November 13, 2016 • Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
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313 E. Wall Street Janesville, WI 53545-3047 Phone ...............................(608) 752-7861 Fax .....................................(608) 758-0720 Website..............www.nativitymary.org Pastor ............................. Rev. Robert Butz Email: [email protected]
Dir. of Liturgy ........................... Bob Craig Email: [email protected]
Coord. Religious Ed ...Kathy Hookham Email: [email protected]
Business Manager ..............Kathy Fisher Email: [email protected]
Parish Secretary ..……....Sharlet Collins Email: [email protected]
St. Mary School
307 E. Wall Street Janesville, WI 53545-3047 Phone ...............................(608) 754-5221 Principal ............ Steven Castrogiovanni Secretary ………………...Sue Vodak & Sue Dickman
Phone ...............................(608) 752-7861
Mary Ann Venable…..(608) 754-5284 Edna Thorp…………….(608) 752-5559 Nativity of Mary ................ Sat. 4:30 pm Sun. 8:30 & 10:30 am St. Patrick ............................. Sat. 4:00 pm St. John Vianney ............... Sat. 5:00 pm Sun. 8:15 & 9:45 am St. William ........................... Sat. 4:00 pm Sun. 8:00 & 10:30 am St. Mary - Milton ............... Sat. 4:00 pm Sun. 9:00 am
Nourished by the Eucharist and guided by the Holy Spirit, we proclaim the Gospel as good stewards, sharing God’s love. -Mission Statement
News & Notes Join us in celebrating the closing week of the Jubilee Year of Mercy—
Nativity of Mary will host a service at 3:00 PM on Sunday, November 20th and all area Catholics are invited to attend. Adoration of the Eucharist and Reconciliation will be available. Please take this opportunity to spend time with Jesus, reflecting on his goodness and grace, and to participate in this healing sacrament.
Would You Like A Pastoral Visit? REMINDER: If you, a family member or someone you know is confined or hospitalized and would benefit from a pastoral visit, please contact your parish office and let them know. Staff does not always know of hospital admissions for a variety of reasons and often has no way of knowing of other situations in which a parish contact would be beneficial.
Attention: Lectors The WORKBOOK for lectors is now available for the next liturgical year, in the church vestibule. As a gentle reminder; it is important that you prepare your reading carefully, so that you re not simply reading, but actually proclaiming the text. Being prayerful with the reading and “living with it” for several days in advance can help to familiarize you with the reading and make it your own. Thank you so much for being a part of this important ministry.
School News St. Mary School
On Friday, November 11th our students attended the Veterans Day Ceremony at Traxler Park. This year we sang a song for the program led by our music teacher, Mrs. Vriezen. I am so proud of our students and the respect they showed for our veterans. On Monday our third, fourth, and fifth grade students took a field trip to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. The students had great time and learned a great deal about the environment. Next Friday, November 18th, Our School will attend mass with the three other Janesville Catholic Schools here at St. Mary’s. After mass our middle school students will participate in a service project with the three other Catholic Middle Schools.
Money Matters Money Counts for 2016-2017 Week 19 11-6-2016 YTD
74,212.37 8,393.86 3,969.08 3,346.18 $89,921.49
72,396.20 7,863.48 2,475.89 3,810.25 $86,545.82
Envelope/Offertory Income: School/Religious Education, Liturgy and Other Income: TOTAL OPERATING INCOME:
Lillian Kate Killoy Daughter of Benjamin & Karra Killoy
Ramon Paul Schiefelbein Son of Ramon & Amanda Schiefelbein
Salaries/Benefits: Administrative Expense: Program Expense: Operation/Maintenance: TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE:
Focus on Faith
Scripture Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Please Pray For Our Parishioners:
"It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute." - Lk 21:13-15 ************************************************************** "You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name." This is not a pleasant prophecy. On the contrary, Jesus' somber words may strike us with a bit of fear and make us wonder if we will ever actually face such a tragic scenario. We are fortunate to live in a country where religious freedom is tolerated, and of course we hope that this continues to be the case. But the sad fact is that right now, there are Christians in other parts of the world who are living out the reality of these prophetic words. For these men, women, and children of faith, the name of Jesus truly is a cause of persecution and martyrdom.
