March 29, 2015 - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
March 29, 2015
515 N. Main St • Holmen, WI 54636
608-526-4424 • [email protected]
THE BANE AND THE BLESSED
It was one of those wedding rehearsals I euphemistically call “memorable.” After swallowing hard several times, and patting
myself on the back for being so patient, the mother of the bride finally got the best of me. I was talking with the bride and
groom about their exchange of vows. The mother of the bride interrupted me with her urgent concern. “Father, when the
wedding party begins to walk in, do they begin with their right foot or left foot?” I won’t tell you my response. (OK, it had
something to do with coming in on pogo sticks, but I will leave it at that). The mother of the bride was more worried about the
wedding than she was about the marriage.
In the same vein I wonder about Catholics and Catholic leaders who worry about holy days of obligation when they should be
worried about Sundays and the heart of the church year—the Holy Triduum (the Three Days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday,
Easter). Everything relies on what we celebrate this week. The holy days of obligation cannot hold a candle to the Triduum.
Even Christmas cannot be truly appreciated without the Triduum. After all as Christians we identify ourselves in terms of the
cross, not the manger. The Church does not designate these Three Days as days of obligation because she presumes Catholics
want to be present.
With all my heart, as pastor and fellow believer, I invite you to celebrate these most sacred events during the Church’s most
solemn prayer offered this week. Come and join us for these great days. Come and wrestle with the great questions that are
our own questions. Come and be with us as we look for light in the darkness. Come and celebrate with other believers who
put their faith on the line.
This week we get serious about our faith in Jesus Christ. We break stride and interrupt our routines. This week we make
these days like no other in the year. Come, make these days with us. And let these days make us.
The Lord be with you.
Father John Parr
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE BY POPE FRANCIS
PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION
“This is important: let us have the courage to trust in Jesus’
mercy, to trust in his patience and to seek refuge always in
the wounds of his love.”
Pope Francis
"They began to be distressed
and to say to him, one by one,
Surely it is not I?" During this
dramatic scene at the Last
Supper, we can picture Judas
Iscariot, the betrayer, trying to
play up his innocence as long as
possible. He knew he had
already betrayed Jesus, and if he joined in the "who, me?"
ritual, he was just putting on appearances. But what about
the others? The rest of the Twelve were deeply disturbed by
the idea that they might betray Jesus. As we know, however,
when push came to shove, Peter's fear of betraying Jesus
was trumped by fear for his own life. "I do not know this
man about whom you are talking," he said in order to
protect himself. But notice Peter's reaction when he realized
what he'd done: "He broke down and wept."
FOR YOUR MARRIAGE
Have you ever tried a “tech fast”? For one day resolve not
to use any technology – no TV, computer, cell phone, iPod,
etc. Use the time you save to pray and to be present to your
family.
www.foryourmarriage.com
HOLY TRIDUUM CELEBRATION
Mass of the Lord’s Supper
(Holy Thursday)
7:00 PM on April 2
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
until 10:00 PM.
How different was humble Peter's response from that of
prideful Judas, who acted as if he hadn't done anything
wrong: "Who, me?" Both men were unfaithful to the Lord,
but only Peter immediately felt real sorrow, what we
traditionally call contrition, for his sin.
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
(Good Friday)
1:00 PM on April 3.
The betrayers in today's Gospel readings are not just these
two men. We also follow the crowd who hailed Jesus one
day with "hosannas!" and a week later nailed him with their
angry "crucify him!" How quickly our faith can turn fickle. For
some of us, it may be easy to condemn the crowd and Judas
and Peter, thinking that we would never do such a thing:
"Who, me?" But today, let us resolve not to be so proud as
to think we are perfect disciples. Let us have the humility
of Peter who wept over his imperfections and, ultimately,
repented of his sins. Only when we acknowledge that we
need God's help will we be able to hail him and praise him
as He truly deserves.
© Liturgical Publications Inc with permission
The Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection
(Easter Vigil)
8:00 PM on Saturday, April 4.
Easter Day Masses
8:00 AM and 10:15 AM on April 5.
SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
The Sacrament of Penance (Confession) is celebrated every
Saturday beginning at 4:00 PM. The Sacrament also will be
celebrated at 6:00 PM this Tuesday, March 31st. Please
note: Tuesday of Holy Week will be the last regularly
scheduled celebration of Penance until the Easter Season.
SHADOW STATIONS
The Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman, La Crosse, will
celebrate the Sacrament of Penance from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
on Monday, March 30.
