Fr. John Wykes, OMV, Missionary in Philippines
Fr. Wykes will be speaking at all Masses the weekend of July 29 & 30 about their new mission in the Philippines.
The Oblates of the Virgin Mary began giving the Spiritual Exercises in the Philippines in 1994. At. first, an Oblate priest stationed in Italy made trips to the Pilippines for several months at a time to carry out this ministry. Due to the great demand for retreats coming from the Filipino people, the Oblates soon began to consider starting a permanent mission there. After meeting with bishops in several dioceses, the Oblates decided to start their foundation in the Archdiocese of Cebu in 1997. Cebu is where the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan landed to spread Christianity in the Philippines and Asia.
To learn more, you can see a short documentary on YouTube: OMV Asia: Life in the Philippines.
New Server Schedules – Extra & New Volunteers Welcome!
The new schedules for Mass servers, lectors, EMCs, greeters and gift bearers have been mailed to our current volunteers. Anyone who was listed on the Substitute list was not mailed a schedule, but can pick one up by request in the Parish Office at any time. If there are any corrections to be made, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The corrected version will be updated on our website.
There is a bit of a shortage in all areas of our Liturgical service voluteers – altar servers, lectors, Ministers of Communion, ushers. Please consider serving your Lord and your Church by volunteering one Mass a month in some capacity. No experience is necessary, we will train you!
Please contact the office if you would like to be added to the lists or if you need to change your current availability.
First Saturday Devotion
First Saturday Devotion was started as a response to our Blessed Mother’s appeal made at Fatima in 1917. She said, “In these times, my son wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart,” and called for the faithful to make five consecutive First Saturdays in reparation to her Immaculate Heart. This call for making the first Saturdays included: having a Mass for the purpose of consecrating ourselves to her Immaculate Heart, going to confession once a month, and wearing the brown scapular. Praying the rosary daily is also an integral part of fulfilling her request.
Fr. Ronald would like to invite all the faithful to seriously consider making this spiritual pledge to our Lord in response of his request and the request of His Mother. Mass is every first Saturday at 8:15 am, with the rosary starting at 8:00 am. Mass concludes with prayers of consecration and reparation, benediction and an opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. Afterwards, breakfast and a video on Our Lady’s message will be provided for those would like to attend.
She asked for five consecutive first Saturdays to be made in our lifetime. 2017 is the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition in Fatima. You are invited in thanksgiving and loyalty to our Heavenly Mother to fulfill her requests.
St. Mary’s Book Club
St. Mary’s Spiritual Book Club has been meeting since August and has read a variety of fiction (Joan of Arc) and non -fiction books (Rediscover Catholicism) followed by discussion. The group meets about one hour on the fourth Monday of the month, and the members take turns deciding which books or church documents to read. Please call Donna Throneburg at 217-808-1200 or Heather Warren at 217-251-7387 for information. We encourage you to attend even if you haven’t finished the book!
Hall Rental Reminder
REMINDER: If you are renting or using the parish hall or meeting rooms or any part of the facility; NO ALCOHOL OR SMOKIING is allowed. Special arrangements can be made for alcohol if you apply in advance. The Diocese requires a special “event liability policy” that you must purchase in advance. If you are planning a Birthday party we remind you that NO Bouncy Houses or similar inflatable play structures are allowed on parish property. This is a policy of the Diocese. We do ask that if you use the facility you leave it as you found it. Please clean up and take out the trash when you are done.
Invite someone back to church! Do you know anyone, maybe a friend or relative, who is not coming to church at this time? Why not make it one of your acts of mercy & invite them to come to church with you. Talk to them about why they are not coming. Encourage them to let go of whatever the problem is & come back & talk to God about it. Encourage them to come to adoration & spend quite time talking to God about the problems. Invite them to come to a social function at the church. Maybe the Binga or Fish Fry is all they need to get them thinking about coming back once they are in the door. Pray about it and act on it. Bring a soul back to God as your Lenten offering!
Please remember our food pantry here at the church when you are out grocery shopping. Pick up a little extra spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, a box of cereal, or other canned or dry goods for our pantry. We do get several requests for food each month so any extra help to replenish our supply is greatly appreciated.
COMPASSIONATE CLOTHING CLOSET:
Please consider helping to sort clothes on Mondays from 11-2. Help is always needed.
If you are gathering a lot of large shopping bags & do not know what to do with them, the CCC would love to have them. They use a lot of large bags each week, something that 10-20 pieces of clothing will fit into (not the small plastic bags). Bags can be left at the parish office and travel size shampoo, soap, etc. are always needed by the ministry.
Lighthouse Catholic Media gives a portion of every purchase made with our promo code back to our parishes. The Promo Code is 102708. The website is: https://www.lighthoisecatholic media.org/ Additional Information is on the front of the binder with the CD descriptions in St. Mary’s Gathering Space.