There will be a blessing of the restored windows on Sunday, May 1, 2016, following the May Crowning. We will also have a Parish Picnic following the Blessing around 11:00 AM. The picnic is Potluck, so bring your favorite dish to share.
Divine Mercy Sunday is the Sunday after Easter and is a special celebration and opportunity to receive the mercy of our Lord. We will pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm in the church. All are welcome to attend.
For more information about Divine Mercy Sunday and the graces available on the feast day, here is an excerpt from EWTN website:
|During the course of Jesus’ revelations to Saint Faustina on the Divine Mercy He asked on numerous occasions that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. The liturgical texts of that day, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, concern the institution of the Sacrament of Penance, the Tribunal of the Divine Mercy, and are thus already suited to the request of Our Lord. This Feast, which had already been granted to the nation of Poland and been celebrated within Vatican City, was granted to the Universal Church by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of Sr. Faustina on 30 April 2000. In a decree dated 23 May 2000, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments stated that “throughout the world the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that mankind will experience in the years to come.” These papal acts represent the highest endorsement that the Church can give to a private revelation, an act of papal infallibility proclaiming the certain sanctity of the mystic, and the granting of a universal feast, as requested by Our Lord to St. Faustina.
Concerning the Feast of Mercy Jesus said:
As you can see the Lord’s desire for the Feast includes the solemn, public veneration of the Image of Divine Mercy by the Church, as well as personal acts of veneration and mercy. The great promise for the individual soul is that a devotional act of sacramental penance and Communion will obtain for that soul the plenitude of the divine mercy on the Feast.
*The Cardinal of Krakow, Cardinal Macharski, whose diocese is the center of the spread of the devotion and the sponsor of the Cause of Sr. Faustina, has written that we should use Lent as preparation for the Feast and confess even before Holy Week! So, it is clear that the confessional requirement does not have to be met on the Feast itself. That would be an impossible burden for the clergy if it did. The Communion requirement is easily met that day, however, since it is a day of obligation, being Sunday. We would only need confession again, if received earlier in Lenten or Easter Season, if we were in the state of mortal sin on the Feast.
We will have our Lenten Penance Service on Tuesday, April 4th at 7:00pm in the church building. Please feel free to come and feel the forgiveness of the Lord.
A helpful tool to help prepare for this service of grace and forgiveness is a printed Examination of Conscience guide to help us to know what sins we should confess. Here is a link to one such tool: examination of conscience
Here are a couple of videos to help us remember the importance and the steps of going to Confession.
RCIA meets every Thursday evening from 6:45 to 8:30 to study the Catholic Christian faith. Bring your Bible, your questions, and your friends. Potluck dinner begins at 6:45 pm, so bring your favorite dish and enjoy fellowship. All are welcome.
CONFIRMATION & YOUTH GROUP: Classes are offered Wednesday nights. If you haven’t registered yet, forms are available following Mass or on Wednesday. We usually have supper at 6:45pm with classes starting at 7:00pm. We finish by 8:30pm. If you have questions, contact Tammy Teel.
Come join us as we welcome Fr. Paulinus to St. Theresa’s Parish. On Sunday, June 26, 2016, following the 9:30 AM Mass, we will have an Ice Cream Social so come and say hello to Fr. Paulinus and extend a warm welcome!
Requirements for the Sacrament of Baptism
Congratulations! God has blessed you! Now you are preparing to celebrate or anticipating celebration of Baptism in the Catholic Church for your son or daughter. Through Baptism your child will become a disciple, part of the body of Christ. Continue reading “Baptism Requirements”
1. We feel contrition for our sins and a conversion of heart to change our ways.
Continue reading “Confession/Reconciliation”
October Birthdays and calendar
October 4, 2015- Today we celebrated the feast day of our patroness St. Theresa of Lisieux with a trilingual mass in English, Spanish & Vietnamese. It was beautiful to hear the different languages being used to pray and sing as we worshipped our Lord. Although so many of us come from various parts of the country and of the world, we are all able to give our love, devotion and adoration to the One God who is in heaven.
Following the mass, in the midst of a light rain, we dedicated and blessed the pavilion and named it in honor of Mr. George Rischar, who was the master mind and lead foreman in the building of the structure. George has been a pillar in the parish and has served countless hours in the service of St. Theresa’s Church through the years. Although George has gone to eternal life (December 2014), his wife Arlis and some of his children were in attendance. He is greatly missed and may he rest in peace.
After the dedication of the George Rischar Pavilion, Continue reading “St. Theresa Parish Feast Day”