Welcome Back Fr. Jim Feely

Hello, People of the Resurrection... 

This weekend, we “Welcome Home”, our Temporary Administrator, and former pastor (from 1976 until 1985), Msgr. Jim Feely. We can be so grateful that he has agreed to “come out of retirement”at 87, and help us in the next 4 months of transitional time, until a new, permanent Pastor or Parish Leader(with Priest Celebrant)is appointed here for our parish family.

Father Jim is a Green Bay native, a graduate of the Norbertine Central Catholic High School – one of the fore-runners of Notre Dame Academy.  
He was ordained in 1958 and has served many parishes throughout the diocese.
He has also exercised a beautiful ministry of Spiritual Director and Retreats Master through the years, particularly at Holy Name Retreat House on Chambers Island, and at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality right in our parish boundaries.
He is a kind, wise and holy man; please welcome him, support him and keep him in your prayers!

These months are meant as a‘maintenance/no big changes time’, in preparation for the next permanent shepherd for our parish family.

+This Wednesday, March 6th, we begin the Lenten Season –quite late this year.
There will be 3 Ash Wednesday Masses – 
at 6:30AM, 8:05AM and 6:30PM.

On Lenten weekdays, there will be 1 Daily Mass this year – 
·Mondays & Tuesdays at 6:30AM with Fr. Dean Dombroski.
·Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, at 8:05AM, with Fr. Feely.

Please remember also…
·Fridays in Lent & Ash Wednesday are “abstinence /meatless” for those aged 14 and older.
·Ash Wednesday and Good Friday ask us to “fast” - limiting ourselves to -1 ‘full’ meal; 2 smaller ones; and ‘no snacks’ for those aged 18 until 59.


As Lent becomes Easter; as transition promises new life in Christ – 
“God bless us…EVERY one”!

Fr. Tim's Letter - February 24, 2019

Good Bye“Go With God” - People of the Resurrection...

 

This weekend, concluding my time here as your parish priest & pastor, may I please offer some parting reflections?

· First – my gratitude – to God, to Bishop Ricken, Bishop Bob, Abbot Neville & Prior Jim Baraniak, for offering & allowing me the opportunity to be with you here at Resurrection. 

· And quickly behind that, my gratitude to you, parishioners, new comers, visitors and old-timers – for allowing, inviting, enduring, encouraging the experience of my presence here in this parish, which is so blessed by God, in so many ways.

· Among other things, I will always remember that I was here, as my folks, Germaine & Wayne, declined; as my Mom met her dying day – receiving that news, sitting on the bench by

the front church  doors, watching the sun come up, just before beginning daily Mass, on Mardi Gras last year.  There was nothing better that I could do for Mom, than to offer Mass, here with you.  And the kindness of so many of you through those days is something I will never fail to appreciate, and try to offer to others in that ‘spot’. Thank you, so much!

 

It has been an unsettled and overwhelming year in a variety of ways. And, as I said last week, it has become clear to me, both on the routine and extraordinary events of the parish life, that I am not the priest who is able to lead this ‘parish family’ forward at a very crucial time in your history & that of the Church.

I mean that as an honest truth: I am not the ‘right fit’, particularly in staff coordination & fiscal matters & my own level of energy.  I accept that. This does not disparage the parish, or me.  No ‘blame’; just the reality of things. 

As I have told my Diocesan & Norbertine superiors: “My ego wrote a check, in accepting the assignment, which my being is not able to cover.”  For this ‘ego’ and pride, I am sorry, before them, before you and before God.

 

I have also come to more deeply appreciate - both as an outgoing & an incoming pastor – the intensity of grief in the aftermath of pastoral transitions. It’s palpable, beautiful, daunting, powerful, potentially paralyzing - something most of us aren’t very well trained to navigate.  If I have neglected along the way to reverence this grief, in you, or myself, I am sorry.  In the same breath, I must recall Fr. Paul Demuth’s words to me years ago: “Tim, a parish is either growing or dying, with brief pauses to celebrate and discern.”  Please don’t be afraid to go forward from ‘what has been, & what is’.

 

So, it has been at my request, after much prayer, angst, soul-searching, sleeplessness and consultation, that both Abbot Radecki and Bishop Ricken have given me permission to conclude my assignment here this Friday, March 1st.

