What's New In The Parish
I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Luke 2: 10c
Please Note: For complete information on ALL parish events, news, and activities, please see the parish bulletin. You can obtain a bulletin
after every Mass service or by clicking on the Bulletins button in the top navigation of this site.
Thanks to Dynamic Catholic and parishioner donations, we are excited to give your family the special gift of a new book this Christmas, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, by Matthew Kelly. We are offering two options to join the Book Club to get energized, educated, and inspired!
The second concert in our series will be during Lent, on February 27, 2015 at 7:00pm. This concert will showcase Pergolesi’s masterpiece “Stabat Mater” for soprano, mezzo-soprano, and string quartet. It is a very moving work which depicts the suffering of Mary as she witnesses Christ’s crucifixion.
St. Mary has an immediate need for SCRIP Volunteers each Sunday after Mass and to fill SCRIP orders on Thursdays. To fill orders would take approximately 30 minutes once every third or fourth week. This important program is a huge support to the Lafayette Catholic Schools. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers can call Jeanne Marks with any questions at 532-3058.
Baptisms will be celebrated on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the Month at 12:15 PM. To schedule a baptism please call Carolyn Shoaf at the Parish Office, 742-8336). Classes will alternate each month between St. Mary & St. Lawrence. Baptism classes are required for parents prior to Baptism. Next Baptism class: Tuesday, January 18, 7:00 pm at St. Lawrence.
St. Mary Community Lunch to the Needy
Please consider making or providing a chicken casserole, salad, bread, or dessert to help us feed about 100 needy people a nourishing lunch.
Future dates St. Mary will be serving in 2013 are
All lunches are short (set up is at 11:30 am and clean up finished by 2 pm). Our clients are very appreciative. Serving Lafayette’s hungry is a wonderful experience for families. Please contact Deb Parent by phone (743-5871) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Haiti Committee is pleased to announce the official launching of its new website which can be found at either www.saintmaryhaiti.com or www.stmaryhaiti.com. There are many stories and photos from past trips to Pendus, projects completed as well as still under way in Pendus, maps, photos and bios of our “Friends in Haiti” and other general information about Haiti and the Pendus community. Information from the most recent trip is not yet included but will be shortly. We encourage you to visit the website and let us know what you think! Comments can be sent to email@example.com.
Remember a loved one by having a Mass offered for them. Currently we are scheduling Mass intentions for 2014. If you would like to schedule a Mass, please visit Mary Ann in the Parish Office. Mass stipend: $10.00. We will try to honor special dates such as anniversaries or birthdays. We would appreciate Mass intentions.
Volunteers are needed to carry up the gifts. If you are interested in participating in this special privilege, please notify the ushers when you enter church.
We also need Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, & Servers to help with the 5:30 PM Sunday Mass. Please call the Parish Office (742-4440) if you would like to join one of these ministries or if you currently serve in any of these ministries and are willing to be placed into a rotation for our new Mass.
Your gift may be made for any frequency: weekly, monthly or quarterly. Draws are made on the Monday after the applicable Sunday including the first Sunday of the month or quarter. Simply complete the ACH Enrollment form available in the literature rack in the gathering space or download it here and return it to the office or in the weekly offering. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact Tom Reed at 742-4141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lost and Found
If you are missing any items please check the lost and found box in the Gathering Space. Items left for long periods of time will be donated to Goodwill.
The Parish Library is located in the Bishop Gallagher Room and is open from 8am to noon every Sunday. Come browse and borrow from our collection of over 700 books, videos, and books-on-tape. We also have a computerized catalog for locating books and links to online resources about the Catholic faith. You can donate materials to the library by clicking on our Wish List button.
Online SCRIP Payment Now Available
Do you order SCRIP online or would you like to? You can now pay for your order at www.shopwithscrip.com using Great Lakes SCRIP Center’s new PrestoPay. You simply enter your checking account information one time in a secure environment. After the account is verified, you can choose to have your scrip payments electronically deducted from your checking account when you order. This is not a credit-card based system…it is simply an added convenience that eliminates the hassle of writing and delivering your check for your online order!
A study, commissioned by the Knights of Columbus, revealed that 75% of Catholic young people who had seriously considered religious life felt they were never encouraged to pursue that goal. Your encouragement may be all that’s needed.
A misconception among some Catholics is that the priest has an ideal job; he works one day each week, Sunday. They forget the other six days a week, where the priest works long and hard behind the scenes—visiting the ill, counseling troubled families, helping bury our loved ones, visiting school classes, etc. Often the job is exhausting and thankless, but always of vital importance.
The loving environment of a family draws forth an individual’s greatest talents and gifts. We’ve come to realize that creating an atmosphere in which children can hear the Lord’s call is one of the most significant responsibilities resting on our shoulders as parents. Parents, grandparents – do you encourage your children to develop their talents and gifts? Do you encourage them to think of Church ministry as a possible life choice?
Interested in supporting vocations? Contact Barbara at 474-4040.
Advertise Your Business in our Sunday Bulletin!
Your support will benefit St. Mary Parish and the Lafayette Catholic Schools. Contact Art Blackburn our bulletin representative at the parish office, 742-4440 ext. 228. Tell them you saw this on the website.
Funeral Holy Cards will be memorialized in the Memorial Card Display Case so that our parishioners will be able to pray for our loved ones. If you have an immediate family member such as a grandparent, mother, father, child, sister, brother, brother-in-law who has passed away within the past year, please call Mary Shelton at 474-2559 or email: email@example.com.
Remember a Loved One
Remember a loved one or recognize your family with a brick in the Diocesan Memorial Plaza. Forms are available in the literature rack or call the parish office at 742-4440.
If you have a special anniversary that you would like to place in the bulletin to share with the parish, please call Mandy in the parish office, 742-4440 ext. 226 or email her.
Please note: The bulletin deadline is always due by the Friday prior to the week (8 days before) you wish to have your announcement in the bulletin because our bulletin deadline to the printer is Tuesday. Thank you for your help.
The Spring Antioch Retreat is just around the corner. Join us the weekend of March 6—8, 2015 for a weekend of fun, fellowship, and faith enriching experiences. You’ll eat some great food, gain some awesome friends, and most importantly, grow closer to God! Forms are available on the bulletin boards near the doors. Contact Sue Bayley at 765-404- 0753 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. More information is available at http://dualsaints.com.
Teen Bible Study
Teen bible study has been put on hold until the summer. Check back for more details.
Attention All 7th – 12th Grade Girls!
If you are a girl in the 7th through 12th grade and would like to join the Servants of the Holy Table by serving regularly at our weekly Masses please call Marla or Alaina Milazzo at 765-589-3159.
Antioch YEP: Catholic High School Youth Group
If you’re in grades 9 – 12 and you want to hang out and get to know other kids your age, learn and talk about our catholic faith and how to live it, you should check out AntiochYEP! We meet every Sunday evening from 6:30-8:00pm in the lower level of St. Mary Cathedral. E-mail Sue Bayley for more info: email@example.com or call/text 765-404-0753. We look forward to seeing you soon!