Holy Martyrs Catholic Church Sunday of Divine Mercy - April 12, 2015 Mass Schedule & Intentions this Week Saturday Sunday: 5:30 pm 7:30 am 9:30 am 11:30 am Monday Tuesday 8:00 am 6:30 pm 7:00 pm Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday: 8:00 7:00 8:00 5:30 7:30 am pm am pm am 9:30 am 11:30 am This week at Holy Martyrs Parishioners Connie Hill (Gary & Mary Kozel) Emma Youngmann (Holy Martyrs Choir) Jonathan & Julius Duplaga (Norma Duplaga) For all those serving in the Military Rosary for Peace Richard & Judith Madansky Sr. (Rich & Kathy Madansky) All Souls Anne Hood (Steinle Family) For the homebound Blanche Wiencek (Andrea Jirka) Frank & Magdalena Albert (Bob & Kathy Meyer) Parishioners Richard Gaeckle (Jim & Mary Gaeckle & Family) Church Office hours: Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am -12:15 pm, 1:00 pm-5:30 pm. There will be a Pre-Baptism Session held on Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 pm in Pfeiffer Hall B. This session is for parents who plan to have their baby baptized. Sunday: Donut Sunday Children’s Liturgy of the Word resumes Jesus Kids: 9:30 am, Pfeiffer Hall B PSR: 10:30 am RCIA for Teens: 10:30 am, Room 100 Life Teen: 5:00 pm Mass followed by Life Night from 6:00-7:30 pm, GA Monday: Seniors Planning team meeting: 10:00 am, Room 103 PSR: 5:30 pm Practice for May Crowning Living Rosary: 5:00 pm, Worship Space RCIA Team meeting: 7:00 pm, off site Tuesday: Glory Bees: Mary Long, Kathleen Cooley, Mary Lou Melchior Little Rock Bible Study afternoon session: 1:00 pm, Room 103 Life Teen Core meeting: 5:30 pm, Room 102 SPIRIT: 6:00 pm, Martyrs Hall RCIA for Children: 6:15 pm, Room 201 RCIA Inquiry: 7:30 pm, Lounge Wednesday: Intercessory Prayer: 5:30 pm, Chapel Women’s Spirituality: 6:00 pm, Lounge Wellness Ministry: 6:30 pm, Room 103 Adult Choir: 7:15 pm, Worship Space Thursday: All Commissions: 7:30 pm, Gathering Area Saturday: Communion Portraits by appointment only: Worship Space & Chapel Men’s Group: 9:00 am, Room 103 Sunday: Ministry of Assistance Food and Donation weekend: after all Masses Jesus Kids: 9:30 am, Pfeiffer Hall B PSR: 10:30 am RCIA for Teens: 10:30 am, Room 100 RCIA: 10:30 am, Lounge Life Teen: 5:00 pm Mass followed by Life Night from 6:00-7:30 pm, GA There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive at Holy Martyrs on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 3:00-7:00 pm in Martyrs Hall. Park in the rear lot. Please give the gift of life. Parish Staff Fr. Stephen Dohner Janet Payton Father Mark Ott Jason Falkofsky Paula Phillips Pastor Pastoral Associate Weekend Associate Director of Music Bookkeeper Father Robert F. Pfeiffer Dorothy Thomas Diane Bruce Libbie Radecky Pastor Emeritus Coordinator of Pastoral Care Office Manager Director of Religious Education Office Assistant Sunday of Divine Mercy Parish News Seeking Baptism or Think You May Want to Become Catholic? Please Welcome the Following New Families: Ann Casalinuovo Mark & Sheila Lewis Special Musical Guests The Men's Chorus from Saint Ignatius High School, under the direction of our own Jason Falkofsky, will join the Holy Martyrs Choir in singing at the 9:30am Mass this Sunday, April 12. Immediately following Mass that morning the Men's Chorus will present a brief concert in the church. All are welcome to attend! Are you missing a crock pot, container or a dish from any church event? Please check the table outside the Gathering Area kitchen. Please notify the church office in advance of a surgery or scheduled hospital stay so that you may receive the Sacrament of Anointing. The Church has always prayed for the sick to be freed from pain and restored to health. This sacrament originated in the healing ministry of Jesus. An anointing may be scheduled before or after a Mass or during the week. EMPLOYMENT NETWORK GROUP If you are an executive, professional or manager who is looking for employment opportunities, we encourage you to connect with our Employment Network Group. This parish networking group meets twice a month at the following locations: First Wednesday of each month at Holy Martyrs Church, Martyrs Hall (off the back parking lot) Third Tuesday of each month at Knights of Columbus Hall – 131 North East Street, Medina First-time attendees should plan to come to a short orientation session at 6:30 p.m. The regular group meetings begin at 7 p.m. For more information about the Employment Network Group, please contact Erin Rankin at [email protected] If you’ve been thinking about becoming Catholic, we invite you to look more deeply into what makes Catholics “tick” by participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) at Holy Martyrs. RCIA is a process that facilitates and deepens adult conversion to Christ by providing a way