What are Shadow Stations?
It is a very unique and soul moving way to
experience the Way of the Cross. The
youth from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish
will act out each of the stations from behind a screen making a visual effect of the
station. The stations become “alive”. The
object of the Stations is to help the faithful
to make in spirit, a pilgrimage to the chief scenes of
Christ's suffering and death. This has become one of the
most popular Catholic/Christian devotions since the time
of the crusades. People of all faiths, young and old will
benefit from this awe-inspiring prayer experience (some
material not suitable for children).
Dates are: March 29th and April 1st at 7:00pm.
We follow Jesus this week on our Lenten journey as He
enters into Jerusalem. CRS Rice Bowl asks us, to prayerfully
enter into our own communities, to find those who are hungry
and thirsty, who need our help. How does our Lenten journey
motivate us to serve those we encounter in our daily lives?
Please return Rice Bowls and Mite Boxes this week.
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FAITH FORMATION
WE CARE COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND
The Holiest of Weeks
What is the Triduum?
The Triduum is its own short liturgical season. Holy Thursday,
Good Friday, and Holy Saturday Easter Vigil / Easter
Sunday (the 3 days are treated as one long Mass.). Lent
officially ends before the Mass of the Lord's Supper, held in
the evening on Holy Thursday. The Triduum begins then and
goes through the Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday. It is
three days - beginning on April 2nd this year - when the
church tells the story of Jesus' last days, His death and His
rising from the dead.
Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the
unwanted according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble
work.
~Mother Teresa
Family faith discussion starters:
During the Triduum, we enter into the experience of Christ’s
dying and rising, and we think about our own lives:
YOUNG AT HEART
St. Elizabeth's is most grateful for the generosity of our parishioners in their gifts of their treasure during the second collection at
Mass. It is this revenue which permits us to assist those in need who
come to us for assistance with their critical financial needs such as
utilities, shelter, clothing and other crucial issues. We thank you for
your generous response.
The We Care collection will be held this weekend.
St. Elizabeth’s has an active seniors group for
adults 55+ called Young at Heart. Our "Thursday
Gathering" meets the 2nd Thursday of the month
(spring and fall) at 8:30 am for Mass, a potluck
and program/games/featured speakers. Join
us on Thursday, April 9th at 8:30 am for Mass followed by
the potluck and a program featuring Chelsea Ellis, “My
Cambodian Experience”.
Running away would have been much easier than dying on
the cross, but Jesus knew that he had to do what God ask of
him. How do you try to do the right thing, even when it might
be easier to do the wrong thing?
Are you living in a way that honors Jesus’ big sacrifice on
the cross? When you think about your day, can you say, “
Yes, Jesus would be proud of me today”?
CREATING CARDS FOR THE HOMEBOUND
God's forgiveness and grace are a beautiful gift! Do you
celebrate this gift in your life? In what ways? And do you
show others grace?
Get your creative juices flowing and help
create greeting cards for our parishioners who
are homebound. It is one way to make our
homebound know that the parish is thinking of
and praying for them.
No experience needed — Shari Ireland and Wanda
Clark will guide you through the process. Please join us on
Thursday, April 16th at 2:30 pm.
(Will, Julianne. The Holiest of Weeks. TakeOut Family Faith on the Go.
March 2015.pg4,5. Print)
Faith Formation important calendar dates
Wed. April 1
Shadow Stations in church at 7:00 pm
Sunday April 12
Wee Believe Pre-K/Kind. Sunday school
9:15 am Children’s Palace
THINK SPRING - THINK SPRING CLEANING
PARISH WOMEN RUMMAGE SALE
April 15
First Communion Rehearsal in church 6:30-7:45pm
Students only
PCCW Spring Rummage Sale
Town of Holland Town Hall
* Donate
April 22
Last classroom session.
