ST. MARY MAGDALEN Page 1 ALL THINGS CONSIDERED COUNTING Today’s celebration of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus is the second of the two epiphany feast days. Last weekend we celebrated the Magi who followed the star and found Christ, the Light of Lights in Bethlehem. Today we celebrate the second revelation of the Christ, when the Father’s voice was heard revealing Jesus as the Beloved Son of God. On Monday, we go back to the green season commonly called Ordinary Time. The Latin word ordines – where we get the term ordinary – means counted; so for 8 weeks we will have the numbered or counted Sundays and weeks. But the message that we will hear in the early part of this season is far from ordinary, for after our recollection of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptizer, we will reflect our call as beloved daughters and sons of God called through our baptism to live as disciples of Christ. As disciples of the Lord Jesus we are called not just to follow him, but to share his concern for the lowly, the marginalized, the outcast and the poor. In many ways the message of this “counted” time is that the Lord is counting on us to continue his work of transforming this world in God’s love! MISSION 2015 The eight parishes of Livingston County are having a mission or retreat for all our parishioners from Sunday, January 25 through Wednesday, January 28. Each evening is from 7-9 pm and it will be hosted by St. Patrick Parish in Brighton. The theme of MISSION 2015 is The Lord IS RISEN – DO YOU BELIEVE. It will be led by Ralph Poyo, a deacon and leader of New Evangelization Ministries. The goal of the four evenings is to lead us to the transforming power of a relationship with Christ. Child care is available but advance reservations are needed. Email your request to: [email protected] Each evening will include prayer, a presentation and a reception afterward. SPAIN Last year, several people expressed a desire to go to Spain, and the travel agent has put a trip together. The trip will take us from Barcelona to Madrid and, finally, Seville with several stops along the way. The trip is scheduled for Sept 21-Oct 1 and the cost will run about $5,000 per person. If you are interested, there will be an information meeting on Sunday, January 18, at 4 pm. Fr. Dave Howell BRIGHTON, MICHIGAN THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES Jan 12, Monday Heb 1:1-6/Mk 1:14-20 9:00 am +Phyllis Cole Jan. 13, Tuesday Heb 2:5-12/Mk 1:21-28 9:00 am Communion Service Jan 14, Wednesday Heb 2:14-18/Mk 1:29-39 7:00 +Mass of Remembering Jan 15, Thursday Heb 3:7-14/Mk 1:40-45 9:00 +Larry Baldinger Jan. 16, Friday Heb 4:1-5, 11/Mk 2:1-12 9:00 am +Chester Kuchta Jan. 17, Saturday—Saint Anthony, Abbot Heb 4:12-16i/Mk 2:13-17 Jan. 18, Sunday 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19/1 Cor 6:13c-15a,17-20/Jn 1:35-42 4:30 pm Vigil +Ann Gillette 9:00 am +Bella Noelle Trupiano 11:00 am St. Mary Magdalen Parishioners SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19 Today’s reading takes place 11 centuries before Christ at an Israelite shrine, which is referred to as a “temple” in the text. At the shrine was the Ark of God, a wooden chest overlaid in gold in which the 10 Commandments were kept. Eli was the high priest at the shrine. Samuel was a young man in Eli’s service. We will hear how God called Samuel to be a prophetic leader of Israel. 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20 Today and for the next few Sundays, our second reading will be from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians. Corinth, a port city, was noted for its widespread immorality. Anything and everything was thought permissible. Paul doesn’t counter this attitude by putting down the human body as evil or of little worth. Rather, he does just the opposite. John 1:35-42 Today’s Scriptural passage is a good one for the start of the Gospels for Ordinary Time, for it tells the vocation story at the start of the Gospel. This Gospel was written at least a half century after the death and Resurrection of Jesus, and the evangelist’s use of the phrase “lamb of God” likely reflects the use of that phrase in the liturgy of his community. John is emphatic with the theology of Jesus as the “Lamb of God.” Reflect: In what ways do you experience being called by Jesus? THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD Page 2 STEWARDSHIP REPORT Christmas: Envelopes & Cash $24,898.00 Children’s $366.85 Week of 12/28/14 Env/Cash EFT Securing Our Future TOTAL Children’s Collection $19,832 $14,180 $10,668 $44,680 $ 45.07 Week of 1/4/2015—Approx. 