SAINT AGNES CHURCH FORT WRIGHT, KENTUCKY MARCH 1, 2015 Calendar Thursday, March 5 6:30 a.m. Intention of RJA Sunday, March 1 11:30 a.m. Jack Rice DPAA Pre-Announcement Weekend Friday, March 6 Coffee & Donuts after 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30 6:30 a.m. Souls in Purgatory Blood Pressure Screenings 9:00 a.m. Elizabeth Bogenschutz 9:00 a.m. Rosary - Church 11:30 a.m. Bill Becker 9:30 a.m. First Eucharist Enrollment during Mass Saturday, March 7-Sts. Perpetua and Felicity 10:30 a.m. RCIA - Rectory Conf Room 8:30 a.m. Chuck Fasbender 1:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross - Church 4:00 p.m. Intention of Patty Gaskins 7:30 p.m. Rosary for Peace/Enlisted-Adoration Chapel Sunday, March 8-Third Sunday of Lent Monday, March 2 7:30 a.m. Charles Elsener 2:30 p.m. Girl Scouts (BR) - Murphy A & B 9:30 a.m. Fred Meyers 5:30 p.m. 1st Place 4 Health - Rectory Conf Room 11:30 a.m. Lee Anne Kirn 7:00 p.m. CCD - School 7:30 p.m. Bridge - Murphy A & B Tuesday, March 3 7:30 a.m. 1st Place 4 Health - Rectory Conf Room 10:00 a.m. Prayer Group - Chapel 2:30 p.m. Brownies (AC) - Murphy A & B Gift Bearers 6:30 p.m. Women’s CRHP Team - Convent 4:00 p.m. Bill & Janet Rolf Wednesday, March 4 7:30 a.m. Don & Irene Mai 5:30 p.m. Daisies (DW) - Convent 9:30 a.m. Matt & Paula Fritz 7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts - Murphy A & B 11:30 a.m. Saint Agnes Girl Scout Troop 1245 7:00 p.m. Choir - Church Special Ministers of the Word Thursday, March 5 4:00 p.m. S Sturgeon, J Osterhaus 11:30 a.m. Anointing of the Sick following Mass 7:30 a.m. M Ruberg 2:30 p.m. Daisies (ES) - Murphy A & B 9:30 a.m. J Melching, L Rowekamp 7:00 p.m. Rosary & Benediction - Church 11:30 a.m. M Nutter, L Clements Friday, March 6 11:30 a.m. Confessions after Mass Eucharistic Ministers 10:00 a.m. Familia - Murphy A & B 4:00 p.m. K Middendorf, C Hill, J & A Ward, L Knasel, 2:30 p.m. Girl Scouts (AG) - Murphy A & B G Sullivan, M Pennington, M Stoeckle 5:00 p.m. Fish Fry - Murphy Hall 7:30 a.m. D & I Mai, C Kirn, B Henn, D & B Tepe Saturday, March 7 9:30 a.m. M Brungs, P Metzger, W & M Witt, T Fischer, 8:10 a.m. Sung Morning Prayer - Church M Fox, C Mullen, J VonHandorf, G & D Small 9:00 a.m. Confessions - Church 11:30 a.m. ML & P Scheper, J & R Lawson, M Spare, Sunday, March 8 J & J Reinersman, S & B Thamann, D Able International Needs Collection Servers Cans for Kids Collection 4:00 p.m. I Ward, J Witt, G Wainscott 9:00 a.m. Rosary - Church 7:30 a.m. E Zeis, C Zeis, B Kindt 1:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross - Church 9:30 a.m. A Kathman, S Kathman, John Fritz 7:30 p.m. Rosary for Peace/Enlisted-Adoration Chapel 11:30 a.m. H Wirth, J Carpenter, M Schmidt Ministry/Volunteer Schedule March 7th/8th Mass Intentions Sunday, March 1-Second Sunday of Lent 7:30 a.m. Martha Kaelin 9:30 a.m. Elizabeth “Lee” Fessler 11:30 a.m. Jeffrey Taeuber - 2nd Anniversary Monday, March 2 6:30 a.m. Mary Rita Bell 11:30 a.m. Ryan Carter Poston Tuesday, March 3-St. Katharine Drexel 6:30 a.m. Norbert Feldhues 11:30 a.m. Jack Rasp & Chuck Brandner Wednesday, March 4-St. Casimir 6:30 a.m. People of the Parish 11:30 a.m. Velma & Carl Appel 6:30 a.m. – Servers: March 2nd-Daryl Tepe March 9th-John Zembrodt Rosary, Sunday, March 8th at 9:00 a.m.: Jesse Boone Highland Crossing, March 8th: Deacon Gary Scott Vocation Chalice Program Participants 4:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Don & Lisa Wilder Daryl & Blanche Tepe Bill & Pat Metzger Saeed & Monica Namyar Greeters 4:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Betty Peeno, Molly Eilerman Daryl & Blanche Tepe, Sue Korfhagen Chris & Natalie Maier, Amy & Doug Cribbs Dave & Theresa Wirth, Margie Long, Tom Kramer, Jim Fischesser SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT To learn more about the Catholic Faith or about joining our parish, please call 431-1802 or email [email protected] Repent = ? Staff Article By Deacon Ralph Grieme “Repent” is a word we hear very often during Lent. When asked, most people would say that it means to “be sorry for our sins” or “to ask for forgiveness of our sins”. If you look up “repent” in the dictionary, these explanations would sum up what you find there. But these explanations, not even the dictionary, go far enough. In the Gospel of Mark on the First Sunday of Lent, we heard the Word proclaimed, “After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God: ‘This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.’” (Mark 1:15) This phrase sets the tone, states the purpose and gives us our direction for Lent. In the earliest manuscripts of the Gospel of Mark, the word used by the author for “repent” is the Greek word metanoeo, which simply means “a change of mind,” no more. It is important that we be