for people to come together to learn more about God in their lives and about the Catholic Church. RCIA is for those who are unbaptized, or those who have been baptized but were not formed in the Christian faith These sessions provide a pressure-free, non-judgmental environment to explore what it means to live a spiritual life — and to catch a glimpse of what that spiritual life looks like within the Catholic Church. Sessions are initially held on Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. and individuals are welcome to start attending at any time during the year. After a period of time, those sessions will move to Sunday mornings. Some of the sessions even entail going to other sites throughout the Greater Cleveland area to explore the richness of our religious heritage. For more information and/or to register, please contact Janet at 330-722-6633 or [email protected] Little Rock Bible Study Afternoon Session will begin a new study, Pilgrim People, on April 21, 2015. Please join us on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm in Room 103. No prior bible study experience required. Seniors Corner Inviting all Seniors to join us for our upcoming events: Monday, 4/20, 1:00 John Burke, County Treasurer, will perform his Native American History Presentation (in full Indian attire); Light Luncheon Sunday, 5/17 Car Pool to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Euclid (Leave at 8:00 AM; Mass at 9:30 - in the Grotto, weather permitting); Breakfast option Monday, 5/18, 1:00 Speaker, Troy Haftzger, will discuss "Pain Management - How to Manage it Naturally"; Appetizers Tuesday, 6/16 Tour Bus to the Art Museum, Botanical Gardens, etc. with Dutch Treat lunch in Little Italy Holy Martyrs Church Medina, Ohio April 12, 2015 OPPORTUNITIES FOR SHARING TIME, TALENT, TREASURE Grateful Giving Throughout the Diocese Holy Martyrs Parish The Catholic Commission of Wayne, Ashland & Medina will celebrate its 28th Annual Pope St. John Paul II, Proclaimer of Justice Gala Dinner & Silent Auction on Saturday, April 18th at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Medina The 2015 Michael Berken Peace and Justice Award will be presented to Father Bob Wenz, retired Parochial Vicar of St. Ambrose Parish in Brunswick. Also being honored with the 2015 Faithful Servant Award is Connie Ebaugh, parishioner at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish. Social Hour and Silent Auction begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. For inclusion in our program booklet as a patron or ad sponsor, or to make a reservation ($30 per person), contact Joan Badami at 330-535-2787 or [email protected] Mail checks payable to Catholic Charities Corp. and sent to: Catholic Commission c/o WAM Gala, 795 Russell Avenue, Akron, OH 44307. March 28 & 29 Sunday Offering Number of Envelopes $15,939.52 432 Electronic Donations Number of Envelopes $2,965.00 32 Weekly Total $18,904.52 Monthly Donation Number of Families $8,532.00 89 Thank you! The Ministry of Assistance asks that you please watch for food sale items that can be donated to those in need. Though food collection weekends are the third weekend of each month, food donations are accepted at anytime. Certain staples are always needed, like pasta and spaghetti sauce, cereal, tuna, peanut butter, soups, can vegetables. Checks made out to Holy Martyrs with Ministry of Assistance (MOA) on the memo line are always welcome and very much appreciated. Thank you for helping those in need. DID YOU KNOW? The Food Pantry cannot distribute food items that are DAMAGED or PAST their EXPIRATION or “BEST IF USED BY” dates. Please check your donations carefully. Second Annual El Salvador Golf Outing Save the date for the 2nd Annual El Salvador Golf Outing on May 16th, 2015. Proceeds will benefit selected students of El Salvador. A registration form for the outing may be found on Holy Martyrs website: www.holymartyrs.net. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the event, we have many options available. Please contact Brad Thomas at 330-760-5940 or Shelley Conry at 330-687-6927. The next planning meeting is Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 pm in Room 103. RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – April 17-19, 2015 Someone once said “marriages may be made in heaven, but they sure take a lot of work on earth.” Have you become so distracted by outside pressure that you neglect your spouse? The Retrouvaille program can help you put your troubled marriage back on track. This program is supported by the Catholic diocese of Cleveland. The next Cleveland Retrouvaille weekend will be held on April 17-19, 2015. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information concerning the program, or to register, please call Diane or Al Miskinis in complete confidence at (330) 665-3506 or (from a 216 or 440 area code) 1 -800-470-2230. For additional information or to register online, please go to www.helpourmarriage.org. The Catholic Commission of Wayne, Ashland & Medina (WAM) Advisory Committee has passed a resolution in support of Issue 10, the .8 Mill Levy for Medina County Human and Social Services, on the May 5, 2015 ballot. Citing US Catholic Bishops statements on the common good and protecting the vulnerable among us, the Catholic Commission understands this funding as vital to directly supporting needed local services to Medina County’s vulnerable children, foster care/adoptive programs, older adults, and residents relying on local mental health and substance abuse programs. The WAM Catholic Commission encourages your prayerful consideration on Issue 10, the first tax increase on Medina County citizens since 1971. For questions, please contact the Catholic Commission at (330) 263-6176. Sunday of Divine Mercy Parish School of Religion Eucharist Source and Summit of Our Faith God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. —-Corinthians 1:9 We, as parents, have the opportunity to show our children that attending Mass is a way to have a faith filled relationship with God. It is a time when families can share the wonders of their Catholic Faith. “When we go to Mass, it is vitally important to understand what is happening. If we do not understand the Mass it will become an unnecessary relic of the past, or an interesting diversion.”1 Jesus’ saving action – His pouring out His Life to the Father—is the heart of the Mass. His body, blood, soul and divinity are made present in the Eucharist.” The Mass is an action. Jesus pours himself out. The priest, who speaks the words of Consecration, pours himself out with Jesus. He does not merely say the words; he himself becomes the sacrificial offering with Jesus. When we were baptized, we too, were baptized into the priesthood of Christ. By our baptism, all Christians are called to offer the sacrifice and to be the sacrifice with Jesus. As the priest prays the Eucharistic Prayer, the entire community unites in prayer with him. We exercise our priesthood by offering up the Son to the Father with the priest. We pour ourselves out with the priest and with the son to the Father. What a wondrous gift we can give our children every week and at daily Mass, by sharing our time in God’s House. 1 “What Does It mean to Participate in Mass?” By: Fr. Mike Schmitz MINISTERS SCHEDULE - APRIL 18 & APRIL 19 EUCHARISTIC MASSES Saturday 5:30 PM Sunday 7:30 AM Sunday 9:30 AM Sunday 11:30 AM MINISTERS Bread LECTORS SERVERS USHERS VIDEO Cup B1 Terry Adams B2 Mary Lawrence-Kirk B3 Karen Munko C1 Len Timpone C2 Judith Linton C3 Steve Brownfield C4 Betty Platner (pyx) Ed Kirk NOT FILLED Brenna Bandura Vincent Pfahl (sub req) Jeff Hood Tony Spinhirn B1 Paul Steinle B2 Barb DeMichael C1 Judy Emmert C2 Jerry Emmert (pyx) Mary Kozel Bob Steinmetz Sam Arnold Joseph Friedl Pete Rojas Erin Rankin Caitlin Overman Alexis Rogers Dick Gresock Ben Stobbs Shawn Leyden Rod Dulaney Beth Lofy Jacob Caldwell Richard Moore Rich Madansky Tom Malinak Linda Kenski B1 B2 B3 B4 D. Marco S. Marco N. Klettlinger R. Ruh C4 C1 B. Wehe C2 L. Ruh C3 T. Boyle C. Koppmann B1 Eileen Trabert B2 G. Mogyorossy B3 Jack Holland C5 C. Koppmann C6 S. Mueller C7 D. Boyle (pyx) B. Mueller C1 Deb Terrell C2 Becky Johnston C3 Libbie Radecky C4 Gary Link (pyx) Mike Terrell Holy Martyrs Church Medina, Ohio April 12, 2015 CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR YOUTH The following students received scholastic honors: Archbishop Hoban High School Nicholas Bayda Sarah Carmon Georgia Nagucki Here’s what’s coming up in LIFE TEEN at Holy Martyrs. We have an awesome year planned for all high school teens. April 12: Wipe Out April 19: Full-Filled April 26: Welcoming of Rising 8th Graders We will have a Life Teen Mass every Sunday when we gather for Life Teen. 5:00 pm sharp: Mass in the worship space 6:00-7:30 pm: Dinner & Life Night event For more information, please contact Janet Payton Pastoral Associate Questions? Send us an email at [email protected] The winter session of FOCUS is in progress. FOCUS is our new process for adult Christians who were immersed in the faith earlier in life but are seeking full communion with the Roman Catholic Church now. FOCUS is designed for adults who are strong Christians but have questions about the differences between what Catholics believe and what their own faith traditions taught. If you are interested in participating, we will be holding FOCUS again in the fall. If you would like more information, please contact Janet Payton at: [email protected] or 330.722.6633 to schedule an