SAINT AGNES CHURCH FORT WRIGHT, KENTUCKY Calendar Sunday, April 12 DPAA Follow-Up Weekend Coffee & Donuts after 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30 Blood Pressure Screenings Cans for Kids Collection 9:00 a.m. Rosary - Church 10:30 a.m. RCIA - Rectory Conf Room 1:00 p.m. Baptisms 7:30 p.m. Rosary for Peace/Enlisted-Adoration Chapel Monday, April 13 2:30 p.m. Girl Scouts (BR) - Murphy A & B 7:00 p.m. CCD - School 7:30 p.m. Pro-Life Committee - Murphy Hall 7:30 p.m. St. Vincent de Paul - Rectory Conf Room Tuesday, April 14 10:00 a.m. Prayer Group - Chapel 7:00 p.m. Board of Education - Media Center 7:00 p.m. Men’s CRHP Team - Convent Wednesday, April 15 7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts - Murphy A & B 7:00 p.m. Cub Scouts - Murphy Hall 7:00 p.m. Choir - Church Thursday, April 16 11:30 a.m. Anointing of the Sick following Mass Friday, April 17 10:00 a.m. Familia - Murphy A & B Saturday, April 18 8:10 a.m. Sung Morning Prayer - Church 9:00 a.m. Confessions - Church 9:00 a.m. First Eucharist Retreat - Murphy Hall Sunday, April 19 9:00 a.m. Rosary - Church 1:00 p.m. Baptisms 7:30 p.m. Rosary for Peace/Enlisted-Adoration Chapel Mass Intentions Sunday, April 12-Second Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy 7:30 a.m. Doran Reed 9:30 a.m. Lois Stephens 11:30 a.m. Tom Wissel Monday, April 13-St. Martin I 6:30 a.m. Marilyn Stoeckle 11:30 a.m. Bill Rauen Tuesday, April 14 6:30 a.m. People of the Parish 11:30 a.m. Nick & Marie Kreutzjans Wednesday, April 15 6:30 a.m. Jim Markiewicz 11:30 a.m. Josephine Smouse Scott Thursday, April 16 6:30 a.m. Souls in Purgatory 11:30 a.m. Deacon Joe Cleves-3rd Anniversary Friday, April 17 6:30 a.m. Bob Weil 9:00 a.m. Ralph Racette 11:30 a.m. John & Bert Oldiges APRIL 12, 2015 Saturday, April 18 8:30 a.m. Ralph Kuchle & Karen Kuchle Swofford 4:00 p.m. Kay Wissel Sunday, April 19-Third Sunday of Easter 7:30 a.m. Martha Kaelin 9:30 a.m. Yvonne Gibson 11:30 a.m. Mary Rita Bell Ministry/Volunteer Schedule for April 18th/19th Gift Bearers 4:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Lou & Kathy Hodge Ron & Janet Muck Chris & Natalie Maier & Family Kevin & Donna Baker & Family Special Ministers of the Word 4:00 p.m. M Witt, J Osterhaus 7:30 a.m. G Harpen 9:30 a.m. L Thamann, M Fritz 11:30 a.m. G Whitacre, L Clements Eucharistic Ministers 4:00 p.m. M Stoeckle, J & D Rechtin, K & D Bray, M Pennington, J Bayer, L Knasel 7:30 a.m. I & D Mai, C Kirn, B Henn, D & B Tepe 9:30 a.m. P Fritz, M Fox, J VonHandorf, C Mullen, L Stauber, G & D Small, T & R Lonneman, P Metzger 11:30 a.m. J & K Elfers, J & R Lawson, B & S Thamann, J & J Reinersman, M Spare, D Able Servers 4:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. G Wainscott, M Alcantara, M Kaelin J Cornes, B Shields, B Kindt J Knochelmann, R Kluemper, E Kluemper H Melching, M Summe, J Teller 6:30 a.m. – Servers: April 13th-Don Mai April 20th-Earl Schuh Rosary, Sunday, April 19th at 9:00 a.m.: Dan Summe Highland Crossing, April 19th: Deacon Jim Fedor Vocation Chalice Program Participants 4:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Tony & Diane Eilerman Loretta McKinley Pat & Laura Anneken Chris & Stephanie Schmidt Greeters 4:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Betty Peeno, Aneta Biernat Daryl & Blanche Tepe, Frank & Bev Henn Carl & Carol Allison, Steve & Maria Elkins Margie Long, Drew & Lyn Collins, Mark Nutter SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER/DIVINE MERCY To learn more about the Catholic Faith or about joining our parish, please call 431-1802 or email [email protected] Staff Article Easter Hope During the Easter Season we celebrate life and we celebrate hope. Our hope comes to us through Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, and rose from the dead to show us that our life on Earth does not end in death, but is just the beginning of our life eternal in Heaven. Unlike Thomas who placed his fingers on the nail marks and his hand on the side of the Risen Lord, we are called to trust and to believe based on faith and hope. Fortunately, God provides us with signs of hope to strengthen our faith. This year my signs of hope came during Holy Week, beginning with the Palm Sunday procession, the readings of the Passion on Palm Sunday and Good Friday, The Holy Thursday washing of the feet and Eucharistic procession, the Adoration of the Cross on Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday celebrations, the beautiful, uplifting, and prayerful music provided by our music ministers, our parish