1412 people participated Env/Cash $19,255 EFT $14,608 Securing Our Future $ 5,218 TOTAL $39,081 Children’s Collection $ 50.35 Thank You for your Gifts Please pray for all the sick who have been commended to our prayer, that they will respond to God’s healing will, especially: Jean Schultz, Patty Flynn, Bill Paff, Gail Kelso, Becky Duneske, Connor, George, Evelyn, Anne Zaragoza, Susan, Dennis, Ellen Andary, Russell Impellizzeri, Virginia Darga, Jack Matta, Mary Ann, Michael Murphy, Patty Nouhan, Robert Laginess, Norma Pellerito, Hannah, Doug & Linda Lambert, Joyce Egerer, Sandy Pace, Mark Czajkowski, Amy Kronk, Devin, Jeanne and Eugene Buel, Karen Hahn, Tom Stadtmiller, Janet Husseli, Gwen Maes, Ron Abramovich, Dorothy Keefe, Nancy Sharpy, Bob Sixbery, Betty Carb, Caroline Bilicki, Vic Howe, Tom McSweeney, Heather Bierlein, Linda Heppler, Tom Zremski, Andrew Doyle, Dave Zapfe, Donna Miller, Fred Preiss, Addison Donehue, Marylyn Trader, Donald Gehring, Jameson Timberlake, Michelle Schmid, Ben Hemker, Cheryl Gautherat, Steve Reichardt, Mary Anderer, Shirley Nitz, Bill Gamble, Cynthia McIntosh, Dan Schilkey, Margie Kelly, Lynn Long, Abbie Fountaine, Mark Matras, MaryAnna, David Martin, Hogan McCuan, Sherri Kunkel, Herb Langer Please remember in your prayers: Jim Kronk and Family in the death of Carol Kronk, his sister-inlaw; Barb Fergus, family and friends in the death of Fabian Felan; Elena Black and family in the death of Nicholas Vermeulen, her father. JANUARY 11, 2015 THE WEEK AHEAD Monday, January 12 9:00 am Pre-School 6:00 pm Magdalen’s Kitchen 7:00 pm School for Discipleship 7:00 pm Troop 385 Committee 7:00 pm Catholics Returning Home 7:30 pm K of C Business Meeting Tuesday, January 13 9:00 am Pre-School 1:00 pm Card Making 7:00 pm Community Life 7:00 pm BeFrienders 7:00 pm Troop 385 Wednesday, January 14 9:00 am Pre-School 9:45 am MOMS 12:30 pm Knitters 4:30 & 6:30 Rel. Formation 7:00 pm Mass of Remembering 7:30 pm Finance Council Meeting 7:30 pm Adult Formation Meeting Thursday, January 15 9:00 am Pre-School 1:00 pm 50+ Seniors 5:30 pm Rel. Formation 7:00 pm School for Discipleship 7:30 pm Music Ministry Friday, January 16 9:00 am Pre-School 6:30 pm 8 Great Dates Saturday, January 17 4:30 pm Baptism Presentation 4:30 pm Youth Mass 6:00 pm Family Fun Night Sunday, January 18 9,11, 5:30 Religious Formation 9:00 am Family Program 9:00 am RCIA Dismissal 10:15 am Home Study Meeting & Safe Sheep 10:15 am Ichthus 4:00 pm Spain Info Meeting 7:00 pm Youth Group Meeting All Weekend: Men’s Retreat (Off Site) MASS OF REMEMBERING A monthly Mass of Remembering will take place this Wednesday. Liturgy is offered for deceased parishioners and relatives, especially for: Jerry Ainley, Elizabeth Hardy, Thomas Fournier, David Knox, Larry Grant, Jack Branch, Fr. Bob McKeon, Beatrice Rizzo, Gwen Bouza, Gene Brennan, Rita Endres, Larry Sweeter, Patricia Watson, Sharon Stadtmiller, Hilma Abramovich, Miriam Brown, Frank Hillebrand, Carol Kronk, Fabian Felan, Nicholas Vermeulen. ST. MARY MAGDALEN Page 3 BRIGHTON, MICHIGAN Religious Formation News Youth News from Mary at [email protected] and Karen at [email protected] from Margaret at [email protected] and Stasia at [email protected] Mark your calendars for next Saturday, Jan. 17. Winterfest Youth and Family Liturgy! It starts with 4:30 Liturgy and is Followed by our Family Fun Night!! Our Youth and Family Liturgy has been so popular we are offering it again! We need you and your family! Let me know if you want to help with hospitality, as an EM, reader, contact me ASAP! Happy New Year to you and your family! May 2015 be filled with faith, strength, love and good times. It's good to be back from a time of busyness and certain chaos that comes from taking a break from the daily grind of school, work, sports and other routine tasks. I hope your vacation was good and fun. On Saturday, January 17th, we will celebrate another Youth Liturgy. We will gather together at the 4:30 Liturgy to celebrate as a family, and if you are a youth who is interested in serving during the Mass in any way, please contact Mary Mahar in the offices at 810-229-8624. Immediately following the liturgy will be a