Households of Discipleship 5-13-20
In this note...
Sometimes just living together can be a challenge. This Households of Discipleship update (originally sent out through Flocknote) provides some simple ideas to make the most of mealtimes spent together with a gentle conversation starter. They really work!
We invite you to a virtual prayer vigil for Anna Donnermeyer who passed away on May 6. We will be hosting a Facebook live Vigil on Thursday evening at 6:30 pm. The easiest way to attend the Vigil is to go to the STM Facebook page and follow the page. When the vigil begins, you will receive a notification in your facebook notifications. Click the notification and you will be taken to the page for the Vigil.
We are also inviting you to consider hosting a Global Outreach exchange student next year and have a video from one student to help you consider. Your prayer space pictures are included as is the weekly surprise at the bottom.
This artwork features Jesus' ascension into heaven. While the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord is Thursday, May 21, 2020, the celebration of the feast day has been moved to the following weekend, May 23-24, for most dioceses in the US, including the Green Bay Diocese.
Even though we cannot gather in person for this special feast day, find ways to make this day special as a family, offering yourselves as a gift to God and one another.
Have each person share how their parents chose their name and why (or who they are named after). If some of the children don't know why you gave them the name you did, share the story.
Extra credit: Each person can share their Confirmation name and why they chose it!
Eternal rest grant unto her...
It is with a very heavy heart that I am writing this. Last night May 6th at 10:40 pm our world lost the most incredible and kindest person on earth and heaven gained an angel. Anna past away peacefully. I want to thank you all for your prayers and please keep myself and our boys in your prayers as we learn to live with broken hearts and morn the loss of my wonderful wife and the boys awesome Mom. - Brad Donnermeyer
And let perpetual light shine upon her...
We share Brad's and the families sadness during this time of loss. Please keep the family in prayer. We will be hosting a Facebook live Vigil on Thursday evening at 6:30 pm. The easiest way to attend the Vigil is to go to the STM Facebook page and follow the page. When the vigil begins, you will receive a notification in your facebook notifications. Click the notification and you will be taken to the page for the Vigil. Anna's funeral Mass will be held when we are able to gather publicly for liturgy.
Consider hosting a Catholic exchange student...
OPEN HEARTS AND OPEN DOORS: WELCOMING A GLOBAL OUTREACH CATHOLIC EXCHANGE STUDENT
Hosting an exchange student is an amazing experience for you and for the exchange student. Xavier High School would like to welcome several of the new Global Outreach exchange students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Global Outreach is a Catholic exchange program with a mission of building a civilization of love by forming young dynamic Catholic servant leaders for the 21st century. Placement of students becomes a reality when a household opens the door to their heart and home and says “yes” to hosting a student. Currently, 11 students are waiting for their “Good News! We have a host family for you” letter. The students are from Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine.
Prayer space pictures...
Inez Paustian’s Mary’s May Alter
Easter collage from Jean Pynenberg
Char Zeier's place to pray!
News and updates...
- We have set a TENTATIVE date to celebrate First Eucharist on June 13 and 14 (the Feast of Corpus Christi) and the children are continuing to prepare at home.
- The sacrament of Confirmation is on hold for the moment as we wait for direction from the diocese.
- We continue to celebrate small (no more than 10 attendees) weddings and funerals (without Mass) and baptisms and anointing of the sick in emergency situations.
- Fr. Jack continues to be available at the church to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturdays from 2-4pm (see below for details).
- The Sacrifice of the Mass continues to be offered by our priests (Fr. Larry, Fr. John Francis, and Fr. Jack) for our intentions and the salvation of the world. Unfortunately, we are unable to gather to celebrate Mass publicly at this time.
Fr. Jack will be at the church from 2 pm to 4 pm on Saturdays to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation. The sacrament will be celebrated in the Parish Family Room (just off the church gathering space) to provide space from proper social distancing and privacy. Click here to read an article about Pope Francis and this sacrament at this challenging time.
Phone ministry has begun. You may be receiving a call from a staff member or parishioner to see how you are doing, pray with you, and offer any assistance we can. We will never ask for money over the phone and will identify ourselves as being from St. Thomas More. This is one way we can stay connected during this difficult time.
Please hang on to your Rice Bowls. We will turn them in when we are once again able to gather for Mass.
Submit Photos of Prayer Spaces
Continue to send in your pictures of your at-home prayer space. We have received a few but need more.
Faith Formation: We are postponing Faith Formation Registration until a future date. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Thank you for being the Amazing Catholic Community that you are!
-- Dcn. Lincoln
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