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May 13-14, 2017

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 5/15/17

Happy Mothers Day to all you who are being honored today. If you are reading this on Sunday, don't skip the breakfast prepared especially for our mothers (who eat free today) and being served up to 12:00 pm.

The mail is bringing in CSA envelopes every day. Thanks to ... Read More »

May 6-7, 2017

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 5/10/17

One of our favorite social events is the Mothers Day brunch taking place next weekend. Will you take the time after the Sunday morning masses (and before the 12:00 pm mass) to celebrate this special day with your mother? Thanks to the Mens Club for supporting our Mothers Day brunch.

The church promotes today as the World Day of Prayer for vocations. We added the official prayer (see below) to our intercessions at all the masses. However, these world day of prayers for various causes are meant to raise our awareness for daily prayer. At the end of the weekend, we'll collect all the prayer cards and make them available to you to use beyond this one day of prayer. Pray for young people to serve this archdiocese, our Franciscan province and the mission fields around the ... Read More »

April 29-30, 2017

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 5/01/17

May is just around the corner, and as always, it will be a busy month for the parish: First Communion, Mothers Day, and Confirmations, to name a few. May also brings our triennial provincial chapter meeting, a gathering of the friars in which we chart our lives and elect ... Read More »

April 22-23, 2017

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 4/24/17

Welcome Fr. Greg to our parish. We look forward to hearing about Unbound ministry. I am in St. Louis this weekend to celebrate my nephew's wedding and am thankful that Fr. Greg can schedule his work with Unbound on this weekend.

Thanks again to the many volunteers who worked ... Read More »

April 15-16, 2017

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 4/24/17

Happy Easter! May the joy of this season fill all the parts of your heart that the penances of Lent have purified. From a prayer of sorrow we move to a prayer of joy; from fasting we move to feasting, and may our alms giving which must never stop, ... Read More »

April 8-9, 2017

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 4/11/17

Holy Week has begun, bringing with it a deeper spiritual intensity. It is up to each of us to determine how much of this intensity we allow into our hearts. Your presence during the Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday services is the best way to drink deeply ... Read More »

April 1-2, 2017

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 4/03/17

Our final fish fry is coming up this Friday evening. If you haven't yet enjoyed the fish and the fellowship of these evening meals, you have one more opportunity this coming Friday. Many thanks to the Mens Club and other generous volunteers for providing what really shouldn't be called ... Read More »

March 25-26, 2017

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 3/27/17

We've reached the half-way point of Lent, and I hope that you are in the rhythm of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. As I've mentioned already, this Wednesday evening is our reconciliation service. I hope that your evening is clear to join us for an experience of our Lord's mercy. ... Read More »

March 18-19, 2017

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 3/20/17

It is not to early to set a date for an encounter with our merciful God. The sacrament of reconciliation gains much prominence during the Lenten season, and rightly so. What we pledge on Ash Wednesday (to repent and believe in the Gospel) is effectively carried out through the ... Read More »

March 11-12, 2017

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 3/20/17

Every year we host two missionary speakers, one through our Franciscan missionary cooperative, and another from national organizations such as Bread for the World. On the weekend of April 22-23, the organization Unbound is sending Fr. Greg Schmitt, a Redemptorist priest from Chicago, to speak on behalf of this ... Read More »