community with whom I had the privilege of sharing this sacred time, and my family. On Easter Sunday morning after barely 4 hours of sleep, when I got into the car to drive to Saint Agnes for the 7:30 a.m. Mass, I was greeted by a big, beautiful, and bright moon. It made me think of my granddaughter, Yoli, who gets excited every time she sees the moon. At supper I’ve seen her take a bite out of a slice of zucchini and hold it up to me proudly exclaiming, “The moon! I made a moon, Grandpa!” This was another sign of hope that God so graciously provided. On July 1st I’ll be celebrating 20 years of music ministry at Saint Agnes. I am very thankful and blessed to have been our music minister for these past 20 years. I’ve made many wonderful and lasting friendships with a number of people, both in our music ministry and in the parish as a whole. I’d love to continue to be our music minister, God willing, for another 20 years or at least maybe another 10. We are blessed with an amazing staff and generous volunteers, involved in a number of ministries that provide vital services for our parish and community. Our music ministry is made up primarily of a number of dedicated and committed volunteers including singers for the various choirs, instrumentalists, cantors, a fantastic children’s choir, and a memorial choir for funerals. Both Jay Kirchner, our organist, and Renee Harris, our 9:30 choir director, give 110% of themselves in their ministries. We are also blessed from time to time with friends and family who volunteer to share in our music ministry as guests. Among these are the Marian University Sacred Choir, The Covington Catholic and Saint Henry’s Chamber Choirs, Julie O’Neill on Good Friday, and most recently Serenity Fisher and Michael Ronstadt on Easter Sunday. During this Easter season may we all be enriched and nourished by the signs of hope around us and may we be beacons of hope to others. Bobby Fisher, Director of Music Ministries Parish Worship Faith Sharing Questions Theme of this week’s Gospel: Jesus appeared to His disciples, showed them His wounds, and gave them the power to forgive sins. Thomas was not present when this happened. Adults: Have you ever questioned things about your faith as Thomas did? How did you resolve your doubts? Teens: Why did Thomas have difficulty believing that Jesus had risen? What made Him change His mind? Children: If Jesus were to appear to you today, what would you say to Him? Next Sunday: April 19, 2015 The Third Sunday of Easter Season, Cycle B During the Easter Season, the First Reading comes from The Acts of the Apostles and we read about the early, post-resurrection days of our Church. In Cycle B years, the Second Reading is from the First Letter of John. The Gospel Readings for the first three Sundays of Easter recount appearances of the Risen Christ. Gospel Reading: (Luke 24:35-48) This Gospel passage comes right after the “Emmaus Story” from the Gospel of Luke. The Emmaus Story is not found in any Gospel except Luke. The story tells of two disciples leaving Jerusalem heading toward the town of Emmaus. On the way, they encounter a stranger and they engage in a lively conversation about Jesus and the scriptures. As they walk the stranger “opens their minds” to understand the Scriptures. The disciples don’t realize that the stranger is in fact Jesus until at a meal that night. They “recognize him when he breaks the bread”—an obvious reference to the Eucharist. With this recognition, Jesus vanishes from their midst. SAINT AGNES CHURCH FORT WRIGHT, KENTUCKY Parish Worship continued Immediately after this, these disciples head back to Jerusalem. Now this is where the Gospel passage for this Sunday takes up. The details of the this story— Jesus’ wounds, his eating, etc.—emphasize that this is not the appearance of a ghost, but of something more real. As with the two disciples on the road, Jesus seems to be explaining to them that Scripture can only be properly understood in light of His resurrection. He “opens their minds” as well to the meaning of Scripture and all that they have experienced, charging them “You are witnesses of these things.” This “apostolic witness” of those who experienced the risen Lord— many giving their lives for Him—is foundational to the life of Christianity. First Reading: (Acts of the Apostles 3:13-15, 17-19) The Acts of the Apostles is thought to have been written by Saint Luke, who was a disciple of Saint Paul (the “Apostle to the Gentiles”). This reading from Acts is from a speech that is depicted as being given by Saint