light soup and bread supper in the community room with board games, card games, a Frozen sing along, open gym and more games. A fun, friendly night for everyone! Please sign up in the gathering area. Our scheduled first meeting back last weekend was a bust, due to icy roads and dangerous driving conditions. It was a last minute but necessary call to make. I am looking forward to seeing everyone this Sunday evening. It seems like forever since we have been together. All high school students are welcome to join us on Sunday evenings from 7-9 in our youth room. I know many students will be getting ready for midterms soon. I pray your studies will be productive and fruitful as you prepare for these tests. Come January 26 you can breathe easy again as you start a new semester. Good luck! Prayer partners: After the 4:30 and 9am Liturgies this weekend, you are asked to take a name of one of our youth in preparation for Eucharist or Solemn Penance. We ask you to pray for them and their families, as they prepare for these Sacraments. Home Study Parent meeting: Jan. 18 at 10:15 Confirmation Parents or Sponsors are asked to attend with their 9th grade Candidates at 5:30 tonight. Formation Classes: We still have room in our classes if you haven’t registered yet (regardless of your ability to pay). Come into or call the office for more information. If payment is a problem, please call Mary at extension #115. Pet Food Collection: Our 1st grade classes are collecting pet food for their service project! Collection boxes are in the corner of the gathering area. WE NEED YOU! We are looking for individuals with the desire to share their faith with the youth of our parish. If you ever felt “called” to inquire into the ministry of catechist or assistant, give us a call! We need you to pass along the fundamentals of our faith. Catechists and aides are needed in our formation classes during the week on Wednesday and Thursday, along with Sunday mornings and evenings. We will provide training, information and support before you ever meet with a class. Even if you do not feel the classroom is the best place to use your talents, our Formation Team is in need of new members as well. This team helps set the direction of the programs and what goes into our classes. If you have ever wondered if you possess the gifts needed and enjoy working with youth, please call me. Just a reminder about snow days: Since it is January, it is a good time to remind you of our snow policy. If Brighton area schools are cancelled due to bad weather, our Faith Formation classes will also be cancelled. In case Religious Formation is cancelled during the school day, we will notify each family by email. (We do not have an automated phone calling system.) If you have a change of email or phone numbers let Karen in the office know ASAP. As we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord today take a moment to talk about how the Holy Spirit received at baptism affects your family life. How does baptism mark your lives? How does it draw us closer to God? What are your memories of your child(ren)’s baptism? Thank you for all the cards and well wishes for this Christmas Season! I am blessed to serve here at St. Mary Magdalen…have a great week! EDGE We have only one meeting this month on Monday the 12th. Please cancel the EDGE meeting scheduled for the 26th. This opens your Monday evening that week for participating in the regional mission, taking place that week starting Sunday, January 25. The mission will run through Wednesday evening and will take place at St. Pat’s. MINISTERS OF PRAYER Sun. Jan. 11 Mon. Jan. 12 Tue. Jan. 13 Wed. Jan 14 Thur. Jan 15 Fri. Jan. 16 Sat. Jan. 17 Jerry Dolkowski, Dennis Wagener Joyce Muchler, Pete Kelly, Barbara Dolkowski, Valerie Maravolo Rachel Tuzinsky, Barb & BJ Hynes, Denise Putnam Ginny & Clarence Kroll, Carolyn Crabbe, Joe Lubig, Donna Jones Jan Altermatt, Kathy Kuna, Kevin Miceli Lynn Pfaff, Karen Nouhan, Steve & Pat Holden Kathy Stegmaier, Tom Askew THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD Adult Education and Formation Faith and Service - From Sr. Joyce [email protected] Childcare Offered Childcare is now being offered at St. Mary Magdalen on Monday and Thursday evenings. Parents who wish to attend classes, meetings or other offerings on these evenings will be able to take advantage of this service. You MUST register your child