3/1/2015 - St. Agnes Catholic Parish

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
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or about joining our parish, please call
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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
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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
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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
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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.