sorry and ask for forgiveness of our sins; but it is more important that we stop sinning: That we change our minds and stop thinking and acting in sinful ways and the distractions of this world; That we start thinking about God, our Father, and start acting more in the example of Jesus, His Son. The kind of change required is not the temporary sacrificial and charitable changes we make in our lives during Lent and then stop after Easter. The change of mind required is a permanent change that directs the rest of our lives. To make such a change we must “believe in the Gospel”. Gospel here, as always, means “the good news.” However, here at the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, we see that long before other versions or aspects of the good news—which involve Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection—we have Jesus proclaiming the Gospel, not of his impending death, but of the kingdom of God—a way of living here and now on this earth that Jesus modeled with his own life and which we are invited to model in our time and place. Lent, therefore, is meant to be not just a time to prepare for the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. It is also our time to recognize that we are living in the kingdom of God now, brought about and made possible by those momentous events, and to make the appropriate life-long changes in our lives in response to those events—To direct all our attention to our Father and to more closely model our lives on the example of Jesus, who focused totally on his love for our Father and carrying out our Father’s will. We will know that we have had a successful Lent if, on the Monday after Easter, we can say to ourselves that we are somewhat different people, changed and prepared to take up our crosses in life and live lives of charity focused on Our Lord, Jesus. I would really like to know your thoughts about this. My cell phone number is (513) 477-0307. My email address is [email protected] Parish Worship Faith Sharing Questions Theme of this week’s Gospel: Jesus takes His beloved apostles to a high mountain and is “transfigured” before them. Adults: Are you doing any practice during Lent this year that may “transfigure” you into a better Christian? Teens: Do you know anyone in your life who has done a “transfiguration” from being just a very ordinary person to one who is “on fire” for Jesus? What caused this change? Children: How would you like to change and grow? What would help you do this? Next Sunday, March 8, 2015 Third Sunday of Lent, Cycle B We are in “Year B” and in Year B the Gospel of Mark is featured in our readings at Sunday Mass, though not without exceptions. For the first two Sunday’s of Lent in Year B, the Gospel is from Mark. For the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent, the Gospel reading is from John. During Lent, the first reading -- from the Old Testament – is always about the history of salvation. During Cycle B years, this reading is concerned with one of the five covenants of the Old Testament (with Noah, with Abraham, with Moses/The Ten Commandments, with David, and a covenant “inscribed in human hearts” [Jeremiah]), which point to the final covenant in Jesus which we commemorate at the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter). The second reading – from the New Testament writings – is chosen because of thematic relations to the Old Testament and Gospel readings. Gospel: (John 2:13-25) In John’s Gospel, Jesus is depicted as going to Jerusalem several times over the course of his public ministry, usually when there is an important religious feast. Today’s reading is from SAINT AGNES CHURCH FORT WRIGHT, KENTUCKY Parish Worship continued John’s description of a trip to Jerusalem for Passover, when Jesus cleanses the Temple. In John, this trip takes place at the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. (In the other Gospels, this trip takes place at the very end of Jesus’ ministry, just before his crucifixion.) The “cleansing of the Temple” is a highly symbolic story. What John is saying is that from the very beginning of Jesus’ public ministry “something new” is being initiated. The “old way”—symbolized by moneychangers and merchants in the Temple—is depicted as being completely corrupt. It had become little more than a money-making opportunity for the already wealthy to take advantage of the poor and ignorant pilgrims who came to Jerusalem. By reading about this action of Jesus, the reader is enticed to read on in the Gospel of John about Jesus and his “something new” that turns the tables on the old. First Reading (Exodus 20:1-17) At Sinai, the Jewish people entered into a special relationship with God called “the covenant.” With covenant agreements, the terms are spelled out. God had already