I hope, in the ‘Protestant’ sense – I mean that most respectfully – that I have been able to offer some helpful efforts as an “Interim Pastor”, and ‘buffer’ between 30 years of amazing pastors, staff and parochial growth here at Resurrection, and whatever God has in mind for the future. Particularly, I find fulfillment in:

· serving as a ‘canary in the coal mine’ to help sound the realities of changing demographics and the accompanying challenges of growing the parish forward in terms of Faith Formation, welcoming, empowering and ‘welcoming home’ younger generations of Staff and Roman Catholic Christians to ‘make their mark’ here;

· being able to assist folks in spiritual growth through the ministry of the Confessional, and 1-to-1 pastoral visits.

· helping to facilitate the parish’s ‘processing’ the withdrawal of Bishop Morneau from public ministry;

· helping to facilitate the transition of our long-time Business Manager/Development Director, Deb LeSage, from her position, as she fights “the good fight” against cancer for a 2nd time; (Please continue her in your prayers!)

 

For the Resurrection Parish Family: A “Temporary Administrator” will be appointed to cover the next 4 months; a new pastor will arrive on July 1st. Please welcome them both with warmth, openness, trust and your prayers.

For myself: I have asked to reclaim a 4-month portion of my sabbatical (deferred as I arrived here last year) to ‘catch my breath’, make a good directed retreat, cultivate some balance, energy & equilibrium, and tend to my Dad. I look to begin a new assignment as pastor, in a more modest setting, here in the diocese, on July 1st.

Both to those who have been disappointed by my coming or my being here, and to those whom I disappoint by my leaving at this time, I offer a sincere apology for my shortfall.  Please forgive me.

The challenges and opportunities of this stretch at Resurrection have brought me closer to Jesus, more fervent, faithful, even desperate, in prayer…and finding Him always close by.  I cannot but be grateful for that outcome, right?! 

And I hope in some measure, for some folks, my time here has brought you, somehow, closer to Jesus as well.

Promising my prayers for you all, as the Journey of Faith for all of us continues – please God, toward Heaven’s Gate one day, I will continue to pray…

 

“God bless us...EVERY one”!

 

Announcement from Fr. Tim

Dear Brothers & Sisters –

After an unsettled, overwhelming year…it has become clear to me, through the routine & extraordinary events of the parish life, that I do not have the capacity & the skills to lead this ‘parish family’ forward at this crucial time.

I mean that simply as an honest truth: I am not the ‘right fit’, particularly in staff coordination & fiscal matters & my own level of energy. This does not disparage the parish, or me. No ‘blame’ intended; it’s just the reality of things.

So, at my request, after much prayer, soul-searching, sleeplessness and consultation, both Abbot Radecki and Bishop Ricken have given me permission to conclude my assignment here on Friday, March 1st.

For the Resurrection Parish Family: A “Temporary Administrator” will be appointed to cover the next 4 months; a new pastor will arrive on July 1st. Please welcome them with warmth, openness, trust and your prayers.

For myself: I have asked to reclaim a 4-month portion of my sabbatical (deferred as I arrived here last year) to ‘catch my breath’, make a good, directed retreat, cultivate some balance, energy & equilibrium, and tend to my Dad. I look to begin a new assignment as pastor, in a more modest setting, here in the diocese, on July 1st.

Both to those who have been disappointed by my coming or my being here, and to those whom I disappoint by my leaving at this time, I offer a sincere apology for my shortfall. Please forgive me.

The challenges and opportunities of this stretch at Resurrection have brought me closer to Jesus, more fervent, faithful, even desperate, in prayer…and finding Him always close by. 
For that, I am most grateful.

Thank God and God bless you, always!
Father Tim Shillcox, O.Praem

Fr. Tim's Letter - February 17th, 2019

Hello, People of the Resurrection...Teaching Mass ‘Notes’ – Week 3

This week, the 3rd & final week of our Teaching Mass Project, we cover the LITURGY of the EUCHARIST.