Turn in Faith Formation books
April 28,29,30,2015
* Volunteer
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CORNER
April 28 through May 2, 2015
Visit the Sick
* Shop
May 1st and 2nd, 2015
We appreciate your quality, well-cared for items:
Clean clothing – Men, Women, Children, Infant
Kitchen / Housewares /Books /DVD’s / Toys
Sporting Goods
Jewelry/ Collectibles / Antiques / Home Décor
Please, we cannot accept:
Computer Equipment /TV’s /Appliances/ Baby Equipment
Volunteer for Homebound Ministry
Visit a friend or relative who is in need
#worksofmercy
In Service to One, In Service to All
Charity☧ Unity ☧ Fraternity ☧ Patriotism
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sunday, March 29
Join us
WE CARE COLLECTION
on the second Wednesday of the month for:
Time:
12:45 - 3:00 PM
Date:
April 8 and May 13, 2015
Location:
Beginning at HMS Gym A
ending at St. Elizabeth’s Church
Activities: Food, Fun and Frivolity
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
Pat Brueggen
8:00 am
10:15am
7:00 pm
Mass
†
Mass
†
Shadow Stations
David Lamb
Robert Donaldson
Monday, March 30
8:30 am
Mass
9AM -6PM CONFESSIONS
Monday of Holy Week
†
AT THE
Tuesday, March 31
7:00 am
10:30 AM
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
NEW MEMBERS FOR PASTORAL COUNCIL
In the fall three members of the Parish Pastoral Council
will complete their terms. We are very grateful to Tom
Bertram, Betty Schultz and Andrea Stupi for serving so
generously, faithfully and well.
Rather than elections for new members, the Pastoral
Council has chosen to rely on the Holy Spirit for the
selection of new members. In the Acts of the Apostles
we are told that when the position of Judas was to be
filled the apostles prayed and drew lots, selecting
Matthias (Acts 1). Our council members will be chosen
in the same fashion: prayer, trust in the Holy Spirit and
drawing of names.
Do you know someone whose gifts of mind and heart
would benefit the parish as a member of the Pastoral
Council? Parishioners are invited and encouraged to
submit names of fellow parishioners who could assist
the pastor in providing leadership for the parish.
Those names that are suggested will then be contacted
by Father Parr. By letter or in person, Father Parr will
share with the possible nominee the role and responsibilities of the pastoral council. If willing to serve, each
person’s name will be dropped in a hat. After prayer
and relying on the Holy Spirit, the two names drawn
will become new members. Father Parr will select the
third member to represent part of the parish not
represented (age, marital status etc.). Pastoral Council
members must be registered parishioners who are fully
initiated into the church (Baptism, Holy Communion and
Confirmation).
Please submit the name(s) of fellow parishioners
who you believe would serve the parish well in this
important regard. Please provide names no later than
May1st, 2015 (fill out & turn in at parish office).
I believe the following person(s) would serve our
parish well on the Parish Pastoral Council.
Name of Parishioners Recommended:
____________________________________________
____________________________________________
____________________________________________
Palm Sunday of the
Passion of the Lord
Tuesday of Holy Week
Mass
Priest Intention
CHRISM MASS AT THE CATHEDRAL
Confessions at SEAS
RCIA
Wednesday, April 1
8:30 am
7:00 pm
Wednesday of Holy Week
Mass
†
Shadow Stations
Thursday, April2
7:00 pm
Hannora Parr
CATHEDRAL, LACROSSE
Hannora Parr
Holy Thursday
Mass/
†
Hannora Parr
followed by Adoration until 10:00 pm
Friday, April3
Friday of the
Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)
A DAY OF FAST AND ABSTINENCE
1:00 pm Passion Service
3:00 pm Church Decorating
Saturday, April 4
8:00 PM
Holy Saturday
(Easter Vigil)
Mass
Intentions of Tommy
Thompson and Family
Sunday, April 5
8:00 am
10:15am
Mass
Mass
Easter Sunday of the
Resurrection of the Lord
†
People of SEAS
Judy Westcott
CAUSEWAY CAREGIVERS
Causeway Caregivers is here to help! Causeway helps
individuals age 60+ to stay independent in their homes and
active in our community by offering free volunteer services
in La Crosse County. Need help grocery shopping? Would
you like to go to live performances or sporting events? Or
would visiting over a cup of coffee brighten someone's day?