Barbara Allen, Bill, Bill Bever, Dena, Alice Figi, Linda Fredell, Jackie H., Paul Holznecht, Gerri, Ellen Kotche, Ted Nagel, Vicki P., Shirley R., Madelynn Schieve, Colleen Schroeder, Kelly Dooley Trewartha, Peter Weirich, Lola William, Avalon Widner, Lucille Willegal
Traveling Chalice Full Year of Prayer Planned
Let us imagine for a moment that the tables were turned. Suppose we were the ones suffering from the violent advances of anti-Christian forces. Suppose we were the ones losing our homes, fleeing for our lives, tending to our wounded loved ones, or worse. Where would we look for help? To other Christians, most likely, to those who would sympathize with our commitments but who still had the resources to assist us.
This week the Traveling Chalice will be hosted by the High School Religious Education class. Any questions regarding our Traveling Chalice program may be directed to: Colleen at 868-6386 OR [email protected]
We ARE those other Christians. We are the ones who share a common faith with these suffering brothers and sisters on the other side of the globe. We are the ones with the resources to help them, even if it is just in a small way. Our prayers for their protection and peace cannot be underestimated, but neither can we dismiss the significance of contributing in any way possible to those organizations that are working on the front lines to assist the suffering Church throughout the world. May we all do what we can to bring relief to those who need it most.
Anointing of the Sick:
Infant Baptism: Registered members of the parish are welcome to arrange for their baby’s baptism by signing up for the necessary preparation program for parents.
Readings for Sunday, November 13, 2016 Thirty-third Sunday In Ordinary Time Mal 3:19-20a / 2 Thes 3:7-12 / Lk 21:5-19
RCIA Please call anytime if you would like to discuss Catholicism and see how joining the Church may offer you a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
Readings for Next Sunday, November 20, 2016 Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe 2 Sm 5:1-3 / Col 1:12-20 / Lk 23:35-43
Catholic Women’s Club Contact Jennifer McBride at 741-8909 or Beth Konkol at 754-1304 for more information.
Knights of Columbus Meetings held 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm. Contact Greg Kraft at 754-5615 for more information. Helen J. McDonnell and Earl Van Wie were recently called to eternal life.
Bulletin Deadline Mondays at 12:00 noon. Please contact the Rectory at 752-7861.
Please remember them, and all who mourn the loss of a loved one, in your prayers. 3
What’s Happening SCRIP REMINDER SCRIP puts your regular shopping dollars to work supporting your parish and school with over fifty retailers ….. grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, department stores, hardware stores, movie theaters, spas and more!
SCRIP cards are always available in the school office and after Mass twice per month ….. Next, the weekend of November 19th/20th.
The shortened days and early evenings of November invite us to seek light and warmth and open our hearts to reflection. Our second-Monday-of-the-month Taize’ Prayer experience will be on Monday, November 14 at 7:00 PM. As always, our time together will offer a chance to un-crowd our hearts and minds and refresh our spirits. Come and bask in the light of candles and the warmth of friendship, raise your voice in simple and prayerful songs, attend to God’s message in Scripture, and listen in silence for God’s voice in your heart.
Don’t forget to pick up your SCRIP before you do your holiday shopping!
Community Grief Support, “Grief Through the Holidays” St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital—3400 E. Racine Street Wednesday, November 23rd and Thursday, December 15th from 3-5 PM. “Grief Through the Holidays” is intended for adults. No registration is required, and there is no cost. Sponsored by Home Health United. For more information contact HHU-Grief Support Coordinator (608) 415-2825.
