Mary Mother of the Church Parish

Mary Mother of the Church Parish 2006 Weston Street, La Crosse, WI 54601 www.mmoclacrosse.org mmoc.mobi 608.788.5483 Parish Staff Rev. Brian D. Konop...
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Mary Mother of the Church Parish 2006 Weston Street, La Crosse, WI 54601 www.mmoclacrosse.org mmoc.mobi 608.788.5483

Parish Staff Rev. Brian D. Konopa Rev. Mr. Richard Sage Sr. Kathy Stuttgen Therese van Oss Tom Thibodeau Andy Foley Mary Jo Lium Linda Elsen Allie Dunkley Daniel Williams

Pastor Deacon Director of Ministry with the Elderly and Sick Director of Religious Education and Pastoral Minister Director of Confirmation and Adult Faith Formation Director of Buildings and Grounds Director of Sacred Music Financial Secretary Parish Secretary Seminarian Intern

Aquinas Catholic Schools Todd Goldsmith, Aquinas Catholic Schools President Glenda Bunk, Aquinas Catholic Schools Enrollment Coordinator Greg Wesely, Cathedral Primary School Principal Kay Berra, Blessed Sacrament Intermediate School Principal Patty Gallagher-Kosmatka, Aquinas Middle School Principal Ted Knutson, Aquinas High School Principal

784.8585 784.8585 782.5998 782.5564 784.0156 784.0287

Catholic School Registration Parents who wish to register their children in one of our Catholic Schools are asked to contact the appropriate school principal.

Mass Schedule Tuesday-Friday

Saturday Sunday

Confession Schedule 7:30 a.m.

4:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Office Hours Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Confessions are heard every Saturday from 3:15 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. or by appointment.

Scrip Sales Friday

Before and after each Mass on Saturday and Sunday

Ascension of the Lord May 8, 2016

8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Ascension of the Lord We ask God's blessing on all Mary Mother of the Church members who reside in nursing homes.

Happy Mother’s Day 2016 Prayer of Thanksgiving For Mothers All-Loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old. We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy. We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways. We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes away every tear. We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion. We remember mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen.

Farewell to Our Seminarian Daniel Williams has been a blessing to MMOC since arriving on June 4, 2015! ...by participating in liturgical ministries, visiting the hospitals, teaching the 9th grade religious education class, visiting our elementary students every week, visiting Aquinas Catholic Schools, offering two sessions of adult religious education, and simply by being present at so many events with his smile and friendly personality. Daniel's last day at MMOC will be Friday, May 13. (He delayed his departure by a few days so he could help with our Spring Chicken-Que! What a guy!) Daniel will have about 2 weeks to visit family before spending his summer at the Institute of Priestly Formation in Omaha, Nebraska. This fall he will begin four years of graduate level Theology at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee. We are grateful for Daniel’s presence and ministry among us. Please keep Daniel in your prayers! National Nursing Home Week May 8-14 MMOC has a large number of people in nursing homes as well as all stages of assisted care places. Sometimes caring for this population of people can be a challenge as well as rewarding. In this Year of Mercy, visit someone in a nursing home and express to the staff some words of kindness for the wonderful 24/7 care they give to all the residents.

Silver Circle The next Silver Circle will be on Wednesday, May 18, beginning at 11am. THE LOCATION HAS CHANGED. We will have lunch at the La Crosse Pettibone Boat Club. It is located in Pettibone Park under the bridges at the end of the road past the beach house. There will be a selection of 3 different half sandwiches, cup of soup, fruit or cottage cheese, and beverage. The cost to you will be $5, the parish will take care of the rest. It will be a time to enjoy a beautiful spot by the river and you don't have to cook. We will need an RSVP to the parish office 788-5483 ext. 2 or 5 by the morning of May 16. Sounds like a good thing to do on a Spring day. Hope to hear from you, Sr. Kathy. Food Baskets Will Continue throughout the Jubilee Year of Mercy Our food collection has been a blessing to the food pantries of Catholic Charities. However, we will be entering the summer months when there are fewer food drives to respond to the daily need for nourishment. As a response to the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we will continue to collect food through (Nov. 20). Children and adults alike are encouraged to bring non-perishable food. Thank you for your generosity.