 

“Eucharist” is a Greek word, which means: “Thanksgiving”

St. Paul tells the early Church to: “Dedicate yourselves to thanksgiving.”(Colossians 4:2)

In 1974, a group Latin American Bishops declared: “We shall truly become Christians on that day, when we weep, not because we have lost something, but because we realize that we’ve been given so much.”

Of course, the source of our thanksgiving & gratitude is the gift of Jesus Christ!  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that all who believe in Him might not die, but may have Eternal Life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world might be saved through the Son.”(John 3:16)

For such a gift, how could we ever say “thank you” too much?  And so one weekend to the next, for 20 centuries, the meal of the Lord’s Supper, the Mass, has been celebrated; the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary offered; the sacrament of His Body and Blood shared, in order to nourish and sustain Christians in the Gospel Life. 

In fact, Holy Communion is the “Last Rites” – Viaticum – “food for the journey” through life and to Heaven’s Gate!

 

Of course, because it’s so familiar and frequent, the Mass can get routine, even boring, as many say. But ‘routine’ doesn’t stop us from saying: “I love you”, or taking a daily shower, or having 3 meals a day. Routine holds our life in place!

It’s frequent to hear folks dismiss the Mass as “boring”.  But that’s not playing fair. 

Not only is the Mass what we “get out of it”,

but also “what we bring to it”...hopefully our whole selves, and our whole world!

So, as with a family meal, after some visiting  & story-telling (Liturgy of the Word) we move to the table.

The gifts (food & drink & charity) are brought forward, and the table set.  And, as for any feast, we use our best linen, silverware, dishes, glasses, etc.  So it is with the Mass – these objects are ‘consecrated’ and set aside for this singular usage and purpose.

And as the meal is begun we have a prayer: “Bless us, O Lord and these Your gifts...” 

So, at Mass, it is the Jewish Berakah form:

“Blessed are You, Lord, God of all creation! Through your goodness we have this bread/wine to offer....”

The priest, both practically and symbolically/spiritually washes his hands. 

And the gifts are put out there, and 3 times offered:

1) the Berakah prayer of the priest; 2) the “May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands...” prayer of the People; 3) the Prayer over the Gifts of the priest to which the People respond “Amen” (“yes”). A ‘trifecta’ of offering!

 

Then, to get folks engaged & involved, there’s a 3-part Preface (beginning) Dialogue to the Eucharistic Prayer; it engages the Assembly:

The Lord be with you! And with your spirit!

Lift up your hearts! We lift them up to the Lord!

Let us give thanks to the Lord of our God! It is right & just!

The Preface content sets the seasonal tone; the Holy, Holy, Holy is sung; and the Eucharistic Prayer is launched:

Praising God...

Calling down God’s Spirit upon the bread & wine, as the priest stretches out his hands over the offering...

Articulating the words of Jesus to “institute” the Eucharist – (This is my Body/This is the cup of my Blood...)

We believe that the calling down of the Holy Spirit (Epiclesis) and the repeating of Jesus’ own words changes the bread and wine (though we cannot see it or otherwise measure it scientifically) to be the Real Presence of JesusThis is Transubstantiation.

 

The Eucharistic Prayer goes on - to remember - since He said: “Do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19) Jesus’ Death & Resurrection.  We call down the Holy Spirit (another Epiclesis) on the People of God who share in the Table of Christ’s Body and Blood.  And we pray for the Church, the World, the clergy, all God’s People, and for those who have died.  Lastly, we pray for ourselves, that we may come to the fulfillment of the destiny of our Baptism: Eternal Life in the Risen Christ.

Then, the Great Amen has us all saying: “Yes”! to all of this.  It’s like the Best Man’s toast at a wedding supper:

Through Him, with Him, in Him, O God Almighty Father! All glory and honor is Yours, forever and ever! Amen!

We pray the Lord’s Prayera vision of Heaven and blueprint for the earthly Church

We ask for mercy in the Lamb of God one more time (realizing how overwhelming this gift of the Eucharist is) and then...

We share in the Holy Communion of His Body & Blood, which intimately binds us to Jesus and to each other.

 

Important silence is offered in this intimate time – “Talk to Jesus in your heart.” – a closing prayer finishes the Eucharistic Prayer.