proven his fidelity to Israel by leading them out of Egypt and freeing them from slavery. Our reading today spells out the Ten Commandments, given to Moses. They spell out what the Israelites must do to live up to their side of the covenant. Second Reading (1Corinthians 1:22-25) Paul depicts both Jews and Greeks as each having their own shortcomings with regard to faith. God’s grace through Jesus can and has overcome them all, for “the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” Anointing of the Sick We will be having the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick on the Fourth Sunday of Lent (March 14/15) as we have been doing for a number of years now. We will be offering the Sacrament at all of the Sunday Masses that weekend. If you know someone who could benefit from this sacrament, please let them know about it. If they need help getting to Church, please offer to help them. The sacrament is for people who are suffering from physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual illnesses, addictions, chronic illness or acute. Adoration of Our Lord Lent can be a time of giving and giving up. The Lord our God’s real presence is with us, and His command is very clear. Give some time and worship Him in the Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel. Call 859-496-4149 for more information. MARCH 1, 2015 We Are His Hands Thanks from Our Savior Parish Thank you for our recent $5,000 donation to Our Savior! It played a big part in our beautiful new hall restrooms! God bless you for your support! Come by for Mass some Sunday at 9:30 to see what your gift has helped to do. Prayers and Blessings, Sr. Janet and Our Savior Parish. Thanks from Prince of Peace School Thank you so much for the monthly Tithing Distribution check for $722.55 in February, for Prince of Peace School. We are so grateful for your generosity because that allows us to share with those most in need! God bless your generous outreach and know that you are in our daily prayers! Gratefully, Sister Mary Suzanne Rose, SND, Principal Stewardship Status of Sunday Collection Actual Collections (July thru 02/23/2015) $759,993 Budgeted Collections (July thru February) $812,000 Actual Compared to Budgeted -$52,007 Budgeted Collections for Fiscal Year (2014/2015) $1,200,000 Diocesan Parish Annual Appeal Begins The 2015 Diocesan Parish Annual Appeal will begin this weekend, February 28th and March 1st. This year’s theme is “So that your works may be clearly seen as done in God.” as blessed people who have been the recipients of God’s love and mercy, we can share what we’ve been given. Each one of us has the Christian responsibility to share our blessing with others. Through a pledge to the DPAA, you can bring renewed hope to those who are seeking corporal, spiritual, or emotional assistance. Sometimes it is difficult to envision how one pledge can make any real difference. But one sacrifice combined with thousands of others can reach out in service and love. Individually we can do many things, but working together and with the Lord’s help, we can do so much more. Please prayerfully reflect upon God’s love for you, review all the materials you receive, and listen to the DPAA messages heard at Mass. Then, come to Mass on March 21st and 22nd ready to make your pledge. We will complete our pledge forms together. God bless you for your generosity! SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT Stewardship continued International Needs Collection Next weekend our parish will take up a Collection for International Needs. This combined Collection helps to fund Catholic organizations that improve the quality of life and protect human dignity. Your gift will support Catholic agencies that touch more than 100 million lives around the world through the works of Catholic Relief Services. With your help, the Church in Latin America can provide catechesis, marriage and family life programs, and seminarian formation, which is invaluable to this area of the world. The Collection aids Central and Eastern Europe with affordable shelter, and trains seminarian, helps with pastoral care and allows for building renovations in a region that still struggles from the effects of the Soviet rule. Funds collected help preserve holy places in the land where Jesus walked and taught through the Holy Land Collection. Donations help encourage prayer and financial help for vocations and missions through four Pontifical Mission Aid Societies. Your gift will give hope to Jesus in Disguise. Please give generously to the Collection next week. Saint of the Week Saint Katherine Drexel Katherine Drexel was born on November 26, 1858 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her family was wealthy. Her father was an investment banker and philanthropist