PARISH BULLETIN Trinity Sunday – May 31, 2015 St. Francis Xavier St. Rita’s Holy Rosary 780-524-3425 FAX 780-524-3404 www.stritavv.org Pope focuses on dating in his General Audience: Stay away from 'Express Marriage' In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis reflected on dating and marriage. The Pope reiterated that being called to marriage is a vocation that needs to be embraced. He also encouraged Christians to stay away from the so called 'Express Marriage,' which is solely based on fading emotions. He then highlighted that a life long union entails hard work. SUMMARY OF CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH: Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our catechesis on marriage and the family, today we reflect on the importance of engagement as a preparation for marriage. The word "engagement” itself speaks of entrustment and commitment. Engagement is a time when couples come to know one another better in planning for the beautiful yet demanding enterprise of marriage. Love itself demands this preparation, which makes possible a free, generous and sober decision to enter into a life-long covenant of love. For this reason the Church stresses the importance of the period of engagement by offering courses of marriage preparation. With the help of Christian married couples, fiancés are challenged to reflect together on their love, their future and the importance of faith and prayer in the life they are about to share. Let us pray for young people looking forward to marriage, that they will prepare for the wedding day not in a worldly or banal way, but with the wisdom, hope and joy born of their faith in Christ. Romereports.com 2015-05-27 WELCOME TO ST. RITA’S PARISH Intercessory Prayer to Saint Rita Holy Patroness of those in need, Saint Rita, you were humble, pure and patient. Your pleadings with your divine Son are irresistible, so please obtain for me from our risen Jesus the request I make of you. Be kind to me for the greater glory of God, and I shall honor you and sing your praises forever. Glorious Saint Rita, you miraculously participated in the sorrow passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Obtain for me now the grace to suffer with resignation the troubles of life, and protect me in all my needs. Amen WEEKDAY Monday, June 1 Tuesday, June 2 Wednesday, June 3 Mass Times 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Lodge Thursday, June 4 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 5 Saturday, June 6 9:00 a.m. Sunday, June 7 10:00 a.m. MINISTRIES Greeters & Gift Bearers Ushers Collection Children’s Liturgy Lectors Eucharistic Ministers: Bread Cup Church Cleaning Parish Centre Cleaning Altar Servers MASSES, MEETINGS & EVENTS 10:15 Long Term Care 12:30 Mass @ St. Francis 2:30 p.m. Holy Rosary May 31 June 7 Catholic Women’s League Couples for Christ Dan Napier & Marcel Duguay Dan Napier & Marcel Duguay Catholic Women’s League Couples for Christ Shela & Volunteers Shela & Volunteers Catholic Women’s League Pat Handfield & Rob Kerswell Dan (Bernie) Henri(Denise) John, Sonia, Elsie, Denise Gisele & Marcel Lorraine, Dan, Mike, Angela, Eve & Terry Eve & Terry Joseph & Triser Myrtle, Elsie, Rose Daen & Shaen Collection Information for May 10, 2015 Loose 56 Envelopes Papal Charities $225.00 $1003 $175.00 Building Fund St. Francis Xavier Development & Peace $294.00.00 $225.00 $500.00 Prayers for the Sick Please pray for recovery, healing and/or special graces for Linda James, Cecil Pattison, Barb Bespflug, Henry Moormann, Margaret Lamoureux, Laurier Bourassa, Pat Bonertz, Makenzie Fickle, Albert Courtoreille, Shirley Kramps, Lea Paradis, Ziah and Francis Kapalka, Jeannette Doolittle, Debbie McInnis and all those who are in need. Pray also for the repose of the souls of the departed. Dear Prayerful Parishioners: The prayer list is refreshed on the first Sunday of each month. To add someone to the prayer list, please fill out a form found in the little box on the table in the foyer and place your request in the collection basket. Please Contact Denise to add names on the list, 780-552-3985 or [email protected] Happy Birthday this week to Deirdre O’Dell, Lacy Gerwatowski, David OlsteadNolan Carter, James Tremblay, Angelica De Guzman, Angela Radzikowski, Myrtle Caharel, Darlene Kerwell, June Hardman, Tristan Simpkins Happy Anniversary to Neil & Brandy Doris, Jason & Vilma Fidler, Roger & Jacqueline Boyd, Jim & Lisa Dorscheid Thank You to all the ladies that helped cleaned the rectory after Father Abraham left. Welcome Father Jacobsen hope your stay with us is enjoyable ********** In the Footsteps of St. Paul Pilgrimage 12-day Pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey, July 3-14, 2015. St. Paul has the distinction of carrying the Faith beyond the borders of Palestine. Here's an opportunity to visit many places identified with St. Paul in modern Greece and Turkey. Deadline for registrations and deposit is April 30, 2015. Anyone interested in this exceptional trip, please contact: Fr. Ed Eherer CSsR, c/o St. Joseph Parish, Grande Prairie, 780-532-2351 Diocesian Youth Summer Camps: August 9-14 (grades 7-12), August 17-20 (grades 4-6) Contact: Denis Blanchette Office phone:780-532-9766 cell: 780-837-1658 www.archgmyouth.org Youth Ministry Coordinator [email protected] Facebook: Arch GMyouth Priestly Ordination of Deacon Michael Uso-Ereyi At St. John the Baptist Cathedral, McLennan On Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Coming Soon Grouard -McLennan Archdiocese 3rd Annual Faith Rally August 28, 29, 30, 2015 St. Bernard’s Church - Northern Lakes College, Grouard AB Focus- The Family Guest speaker- Michael Chaisson In Heaven as on Earth A familiar phrase from the Our Father is: thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. However, the liturgy today invites us to reverse our perspective – to discover God, not in heaven, but as revealed to us on earth. Our grasp of the mystery of God is based on how we relate to God. With this in mind, we explore the readings. In Deuteronomy, Moses made this request: Ask now about former ages, long before your own, ever since the day that God created man on the earth (Dt 4:32). In order to discover God, Moses directed his people not to turn their eyes to heaven but to earth where God is revealed through actions and words. Our God makes covenants, unites with humanity, and is always with us. The psalm refers to our faithful God who does not change. God keeps his Word. Throughout the Bible, there is a refrain that could come from a song: From the time that I first loved you, I have always loved you. Up until now, the liturgy has directed our focus towards the exterior, towards history and God’s creation. In his Letter to the Romans, St. Paul invites us to explore the interior. Plunging into the mystery of the soul, St. Paul discovers God who is Spirit, a living God who breathes inspiration like an invisible but powerful wind that not only fills sails and turns wind turbines, but that lifts us up and brings us to Him, in spite of our imperfections. This creates an astonishing relationship whereby we can call God: Our Father. In today’s Gospel, St. Matthew writes about Jesus’ interactions with his disciples. Like us, Christ experienced human limitations: hunger, fatigue, and fear when facing death. Jesus knew that his personal history, one well established in a particular country and precise era, was also anchored in the same mystery of God. In Christ’s story, from his humble birth to his Resurrection, we discover that God’s mystery could only mean that He is among us, for us, and with us. St. Luke’s Gospel begins with words spoken by an angel to Mary, the first believer: the Lord is with you (Lk 1:28). St. Matthew’s Gospel concludes with similar words from Christ: And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Mt 28:20). God is always with us. He is Our Father, Our Savior, and Guiding Spirit. Georges Madore, s.m.m.