And please note: Just like a banquet or dinner: “It’s impolite to ‘Eat & Run’”. It’s only a few minutes more, so please stay! Thanks!

Announcements may be included and then, a Blessing & Dismissal conclude the Mass....sort of.

The dismissal, in Latin: “Ite! Missa est” – Go out into the world! The Mass ‘is’ as we are broken and poured out, bringing Jesus to daily life, and to others! It’s never really ended, but just beginning again!

As we make ALL OF OUR LIFE a Mass, a Eucharist, a Great Thanksgiving Offering...

 

                                 “God bless us...EVERY one”!

 

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Fr. Tim's Letter - February 10th, 2019

Hello, People of the Resurrection...Teaching Mass ‘Notes’ – Week 2

 

This week, our Teaching Mass project covers ENTRANCE RITES & the LITURGY OF THE WORD.

Remember, the Entrance Procession began when you took the first step out of bed to head to Mass.  The final lap is the filling up of the Parking Lot, the welcoming and greeting here onsite, and the walk of the ministers toward the altar, in the name of all of us.

Music and Song, being so powerful and evocative; they help to unite & congeal us as one in the Lord. So it’s important to sing along, no matter what voice we have, as a way of saying: “I’m here, Lord! Count me in!”

THE PENITENTIAL ACT takes to heart Jesus teaching: “If you bring your gift to the altar and there realize your neighbor has something against you, go first and be reconciled; then bring your gift.” (Matthew 5:23) It’s important for us to ‘desire, to desire to be at peace’ with God, each other and everyone, before we receive Jesus.

So we express our guilt and contrition; we stand on the same level ground as sinners hoping to become saints by God’s Mercy.  The priest then offers a petition (not absolution, so there’s no need to make the Sign of the Cross) that God be merciful to us once more.

Then we offer a song of praise – the GLORIA...like the angels over Bethlehem!

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

THE COLLECT/OPENING PRAYER - is offered by the priest, on behalf of all of the People, expressing our praise, our petition, all through Christ our Lord. His posture – the Orans – arms outstretched, accepting and vulnerable and open, like Jesus on the Cross.  This attitude and vulnerability, belong to the priest and all the People - open to God.

SCRIPTURES AT MASS – 3 SOURCES

THE OLD TESTAMENT – There are 72 books in the Old Testament. The first 5 are the Jewish Torah. Others are historical, wisdom/proverbs, literature, hymns (psalms), prophecy, and other literary forms.

THE NEW TESAMENT LETTERS – The Acts of the Apostles (the 5th Gospel, attributed to St. Luke) tells the story of the early Church; so do the ‘pastoral’ letters of St. Paul, St. Peter & St. John and the anonymous Letter to the Hebrews; the Book of Revelation seeks to describe the ‘end times’, the Great Victory & Heaven.

THE GOSPELS – These texts tell the story of Jesus’ teaching, life, healing, travels, interactions, and account for his Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension.  Three of them (Matthew, Mark & Luke) are largely overlapping and with shared material – called ‘synoptic’ (similar perspective & arrangement). St. John’s Gospel is more unique, poetic, symbolic, theological, and less concerned with specific details and timelines.

The current selection of the Scriptures for Mass is a masterful accomplishment, from Vatican II!  It gives us a great sampling of the Bible, which itself is not a Book, but a Library (a Book of Books). So, to read the Bible cover-to-cover isn’t such a good idea.

Instead, many monastic men and women rely on the Scriptures for Daily Mass as their diet, and sustenance – their guidance from God for the day and all it offers and asks of them.  That practice – Lectio Divina – is a great strategy for any one of us!

 

THE GOSPEL receives particular reverence. 

It is proclaimed by a deacon or priest

All those who are able, stand for its proclamation.

Sometimes the Gospel Book is honored by incense; and always, it is honored by a kiss from the proclaimer.

It is preceded by a sung ALLELUIA – a happy word, like LLLAMBEAUUUU! or BOOYAH! or COWABUNGA!!  We’re happy because Jesus is speaking directly to us, in the present!

A pious custom of making the Sign of the Cross on one’s brow, lips and chest, with the prayer: “Lord be in my mind, on my lips and in my heart that I may worthily receive Your Holy Gospel” is also appropriate.