and her uncle founded Drexel University. Her family was devoutly Catholic. Her mother died five weeks after her birth and relatives cared for Katherine and her sister, Elizabeth. Her father remarried two years later to Emma Bouvier (who was an ancestor of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy/ Onassis). Another daughter, Louise was born in 1863. Katherine and her sisters were raised in Philadelphia society. However, when her stepmother died of cancer in 1883, she came to understand that her family’s money was no shield against pain and suffering. The next year she went to the American West and visited several Indian reservations. She was appalled by the treatment of the Native Americans. Her family supported missions to the Native Americans. At the same time, Katherine was taking spiritual direction and when she asked her spiritual director if she should join a religious order, she was told by him to “wait and pray.” During a trip to Europe in 1887 she and her sisters had a private audience with Pope Leo XIII. Katherine asked the pontiff for missionaries to staff some of the missions that the family was supporting. Pope Leo XIII said that she should be a missionary herself. Much to the shock of Philadelphia society, she entered religious life with the Sisters of Mercy in 1889. On February 21, 1891 she founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and dedicated it to work among Native Americans and African Americans. This apostolate was not appreciated by all. When the Mother House was being constructed dynamite was found near the site. Wherever she took her work she was met by opposition. She and her sisters were threatened with tar and feathering by the Ku Klux Klan in Beaumont, Texas (shortly after the threat a violent storm hit Beaumont and destroyed the Klan headquarters). In Macon, Georgia there was an attempt to make it illegal for whites to teach blacks. In New Orleans when the sisters started Xavier University for African Americans, the building was vandalized. She had a school burned in Pennsylvania also. She did not stop and by 1942 the order had established Catholic schools for blacks in 13 states, as well as 40 missions and 23 rural schools. In 1935 she had a heart attack and began the contemplative life. She used her funds to support her order’s efforts, schools and missions. She died on March 3, 1955 at the age of 96. The Vatican has cited her virtues as a devotion to the Eucharist and the unity of peoples, courage in addressing issues of inequality, a belief in quality education for all and selfless service to those suffering from injustice. She is the second native-born American to be canonized. Elizabeth Seton is the first. Parish News Wedding Banns II-Amy Stultz, Saint Veronica & Sam Nutter, Saint Agnes This Sunday: have a donut This Sunday, March 1st, you are invited to Murphy Hall immediately following the 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. Masses for donuts, fruit, coffee & juice. Sponsored this month by the Big Blue Bash Committee. Blood Pressure Screenings Blood pressure screenings will be taken by nurses from our Parish Wellness Committee after all Masses this weekend. SAINT AGNES CHURCH FORT WRIGHT, KENTUCKY Parish News continued Cans for Kids Next Weekend Please remember that next weekend is the monthly collection for “Cans for Kids”. Bring in your nonperishable items to donate to a worthy cause. New Parishioners (February) Welcome the newest members to Saint Agnes Parish: Mr. & Mrs. Jason & Kelly Abeln Mr. & Mrs. Bryan & Allison Berger Mr. Andrew Bowles Mr. & Mrs. Jordan & Amber Fritz Ms. Kimberly Lightner Ms. Kelly Lynch Mr. & Mrs. James & Courtney Simonse Deceased of our Parish (February) Please pray for the families and friends of the following parishioners who passed away: Mr. Bernie Darpel Mr. Thomas Kathman Sr. Mary Renee Nienaber, SND Mrs. Rose Roedig Women’s CRHP Weekend Christ Renews His Parish Women’s Retreat weekend will be held March 14th & 15th. The Saint Agnes CRHP Team #20 would like to cordially invite any and all women in our parish to join our spring retreat. A very short, intense, and genuine small group experience, your time is dedicated to an authentic witness of Christ’s strength in our ordinary lives. Those who attend and participate in this session with an open heart will be glad to have shared in the experience. For more information, questions and registration, please contact Ginny France at [email protected] or 1-859-576-6882. Theology of the Body Parent Information Night Throughout this school year, our 7th and 8th grade students have been educated in the Theology of the Body program during their Enrichment time. Theology of the Body is a compilation of Saint John Paull II’s teachings on love, life, and human sexuality. Next