Then call Causeway! 775-9999 or causewaycaregivers.org
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PARISH INFORMATION
PRAY FOR THE SICK
Kristy Albitz
Michael Birka
Judy Bockenhauer
Sue Caudill
Ruth Clarkin
Winnie Dibb
Doris Doherty
Teri Donaldson
Richard & Lillian
Dudkiewicz
Angela DuMond
Peggy Evenson
Thomasine Freyermuth
Robin George
Catherine (Kay) Haines
Eric Hanes
Marion Johnson
Parish Rectory & Office
Phone................................................................................526-4424
Fax Number ....................................................................526-3177
Email:
[email protected]
Website www.seasholmen.org
Staff
Pastor, Father John Parr ...............................................526-4424
[email protected]
Pastor Emeritus, Monsignor Delbert J. Malin.............526-4908
[email protected]
Deacon, Deacon Matthew Ludick ................................526-4424
[email protected]
Pastoral Associate, Sister Bridget Donaldson, O.S.B. .................. 526-4849
[email protected]
Coordinator Religious Education(3 years-gr. 5). ................. Mary Luebke
[email protected]org
Youth Minister/D.R.E. (gr. 6-12), Patrick Brueggen ......526-4424
[email protected]
Director of Music, Beth Lakmann…………………..526-4424
[email protected]
Secretary, Mary Jacobson............................................526-4424
[email protected]
Sister Jean.......................................................................526-4908
[email protected]
Parish Council Members
Karen Anderson.…...526-9687
Len Beranek………...526-3623
Tom Bertram………..399-1616
Francis Brown……...783-2744
Maggie Radebaugh
Cindy Ritteman
Bailey Rohrer
Barry Schaller
Dan Schultz
Erica Schultz
Richard Simone
Linda SIres
Ralph Steele
Bob Tallent
Ralph Tegeler
Phyllis Thaldorf
Phyllis Trussoni
Paul Udulutch
Phyllis Walcker
Marcus Zeller (military)
Please remember, the sick, hospitalized, military members, homebound
and anyone needing of our prayers.
May they experience the healing power of God.
WHEN REQUESTING THAT AN INDIVIDUAL BE ADDED TO OUR PRAYER LIST,
YOU MUST HAVE THE CONSENT OF THE INDIVIUDAL OR THEIR FAMILY FOR
THEIR NAME TO BE PUBLICIZED.
ALSO, PLEASE REMEMBER TO INFORM US WHEN SOMEONE SHOULD BE TAKEN OFF THE LIST
Les Giesler………….526-9625
Shelly Linskey……...526-2286
Betty Schultz.……….526-3514
Andrea Stupi………..526-4694
Larry Warzyn-
PARISH INCOME
Bulletin early to press….no financial update this week.
EASTER FLOWER DEDICATION
Finance Council Members
Shawn HandMarie Dummer……..526-4107 land…..526Janice Dvoracek……526-3957 2257
Honor our faithful, living and deceased, by
making a donation for Easter flowers. There
is an Easter flower offering envelope in your
monthly contribution envelopes. Thank you!
Mass Schedule
Weekend: Sat. 5:00 pm and Sun. 8:00 & 10:15 am
Weekday: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 am except Tues. 7:00 am
Gluten Free Hosts: St. Elizabeth’s has gluten free hosts available.
Please contact Fr. Parr, and he will make the necessary
arrangements.
WI PARENTAL CHOICE PROGRAM
Aquinas Catholic Schools is excited to announce that we
are once again participating in the statewide Wisconsin
Parental Choice Program (WPCP). The WPCP allows
students throughout the State of Wisconsin to attend private
and religious schools tuition-free through a voucher provided
by the state.
Sacraments
Reconciliation: Saturday 4:00 pm or by appointment.
Baptism: Baptism involves membership in the church. Parents are
to attend three sessions early in the pregnancy.
Marriage: Our church is trying to create successful marriages. This
takes some time. Arrangements for a wedding date are to be
made at least six months before the anticipated date.
Anointing of the Sick: Communal celebrations in fall and spring.
Individual celebrations upon request. Please call the office when
family members are hospitalized.
Confirmation: Two year preparation program in grades 9 and 10 .
Aquinas Catholic Schools will be accepting applications in
grades K-12 for parents who wish to enroll their children in
our system through the WPCP. Interested parents are urged
to complete their applications as the opportunity to apply
ends April 20th. Additional information can also be found
by calling the central office at (608) 784-8585.
Pastoral Visitation
Anyone who desires a personal home visit is invited to call the
parish office.
Catechumenate
Student applications for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program can be submitted online until April 20th, 2015 at
http://sms.dpi.wi.gov/wpcp-statewide
Anyone wishing to become a full member of the Church is invited
to visit the parish office.
New Parishioners Please call the parish office at 526-4424.
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
Steve Keyser
June Kukovec
Dick Matushek
David McCarthy
Bill McGowan
James McGowan, Sr.
David McKenzie
Marion McKenzie
Ernie Modjeski
Joe Nagel
Kim Nerby
Judith Niedfeldt
Joseph O’Keefe
David Otte
Donna Pedretti
Helen Peterson
Ken Proctor
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