at least a day in advance. NO last minute walk ins will be accepted. St. Mary Magdalen’s Seniors 50+ Group We will be gathering monthly in 2015 for prayer, fun, enrichment, and fellowship. Mark your calendars for Thursdays, January 15 and February 19, 1-3 pm here at Church. Winter Family Fun Night Everyone! Mark your calendars for a faith-filled and winter-fun filled “Fun Night”, Saturday, January 17. We will begin the evening with 4:30 pm Youth Participation Mass. A soup supper will follow along with a variety of action games, cards, and Board games in various rooms. The Disney movie “Frozen” will be shown about 6:15 pm. Hot cocoa, snacks and conversations will go throughout the evening. Please see the sign ups at the Community Life Board and the Youth Board if you are attending and can bring a food item for the evening. Join the Tiffin, Ohio, Franciscan Sisters for an Open House, Sunday, February 8, 2-4 pm. This is an opportunity to: Meet the Sisters, Take a Group Tour, Watch a 5 min. DVD, Visit a “Live Chat Room”, Enjoy Refreshments, and Pray the Franciscan Evening Praise at 4 pm. This is my -Sr. Joyce’s - Religious Community and I will be attending. If you are interested and willing to give yourself to this experience, please let me know. Families, youth, men and women are invited. DIVORCE & BEYOND—RECOVERY & HEALING This program is for people who are already divorced or have filed for divorce, not those considering divorce. It is co-hosted by the Livingston Region Catholic parishes and Livingston County Catholic Charities. It will be held Friday evenings, 7-8:30pm Jan. 23—March 27, 2015 here at St. Mary Magdalen. Call Sr. Maryetta, 810.229.8624, to register. There is a $10 fee for program materials. Page 4 JANUARY 11, 2015 CHARITY & JUSTICE CORNER Two Feet of Love in Action Charity and Justice Invites You January 22, 2015 7:00pm to 9:00 pm “I gave a charitable gift at Christmas…is this what Jesus wants from me?” “We just had so much stuff and so much food at Christmas…I wish I could share some of it with the poor.” “I think about the disabled and homeless and wish there was something I could do to help.” Deacon Devon will lead Two Feet of Love in Action, a program developed by the US Bishops. This program will help us truly understand what Jesus asks of us in modern and concrete terms. Please join the Charity and Justice Ministry Team as we discuss the difference and need for both charity and justice in our society. Charity and justice are two different, but complimentary, ways that we can act in response to God’s love. We call these the “Two Feet of Love in Action.” These two feet, “Social Justice” and “Charitable Works”, allow us to walk the path of love. This path is a lifelong journey of growth. Just as our faith leads to action, our loving actions lead to new spiritual growth. This action is not taken alone, but together with others. In this way, we work to make God’s kingdom present on earth. Hope to see you there…no registration is required. KIDS AGAINST HUNGER PACKING EVENT!! Ready, Set, Pack!!! That’s right. We have scheduled our next packing event for Kids Against Hunger. Saturday, February 14th at St. Mary Magdalen. We will run two shifts on that day. Set-up is 8:00 am = 8 volunteers Shift 1: 9-11 = 150 volunteers Shift 2: 11-1 = 150 volunteers Sign up sheets will be available next week in the gathering area. Ages 5 and up are welcome. Children 5 to 10 will need to be paired with an adult at the packing station. Please plan on arriving 15 minutes before your scheduled time for instruction and prep. ST. MARY MAGDALEN Page 5 BRIGHTON, MICHIGAN Saint Mary Magdalen 2201 Old US 23 Highway Brighton, MI 48114 Office Phone: Fax: Preschool Phone: Website: (810) 229-8624 (810) 229-6471 (810) 229-0010 www.saintmarymagdalen.org Office Hours: Mon - Thurs 8:30 am - 8:30 pm Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Staff: Pastor: Fr. David F. Howell Permanent Deacons: H. David Scharf, James Chevalier, Gary Prise, Devon Wolfe Pastoral Ministers: Sr. Maryetta Churches, O.P., Sr. Joyce Hoile, O.S.F (Adult Formation & Evangelization) Director of Faith Formation: Mary Mahar Formation Administrative Assistant: Karen MacDonald Director of R.C.I.A. & Liturgist: Diane Kubus Youth Ministry: Margaret Callaghan Youth Ministry Assistant: Stasia Eisenhut Director of Music: Steven H. Schulte Director of Pre-School: Kathie Anderer Parish