The Roman Catholic Area Faith Community of
St. Mary’s – Tracy,
St. Michael’s – Milroy,
St. Paul’s – Walnut Grove,
Area Faith Community Bulletin on line at www.stmarytracy.org
Fr. Robert Mraz, - firstname.lastname@example.org
Father’s Office in
Richard Hamsa, Milroy Pastoral Administrator - email@example.comOffice & Residence in Milroy (507) 336-2505
249 6th Street
Tracy, MN 56175
St. Mary's School
Kathy Vondracek, Principal
Religious Education for Tracy & Walnut Grove
Jean Schmidt (507) 629-3667
Cathy Schons (507) 629-3270
Joe Sanow (507) 629-4075
Lota Hannasch (507) 629-4866
Alita Lenertz (507) 629-4145
Custodian - Tracy
Chuyee "Chewy" Her
Church of St. Michael
200 Euclid Ave
Milroy, MN 56263
Administration / Religious Education
Kami Parker (507) 336-2635
Mary Kirsch (507) 336-2353
NU Diocese Catholic Charities
Counseling and Adoptions
Call toll free 1-866-670-5163
Confessions are before all weekday Masses
Baptisms: Contact Fr. Mraz or Rich Hamsa to schedule a date
Marriages: Contact Fr. Mraz or Rich Hamsa 6 months prior to proposed date to begin marriage preparation.
Hospitalized or sick parishoners: contact Fr. Mraz or Rich Hamsa.
Church of St. Paul
600 3rd Street Po Box 236
Walnut Grove, MN 56180
Nancy Hewittt (507) 859-2375
Pat Hansen (507) 859-2581
Pam Baumann (507) 859-2503
Custodian - Walnut Grove
Merle Pacholl (507) 859-2627
Sun. Oct. 10 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Green) CCW & Vocations Awareness Sunday
8:00 a.m. Confessions at St. Michael’s in Milroy
8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Michael’s in Milroy
CCW Breakfast after Mass
10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s in Tracy
Confessions at St. Mary’s in Tracy before and after Mass
7:00 p.m. Southwest Minnesota Men’s Chorus practice at St. Paul’s/WG
Mon. Oct. 11 No Mass Today
Spirit Day at St. Mary’s School
10:30 a.m. School Safety Patrol Training
5:30 p.m. Catholic Daughter’s Mass & Meeting at Holy Redeemer School in Marshall
No Marian Council KC meeting this month
Tues. Oct 12 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Michael’s in Milroy
Mission Tuesday at St. Mary’s School
1:00 p.m. Priests’ Council Meeting in Olivia
7-9 p.m. Strengthening Social Ministry in Area Faith Communites Evening of
Formation at St. Michael’s in Milroy
Wed. Oct. 13 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s in Tracy
Scrip orders due at St. Mary’s School
3:20-5 p.m. Grades K-4 Religious Education at Tracy
7 – 8:15 p.m. Grades 5-12 Religious Education at Tracy
7:00 p.m. CONFIRMATION PRACTICE for candidates and sponsors at St. Mary’s
6-7 p.m. Grades K-6 Religious Education at Milroy
7:15-8:30 pm Grades 7-12 Religious Education at Milroy
Thurs. Oct. 14 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Paul’s in Walnut Grove
Noon – 3 p.m. Priests’ Support Group Meeting in Bird Island
7:00 p.m. Combined Choirs Rehearsal for Confirmation in St. Mary’s School
music room in Tracy.
Fri. Oct. 15 2:00 p.m. School Mass at St. Mary’s in Tracy
Scrip Pick-up at St. Mary’s School
Sat. Oct. 16 9:30 a.m. Virtus Training Session at St. Anne’s in Wabasso for all who work
with children or vulnerable adults. (Required by the Diocese.)
5:00 p.m. Confessions at St. Paul’s in Walnut Grove
5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Paul’s in Walnut Grove
Sun. Oct. 17 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Green)
8:00 a.m. Confessions in Milroy
8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Michael’s in Milroy
10:30 a.m. CONFIRMATION Mass at St. Mary’s in Tracy
Reception follows after Mass in church hall – all invited to meet
Bishop and congratulate confirmants.