year’s 7th grade call will receive their education about Theology of the Body. Leslie Kuhlman, Executive Director of Ruah Woods (an education center for Theology of the Body), will speak to parents about Theology of the Body on Monday, March 23rd from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Murphy Hall. All parents and parishioners are encouraged to attend, especially the parents of our middle-school students. MARCH 1, 2015 RCIA In Lent, our RCIA candidates move into their final period of preparation, the period of “Purification and Enlightenment,” for the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. During Lent, the Church calls us all to enter into this time of reflection on our own lives by identifying sins that keep us from becoming holy, by seeking our own purification through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and by expressing our gratitude to God through sharing with the poor from our own material and spiritual bounty. Our RCIA candidates will celebrate a liturgical Rite (Scrutiny) this Second Sunday of Lent, which is meant to nourish them in grace as they embrace God’s call. This is a Penitential Rite (Scrutiny) and occurs after the homily for those already baptized who are seeking full communion with the Catholic Church. Through this Scrutiny, the candidates are called to a deeper repentance and a total abandonment to the mercy of the Father who sent His Son to die for our sins. Please pray that Jesus will transfigure the lives of our candidates, as well as our lives, with His redeeming grace, bringing us all to conversion, a genuine desire to be holy as He is holy. (Association for Catechumenal Ministry) Big Blue Bash News 2015 Big Blue Bash 2015 "Western Style" is Friday, March 27th. It is the largest fundraiser for Saint Agnes School, and we would like to encourage all parishioners to attend. It will be at "The Gardens" in Park Hills and begins at 6:30 p.m. with a seated dinner. The Big Blue Bash's biggest raffle is the...CASH! CASH! CASH! Raffle. Raffle tickets are just $10 and are on sale now! You could win $5,000 on March 27th! You can purchase tickets from any school family or by contacting the school office at 261-0543 or [email protected] Silent Auction Donations needed! We need items big or small! Please contact Teri Judy at [email protected] or 513-607-6034 to arrange for pick up. Big Blue Bash Event Sponsorships: Packages are available for as low as $100 up to $2,000. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an event sponsor, please contact Michele Bramlage at [email protected] VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Many volunteers are needed to make the event a success. Please consider volunteering to work a half hour shift the evening of the Big Blue Bash. Please contact Stephanie Fieler at [email protected] SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT Parish News continued Saint Patrick’s Day Party You are invited to wear your green and join us in Murphy Hall for the annual Saint Patrick’s Day party on Saturday, March 21st from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Enjoy Irish music, dancing, and good food. Please bring your favorite appetizer or dessert to share. There will be children’s activities and split the pot. Admission is $5.00 for adults, children and teenagers are free. Please make your reservations by contacting Peggy Summe at [email protected] or 331-6284. Volunteers are needed and welcome. Skyline Night March 2nd is the first Monday of the month...so that means IT’S SKYLINE TIME! Please join us on Monday, March 2nd from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for Skyline night. Fort Wright Skyline will donate 20% of your bill to Saint Agnes School when you present the coupon (available at the Parish Office) or tell them you are there to support our school! Saint Agnes Fish Fry Be sure to “catch” the Saint Agnes Fish Fry on March 6th and 13th from 5 to 11 p.m. in the church undercroft. Come for a night of fellowship, fun and FISH! Fish and fried shrimp dinners, beer, soft drinks and baked goods will be available. Carry-out is also available. We are in need of volunteers to help. If you are interested please sign up at http://vols.pt/1QFMit or email Pam at [email protected] See you at the Fish Fry! Spiritual Adoption Month 7 “I can look around!” You are in the home stretch with your spiritually adopted baby. Beginning this month the baby uses all four senses. He can see, hear, taste, touch, cough, yawn, and hiccup. He now recognizes his mother’s voice, and an ultrasound reveals that he likes to open his eyes and look around. During this time he will also receive antibodies from his mother protecting him from a wide variety of diseases.
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