Peter to a Jewish assembly. Perhaps this reading, which is both accusatory toward the Jews and exhortatory toward repentance, summarizes well the attitude of Luke’s Christian Community (about 80 AD) toward the Jewish community. Apparently there were many Gentiles in Luke’s community. Second Reading: (1 John 2:1-5) Echoing a theme from John’s Gospel, this reading speaks in terms of equating true knowledge of God with keeping God’s commandments: The love of God is perfected in the one who keeps God’s Word. Adoration of Our Lord Blessed are we who receive the Lord Jesus in Holy Communion (His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity) and have the opportunity to visit and adore Him in His Real Presence in Eucharistic Adoration. Please commit to an hour with Jesus in our Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel. Call 859-496-4149 for more information. Congratulations Bridget Elkins We congratulate Bridget Elkins and her family this weekend. Bridget will be making her First Holy Communion at the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Our parish is very proud of Bridget! Incense Alert Changed In recent bulletins it was announced that during the Easter Season we would be using incense at the 4:00 p.m. (Saturday), 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Masses. That is changed. After today, we will only use incense at the Masses on Pentecost Sunday, May 24th. APRIL 12, 2015 Holy Week: Many Thanks I thought our Holy Week Services last week were very meaningful and prayerful. It takes the efforts of many to make them so. Our Sacristan, Walt Witt, does an extraordinary job, changing the decor in church several times between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. He also gets out and stores away all of the various items we use, particularly ones we use just this one time each year. Our music groups did a beautiful job, enhancing our worship with beautiful music, both instrumental and vocal. We thank Bobby Fisher and Renee Harris for their leadership, as well as the many musicians and vocalists who practice so diligently all year around, but especially in anticipation of Holy Week. We thank Paula Fritz and her team of volunteers who coordinate our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program, and who prepared Cassie Moening and Marta Reser for the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion. RCIA is a process that goes on all year around. A special thanks to our Deacons: Jim Fedor, Ralph Grieme, Gary Scott and Bob Stoeckle. They helped with Liturgy preparations as well as serving at the actual Liturgies. They also graciously helped Father Bob Rosing and the Sisters of Notre Dame with the Holy Week Services at Saint Joseph Heights. Our Servers, Lectors, Communion Ministers, Ushers and Greeters all did a great job as well. Lastly, thanks to everyone who participated. In Christianity, remembering is a very important responsibility. We do not want to forget what our God has done for us. In fact, we are to “proclaim the mighty deeds of the Lord!” We do this remembering through our Liturgies all year long, but especially during Holy Week. – Fr. Mark Keene Stewardship Status of Sunday Collection Actual Collections (July thru 04/07/2015) $889,879 Budgeted Collections (July thru April) $1,018,000 Budgeted Collections for Fiscal Year (2014/2015) $1,200,000 SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER/DIVINE MERCY Stewardship continued DPAA 2015 Follow-Up Sunday “...So that your works may be clearly seen as done in God.” John 3:21 Thank you to everyone who has completed a pledge card and/or made a gift to the DPAA this year. Follow-up Sunday is today, April 12th, so those who have not completed a pledge card will have an opportunity to do so. I encourage everyone to consider making a commitment that is truly sacrificial. Many find they can participate in this appeal at a greater level by making a pledge that is paid over several months, as opposed to a one-time gift. Please pray for the success of the appeal for our diocese and our parish. — Fr. Mark Keene Saint of the Week Saint Martin I The future Pope Martin was born in the Umbrian city of Todi, which is located in central Italy. The actual year of his birth is not known. He was a high official in the Church before he was elected pope on July 21, 649. He had been a deacon and was the only pope during the period called the Byzantine papacy (537-752) to be elected without imperial approval. His election was seen as a “Battle Cry” against Constantinople (Byzantium). As soon as he became pope he called the Lateran Council of 649. The Lateran Council was called to deal with the heresy of the Monothelites, who stated that Christ had one will, even though he had two natures (human and divine). The Church holds that Jesus had two wills, human and divine, to correspond to his two natures, human and divine, which is called dyothelitism. The council condemned the monothelites and those who promulgated it. This included the Patriarch of Constantinople and Patriarch Paul II, both who had support from the Byzantine emperor. The emperor Constans ordered that Martin be arrested. He was, and was charged with collaborating with the Muslim caliphate that was threatening the Byzantine empire (in addition to attacking the Emperor’s friends). Martin was first taken to the Greek island of Naxos in 653. During the same year he was taken to Constantinople, and then in 655 he was sent to the Crimea (currently southern Russia or Ukraine), where he died on September 16th of the same year. His feast day in April 13th. Parish News Wedding Banns II-Amber Trenkamp, St. Agnes & Juan Afable Our Lady of Fatima’s Statue Our Lady of Fatima’s National Pilgrim Statue Tour will be at Saint Agnes on Thursday, April 23rd from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day with Rosary being led at the top of each hour. A special presentation is planned for 7:00 p.m. Coffee and Donuts Today You are invited to Murphy Hall immediately following the 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Masses today for donuts, fruit, coffee and juice. Sponsored this month by members of our Parish Council. Happy Anniversary Deacons Deacons Jim Fedor, Ralph Grieme and Gary Scott were ordained on April 13, 2013. It is hard to believe that two years have passed since that beautiful weekend. We congratulate them on their ministry and thank them for their service to our parish and to our diocese. Children’s Liturgy of the Word The last three Children’s Liturgy of the Word classes will be offered during 11:30 Mass today, April 19th, and April 26th, and it will resume in September. Additional helpers are needed for next year’s program. If you are interested in helping, please contact Michelle Schulte at [email protected] No teaching experience is necessary. All volunteers must be Virtus compliant. Pro-Life Meeting Saint Agnes’ Pro-Life Committee will meet the Monday, April 13th in Murphy Hall at 7:30 p.m. We invite all parishioners to come and join us! Attention All Virtus Users All Virtus accounts are unsuspended (or open) for the month of April. Please take time during April to make sure all your bulletins are complete. Monthly bulletins are posted on the first Sunday of every month. Please check your account at least once a month. If you have any questions, please contact Beth at the rectory office at 431-1802 or [email protected] SAINT AGNES CHURCH FORT WRIGHT, KENTUCKY Parish News continued Adult Confirmation on Pentecost Bishop Foys will confirm adults who have missed Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday, May 24th at the 10:00 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral. If you are interested in being confirmed, please contact Anita Dunn at [email protected] or call 431-1802. Applications must be in by April 27th. Become a “Pewster” We will be cleaning the pews after the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Saturday, April 18th. It should take less than an hour to complete our tasks. All cleaning items will be supplied. Please join us. For more information contact Nancy Jung at 331-3412. First Place 4 Health Would you like to get in better shape this summer — physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally? First Place 4 Health is a Christ-centered weight program designed to help us improve in all four of these essential areas. There will be a NO OBLIGATION informational meeting on Monday, April 20th at 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory Conference Room. Please prayerfully consider whether this might be the answer you have been seeking. You may also contact Nancy Bradley at [email protected] or 859-803-2002. All are welcome. Come and bring a friend. APRIL 12, 2015 New Parish Picture Directory Life Touch will be taking pictures for the parish picture directory the weeks of April 27th, May 4th, and May 11th in Murphy Hall. Please sign up for your appointment online at https://www.securedatatrans14.com/ap/stagneschurch/index.php?page=10 or go to our website and under News, click on New Parish Picture