GREENE, ROCKFORD

& ROSEVILLE NEWS

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The ROSEVILLE & GREENE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will be hosting a FISH FRY this Friday evening, February 16, from 5-7 in Greene.

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COMMUNAL PENANCE will be offered in Greene on Wednesday, February 21st and in Rockford on Wednesday, March 7th.

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CATHOLIC CHARITIES HELPS THE MOST VULNERABLE

Did you know that individual contributions make up one-third of Catholic Charities annual operating budget – every gift is important and every gift helps! As the social service arm of the Catholic Church, Catholic Charities’ work to the most vulnerable among us is critical. Make your contribution to the Catholic Charities Annual Appeal today. Learn more at www.CatholicCharitiesDubuque.org.

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HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS

Holy Family in New Hampton will host a Holy Hour for Vocations on Monday, March 12 from 7 - 8 p.m. The evening will provide an opportunity to pray before our Eucharistic Lord in Adoration, a seminarian's witness to God's call in his life, as well as scripture and reflection by Archbishop Jackels. All are welcome!

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DON’T GIVE UP CHOCOLATE FOR LENT!

Instead, take a 40-day journey to become the best version of yourself. Sign up at BestLentEver.com for a free email

program and have a life-changing Lent.

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Please see bulletin board for details on the

Energy Assistance Program.

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SIGN UP: Church and CCD Info/Announcements through the REMIND system are sent through

cell phones by text message.  If you are interested

in signing up for this FREE service, please contact Janice for Roseville & Greene and Donna for Rockford. 

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REMIND SYSTEM:  If you need an announcement sent out quickly by text, you may contact Donna Jones or Janice Shultz to do so. 

 

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR FASTING

& ABSTINENCE DURING LENT

Catholic penitential practice during Lent includes, for all Catholics 14 and older, abstaining from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and all of the Fridays of Lent. In addition, Catholics from 18-59 years of age are expected to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On days of fasting, one full meal and two smaller meals (sufficient to maintain strength) are taken. Eating between meals is not allowed, but liquids may be consumed. Note:  If a person is unable to observe these practices due to health or other serious reasons, they are urged to practice other

forms of self-denial that are suitable to their situation.

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As we begin our Lenten journey you are invited to again participate in CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES’ OPERATION RICE BOWL. Throughout Lent we will pray, fast, learn, and give as a way to reach out in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world. We will be sending home with Religious Ed students a Rice Bowl. If you have no one in RE, Rice Bowls are available at both entrances. Help yourself to as many as you would like and follow this simple yet powerful Lenten practice. Visit orb.crs.org for additional resources

to use at home.

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Throughout Lent VOCATION CRUCIFIXES & PRAYER GUIDES will be on the Altar. You are simply asked to take a crucifix & guide home after Mass during Lent and for that week have your family offer special prayers for vocations as the

guide suggests.

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SPOTLIGHT ON A DEACON

Are deacons mentioned in the Scriptures?

Deacons originate from the Book of Acts, Chapter 6, where it states that the Apostles prayed and laid hands on seven men for the task of helping the Apostles in the daily distribution of food to the Hellenist widows. There are many other Scripture references and early Church writings

regarding Deacons.

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 1:40-45

Jesus shows His compassion in this Gospel when he cures a man of leprosy, a disease that was considered so bad in those times that no one would even touch a person who had it.

How do you think the people felt when they saw Jesus reach out to touch the leper?

 

Pilgrimage to Spain, Lourdes & Fatima:  Come along Nov. 5-15, 2018, to some of the most sacred places in all of Europe.  We'll visit both of the great Shrines to Mary, Lourdes in Southern France and Fatima in Portugal, and many great places in Spain!  Mass each day in great Churches and Cathedrals along the way.  Cost is $3,249 with departure from Omaha.  For a brochure and more information, contact Fr. Dan Guenther, St. Mary's Parish, 311 - 4th St. N., Humboldt, Iowa  50548 or call 515-332-2856 or email frdanguenther@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Must Unite Our “House” Divided

Our Popes and Bishops have made it abundantly clear that abortion is "intrinsically evil" and the "preeminent issue" for Catholics.

 

This means that Catholics must assign absolute top priority to oppose this evil:

 

"....the obligation to oppose intrinsically evil acts has special claim on our consciences and our action." Cardinal Justin Regali.

 

This brings to mind James 2:20: “... O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” The Catholic faith is not a social club; therefore we must accept all of her teachings or be complicit in breaking God’s rules. Aren’t we supposed to be “one holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church”?

 

This is America 2018 when we have many Catholic politicians who see and promote child-killing as "health care."

 

This is simply inexcusable! We, as faithful Catholics have a duty to replace these so-called leaders who are complicit in maintaining our "culture of death."