We have the opportunity to do penance in union with our Catholic brothers and sisters around the world as we follow the universal Church discipline regarding fasting and abstinence. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from eating meat for those 14 years of age and older. In addition, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting (one substantial meal, two smaller ones if necessary) for those 18-59 years old.
With a view towards helping you come to a deeper knowledge and love of Jesus Christ, our Pastor, Father Kevin Louis, is offering a three-part presentation: "Who Do You Say That I Am: Coming to Know Jesus Through the Scriptures and the Holy Land." These 90-minute presentations are the fruit of Father Louis' study of the Scriptures and pilgrimages to the Holy Land. Photos of the Holy Land assist the participants to better understand the Scriptures and the saving Death and Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. All are welcome.
Monday, March 2 7:00 PM at Spring Valley
“Repent and Believe in the Gospel: Jesus Proclaims the Kingdom"
Monday, March 9 7:00 PM at Spring Valley
"It is Finished: Jesus Embraces His Passion and Death"
Monday, March 16 7:00 PM at Elmwood
“He is Risen: The Father Raises Jesus from the Dead”
“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the Gospel’” (Mark 1:15). This proclamation of Jesus of Nazareth at the beginning of His public ministry retains its full rigor and vigor for you and me today! He calls us – indeed, the whole world – to conversion! “Baptism is the principal place for the first and fundamental conversion. It is by faith in the Gospel and by Baptism that one renounces evil and gains salvation, that is, the forgiveness of all sins and the gift of new life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1427). Even after Baptism “Christ’s call to conversion continues to resound” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1427) in the lives of all those who call themselves Christians. “This second conversion is an uninterrupted task for the whole Church . . . This endeavor of conversion is not just a human work. It is the movement of a ‘contrite heart,’ drawn and moved by grace to respond to the merciful love of God who loved us first” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1427). The liturgical season of Lent is that period of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that “are meant to help lead the believer to ongoing conversion and a deeper faith in the Lord who redeemed us” (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, 518). The culmination of the spiritual preparation of Lent is participation in the liturgies of Holy Week and renewing our baptismal promises at Easter.
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An essential component of your spiritual preparation for Easter includes the Sacrament of Penance. “To those who have been far away from the Sacrament of Reconciliation and forgiving love I make this appeal: come back to this source of grace; do not be afraid! Christ Himself is waiting for you. He will heal you, and you will be at peace with God!” (Saint John Paul II). During the Season of Lent Confessions are being heard for 30 hours for your convenience.
The USUAL Confession schedule continues during Lent:
Saturdays 7:00-7:45 PM at Elmwood
Sundays 7:45-8:15 AM at Boyceville
The ADDITIONAL opportunties for Confession during Lent include:
Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 PM at Elmwood
Tuesday, March 10 7:30-9:00 PM at Spring Valley
Saturday, March 14 11:00 AM-2:00 PM at Boyceville
Sunday, March 15 11:30 AM-3:00 PM at Spring Valley
Monday, March 23 7:00 PM Communal Penance Service
at Saint Joseph, Menomonie
Monday, March 30 5:00-6:30 PM at Boyceville
One of the most popular devotions during the Season of Lent is praying the Way of the Cross. Through a series of 14 Stations we meditate on the last journey of Jesus from Pilate's house to Calvary and the tomb. The Stations of the Cross are prayed within the context of Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in our parishes:
Tuesdays 7:00 PM at Spring Valley
Fridays 7:30 PM at Elmwood
Once again our parishes are offering a day of reflection at Saint Luke Parish, Boyceville, on Saturday, March 14. The theme of the retreat is "Growing Closer to the Heart of Jesus" and features presentations by our own Deacon Kevin Ray and Deacon Michael Cullen of the Diocese of Superior. A light breakfast and lunch is provided and the day includes Confessions, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and Holy Mass. Attendance is free and all are welcome. Please call Rita Zimmerman to register 715.643.2211.
9:00 AM Registration and Breakfast
10:00 AM Deacon Kevin Ray
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM Deacon Michael Cullen
11:00 AM -- 2:00 PM Confessions
11:45 AM Lunch
12:30 PM Deacon Michael Cullen
1:15 PM Adoration of Blessed Sacrament with meditation by Deacon Kevin Ray
2:00 PM Holy Mass
Are you currently a reader at the Mass of the Lord’s Day or during the week? Is the Lord calling you to proclaim His word in the liturgical assembly? A workshop for all current and new readers of all three parishes will be offered on two different occasions. You need attend only one of these 90-minute sessions. If you are unable to attend, please contact the Central Office.
Thursday, March 26, at 7:00 PM at Spring Valley
Saturday, March 28, at 10:30 AM at Boyceville
A commissioned reader is a lay person truly suited to, carefully prepared for, and duly commissioned by temporary deputation to carry out the ministry of proclaiming in the liturgical assembly “the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel . . . (and who in the absence of the Deacon) may also announce the intentions for the Universal Prayer and, in the absence of a Psalmist, recite the Psalm between the readings” (General Instruction of the Roman Missal Third Typical Edition, 99).
Because this workshop is not simply a “how-to” seminar, anyone is welcome to attend. If you want a refresher regarding the Sacred Scriptures, this is for you! Some topics to be covered in the first hour include: What is divine revelation and how is Jesus its mediator and fullness? How is this divine revelation transmitted? Why should the Bible be read in light of the liturgy? What does it mean that the Bible is true? What are the scriptural components of the Mass? What is the difference between a reader and a lector? Why does the Deacon do certain things and the reader others? The workshop concludes with training in the practicalities of being a reader.
In recent weeks, you have seen that the crisis facing our parish, namely, our leaking church roof, has been definitively resolved. Temporary repairs to the areas where the shingles failed had bought us some time but did not resolve the underlying problem. What is more, those temporary fixes failed last summer resulting in additional water damage to the ceiling, carpet, and pews of our beautiful church. Kulp’s of Stratford Roofing and Insulation removed this roof which failed chiefly due to faulty installation of the underlayment and subsequent damage to the shingles. The new sloped roof is a Decra stone-coated steel shingle system with an estimated life span of 40-50 years. This has been attached to a wholly new underlayment with improved insulation. Installation of the new flat roofs over the side entrances has also been completed.
The price of the new roof is $117,470.00. In order to reach this goal, our Parish Finance Council and Pastoral Council recommended that we finally make use of the generous gift made to the parish by Margaret Kuehl who died in 1969. That bequest – which has grown to almost $60,000 – plus the nearly $7,000.00 settlement from the shingle manufacturer means that we must raise $50,470.00. Many parishioners have already made donations. If you have already contributed to the roof fund, thank you! If you have not, I ask you to consider prayerfully how you can assist us with our new church roof. No gift is too small! You may send your contribution to the Central Office or place it in the offertory basket at Mass. Please make sure you clearly mark your check and envelope for the roof project. If you have any questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact our parishioners who are spearheading the effort: Buildings and Grounds Committee Chair Jack Erickson, Finance Council Chair Kevin Larson, and Finance Council members Greg Buchal, Aaron Hannack, and Chuck Hovde.
Sacred Heart Church is the building in which we gather to hear the Word of God, to pray together, to receive the Sacraments, and to celebrate the Holy Eucharist. It is a most worthy house of God on earth and a house fit for the prayers of Christ’s faithful. We must do all that is necessary to maintain it for future generations. Thank you for all the ways you participate in the life of our parish. May the Lord richly bless you and your loved ones.