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106 N. Western Ave. Girard, KS 66743 Tel.


Weekly Bulletin

Saint Michael Church, Girard www.stmichaelgirard.com

Saint Michael Parish Mission Statement:

GIRARD Sat. 5:30pm Sun. 10:00 am ARMA 4:00pm 8:00 am

We the parishioners of Saint Michael the Archangel, through leadership and strong traditions are faithful disciples of the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church. We commit ourselves to be generous stewards of our faith, our parish, and our community. We strive to involve all members to be united in one parish family for the salvation of all. Notes from the Pastor: MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE WEEK February 9-15 The Office of Marriage and Family Life of our diocese is encouraging the parishes to join in the celebration of Marriage and Family Life Week February 9-15, 2014. If you would like to know more or would like to join the diocesan activities, you may access their website at http:// catholicdioceseofwichita.org/mfl. This Sunday, February 9th is significant as we are celebrating World Marriage Day or ironically WMD! This is an annual event the goal of which is to honor husband and wife as the foundation of the family, the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice and joy in daily married life. In 1993, his Holiness, Pope John Paul II, imparted his Apostolic Blessings on World Marriage Day. WMD celebrations continue to grow and spread to more countries and faith expressions every year. Bishop Richard J. Malone (Buffalo, chairman of USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth) sent a letter to all U.S. bishops, saying that National Marriage Week, World Marriage Sunday, and Valentine's Day "provide an opportunity to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage and to affirm and support engaged and married couples." In his letter, Bishop Malone recommends resources for dioceses and parishes to "continue to build a culture that honors and promotes marriage and the family." The following is a prayer for the Holy Family. It is an official translation of the prayer composed and recited by the Holy Father Pope Francis on Sunday, December 29 th 2013, the Solemnity of the Holy Family during the Angelus Prayer at St. Peters Square. He asked us to pray in union with the Church worldwide for the intention of the family and in preparation for the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of the Bishops scheduled to take place from 5 to 19 October this year to treat the topic: The Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization. This is the least we can do to celebrate World Marriage Day and this Marriage and Family Life Week. Pray as a Next Sunday(02/16/14) 10:00 AM
T. Paoni, J. Duling, I. Fisher, Mitch & Molly Adams, Chris Sponsel Ryan Sevart Dave & Anna Goble Family

CONFESSION Sat. 2:00-2:45pm 3:15-3:45pm Weekdays before Mass; anytime by appointment.

STAFF Fr. Roger Lumbre Pastor Janel Scales Bookkeeper/Bulletin Editor Faith Paoni Secretary Rectory Office Hours Tues-Fri 9AM-Noon Closed on Mondays Tel. (620) 724-8717

Next Saturday (02/15/14) Altar Servers: E. M. E. Lectors: Gift Bearers 5:30 PM B. & B. Leritz Nancy Bauer Mary Twarog Mike & Donna Martin Family

Mass Schedules & Intentions for February 8th-16th:

Feb 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Saturday 4:00 PM 5:30 PM Sunday 8:00 AM 10:00 AM Monday 7:00 AM Tuesday 5:30 PM Wednesday 6:30 PM Thursday 8:00 AM 8:30AM-3PM Friday 7:00 AM 8AM-6PM Saturday 4:00 PM 5:30 PM Sunday 8:00 AM 10:00 AM Clarence & Ida Buche Ed Perrin Barb Doue Pro Populo Ed Perrin Marcel & Mary Normand Pete Masser Peggy Davied Eucharistic Adoration Pete Masser Eucharistic Adoration Henry Yartz Intentions of Donna Buckle Pro Populo Pro Populo Arma Girard Arma Girard Girard Arma Girard Arma Arma Girard Girard Arma Girard Arma Girard

family and pray for our families! You may use the following Prayer to the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in whom we contemplate the splendor of true love, we confidently turn to you. Holy Family of Nazareth, make our families like yours, places of communion and cenacles of prayer, true schools of the Gospel and little domestic churches. Holy Family of Nazareth, never more may our families experience violence, self-centeredness and division. May anyone who has been injured or scandalized come to know comfort and healing. Holy Family of Nazareth, may the forthcoming Synod of Bishops reawaken in every heart an awareness of the sacred and unquestionable character of the family and its beauty in God's plan. Jesus, Mary and Joseph hear and answer our prayer! . Our condolences and sympathy to Margaret OToole from Greenbush. Her brother Felix OBrien from Saint Paul passed away this week. Also, our condolences and sympathy to Karen Pryer from Arma. Her husband Russell Pryer passed away last Saturday. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord! And Let perpetual life shine upon them. May they rest in peace! Amen. God bless you all! Fr. Roger