Crosses for Sale Salvaged wood from St. Thomas More School has been made into hundreds of crosses. Some are handsomely finished and others are unfinished. Each is available for $20 with all proceedings going to the Building Fund. These crosses make wonderful mementos and lovely gifts for Father's Day, Graduation, and other occasions. They will continue to be available in the Parish Office. Knights of Columbus The Knights of Columbus of Council 839 would like to thank everyone who supported the Tootsie Rolls drive for “The Knights of Columbus Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities.” Thank You We would like to extend a special thank you to Dan Grogan for the repairs he made to one of our collection baskets and to Jeff Tooke who cleaned the windows of the office and rectory.

Family Life Baptisms Please welcome to the Catholic faith Emma Mae Raasch, daughter of Robert and Angie Raasch baptized April 30. Caitlyn Elise Roesler, daughter of Charles and Tara Roesler, Cora Jean Favre, daughter of William

Mary Mother of the Church Parish and Katie Favre, and Karina Dorothy Kruse, daughter of Benjamin and Nichole Kruse, baptized May 1.

Catholic Education Now Enrolling Aquinas Catholic Schools is currently enrolling students for the 2016-2017 school year. Please contact the school offices to obtain information and to learn how Aquinas Catholic Schools can assist you in the education and formation of your children in the Catholic faith. Aquinas High School (608) 7840287; Aquinas Middle School (608) 784-0156; Blessed Sacrament School (608) 782-5564; Cathedral School (608) 782-5998; St. Patrick School (608) 783-5483. Position Open Aquinas Catholic Schools is seeking a new president with a strong vision for the future. Aquinas Catholic Schools is a system of schools guided by a mission to help lead students to a deeper faith in Christ Jesus. All Catholic leaders with the following credentials are encouraged to apply: ● Master’s degree in educational administration ● Working knowledge of current Church documents related to Catholic schools ● Minimum five years’ experience as a school principal (preferable as Catholic School principal) ● License in administration by the Department of Public Instruction Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, a resume, a copy of their transcripts, a copy of their license, and 3 letters of recommendation: Monsignor Charles Stoetzel, Dean Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman 530 Main Street La Crosse, WI 54601 The deadline is Friday, May 27th.

Social Justice Mobile Meals Volunteers needed to deliver meals for May 29-June 4. Please contact Sue Moyle at 787-0076 or at [email protected] if you are able to help us with the worthwhile service.

PCCW Spring Deanery Assembly Ladies of the Parish! Please plan to attend the Spring Deanery Assembly on Monday, May 9 at 6:30 pm at St. Joseph Ridge Church. The PCCW group meeting scheduled for this date

has been canceled to support attendance at the Spring Assembly. Gather with your sisters from the other Deanery parishes in the La Crosse area to hear a presentation from nurses who traveled abroad to help those in need. Spring Brat Barn Please plan to support the MMOC Brat Barn hosted by the Parish Council of Catholic Women on Saturday, May 14, from 10 am 6 pm at Festival Foods on Losey Blvd. Pick up brats for lunch or supper! Sign-up sheets for shift volunteers are in the back of church. Last PCCW Meeting This Year The PCCW will hold a brief meeting on Sunday, May 15 between the 8:00 and 10:00 masses in the Mother's Room.

Dinners and Doings An Evening of Song and Stories with Msgr. Joe Hirsch Plan to attend this ‘fun’draising event to benefit the Casa Hogar Optical Mission on Friday, May 13 at 7pm at Roncalli Newman Parish, 1732 State St. There will be rosaries and necklaces made by the children at Casa Hogar for sale. For more info: [email protected] Understanding and Responding to Self-Injury A presentation given by Baret Walsh, PhD at Gundersen Health System in the Rasmus Auditorium on Thursday, May 19 6:30-8:30 pm. This presentation will discuss the troubling problem of non-suicidal self-injury such as intentional, selfinflicted cutting, burning, hitting, and skin picking.