THE HOMILY

Unlike a ‘sermon’, which is topical, devotional, thematic, historical and not necessarily related to the Scriptures which have been proclaimed, a homily is rooted in the Scriptures of the Mass, at least in part.

For myself, the best homilies are those which ‘shuffle the deck’ of Scripture (always True) with the shifting circumstances, events, struggles and joys of contemporary human life.  Just as a good shuffle guarantees a good hand, so this kind of “Scripture & Life Shuffle” allows the Eternal Word of God to speak to us in our circumstances; and empowers us to know how to apply that Eternal Truth to what’s going on here and now.

In my preaching, I try to pray over the Scriptures and look for something that jumps out...maybe from all three of them.  My effort is to start with a true story that will somehow get us to that point; and if it’s indirect or oblique – so much the better!  My hope is to ‘hook’ my hearers into wondering: “How is he going to connect that to the Scriptures?”  If I can, hopefully it’s memorable...the point, not the story. And then I try to close with some tangible application for the coming week.

OUR PROFESSION OF FAITH – THE CREED

If the homily is successful, effective, the Assembly should be eager, ‘all pumped up’ to recommit ourselves to Christ, at least for another week!  And so it becomes powerful and inspiring to profess the Creed together.  It makes us ‘family’!  When we celebrate Baptisms at Mass, it’s a reminder that the baby being baptized will be drawn to Faith by how we profess it, and live it daily!

 

So lots of ‘words’ in the Liturgy of the Word! Listening carefully, we pray to be able to put them into action every day!

As we hear, and seek to obey and speak and act on the Word in the world…

 

                                 “God bless us...EVERY one”!

 

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Fr. Tim's Letter - February 3rd, 2019

Hello, People of the Resurrection...Teaching Mass ‘Notes’ – Week 1

 

The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (November 22nd, 1963) from Vatican II, declares that the Sunday Mass is “the source and summit” (#10) of our life together in Christ, as the Church.  Keeping the Day of the Lord’s Resurrection each week, we get our strength, direction & inspiration from this experience; & in this “Main Event”, we are most completely the Church – trusting with Jesus - love stronger than death; receiving what we need to let ourselves be ‘broken & poured out’; willing to die with Christ, because we trust that we shall rise with Him, by the power of Divine Mercy & Love! This is the great Truth & Mystery of our Faith!

These 3 weekends of “Teaching Masses” I’ll provide some ‘notes’ which may be helpful, so that this experience of explanation and even ‘dissection’, will help us to grow in understanding of why we do what we do, and appreciation & focus, as we celebrate Mass together each weekend, welcoming others to join us...“together in the Lord”. 

So...‘by the numbers’ this week:

3 CONCEPTS by which to understand the Mass -

THE MASS IS A MEAL – First celebrated in the setting of the Jewish Passover Supper, the Mass is intended to nourish us, and draw us together in ‘communion’, around a table, a feast. Our bodies, minds, hearts, spirits and relationships are fed by food, drink, companionship - breaking bread together, and also by the Spirit of God, who is present “wherever 2 or more gather in His name”. (Matthew 18:20) And of course, who’s not thankful for a feast?

THE MASS IS A SACRIFICE – Jesus’ Body is broken; His Blood is poured - out on Calvary’s Cross, and once more, on the Altar.  He models for us, and invites us to a sacrificial way of life, offering ourselves, ‘broken and poured out’ in loving Gospel Service.

THE MASS IS A SACRAMENT – Holy Communion is an outward sign of Jesus’ Real Presence with us and within us, so that we – the Church – can be the ‘Sacrament’ of His Presence in the world.  Not just a symbol, Roman Catholic Christians believe that the Bread and the Cup are Jesus’ Real Presence!  Transubstantiation – the substance which appears to be food and drink has been transformed by God’s Spirit into the Substance of Jesus, with us.

4 FOCAL POINTS IN A CHURCH-ROOM

ALTAR – The altar is Christ, the fixed and stable “Rock of our Salvation” (Psalms 16, 82, 89). We bow before it; we kiss it.  It is the ‘family table’ from which the Eucharist is served, a kind of ‘magnet’, drawing us together as the Church.

