EASTER VIGIL & EASTER SUNDAY
Holy Saturday Mass ~ April 19th 8:00 pm at Holy Family
Easter Sunday ~ April 20th
Masses at St. Joseph: 7:30 am & 9:00 am
Masses at Holy Family: 8:00 am & 11:00 am
Happy Easter from the Pastor
Happy Easter! May the risen Lord bring you joy and the promise of life renewed. Today, we renew the promises of our baptism. For many of us, those promises were first made by our parents and sponsors when we were baptized as infants. Living out our faith, however requires our maturity and commitment. Each Easter finds us in a “new place” in our life and the journey of faith. Each Easter, Christ wants to bring his light and new life to the present, real circumstances we encounter. How is this Easter different and unique in your life experiences? It is different than when you were a child. It is different than your experience 10 or 15 years ago. Christ wants you to have new life here and now. Ask and expect him to make that real for you. Fr. Neil
Scripture Readings and Reflection for April 20
UPCOMING EVENTS THIS WEEK - for additional events go to Parish Calendar
* Apr 23, 11 am - 1 pm - Epiphany Parish Spring Salad Luncheon at the KC Hall.
* Apr 23, 6:00 pm - St Roseanne Circle will meet at Hardee's.
FROM THE PASTOR – It’s Holy Week! – The days before us are the most sacred days of our church year. What we begin today with Palm Sunday concludes with Easter. Holy Thursday (this year at St. Joseph church) celebrates the institution of the Eucharist. You have an opportunity to join in a Seder meal before Mass which will help you appreciate the connection between our Eucharist and the Jewish Passover meal. Good Friday reveals the depth of God’s love for us through the passion and death of Jesus. Holy Saturday is the height of the week as Jesus’ resurrection is proclaimed and the Easter sacraments are conferred on our adults who have been preparing for baptism, confirmation and Eucharist. Come often during these days. Spend time in prayer and at church. Don’t forget that Good Friday is a day of fast as well as abstinence.
Kitchen Renovation Project - Last week, the planned work to study and renovate the kitchen at our Holy Family site was announced. Bob Carney and Al Samson are co-chairs for the committee. The Kitchen Renovation Committee’s purpose is to work in collaboration with our architect for this project to 1) obtain input from parish members to establish project needs and wants that are clearly identified 2) develop a plan(s) reflecting the priority of greatest needs as well as possible additional wants and 3) gain necessary approvals. The project will develop over the next year. The committee is being formed and will begin meeting shortly. Parish members will be kept informed of progress primarily through the parish bulletin.
Your Role in the Parish...
We need YOU! There are many opportunities to become involved in your parish community. Right now there is a need for:
* Lectors at the 4:00 Mass at Holy Family - Contact the Parish office at 423-5001.
* Volunteers to assist and lead Children's Liturgy - If interested in helping
Contact Carol: 425-9159 (at SJ 9 am Sun), contact Lisa: 423-5001 (at HF 11 am Sun)
* Musicians - Organist, Pianist at weekend Masses - Contact the Parish office at 423-5001.
Join the choir! Adult Choir practices Wed eve, 7 pm. Youth Choir meets 2nd Sun eve 6:30 pm.
* Baby Pantry Coordinator - Click HERE to find out more - Contact the Parish office at 423-5001.
* Donations to Baby Pantry - underwear size 2T-3T and socks for ages 3-5; monetary gifts, too!
Donations may be brought to the Epiphany Parish Center during regular parish office hours.
Catholic Charities - Counselor
Val Tichy has her Masters degree in counseling and her bachelor's in Elementary Education. She is experienced in group, individual, adult, child, marital and family counseling. Services are on an income-based sliding fee scale. Counseling is available Monday - Wednesday, 8:30-4:30 and Thursdays, 8:30-7:00 pm. Please call 641-424-9683 for an appointment.
Justice for Immigrants
What, in a nutshell, is the U.S. bishops' position on immigration reform? Does the Catechism of the Catholic Church have anything to say about this issue? FIND OUT ANSWERS TO THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS HERE.
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