T How to Understand the Ascension

ST MARY MAGDALEN PARISH
1213 52ND ST SE
PASTOR’S COLUMN
KENTWOOD, MICHIGAN
MASS INTENTIONS
How to Understand the Ascension
Saturday, May 19, 2012 l
5:00 p.m. †Gregory Siemion by his sister
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Sunday, May 20, 2012 ~ Ascension of the Lord
he Ascension of the Lord was the last
appearance of the Risen One; the
disciples knew that they would not see him again in
this world. Admittedly, this departure was not like
that of Good Friday, for on that occasion Jesus
obviously died a failure and all the hopes they had
centered on him could be regarded as a great mistake.
His departure forty days after the Resurrection, on the
contrary, has something triumphal, something
reassuring, about it: Jesus departs this time, not to go
to an ignominious death, but to enter into life. He is
not a failure; rather God has vindicated him. Without
doubt, there is cause for joy here. But when
understanding and will rejoice, it does not necessarily
follow that the feelings will do so as well. Even while
they recognize Jesus’ victory, they can suffer under
the loss of his physical presence. Yet we cannot
ignore the statement about the great joy of those
returning to Jerusalem, even though we will never be
able to explain it totally, any more than we can
explain the joy of the martyrs: Maximilian Kolbe’s
singing as he was being starved to death in a Nazi
prison; the joyful praise that Polycarp raised to God
from the funeral pyre; and many others. From such
experiences we can have some presentiment of how
Christ’s victory can not only touch the understanding,
but can also make itself felt in the heart, and in so
doing become truly meaningful. Only when we
experience something of it ourselves have we
understood the feast of Christ’s Ascension. What has
happened here is a realization in the human heart of
the definitiveness of redemption so that knowledge
becomes joy.
Taken from:
Benedict XVI
Benedictus; Day by Day with Pope
Readings for the week of May 21 through May 26, 2012:
Monday: Acts 19:1-8 Ps 68:2-5ac,6-7ab Jn 16:29-33
Tuesday: Acts 20:17-27 Ps 68:10-11,20-21 Jn 17:1-11a
Wednesday: Acts 20:28-38 Ps 68:29-30,33-36b Jn 17:11b-19
Thursday: Acts 22:30;23:6-11 Ps 16:1-2a,5,7-11 Jn 17:20-26
Friday: Acts 25:13b-21 Ps 103:1-2,11-12,19-20b Jn 21:15-19
Saturday: Acts 28:16-20,30-31 Ps 11:4-5,7 Jn 21:20-25
9:00 a.m. †Thomas Brailey by the Brailey Family
11:00 a.m. †Maria Bui Thi Mung by Lan Vu
5:00 p.m. †Robert Fifelski by Ann Fifelski
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
8:00 a.m. NO MASS TODAY
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
8:00 a.m. †Frank Brown(7th Anniv.) by Esther Brown
Thursday, May 24, 201
8:00 a.m.
†Edmund Richer by Tom & Cheryl Richer
& family
Friday, May 25, 2012
8:00 a.m. †Maria Magdalena Trang Thi An by Hue Vu
Saturday, May 26, 2012 l
5:00 p.m. †Jack & Ida Blackert by the Levan Family
Sunday, May 27, 2012 ~ Feast of Pentecost
9:00 a.m. Intentions of the Parish Community
11:00 a.m. †Maria Vu Thi Dau by Son Vu
5:00 p.m. Intentions of the Parish Community
Scripture Readings for:
Sunday, May 27, 2012 ~ Feast of Pentecost
Acts 2:1-11 Ps 104:1ab,24ac,29bc-30,31,34
1 Cor 12:3b-7,12-13 Jn 20:19-23
Let us pray for one another with one mind and heart
to the Lord our God
Neighborhood 0
Bob & Donna
Huebner
Neighborhood 1
Tom Bahns
Norman Czerniak
James Emelander
Neighborhood 2
Frank Gerke
Neighborhood 4
Cecelia Bennetts
Eugene Nawrocki
Joan Rademacher
Neighborhood 5
Pauline Hafke
Geneva Ritsema
Neighborhood 6
Karen Ann Smith
Theresa Taggart
Neighborhood 7
Tammy Hickey
Neighborhood 8
Bartholomew Atkins
Cheryl Montoya
Neighborhood 9
Ted Cipponeri
Pauline Parent
Neighborhood 11
Elsie Christensen
Neighborhood 12
Stephanie Smereka
Neighborhood 13
Conrad Balazs
Neighborhood 15
Evelyn Kehoe
John Edelyn
Helen Ranta
Leon Rutka, Jr.