PULPIT/AMBO - Another ‘table’ or ‘altar’ from which (only) the Word of God is proclaimed (not merely ‘read’).

PRESIDER’S CHAIR – A sign of the humble service & ‘priestly’ ministry to which each one is called by our Baptism.

ASSEMBLY/NAVE – The Assembly of the Faithful  (All of us, together in Jesus) is the primary sign of Christ’s presence in the Church. Please give that some thought!

4 BOOKS REQUIRED FOR MASS

BOOK of the GOSPELS – The texts of Jesus’ life, death & resurrection; his teaching & powerful deeds. No other book takes precedence for us ahead of this one!

LECTIONARY – the 3-year cycle of Old Testament & New Testament scriptures which supplement the Gospel texts, and provide the Assembly with a rich sampling of the Bible’s books, stories and passages.

ROMAN MISSAL/SACRAMENTARY – the priest’s ‘playbook’, including texts for the specific seasons and feasts, and in red ink (rubrics) the instructions for gestures, actions, rituals and postures.

HYMNAL – since liturgy is not ‘theatre’ or performance, we all need to participate; St. Augustine observed: “Those who sing, pray twice”.

4 VESTMENTS

ALB – our white baptismal garment; any baptized Christian is entitled to wear it, especially in the service of a particular ministry.

STOLE – derived from a judge’s ‘mantle’, a rabbi’s prayer shawl, it is a long strip of cloth signifying the cleric’s ordination and ‘commission’ to serve and administer the sacraments in the name of the Church.

CHASUBLE – meaning “little house”, it is patterned after the Roman soldiers’ cloak – a simple sign of the Church’s charity, generosity and compassionate outreach.

DALMATIC – patterned after the Roman Senator’s garb, the outer garment of deacons, who initially assisted the bishops directly. Priests (presbyters) were assigned to the hinterlands to serve in the name of the bishops.

A GOOD QUESTION TO ASK AT ANY TIME DURING THE MASS

Since the Mass is a complex conversation between and among various ‘parties’, at any given time, who is speaking? To whom? On their own behalf or another’s? Who is listening?

 

A REMINDER

The Entrance Procession really begins when we each step out of bed, and begin to head ourselves toward the church for Mass. The “Church” – The People of God - flows out of our homes and out of the world, bringing with us all of our lives, hopes, dreams, successes, sins and struggles, to be gathered into the church-building, in the Name of Jesus Christ. If anyone is stalled or absent, the ‘parade’ is diminished.

OK! Enough for the first installment! As we gather around the altar together...

 

                   “God bless us...EVERY one”!

 

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Fr. Tim's Letter - January 27, 2019

Writing from -18 degrees at Morgan Lake, on a crisp and beautiful winter morning, I have three things for you to consider on this final Sunday of January, 2019.

 

1) Our sister in the parish family, Nancy Mary Siebers, makes ‘first vows’ in the Widows of Prayer at 10:30 Mass today!

              With Vatican II, the restoration of many practices of the Early Church emerged. 

              The awareness that each of us has our unique place in the “order of things” caused many ‘orders’, along with ‘Holy Orders’, to emerge in the early Christian Community: the Order of Penitents, the Order of Virgins, the Order of Widows being some of them. 

Later in Christian History, a vast variety of religious ‘orders’ would emerge, as folks found their place in God’s design: Franciscans, Norbertines, etc.

Both in Old and New Testaments, widows claimed a special place in the faith & care of the Community; certainly this remains true today, in the Church, and here at Resurrection. 

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“Widows of Prayer” was founded by Mary Reardona friend of mine from St. Pius X in Appleton – so that widows may find ‘communio’ & support, and also offer a ministry of prayer, presence and witness. 

Thank You Nancy for her commitment to this ‘order’, for the glory of God and for the sake of the Church!

2) The 2019 Bishop’s Appeal kicks off next weekend. Parishioners will receive a direct mailing to your homes.  The overall goal remains the same: $5.6M.  Our parish goal is slightly increased to $108K.

(Last year $158K was given from Resurrection.)

Please consider a generous gift for the sake of the ministries of the Diocese of Green Bay. Thank you!