appointment. Teens: Follow us on Twitter — @HMLifeTeen Learn to Play Drums Contact Joe Toth at [email protected] Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima As a special opportunity for family prayer and devotion, a pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima has been made available in our parish. You may welcome the statue into your home for a week by signing up in the Gathering Area or by calling Libbie in the church office at 330-722-6633. Slow-pitch family style Softball on Sundays at Blakeslee Park in Medina Township this summer (Fenn & Rt.3). We have room for a few more players for the Holy Martyrs team. Church league, co-ed though no minimum requirements…for fun and bragging rights only! First game May 17. Call Tom Halama 330 725-0680 . Readings for the Week of April 12, 2015 Sunday Second Sunday of Easter or Sunday of Divine Mercy Acts 4:32-35; Ps 118; 1 Jn 5:1-6; Jn 20:19-31 Monday Saint Martin I, Pope and Martyr Acts 4:23-31; Ps 2; Jn 3:1-8 Tuesday Acts 4:32-37; Ps 93; Jn 3:7b-15 Wednesday Acts 5:17-26; Ps 34; Jn 3:16-21 Thursday Acts 5:27-33; Ps 34; Jn 3:31-36 Friday Acts 5:34-42; Ps 27; Jn 6:1-15 Saturday Acts 6:1-7; Ps 33; Jn 6:16-21 Sunday Third Sunday of Easter Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; Ps 4; 1 Jn 2:1-5a; Lk 24:35-48 Sunday of Divine Mercy Second Sunday of Easter - DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY On the Second Sunday of Easter in 2001, Pope John Paul II proclaimed this the Feast of Divine Mercy for the entire church. Special devotion to Christ under the title of the Divine Mercy is most fitting in conjunction with this feast. It is also a most fitting time to encourage everyone to practice works of charity and mercy as often as they can. This feast grew out of the life and devotion of St. Faustina Kowalska, who died of tuberculosis in 1938 at age 33, and whom Pope John Paul II canonized in 2000. In her writings, St. Faustina reflected on the mercy poured out in Christ’s death and resurrection, and through the Holy Spirit who forgives sins and restores joy at having been redeemed. The liturgies of Divine Mercy Sunday, and particularly the scripture readings for the Second Sunday of Easter, are a fitting way in which to express our acceptance of the Redeemer’s mercy. They narrate the first encounters with the risen Christ and his gift of forgiveness to the Church. After his resurrection, Jesus took much care to show his apostles the wounds of his passion, particularly the wound in his heart, the source from which flows the mercy poured out on humanity. The devotions of St. Faustina find their root, “in the paschal Christ, the definitive incarnation of mercy, His living sign which reflects both His saving act in history and the final salvation Christ has won for us all.” In the words of the psalm from the liturgy of Easter, “I shall sing forever of the Lord’s mercy.” (Psalm 89:2) The Chaplet of Divine Mercy consists of praying the rosary for nine days, with these prayers added: At the beginning of each decade, pray: Eternal Father, I offer You the body and blood, soul and divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. Before each Hail Mary, say: For the sake of His sorrowful passion, Have mercy on us and on the whole world. At the end of the rosary, conclude by praying three times: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy on us and on the whole world. (Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet using a Rosary or even your fingers; it only takes minutes. To learn how to pray the chaplet, visit thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/praythechaplet.php) 2015 First Step Program: Continuing education regarding marriage and divorce in the Catholic Church Do you want to: Deepen your knowledge of the Church’s teaching on marriage? Hear the true facts about the annulment process and how to submit a case? Learn about ministry to the divorced/separated in the Diocese of Cleveland? Discover a path to healing after divorce? The First Step Programs are scheduled around the Diocese, open to anyone, with no pre-registration. The next sessions are: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at St. Gabriel Parish, Concord at 7:00 pm Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Cuyahoga Falls at 7:00 pm Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at St. Ambrose Parish, Brunswick at 7:00 pm This program is offered as a way to reach out to those whose marriage, for whatever reasons or circumstances, is not valid in the Church, and find a way to re-establish full communion in the sacramental life of the Church. For more information call 216-696-6525, ext. 4000, or visit dioceseofcleveland.org/tribunal.
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