Confirmation 2021 will take place at St. Nicholas for SN, SA, HC and SW at 7:00 pm on April 20th. The rehearsal is scheduled for Sunday, April 18th at 3:00 pm.
St. Mary Help of Christian will be by themselves due to a larger number of candidates. That will take place on Wednesday, April 21st at 7:00pm at SMHOC. Their rehearsal will be Sunday evening.
**Please note: THERE WILL BE NO MORNING MASS AT SN ON TUESDAY, APRIL 20TH.
These 3 young people received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday, October 27th. Please welcome them as adult members of our community! Michael Bautch, Sarah Kraemer and Jonathan Gathje
Kind words are OK — but when you’re at a loss as to what to do or how to get beyond your grief, a cup of coffee with someone who understands can be an experience of resurrection.
The course begins with a detailed syllabus distributed by the professor. The syllabus outlines the readings and texts, the required papers and projects, the schedule of quizzes and exams. The syllabus includes the learning goals for the course and additional resources for students. Students are excited about the possibilities. But the course is not the syllabus: the course is the learning and inquiry that takes place in the classroom or seminar room.
He loves reading about fishing. She’s hooked on HG-TV. Both happily loose themselves in the ideas and suggestions, the stories and experiences recounted. He can’t wait to try that fly on his favorite trout stream; that color scheme and tile would look great in her kitchen. But they’re only wishes and hopes until he wades into the current some spring morning, until she pries open a can of paint and grout and goes to work.
Many of us have mastered Zoom and Skype this past year; we’ve come to live for those online chats and visits with loved ones. We’ve learned to teach, to interview, to conduct business with students and clients and coworkers in living rooms all over the world — but an image on a screen is no substitute for a face-to-face exchange, the most effective learning dynamic is experienced in the community created in the classroom, love is most happily expressed in a grandchild’s hug.
In today’s Gospel, the disciples tell Thomas they have seen Jesus. Thomas replies that “unless I seek the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger in the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” In countless sermons over the centuries on the Second Sunday of Easter, Thomas has been criticized for his “doubt” in the resurrection — but Thomas is no different than we are: Thomas wants something he can touch; he wants a tangible sign of Jesus’ resurrection. After the horrific week since Jesus’ crucifixion, he wants more than a metaphor. Thomas wants real life, life perfected and re-created by God. And Jesus acquiesces. The Crucified Jesus lives again — in us. Our compassionate presence to one another, our embrace of one another in peace and respect, our commitment to the Gospel work of reconciliation and justice are all tangible signs of Jesus’ resurrection. This Easter season, may we realize the many ways we can “touch” and make real the Risen One in our midst.
The Bishop has requested each parish to implement safety precautions and they must be approved by the Bishop before we can have public Masses again. The list has been submitted to the Bishop after discussion at the Parish Council meeting on May 11th. Here is a list of some things you may see:
* Pews will be marked where you can sit in family groups. Ushers will seat you.
* There will be hand sanitizer you will be asked to use before & after Mass
* There will be no missellettes for the time being
* There will be no Mass Servers or Extraordinary Ministers
* Ushers will tell you when to go to communion or leave the Church
* The Church will be sanitized after Mass
* We ask that you practice social distancing when entering, leaving, and during communion procession
* We ask that you not gather at the back of Church after Mass
Dave & Brook made a video of them praying the Stations of the Cross. Please click on the link to pray along with them!