Neighborhood 16
Ann Syrba
Neighborhood 20
Kevin & Kyle Friar
Neighborhood 22
Don Rexford
Neighborhood 23
Michelle Groh
Neighborhood 24
Esther Brown
Joseph Najar
Neighborhood 26
Gary Maher
Ronald Parini
Andrew Polaschik
Lucy Weiss
Neighborhood 28
Ken Dutkiewicz
Neighborhood 30
Harry Boersma
Ron Haisma
Neighborhood 33
Carolyn Sheeran
Neighborhood 36
Kenneth Terpstra
Neighborhood 37
Darren White
Others to remember:
Allison Diehl
Dolores Klocke
Marla Jacobs
Robert Ash
Baby Parker Grace
April Scheen
Mary Drake
Diane Camminga
Daniel Ferguson
Lyndsey Freiburger
Gordan Grant
Bill Louwers
Sally Louwers
Doug Meyers
Jim Szyperski
William Redmond
Leocadia Jaworski
Monica Swing
Joe Jakubowski
The Sacrament of Marriage will be celebrated between
Megan Kay Wierenga & Jason Jacob Kastenholz
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Let us pray for this couple as they grow in love and holiness.
MAY 20, 2012
THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD
YOUTH MINISTRY
This weekend we honor our graduates at the 9:00am
Mass. It is an occasion that reminds us that time passes, life
happens, children become adults… adults age. Whatever
the milestone—completing an era, elementary school,
middle school, high school or college, we are aware the our
lives are progressing. That we are being shaped, we are
becoming…something. It is a reminder that as we prepare
to move into the next step in our life that we should take
stock of where we have been, what we have gained, lost and
given. A time to decide what to bring forward and what to
leave behind. It is a time to create and dream anew the
hopes we have for ourselves. Above all, it is a time of
listening to God’s voice. The question isn’t what do I want
to make of myself, or my life. Rather, it is what was I
created by God to be? What is God creating in me? When
we dream we must dream along with God, prayerfully
asking what did You imagine when You created me? What
was it about me that made you, God, choose to love ME
into being? Why ME. What was it you saw? If we could
only see it—the perfect vision of ourselves, surely—it
would take our breath away; and nothing would stop us
from wanting, with all of our heart to be this person…this
creation of the Almighty God. So as we plan for our next
step, may we always plan along with God who know us
beyond our knowing—God’s plan for us will never hold us
back from good things…rather, it promises only good
things! Trust! Listen! Trust more!
LORD, you have examined me, and you know me. . .
You know everything I do; from far away you understand all
my thoughts. You see me, whether I am working or resting;
you know all my actions. . .
You created every part of me;
you put me together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because you are to be feared;
all you do is strange and wonderful.
I know it with all my heart. When my
bones were being formed,
carefully put together in my mother's womb,
when I was growing there in secret,
you knew that I was there—you saw me before I was born.
The days allotted to me
had all been recorded in your book,
before any of them ever began. O God, how
difficult I find your thoughts;
how many of them there are!
If I counted them, they would be more than the grains of sand. When I
awake, I am still with you.
Examine me, O God, and know my mind;
test me, and discover my thoughts. Find out if
there is any evil in me
and guide me in the everlasting way.
Psalm 139 Today’s English version, taken from The Notre Dame
Prayerbook for Students this year’s parish gift to our High School
Grads! Congratulations!