Finance Thank You: Lent Collection This year's Lent Collections totaled $3,825.91. As communicated in the bulletin, 50% of the collection ($1,912.96) was sent to Holy Trinity Parish in gratitude for allowing us to use their facilities for Wednesday Religious Education classes when we were unable to use our own school. This arrangement has just completed its fourth year and we have never been charged a usage fee. The other 50% has been equally divided among 3 charities selected by our Confirmation class: Warming Center, Place of Grace, and Catholic Charities. Thank you for your generosity! Kwik Trip Rebate Check Thank you very much to all the parishioners who have the rebates from their Kwik Trip credit card donated to MMOC. Kwik Trip sent a check for $245.58 for the first quarter of this year. If you are interested in having your rebate sent to MMOC, please visit www.kwiktrip.com.

Ascension of the Lord

Liturgical Roles

SCRIP Report April 1– April 30, 2016 Order Dollars:

May 14th-15th $55,978.17

4:00 p.m.

Rebate Amounts: ACS Tuition Assistance

$1,534.55

Religious Education Tuition Assistance

$200.55

MMOC Parish Rebate

$264.36

MMOC Building Fund

$617.37

Total Rebates:

Ministers of Holy Communion

$2,616.83

Staff News Open Position: MMOC Finance Assistant Works with the Pastor to prepare budgets and reports. Principal responsibilities include processing and maintaining all financial and accounting records, including payroll. Qualifications: 1) Possesses minimum of an Associate Degree in Accounting or Finance from a Technical School or equivalent demonstrated experience in bookkeeping. 2) Experience or ability to use Quick Books and Microsoft Office, especially Excel; preference may be given to experience in database and/or accounting software. 3) Ability to learn in-house software ParishSoft. 4) Possesses good communication, clerical, and customer relations skills. 5) Ability to work well with others, maintain confidentiality, and maintain good attendance. Hours: Part-time position (21-28 hours); flexibility within office hours (M-F; 8am-3pm); pay is commensurate with experience. Begins: June 1 – July 1, 2016 Please submit resume by May 11 with references from previous employer(s)/supervisor(s) to Father Konopa at [email protected]

MMOC Spring Chicken-Que Thursday, May 12 Cost: $9.00 per Meal Sign up sheets to volunteer are now in the gathering space of the church. It is strongly encouraged to please use the sign up sheets to save from a lot of extra phone calls being made. Tickets now on sale while supplies last!!

8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Sacristans 8:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Lectors 4:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Servers 4:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Musicians 4:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Cantors 4:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Ushers 4:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Gi! Bearers 4:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Hospitality 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Scrip Sellers 4:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Money Counters 10:00 a.m.

John Klouda, Kevin Moyle, Mark Outzen, Rita Sanchez, Kellie Schmitz, George Smith Gloria Biesen, Neil Kumm, Nixie Oldenburg, Joan Reince, Steve Salerno, Mary Jo Schumacher Carol Forer, Sue Halter, Mark Halter, Lori Hammes, Anne Kernan, Sue Konop, Shannon Klar Dorothy Beyer Steve Salerno Anne Kernan Peter Schmitz, Sue Ernster Bob Mahr, Donna Omernik NOT FILLED, Nancy Steinhoff Sophia Schmitz, Kimberly Schmitz Alec Taylor, Jackie Taylor Charlo"e Berendes, Riley Klar Mary Jo Lium Mary Jo Lium Mary Jo Lium Nancy Misch Haylee Pagenkopf (sub req.) Sunday Choir, Polly Berendes Song Leader John Dooley, Ron Fitzpatrick, Alton Kammel, Rich Larkin, Mark Misch, Kevin Moyle, Don Stoeckly, NOT FILLED Paul Chapiewsky, Dick Gilles, Bob Klar, Mike Pitsch, Rich Waller, Ed Watson, Steve Weiland, NOT FILLED Willem Alvarado, Mike Kendhammer, Jerry Kernan, Mike Konop, Brenna Lietke, Robb Pretasky, Steve Shaker, Phil Steinhoff Marita Smith, George Smith Danice Taylor, Michael Taylor Teri Kendhammer, Mike Kendhammer Cindy Klar, Bob Klar Shelley Shaker, Steve Shaker Kevin Moyle, Kellie Schmitz Albert Flo"meyer, Nancy Flo"meyer Juli Jansen, Rita Sanger Alice Flock, PJ Morrison, Teresa Pederson