Secretaries: Debbie Dehanke, Sandi Phillips, Jillian Killian Bookkeeper: Dave Wisniewski Facilities Team: Dan Tuthill, Kathy Gehring, Mark Wolf The Bishops of Michigan have declared this liturgical year as the Year for Marriage. Here at St. Mary Magdalen we are planning a series of events and opportunities throughout the year aimed at honoring, strengthening, and building fulfilling marriages in our parish. Devon and Erin Wolfe will be coordinating these activities which will be guided by a Year for Marriage working group. If you would like to serve on this working group, or if you have any other questions about marriage or marriage resources, please contact Deacon Devon. Upcoming Marriage Enrichment Calendar These are Marriage Enrichment events for the next three months. You can find a full listing for the year, as well as a short description of each program and a weblink by clicking on the Year for Marriage logo on the St. Mary Magdalen website. Sacramental Information: Weekend Liturgies: Saturday 4:30 pm, Sunday 9 & 11 am Weekday Liturgies: 9:00 am Monday, Thursday, Friday 7:00 pm Wednesday Sacrament of Penance: Saturday 11:30 am to 12 noon Infant Baptism: Erin Wolfe Sacrament of Matrimony: Please contact the office at least nine months prior to wedding date. January 16-17, 2015: Second Half Weekend Workshop, Chelsea Livingston Vicariate-MISSION 2015 The Lord is Risen, Do You Believe? Sunday, January 25 Are You In or Just Playing Church? February 28, 2015: We Care 2, St. Patrick Church, Brighton - 9am to 1pm Monday, January 26 Why Our Faith Has Made Little Sense Thus Far Tuesday, January 27 Are We Committed to Truth or Lies? Wednesday, January 28 Becoming a Disciple of Christ Four nights of sound, practical and motivational teachings that will not only help us to understand what we do as Catholics but also lead us to the transforming power of a viable relationship with Christ. We want to move ourselves from a boring, obligatory faith to a life-giving, healing faith centered on a relationship with Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. ALL Seniors, Adults, Young Adults & Teens are Invited January 16, 2015 for eight weeks: Eight Great Dates at St. Mary Magdalen January 23, 2015: Retrouvaille Weekend, DeWitt February 7, 2015: Marriage Conference, St. Patrick Church, Brighton March 20-22, 2015: Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend, Lansing March 28, 2015: Theology of the Body Conference Day, St Patrick Church, Ann Arbor Save the Date - Feb., 7, 2015 5th annual Marriage Enrichment conference “Marriage … Faith and Finances” Presented by “I Do for Life” Marriage Ministry St. Patrick Catholic Church, Brighton MI Featured speakers: Randy & Therese Cirner and Thomas Zordani. To register: www.idoforlife.org 8 GREAT DATES BEGINS FRIDAY, JAN. 16TH THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD Page 6 Men’s Retreat at St. Francis Retreat Center Jan. 16-18, 2015 Theme: “Jesus Invites Us to Put Our Lives Together” and further Commandments for Living as Disciples Over the Long Haul. To register call Deacon Jim Chevalier 810.229.9734 at home or 810.229.8624 at the office, or the Retreat Center 517.669.8321, or website www.stfrancis.ws. Suggested donation is $145.00. JANUARY 11, 2015 ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE Mon. 1/12 Tue. 1/13 Wed. 1/14 Thu. 1/15 Fri. 1/16 Sat. 1/17 Sun. 1/18 7:00pm 8:30 pm 6-7:30pm 7-9:00 pm 11:00 am 8:30 pm EDGE Men’s Basketball Hartland B’Ball Troop 385 Hartland B’Ball Men’s Basketball 8:30 am 10-12 pm 6:00 pm 9:00 am 7:00 pm Boot Camp Special Olympics Family Fun Night Family Program Youth Group CARD MAKING CLASS Please consider joining us for our second year of making birthday cards for Meals On Wheels clients. Last year our goal was 300 cards and our generous card makers more than doubled that number. We meet the second Tuesday of each month, which will be Tuesday, January 13 at 1 p.m. in the East Room. Cost is $5 and includes all materials to make three cards. It is asked that you donate one birthday card to Meals On Wheels. This is an easy class, anyone can do it! Bring a friend and have fun while sharing your time and talent to bring some birthday cheer to a Meals On Wheels client. Registration is needed to plan for adequate materials. To register, or for more information, call Pam at 810-772-8252.
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