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May 16/17 From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

In times past, this coming Thursday would have been known as "Ascension Thursday" because it was 40 days after Easter and traditionally that was when we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord into Heaven. Because of the centrality of this feast in the overall dimension of our Salvation, the Bishops of our country have moved the feast from a Thursday (and workday for most people) to the following Sunday. Thus, Ascension Thursday no longer exists, but the "Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord" is celebrated on the 7th Sunday of Easter.

This weekend we welcome to the table of the Lord for the first time two of our young children. At the 4 pm Mass, Alexis Yantes will make her First Holy Communion, and at the 10 am Mass, Natasha Bebo will make her First Holy Communion. We welcome these two children and hope that this will be the beginning of a life-long practice of welcoming Jesus into their hearts and lives.

Please note that this coming week I am taking some personal days and will be gone from the parish. On Tuesday evening I will be attending a special GRACE meeting, along with others representatives of our finance committee, and on Friday I will be joining the other priests from our area in a meeting with Bishop Ricken. The parish office will be closed on Friday, May 22nd and also on Monday, May 25th to celebrate the "Memorial Day Holiday." I do hope that you and your family will have an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend.

Our Boy Scout Troop 1041 is proud to announce that one of its members, Will Corriveau, has earned the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award, and he will be recognized in ceremonies this Sunday in our gym. Will is a senior at Notre Dame Academy, he is active in cross country, track and a member of the math club. He plans to attend UW-LaCrosse and major in biomedical science. Congratulations and best wishes, Will, on your accomplishments.

Are you interested in taking on a leadership role within the parish? Three members of our Pastoral Council are rotating off after serving their terms. We are in need of three new members to each serve a 3-year term. The purpose of a Pastoral Council is to:

A. Listen and respond to the Spirit of God - The council, with the pastor and input from staff members, prayerfully consider what the Spirit of God is calling the parish to be and become.

B. Organize Lay Participation and Cooperation - The council provides means whereby lay members of the parish respond to their baptismal commitment and work closely with the pastor, staff, committees and parish organizations for the common good and mission of the parish.

C. Facilitate Shared Practical Wisdom - In dialogue, members of the council and the pastor come to an understanding of the spiritual as well as physical concerns and needs of the people of the parish and broader community. The council assists the pastor in the development of parish policies and strategies to address those concerns and needs.

D. Do Parish Planning - The Council, along with the staff and involvement of all members of the parish community, works with the pastor to do parish planning. This includes the formulation of a parish mission statement, the assessment of needs annually, the establishment of parish goals and priorities.

The Pastoral Council meets on the first Tuesday of each month from September through June, although terms start at the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1. If you are interested, please call the Parish Office at 468-0595. Three members will be chosen through a "selection process" on Pentecost Sunday, May 31.

The Parish is also in need of a Pastoral/Spiritual Trustee to serve a 3-year term. This position is elected by the parishioners and will also take place on May 31. The Secretary (Pastoral/Spiritual) Trustee works with the pastor to insure corporate, non-financial record-keeping at the parish, such as corporate minutes, documents, notices and correspondence. All parish records are kept in an easily accessible and orderly fashion at the parish. The secretary trustee is a full member of the Parish Pastoral Council and receives minutes from the finance council. The signatures of the pastor and one of the trustees is required on all parish checks. If you are interested in serving, please call the Parish Office.

"Oremus pro invicem,"
Fr. Tom

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