 

3) Anticipating Lent, 2019, which begins on March 6th, and consulting the Staff and Worship & Spirituality Committee, we will have only 1 daily Mass at Resurrection during Lent

Given the shortage of priests, and the wide variety of daily Mass times right in our neighborhood, it seems ‘good stewardship’ to make this change at a time when many parishes in the diocese have no daily Mass.

So – on Monday & Tuesday Mass will be at 6:30am; on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, it will be at 8:05am.  This allows working folks to catch an early Mass a few days a week.  As Lent gets closer we will publish the schedule of area daily Masses for your convenience.  Thank you for your understanding & flexibility in this. Yes! In all of this & everything we do, please…

 “God bless us…EVERY one”!

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Fr. Tim's Letter - January 20th, 2019

Hello, People of the Resurrection!

 

Not wanting to run away from Christmas too fast – would that every day was Christmas, and the Word of God would become flesh and blood in every word, action, dream, relationship and aspect of every one of our lives – but Winter Ordinary Time, and beyond it, Lent, 2019, which begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6th also hold some promise and opportunities for us.

I’m excited, and I hope you will be also, to offer 3 weekends of “Teaching Masses” here at Resurrection – February 2/3 and 9/10 and 16/17.

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It will be follow-up on the G.O.D. November segment on the Eucharist.  Hopefully too, it will be instructional for disciples of all ages, families, couples and individuals.

The Mass has been offered every weekend for 20 centuries. (Those of us who are weak, need it daily!) 

Our Church teaches that it is the “source & summit” of our life together in Christ:  The place we get all the energy, strength and mercy we need to live the Gospel; and the place we look most like the Heavenly Church, gathered together around one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one Table.

Folks have risked all, travelled much and made substantial sacrifices to be able to “Do this in remembrance of Jesus.”  And yet, in recent times, attendance plummets, and folks seem ‘bored’ and disengaged. Our head count in November, 2018 revealed only 24% of registered members present.

In these weekends, we will dissect a portion of the Mass to explain “why we do what we do”, and the rich symbolism and beauty of the Mass.  

This has been very helpful in my own life, back when I was 24; I observe it has helped other reclaim a deepened appreciation and experience of Mass. May the same be true here at Resurrection for us, and anyone you want to invite to join us!

No worries – we will honor the “60-minute” time frame, absolutely. I promise!

We will also forgo Baptisms during Masses these 3 weekends to respect the time frame and focus on this project.

For many, coming to Mass 3 weekends in a row is nothing different from our regular routine.  For others, it will mean a commitment and change in patterns.  I hope, pray and plead with you to make those arrangements, commitments and sacrifices, so that we will grow together in the Lord through the “Main Event” of the Roman Catholic Church – the Sunday Mass. As we do, please...

“God bless us…EVERY one”!

 

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Blood Pressure Ministry Volunteers Needed

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Would you like to use your gifts to serve your parish on the blood pressure screening team? Looking for two volunteers to join our 10:30AM Mass team!  We could use one person, not necessarily in health care, but with an interest in helping out, in the facilitator role, to help retrieve records, help participants fill out their paperwork and pass out health related flyers.  We could also use one person with a health care background, who has been formally trained to take blood pressures (e.g.  MAs, NAs, LPNs, RNs, EMTs) using a traditional cuff with a manual inflation bulb and aneroid dial.

Screening takes place just once per month on the second weekend of each month.  Training and shadowing provided.  Large sub pool for the weekends you’re unable to volunteer.  For more information or to sign up contact Roseann Dichraff at rdichraff@gbres.org, or at the parish office at 336-7768.  Thank you for considering! 

 

Travelling? A Resource for Local Mass Times

Don’t let travelling keep you from your time with Jesus. Check out this great resource for wherever you are headed! www.catholicmasstime.org

This link is always available under our “Resources” tab or at the footer at the bottom of our webpage so come back anytime!

If you want some inspiration, consider reading a bit about Meg Hunter-Kilmer “Hobo for Christ”! She finds a way to attend Mass EVERY SINGLE DAY as she travels about the country sharing Jesus’ love with whomever she encounters!

Held by His Pierced Hands

“The only life worth living is a life worth dying for.”

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