb. 4th, at 7 pm, St. Hilary. An evening of prayer, praise, song & Eucharistic Adoration. • National Day of Prayer for Victims & Survivors of Human Trafficking: Sun., Feb. 8 (Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita, a victim of human trafficking), 2 - 3:30 pm, in the “Commons” at Our Lady of the Elms. St. Hilary Parish has partnered with the Dominican Sisters of Peace to respond to the USCCB’s call for us to pray for the emotional, physical, & spiritual healing of those affected by trafficking & make a personal commitment to work against human trafficking. There will be a presentation offering more information. • Hungarian-English Mass: Sun., Feb. 15th, 1 pm. Nativity of the Lord Jesus Church. • Fat Tuesday Dinner & Lenten Reflection: Tues., Feb. 17, Loyola Retreat House, Clinton. Registration & Social 5:30 pm; dinner 6:15 pm; Lenten Reflection: 7:30 pm. Directed by Abbot Clement Zeleznik, OSB. $25 per person/$50 per couple due with registration. Registration form & info at www.loyolaretreathouse.com or call 330-896-2315. • Pre-Cana ~ Engaged Couple Retreats: Feb 22, Apr 19, May 31, Jun 28, Jul 26, Aug 23, or Sep 13, 10:30 am – 6 pm, (Mass 11:00 am), Loyola Retreat House, Clinton. $75 per couple with registration (includes lunch). Registration form & info at www.loyolaretreathouse.com or call 330-896-2315.
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