Directory. For those who are unable to register online, we will have sign-ups after all Masses on April 11th/12th, and April 18th/19th. Families that have their picture taken for the directory will receive a free 8 x 10 and a free directory. Any questions, please contact Linda at [email protected] Volunteers are needed to register families online, greet parishioners on picture days, and help with the directory design. Anyone interested in helping, please contact Beth at the parish office at [email protected] or Linda at 344-1140 or [email protected] Rose Garden Open House The Rose Garden Center for Hope and Healing (2020 Madison Avenue, Covington) will be having an open house on Sunday, April 26, from 1-4 PM. Come and See the wonderful works that the Lord is doing through the Franciscan Daughter of Mary and all of their volunteers. Saint Agnes helps support the Rose Garden through the Parish Tithing Fund. RCIA Saint Agnes School Needs You Last weekend we welcomed three new Catholics into our faith. They now enter the 4th period of the RCIA, Mystagogy, which lasts for a year. This final period of regular weekly formation extends through the Easter Season to Pentecost, followed by monthly gatherings until next Easter Vigil. It is a time for deepening the Christian experience, especially in appreciation for the sacramental life, for spiritual growth, and for entering more fully into the life and unity of the Catholic community. Now that they share fully with us in the Sacraments, we need to pledge our support to help them grow and mature in the Catholic Christian life and to develop a genuine Catholic world view. Please introduce yourself to Cassie, Marta, and Tracy and invite them to join you in prayer and service at Saint Agnes and in our greater community. If you are interested in learning about the Catholic faith or if you know anyone who might be interested, please contact our parish at [email protected] or 4311802. It’s time to register or re-register your Kroger Plus Card with Saint Agnes School, so that we can benefit from your shopping. Here are the easy steps: 1. Visit Kroger’s website at www.krogercommunityrewards.com and sign in to your account or create a new account. 2. Enter Saint Agnes School’s five digit NPO number (80205). 3. Select your organization by clicking on the circle to the left of our school’s name. 4. Save changes. Saint Agnes School has the opportunity to benefit greatly when all our parents, parishioners, and community members register their card. BJ David generously produced a video to provide a visual guide to registering your Kroger card: youtube.com/watch? v=aPnB34Njl68&feature=youtu.be. Remember, you must re-enroll each year, so please register today to start earning money for Saint Agnes School! Thank you for your support! SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER/DIVINE MERCY Faith Formation Diocesan News Word of Life Bulletin Brief Earth Day in Fort Wright “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception.” To celebrate EARTH DAY, The City of Fort Wright is sponsoring a Clean Up Fort Wright Day on Saturday, April 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. We are asking all residents of Fort Wright to pick up trash around their homes and neighborhoods. If you are able to do more by helping pick up trash around some public areas of the city, please meet us at the Fort Wright City Building and Fort Wright will provide trash bags and transportation to those areas if needed. Businesses are also being asked to participate. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 2280 © 2001 LEV-USCCB. Used with permission. Spiritual Adoption Baby Shower We have been praying for our spiritually adopted babies for 8 months now! To celebrate the end of our Spiritual Adoption program we will be having a baby shower next weekend, April 18th & 19th. The flyer inserted in this bulletin lists suggested items for the baby shower. All donations will be given to the Rose Garden Home Mission in Covington so they can continue their important work with women in crisis pregnancies. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Beth Scott at 859-586-4017. Volunteers are asked to register at the following site https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clean-up-fort-wright-day -tickets-16073688836 or call the City of Fort Wright at 331-1700. All volunteers will be treated to a lunch provided by Izzy's at 12:30 p.m. that day at the Fort Wright Civic Club on Kennedy Road.
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