FAITH FORMATION
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
We know that God has loved us since the
moment of our conception. At the celebration
of the Sacrament of Baptism we embrace that
love. We would like to thank the parents and
Godparents of the children baptized for allowing
us as a faith community to reflect on our own Baptismal
promises and to offer our support to these children in their
journey of discipleship. Please welcome into our faith
community the following children:
Camden Alex Bernard
Henry Beckett Cusack
Michael Elias Griffioen
Isabella Ndayisenga
Nicholas Scott Romijn
Bella Caroline Shields
Joseph Robert James Uturo
Thomas Neil Villeneuve
Jackson Richard Workman
Thank You Lisa Jackson!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lisa for her
years of service as our Nursery Coordinator. We have
appreciated the time, effort and love that she has put into
caring for our children as well as making the nursery a fun
and faith-filled place for them to gather. I know it is with
both joy and sorrow that she leaves this ministry to begin
another. Staff, children and parents alike will miss her.
Thank you!
MotherMother-Daughter Tea
The parish thanks all who organized and attended the
Mother Daughter Tea last Saturday. It was a pleasure to
see mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts and special
friends gather together to celebrate their love for one
another! And a special thanks to all those who donated
items for our raffle.
First Eucharist Pictures Needed
If you have a group picture from the 11 am First Eucharist
celebration, I would greatly appreciate a copy. I have had
several requests for copies from parents who were unable
to get a clear shot. Please email the pictures to
[email protected] Thank you!
Faith Formation Books
Any Faith Formation student who did not pick up their
book after the final class, can do so in the Family Center
this weekend.
CHRISTIAN SERVICE
The SMM Women’s Expo:
We are looking for
vendors. If you own a business or work from your home
and would like to be part of the Saturday morning event
you can go to our website under the Christian Services tab
where you will find the necessary forms.
Taste of SMM:
We are also looking for interesting
foods to sell at the ‘Taste of SMM’ on Sunday, July 22. If
you have something you love to make that would qualify as
‘street food’ (that can be eaten while walking) and you are
willing to share with us, please contact Ruth in the office.
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Please Note:
There is NO Feeding American Mobile
Food Pantry this month. The next truck will be July 28.
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The City of Kentwood
proudly presents: Cost
of Freedom Tribute on July 25-29, 2012 at Veterans
Memorial Park located at 355 – 48th St. They are looking
for volunteers to fill various roles during that time. Please
see the bulletin board near the Family Center office for
more information or visit the Parks and Recreation website
at
http://www.ci.kentwood.mi.us/cityhall/Departments/
recreation/specialevents.
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FINANCIAL NEWS
Date
Contributions
Budget
May 13, 2012
Year to Date
$ 12,200
$ 618,096
$ 14,120
$ 649,520
324 envelopes used
14 electronic contributions
Save the date!
The 25th annual Let’s Go to Bat for
Kids! charity softball game featuring a team of local priests
versus media celebrities will be held on Thursday, June 21,
2012 at Fifth Third Ballpark. For more information, visit
our website at www.ccwestmi.org/events or call (616) 5515667.
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Stewardship
challenges us to live counter-culturally,
anchored in the Gospel message and wholly cognizant that only in
living as our model steward, Jesus, will we find hope, true freedom,
and lasting joy and peace.
Stewardship:
• Asks that we help each other recognize the gifts and talents with
which God has blessed us and the ways in which we have been
blessed through the gifts and talents of others;
• Invites us to help discern, call forth, and continually encourage
one another to use the gifts and talents with which God has blessed
us according to God’s will.,
• Challenges us to share our time, talent and treasure beyond
what we believe we can do or give so we can grow, individually
and collectively, as God desires.
( $1,920)
($ 31,424)
So, I’m pretty sure that all of us can relate to at least one of these scenarios:
A.) You’re on vacation, or maybe just a weekend away, and making
provision for your weekly financial support for your parish was one of the
things you meant to do before leaving, but just forgot (along with the
sunscreen and your golf shoes); B.) You’re scrambling like crazy to get
yourself and the kids ready for church in the morning, hopefully arriving in
time to go down the aisle before Father does, when you remember that you
haven’t written your church envelope, and precious seconds are ticking
away, or C.) You’re high-tech; you watch TV on your computer, you
converse with your Smart Phone, and carrying cash and writing checks is
something your parents do. For these situations, and others as well , we
have Electronic Contributions, via automatic withdrawals from your
checking or savings account. It’s safe! It’s easy! It’s convenient! It’s
GREEN! Now’s a perfect time to sign up, while you’re making your
vacation plans for the summer. Cards are available in the back of church to
enroll; just fill one out and return it to the Parish Office, along with a voided
check. Questions? Call Joe at the office during business hours.