The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is a series of presentations given by a team of Catholic couples and a Catholic Priest. Each talk allows you an opportunity to look at your marriage in a new way and to grow deeper in love with each other. Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends on Nov. 18-20 in Rockford, IL; Jan. 20-22 in Brookfield, WI or Feb. 10-12 in Geneva, IL. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: alifetimeoflove.org or call (888) 574-5653.
WHO? St. Mary School and RE students, 6th - 8th grade
St. Mary School
WHEN? Friday, November 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Games Prayer Friends Service Refreshments
Diocese of Madison Natural Family Planning NFP: It’s supernatural. Nature cycles for a reason and so does your body, try Natural Family Planning ….. it works.
Any questions, call Kathy Hookham 752-7861 or Jenny McBride 741-8909. 4
Now Online! Natural Family Planning (NFP) can now be learned in the comfort of your home via the internet on your own time. Two self-paced methods for learning symptom-thermal NFP are available—one text based, one video based. To learn more and to register go to www.madisondiocese.org/Ministry/MarriageandFamily/ NaturalFamilyPlanning/ClassesRegistration.aspx and scroll down the page, or contact the Office of Natural Family Planning at (608) 821-3134 or [email protected]
What’s Happening “I’ve got pies to bake” … “We need to clean the house” … “How can I get everything ready?”
As the Jubilee Year of Mercy draws to a close, parishioners in the Diocese of Madison have a great opportunity to make this holy year one that will continue to bring blessing to the marginalized in our diocese. At the invitation of Pope Francis, Bishop Morlino has set up the Mother Teresa Mercy Endowment Fund as a way to memorialize the Year of Mercy. The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support for the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy to be lived out right here in our diocese. This week there was an article in the Catholic Herald announcing the fund and an envelope was enclosed for those desiring to send in donations. As you reflect on the many graces made available throughout this Year of Mercy, please consider how you may continue answer God’s call to show mercy to others. Might you consider closing the Year of Mercy with a gift to the Saint Mother Teresa Mercy Endowment Fund? In the words of Mother Teresa, "Intense love does not measure, it just gives." For more information call 608-821-3048 or visit www.diocesemadisonfoundation.org.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as national Thanksgiving Day. He said, “It has seemed to me fit and proper … to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” Over a hundred years later and we still do not take the time to truly give Thanks. On Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 5:15 pm we will have our Thanksgiving Mass. You are encouraged to bring an item from your Thanksgiving table to be blessed during the Mass. The collection at Mass will go to benefit ECHO. Feel free to bring a food item or donation to give. Offer many prayers of Thanksgiving, that the Lord will help you to always be good – Pope Francis
ECHO Holiday Express
St. Elizabeth Home Bread Sale Fundraiser November 17th, 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, November 27th 2016 from 1-4 pm Pontiac Convention Center Featuring: Polar Express starting at 1:30 pm Free admission—All ages are welcome! Available for purchase: Photos with Santa Holiday Books Arts & Crafts Projects Refreshments Raffles Please bring a new toy for the ECHO toy distribution!
Artisan Breads—Homemade Soup—Silent Auction Please join us to celebrate the feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, our patron. She is known for her love and charity and for giving bread to the poor. Funds raised from the bread sale will be used to provide Christmas gifts for our residents. We’re located at 109 S. Atwood Avenue in Janesville. Call Sister Lucette at (608) 752-6709 for more information. ECHO—Everyone Cooperating to Help Others
Sponsor a Family for Thanksgiving for $30
ECHO expects to assist over 700 families who are low-income. Sponsor a family by sending a check to your church or to the ECHO office made out to “ECHO Thanksgiving”. Donations can also be made online at www.echojanesville.org. BASKET DISTRIBUTION on Saturday, November 19th at the Rock County Fairgrounds. Volunteers needed. Packing begins at 8 am & 9:30 am Distribution. COOKIES & BARS –Volunteer bakers needed. Drop off your pre-packaged cookies/bars (1 dozen per Ziploc bag) at the Rock County Fairgrounds on Sat Nov 19th 8-9:30 am or at ECHO office on Fri Nov 18th 9-12 noon. ECHO office - 65 S High Street in Janesville, WI 53548
Each year a holiday party is held for Rock County foster families and the children in their care. This year it will be put on by a group of foster moms at the New Life Assembly Church in Janesville. The Janesville Police Department will be there to read a story to the kids, and they have Santa coming for a visit as well. If you’d like to help make this holiday party a success, you’ll find a basket in the main vestibule at the entrance to our church. Please bring any wrapped & sealed candy, suitable for a Christmas stocking, and deposit it in the basket through November 27th. It’s a small way to extend our support to those families that help the children of our community who desperately need it.
