I will give thanks to you, O Lord – Psalm 137

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Bulletins & Notices

cross_4509c February 2, 2016, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 31, 2016, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 24, 2016,  Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 17, 2016, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

2016 Second Collections 
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Fr. Emil: “Building The Church”

Mass Intentions, February 6 – 12, 2016

Saturday 4:30 pm   ✝ Rosario & Emma Solano, ✝ Ofelia Gonzalez
Sunday 9:00 am   Intentions of Barbara Hee
Sunday 11:15 am   Int. of Karla Ryan, ✝ Harry & Ruth Hawkins, ✝ Al & Ruth Compton
Wednesday 7:00 am   ✝ Joseph & Ethel Costello, ✝ Renee & Lydia Literate
Wednesday 5:30 pm   Intentions of Karla Ryan
Wednesday 7:00 pm   ✝ Jesus Dorante, ✝ Fausta Rubio
Thursday 7:00 am   ✝ Rosa Ramirez, ✝ Gracelia Salinas
Friday 7:00 am   ✝ Ilia Padilla, ✝ Salvador Ortiz

Ash Wednesday & Stations of the Cross

Lent, a season of renewal and repentance, begins this coming Wednesday, February 10. There are three characteristics on which we are about to focus during the next forty days: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Please attend one of our services as we begin this season of spiritual growth and reconciliation. At each of our Ash Wednesday celebrations we will be distributing ashes. The schedule on this special day is as follows:

  • 7:00 am Mass with distribution of ashes
  • 12:15 pm distribution of ashes outside Mass
  • 5:30 pm Mass with distribution of ashes
  • 7:00 pm Missa en Español con las cenizas

The Stations of the Cross will be celebrated each Friday of Lent at 5:30 pm.

Lenten Bible Study Series: The Parables of the Kingdom

During Lent we are offering four special Bible Study sessions; this year we are going to focus on some of the most popular parables in the Gospels. We will meet in the parish hall on the following Wednesdays of Lent at 6:00 pm: February 17 and 24; March 2 and 9. Each session will be approximately one hour. Drinks and snacks will be provided. No need to RSVP, just come and make sure to bring a Bible.
Everyone is welcome, Catholic or not.

Lenten Fish Dinners

This coming Friday (February 12) until and including Friday, March 11 your family, neighbors and friends are invited to our Lenten fish dinners. Dinners commence at 6:00 pm in the parish hall. Tickets are $15 per adult; $7 per child (6-12 years of age); children under 5 eat for free. Take-outs and beverages are available. Local fine wines are provided. Feed your soul first by coming to the Stations of the Cross at 5:30 pm; afterwards we can feed our bodies with our fish dinners. The menu for our first Friday of Lent is: penne pasta, red pesto sauce, prawns (sauté or grilled), mixed greens salad, and ciabatta bread. Join us!!!

Building Fund

As you know, each first Sunday of the month we take a second collection for our Building / Maintenance Fund. This is a designated account and all funds are used for major repairs of the church or future building. Currently our parish is exploring some options in expanding our facilities. More information about the results and planning will be presented to you in an open letter to all parishioners.

Sharing Your Faith Journey – a Study Group

We are so blessed to have parishioners like Pamela Tarantino who have quite a religious education and offer to host certain talks and studies. She would like to start a new study group and everyone is invited, men or women, Catholic or not. Detailed fliers are available at the entrance of the church.

February Group: Choose from various noted spiritual writers for study and sharing. Option for writing and sharing at least one excerpt from your own Spiritual Memoir.
Group Times: Choose either Monday afternoons, 1:30 until 3:00 pm; or Thursday evenings, 6:00 until 8:30 pm. We can meet at the church; there is also an option for a Carmel group to meet at Erik’s Deli at the Barnyard. Please RSVP to Pamela Tarantino for more info at
noahsarkkids@aol.com or call at 309-222-4347.

Scholarships Applications

We are currently accepting scholarship applications for our four awards, which will total over $7000. The application deadline is April 30. More information about them, including application forms, are available on this website here. These applications will be processed in the first week of May.

Seeking a Choir Director

Our parish is seeking a paid Choir Director for the 11:15 am Mass on Sundays and, possibly, the other two weekend Masses. For a detailed position description click here.
If you, or someone you know, is interested, please contact the Parish Office.