The parish mission will begin next weekend with Father Wehrley speaking at all the masses. The mission will be held on March 24, 25, & 26. This is a wonderful way to spend three marvelous days growing in the spirit of Jesus’ grace. We are so blest to have Father Charlie Wehrley as the director for our mission. The talks will be at 7:00 p.m. each evening in the church on Monday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, Father Wehrley will talk after the soup supper in the social hall. Father Wehrley will be available to visit with anyone who wishes to visit with him in the conference room in the office. I would encourage anyone who wishes to have a private conference with Father Wehrley to take advantage of this opportunity. The missions that we have had in the past have always increased the spirituality of our parish so please plan to attend the mission.
This is just a reminder that the mass and stations of the cross are every Tuesday evening beginning at 5:45 p.m. followed by the soup supper at 6:30 p.m. If you are not able to get to the mass and stations be certain come to the soup and stay for the program on Pope Francis. Every Friday at 5:30 p.m. there are stations of the cross and benediction. The Fridays of Lent have always been a sacred day and attending the stations and benediction are a wonderful way to make Fridays of Lent a very spiritual day.
TLent begins this Tuesday evening with the mass at 6:00 p.m. The following are the Lenten materials: I urge you to take advantage of having these Lenten materials in your home. There is an prayer attachment for your key chain. I urge you to pray this prayer every time that you use your keys. There is an Easter prayer that I encourage you to put on your bathroom mirror so that you can pray this prayer each day. There is a Lenten booklet for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. This book gives the child an activity to do each day. There is also a book for students from the 7th grade through high school. This book gives the student the opportunity to be more in touch with the spiritual aspects of their lives. Finally, there is an adult book that gives everyone the opportunity to read an inspirational thought each day. I urge all adults to read this book everyday as it will give a spiritual look into your life each day.
RECONCILIATION AFTER MASSES
Next Sunday everyone will have the opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation. We hear confessions after all of the masses beginning next week and continuing through Palm Sunday. I know it is difficult to get to reconciliation on Sunday but this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation after mass. One of the great things about Lent is the opportunity to enrich our lives by the grace of the sacrament of reconciliation.
The Knights of Columbus shrimp boils are scheduled for Friday, March 14 and Friday, March 28. The shrimp boils will be served from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. All tickets to the shrimp boils will be sold in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. A Knight of Columbus will be available after mass selling tickets.
This is just a reminder that we have a prayer board in the front of the church. If you have a need or someone you wish to be prayed for please put a note on the board so that our parish community can pray for your intention.
Men’s Prayer Group
The men’s prayer group meets every first and third Thursday of the month. The meetings are from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the rectory. These meetings are open to all men of the parish. These meetings always are insightful and wonderful way to grow in faith and meet some great men of faith.
Women’s Prayer Group
The women’s prayer group meets every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the conference room. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow in your faith and to meet some great ladies of faith.
Saturday: 4 pm
Sunday: 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon
Weekday: Monday 8 am Communion Service @ St. Francis
Tuesday and Friday: 8 am Mass @ St. Peter
Wednesday and Thursday: 8 am Mass @ St. Francis
Holy Day & Vigil: 6 pm vigil, 8 am, 6 pm
Confessions: Saturday: 3:00 to 3:45 pm or by appointment
Pastor: Father Charles Kottas
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Dennis Kirlin
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Stephen Rallis
Parish Secretary / DRE: Dolores Kral
Bookkeeper / CYO Director: Jean Thomas
1 Bluff Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503