May 8, 2016

Weekly Mass Intentions Tuesday, May 10, 2016 7:30 am † Gerry Konop by Family and Friends Wednesday, May 11, 2016 7:30 am † Roger Horstman by Virginia Horstman Thursday, May 12, 2016 7:30 am † Donald Marcou by Marlene Riepel and Arthur Fregin 2:00 pm Daniel Williams by MMOC Parish (at Hillview) Friday, May 13, 2016 7:30 am † Scott Woodard by Virginia Horstman Saturday, May 14, 2016 4:00 pm † Rudolph and Victoria Strasser by Delores Strasser Sunday, May 15, 2016 8:00 am For the People 10:00 am † Sauer Family by Jeanne Sauer The Rosary is prayed before each weekday Mass Tuesday through Friday beginning at 7:05 am.

Building Our Future Together As of April 26 747 Households responded (74%) PHASE IV $820,000 Church Maintenance

$5.62 mil

PHASE III $900,000 Religious Education Center

$4.8 mil

PHASE II $3.5 Million Parish Hall (90% Cash on hand required to begin Phase II)

$1.95 mil

Pledges PHASE I $400,000 School Building Deconstruction

$3.9 mil

$3.20 mil

Received

ACHIEVED!

$400k $0

Building Our Future Together Happy Mother’s Day! On this day we set aside time to remember and honor the women in our lives who helped nurture and form us. Oftentimes teachers have played a significant role in that formation … and today we remember in a special way the Benedictine Sisters who staffed St. Thomas More School for over 40 years. Hand-crafted crosses from the wood of our school building are being delivered this weekend to the 15 retired Sisters who served at our parish school over the years: Sister Bernard Heit Sister Bridget Donaldson (Scholastica) Sister Dale Wollum Sister Jean Kroeger Sister Judy Kramer (Arnolda) Sister Mary Maves Sister Mary Pattison Sister Mary Jane Cournoyer Sister Mary Jane Slaney (John Marie) Sister Mary Jo Donaldson (Robert) Sister Margaret Michaud (Gregory) Sister Michaela Hedican Sister Patricia Ostrander (Conrad) Sister Petronelle Marthaler Sister Ruth Feeney

We are grateful to Jack and Pat Darling for suggesting this project and for Mike and Jane (Darling) Vogel for delivering the crosses. Along with the crosses, the Sisters received a letter of gratitude from the parish. The text is as follows: Dear Sisters, Greetings from La Crosse in the Name of the Lord! The Benedictine Sisters who served St. Thomas More Parish are foundation stones for us! Thank you for making an impact on hundreds of souls! As you may already know, after a long discernment process, the parish dismantled the school building this winter due to structural issues that were going to require nearly the same cost as building a new Parish Hall and Religious Education Center. The new structure will be connected to the church … where the convent once stood. In times like these, we look back to the blessings of our history, so we may build upon our legacy. And we saw you! The Parish of Mary, Mother of the Church wishes to offer you a small token of appreciation for your faithful service: a cross made from the woodwork in St. Thomas More School. You are still remembered and will always be remembered, especially through the “Benedictine Stained Glass Window” along the north wall of the church which also graces the front cover of this card. May this card and cross find you well. Please help us once again by praying for the success of our capital campaign: Building Our Future Together. God bless you! Father Konopa, Deacon Sage, and the People of God of Mary, Mother of the Church Parish

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