Catholic Services Appeal 2012
Assessment
$ 84,511
Pledged to date $ 76,266 (90.2% of goal) Balance
$ 8,245
PARISH STAFF
Hospice of Michigan
is offering a ‘Loss of
Spouse” support group. They meet the second Tuesday of
the month at 6:30 p.m.. at the Dominican Center at
Marywood. To register or for more information, please call
616-356-5258.
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Over (Under)
Pastoral Staff:
Ruth Bush:
Mary Evett
Jenna Fowle
Molly Wisdom
Coordinator of Christian Services, x16
[email protected]
Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Ministry,x15
[email protected]
Director of Music Ministry, x25
[email protected]
Coordinator of Faith Formation, x12
[email protected]
Administrative Staff:
Joe Hakeem
Business Manager, [email protected], x14
Nancy Baum
Parish Secretary, [email protected], x10
Sharon Mascarenhas: Admin. Assistant, [email protected]
Maintenance Staff:
Bobby Jackson Jr., Supervisor & Brenda Bush
Pastoral Support Staff:
Deacons
Mike Dordan & Michael Wood
Sacristans
Wayne Ball, Joseph Nguyen
Music Ministry Dave Doppel
Nursery
Pastoral Council:
Bob Dodde
Laurie Emelander
Patricia Guzzo
Pamela Kosten
Kim Levesque
Daniel Moomey
Mark O’Gorman
Luisa Ortiz
Tom Richer
Tom Roos
Ronald Stephan
Josh Theisen (Youth Rep)
Finance Council:
Matthew Bielecki
Tom Nawrocki
Stewardship:
Brent Hawkins
Becky Vetter
Mike Bush
Lynie Huynh
Cathy Wells
Monica Dean
Chris Loerch
Parish Registration: Contact the Parish Office for information, 455-9310.
Sacrament of Marriage: Call the Parish Office at least 6 months in advance.
Sacrament of Baptism: Please call the Parish Office to register for Baptism Prep.
PARISH NEWS
Widow/Widowers Group will be meeting for dinner at
5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21st at Arnie’s Restaurant, 54th
& Clyde Park. We warmly welcome those in the parish
who have lost a spouse to join us for an enjoyable evening.
Pictorial Directories are in! If you had your picture
taken for the directory, you may pick up your copy at the
Parish Office during office hours, M-F, 9 to 5 p.m.
FIRST FRIDAY EUCHARISTIC
ADORATION
On June 1, 2012 we will have exposition of
the Blessed Sacrament beginning after the
8am daily Mass and concluding with
Benediction beginning at 8:30pm. We would like those
who can sign up to spend time before the Blessed
Sacrament for one hour to please do so. It is imperative
that we have 2 people for every hour that Our Lord is
present on the altar. If you can offer one hour, please see
the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Area. Walk-ins are
always welcome. Come sit with Our Lord in quiet and
peace.
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Men’s Group Meeting
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
9:00 a.m.
Morning Mass Class in Room 1
9:30 a.m.
Women’s Bible Study in Rm 3
6:45 p.m.
Adult Study in Rm. 15
8:00 p.m.
Men of Emmaus in Rm. 15
Thursday, May 24, 2012
5:30 p.m.
Bell Choir Practice in Church
6:00 p.m.
M.S. Faith ‘n Fun Nite in BAC
6:30 p.m.
Adult Choir Practice in Church
Two Faith Opportunities
The Adult Faith Formation Class is continuing through
the summer. We will be doing an intro to the New
Testament and then on to the Gospel of Mark. We will
begin at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in Room 15.
Men of Emmaus: Also continuing this summer, the Men
of Emmaus will meet on Wednesday evenings at 8:00 p.m.
in Room 15 of the Family Center to break open the
scriptures for the coming weekend’s liturgy. For more
information, call Wayne Ball at 551-1454.