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.
“Widows of Prayer” was founded by Mary Reardon – a 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”!