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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Fr. Tim's Letter - December 16th, 2018

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Hello People of the Resurrection...

On this “Gaudete Sunday” – with the scriptural counsel to “Rejoice” - because we’re closer to fulfillment than we were when Advent began, please let me share about Thomas Merton. 

One of the great spiritual writers of the mid-20th century, Merton died, accidentally electrocuted by a faulty fan, 50 years ago, December 10th, 1968, in Bangkok.

The son of artist-parents, he was a brilliant, inquisitive outrageous ‘playboy’ of a young man, when at 23, and alone in the world, he sought out Baptism as a Roman Catholic.  3 years later, he entered the Trappist Novitiate of Gethsemani Abbey, outside Bardstown, Kentucky. 

And despite the silent, cloistered, simple, austere life there, he would become a world renowned writer, correspondent and spiritual and political commentator.

He yearned for the whole of creation to find its connectedness – it’s unity and community - with God and each other.

Just a few of his insights:

(On Christmas and the Incarnation)

Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ has come uninvited.  But because he cannot be at home in it — because he is out of place in it, and yet must be in it — his place is with those others who do not belong, who are rejected because they are regarded as weak; and with those who are discredited, who are denied the status of persons, and are tortured, exterminated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in this world.  He is mysteriously present in those for whom there seems to be nothing but the world at its worst. It is in these that He hides himself, for whom there is no room.”

(On Saintliness) “For me, to be a saint means to be myself. Therefore the problem of sanctity and salvation is in fact the problem of finding out who I am, and discovering my true self.”

There’s so much more; for now, for now, enjoy this sampling!

 

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10th Annual Greater Green Bay Area Interfaith Memorial Prayer Service for Homeless Persons

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sponsored by the St John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter’s Interfaith Ministry Team

Thursday, December 20, 2018

6:40 p.m. Outdoor Silent Walk of Peace

7:00 p.m. Interfaith Prayer Service

Hosted by St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish     
413 St. John Street

Downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin 54301

Each year since 1990, on or near the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) has sponsored National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness, the lack of affordable housing, and to remember our friends without stable housing who have paid the ultimate price for our nation's failure to address this crisis. This event is open to the public; all are invited to participate in solidarity with those who believe health care, housing, and physical safety are basic human rights, not benefits to be earned.