Draw Near to the Light! Last Sunday, we observed the Feast of the Presentation when Joseph and Mary took Last Week July 2013 to date Jesus to Jerusalem to be presented to the Lord. It was here that they met the prophet, Contributions $2,120.00 $81,599.85 Simeon, who had been foretold that he would not see death before he saw the Christ. Children's Offering $23.00 $529.75 And, youll recall, upon beholding Him, he exclaimed, Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace...for my eyes have seen your salvation...a light for revelation Expenses $64,343.95 to the Gentiles.. Jesus is proclaimed as a Light for the World. Fr. Roger expanded on Over/ (Under) $17,785.65 this theme during a weekday Mass based on St. Marks gospel: the Parable of the Lamp. He delivered his homily to about a dozen parishioners that morning, but the vigor that he exerted could have led any listener to believe that the church was full! Saint Michaels Upcoming Events The following is a portion of what he said: I dont know when most of you got electricity in your homes, probably in the 40s Finance Council Parish Council and 50s. I recall that back in the Philippines, it was about 1970 before my family and Tony Stonerock-Chair Dale Coomes-Chair our village received it. I was 11, I remember, for I was born in 1959. And it was on TBA Feb. 11th at 6:30pm for only part of the day, usually from 6:00pm to midnight. But before that time, it was so dark when the moon was not shining. Wed be happy to have moonlight and wed Rosary Altar Society Knights of Columbus play games in the street and had fun. Before that time, we had a lamp in our home Next meeting, TBA 1st Tuesday of Month, 7pm with coconut oil to keep it lighted. Remember, in Old Testament Days, of course, no At 6:30pm in the Hall. St. Michael Parish Hall electricity, and light was precious. You can only see where there is light. The New Testament calls Christ the Light. In todays gospel, it speaks these words from Mark Helping Hands Daughters of Isabella in the Parable of the Lamp: To the one who has, more will be given; from the one Need help or want to volunteer, Call Marilyn Bradshaw, who has not, even what he has will be taken away. Mark is not speaking of riches in Call Carrie Smith, 724-6684 724-7133 this story. He is saying that those with much grace will be given more, but those who have little, even that will be taken away. In other words, those with much grace are That Man in You Friday mornings at 6am the people who stay connected to God through Mass attendance, reading the Word, saying the rosary, etc. The more you do these things, the closer you get to God--you follow and do His will. However, those who do the minimum or even less than that, Benefit Luncheon will surely not feel as close to God, and gradually, they will drift farther from Him. In There will be a benefit luncheon for the Brazilton Ruritan projects on these times, many suffer depression or have a deep sadness that they cannot shake, or Sunday, February 9th at the Immanuel Lutheran Hall (3 miles North and are troubled with guilt issues. They have slowly moved in a worldly direction and 1 1/4 miles East of Brazilton). Lunch will be served from 11:00am to have allowed distance to come between God and them. Make it your goal to draw 1:00pm. Donations accepted. near to the Light. And how do we do this? Whenever you do for others, keep the peace where you are, or do Gods will, you get closer to God and you will remain in Soup & Chili Feed the Light. The Knights of Columbus will be hosting their soup and chili feed on I learned something that morning. A biblical phrase that always seemed contradictoSaturday, Feb. 22 after the 5:30pm mass and on Sunday, Feb. 23 after ry to me, was cleared up, that being, To the one who has, more will be given; from the 10:00am mass in the St. Michaels Parish Hall. Free will donation, with donations going towards March for Life & Birth Right. Altar Socie- the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. I suppose that material things came to my mind. Now I know better. This is just one of the benefits of coming ty ladies are asked to bring pies for desert. to weekday Mass. If you havent been, give it a shot! Daughters of Isabella Marriage: Lets Celebrate It! The February meeting has been cancelled. Our next meeting will be on February is Heart month and the 14th is Valentines Day, named for a saint, when a Tuesday, March 11th at 7:30pm in the parish hall in St. Paul. young mans (or old) fancy turns to thoughts of love and possibly marriage, sooner or later. The Church honors marriage through participation in a World Marriage Day Upcoming Events (Please mark your calendar and join us): each year and just last month, our Catholic Advance had a story concerning a bill which they are backing in Congress that would require the federal government to February 22-23 - K of C Soup and Chili Feed at St Michael Hall respect State laws on traditional marriage, that is, the union of one man and one womMarch 5 - Ash Wednesday an. You may recall that last June, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 opinion, ruled that the March 8,9, 10 - Parish Mission at Saint Michael in Girard federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional under the Equal Protection March 9 - Saint Joseph, Arma Spaghetti Feed Clause. March 14 - Friday, 6:30 PM St. Joseph Hall, Arma It is important to society that marriage be preserved as the exclusive union of a man March 22 - Pilgrimage Tour Cathedral and Pilsen and a woman because throughout time, history, and religious beliefs, marriage has March 28 - Friday, 6:30 PM- St. Michael Hall, Girard been the foundation of the family and the family, the basic unit of society. It is the pattern for male-female relationships, whereby men and women live interdependently St. Michael, defend us in all our battles! and commit for the whole of life to seek the good of each other. This union also provides the best conditions for raising children--the stable, loving relationship of a mother and father present only in marriage. Then comes the question, What is marriage? It is even possible for two persons of We Thank our advertisers for their support! the same sex to be married? Using the terms same-sex marriage and gay marriage already assumes that marriage comes in a variety of forms. The Advance rightly adds, Put another way, the sexual difference and complementary roles of husband and wife are not something that is added to a pre-existing thing called marriage, like you might add sprinkles to a sundae! Instead these male-female complementary roles are at the very heart of marriage and part of its real definition! Adding alternative adjectives to the word, marriage (such as same-sex, or gay, etc) produces not another variety of marriage, but a different thing entirely. It radically alters marriages very nature or core. Marriage is, and can only be, the union of one man and one woman --a gift to be cherished & protected. Marriage is regulated by civil and church laws, but it didnt originate from either, but from God. And so neither church nor state can change its basic meaning and structure. Good point to remember! 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