Sunday, November 13 8:30 AM Ruth Madden 10:30 AM Brian Hansen Monday, November 14 No Mass Tuesday, November 15 12:10 PM Hartzell Kas Wednesday, November 16 8:15 AM Robert Otto Thursday, November 17 8:15 AM Nancy Lesniak Friday, November 18 9:30 AM Gene Wagner Saturday, November 19 4:30 PM Parishioners of Nativity of Mary Sunday, November 20 8:30 AM Dorothy Fuss Kauffman & Harold Fuss 10:30 AM Leo & Judy Edmonds
Parish Event Calendar Monday, November 14 11:00 AM Centering Prayer, Nativity House 6:30 PM RCIA, Church Hall 7:00 PM Taize’ Prayer, Church Tuesday, November 15 10:30 AM Faith Sharing Group, Nativity House 5-7 PM Reconciliation Wednesday, November 16 5:45 PM Religious Education—Elementary 7:15 PM Religious Education—High School Thursday, November 17 6:30 PM Sanctuary Choir Practice, Church 7:15 PM Loft Choir Practice, Church Friday, November 18 9:30 AM All School Mass, Church Saturday, November 19 9:30-10:30 AM Reconciliation Sunday, November 20 9:00-11:00 AM Knights of Columbus Breakfast, Church Hall 10:30 AM RCIA Rite of Acceptance, Church
Cluster Corner ALL ACTIVITIES ARE OPEN TO MEMBERS OF ANY PARISH IN THE CLUSTER Nov 14 11:00 AM Centering Prayer, Nativity of Mary, Nativity House Nov 14 7:00 PM Taize’ Prayer, Nativity of Mary, Church Nov 15 10:30 AM Faith Sharing Group, Nativity of Mary, Nativity House Nov 15 6:00-7:00 PM Adoration, St. John Vianney Nov 16 5:30-7:00 AM “That Man Is You”, St. John Vianney, Marian Hall. Nov 16 9:00-10:00 AM Women’s Scripture Study, St. John Vianney, Marian Hall Nov 17 8:30-10:30 AM Bible Study, St. William, Church Nov 18 9:30 AM City-Wide All School Mass, Nativity of Mary Nov 18 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon Adoration, St. John Vianney Nov 19 5:00 PM Bingo, St. Patrick Nov 19-20 Blood Pressure Screening and Health Information, St. John Vianney after each Mass Nov 20 9-11 AM Knights of Columbus Breakfast, Nativity of Mary Nov 20 3:00 PM Service closing the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Nativity of Mary, All Catholics are welcome –Adoration, Reconciliation
All School Mass Friday, November 18th at 9:30 AM (No 8:15 AM Mass or Adoration) Special Service to close the Jubilee Year of Mercy Sunday, November 20th at 3:00 PM Adoration, Reconciliation
Nativity of Mary
8:30 & 10:30 am
St. John Vianney
8:15 & 9:45 am 7:30 & 10:00 am 5:00 pm en Español
8:00 am & 4:00 pm
8:00 & 10:30 am
St. Mary’s Hospital –Jsvl. St. Elizabeth Nursing Home
St. Elizabeth Manor-Footville