Confessions before & after Mass in Tracy7:00 p.m. Southwest Minnesota Men’s Chorus practice at St. Paul’s /Walnut Grove
OCTOBER IS THE
MONTH OF THE ROSARY. Free Blessed Rosaries and instructions on how to
Rosary are found in the back of all 3 churches. Now is a good time to begin this devotion in
home. Help yourself to as many rosaries as you need. THIS
IS VOCATIONS AWARENESS SUNDAY WHY NOT PRAY THE ROSARY THIS WEEK
FOR AN INCREASE IN VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD, RELIGIOUS
OF 28 OF OUR 11TH
We are having combined choir rehearsal for Confirmation on Thursday, Oct. 14th. All singers from the Area Faith Community are welcome. Rehearsals will be held at the music room of St. Mary’s school.
CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS MEETING will be this Monday, October 11 beginning with Mass at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Chapel in Marshall meeting to follow at Holy Redeemer School.
GUMMI BEARS: the Catholic Daughters will be handing out Gummi Bears for free will donations for Habitat for Humanity in Milroy and Tracy on Sunday. October 17.
THIS IS CCW SUNDAY, We are thankful for all that the members do in our 3 parishes over the years to help our own parishes, parishioners, people of our country and around the world with CCW’s various projects. The world would be a very different place if it weren’t for all the good that is done locally, nationally and abroad. If you want to make change in the world, I encourage you to be involved in the CCW. You will find yourself enriched and know your time and talents are doing God’s work of changing lives for the better by prayer, social action and respect for the lives of all people. Let us give 3 cheers to all those involved in our parishes for all they do and especially give thanks to our chair people and commission people for sharing their time and talents with and for us. – Fr. Bob Mraz, Region 3 CCW Moderator.
STRENGTHENING SOCIAL MINISTRY IN
DID YOU MISS GETTING THE
look up the website to find the Sunday Area Faith Community
the Area Faith Community monthly
calendar, last Sunday’s homily and other information at the ST.
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the psalm today we hear, “Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands: break into song; sing praise.” Song has always been an integral part of the Mass. Singing helps us to remember. This is one reason why nursery rhymes are so popular in teaching things to children. When the revised texts of the Roman Missal are implemented, chanting parts of the Mass will be emphasized. In addition, there will be a need for parishes to learn new sung Mass settings (Gloria, Holy, etc…) that contain the new texts. The revised texts will help us in a deeper way to offer our prayers to God and to “sing to the Lord a new song”. To see what changes will take place in the texts of the Mass, go to www.usccb.org/romanmissal
NOTE: PLEASE HAVE ANY ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR
THE BULLETIN IN BY WEDNESDAY A.M. PLEASE SEND
IN MINISTRY is a diocesan
opportunity that prepares parishioners for various activities within
life, giving practical advice and guidance. We
are blessed to have the October session led by Jack Hartjes, a member
THE SENIOR HIGH YOUTH RALLY is to be held at Willmar Senior High School Gym.
WHO: All 9-12th grade youth are welcome to attend. This year’s Senior High Rally will have special offerings just for parents. Tony Melendez appeals to all ages so we’re inviting parents too!
WHAT: The program will be from 1:00-7:00 p.m. on October 24. However, you can join us early and hear Audrey Assad in a pre-event concert from noon-1:00. This will be a day of fun and inspiration—come celebrate Sunday Mass with the Bishop John M. LeVoir; there will be supper, and a time to meet hundreds of other youth. Tony Melendez will be your presenter for the day. Dr. Monica Breaux will give a talk to just parents about raising healthy teens. There will also be a spectacular dance to celebrate your day together!! Cecilia Schwartz is ready to teach you some new moves!
SPONSORED BY: Diocese of New Ulm – Office of Youth Ministry
An informational and
registration meeting in regard to the upcoming Pilgrimage to the
with Bishop John M. LeVoir (Jan. 14-24, 2011) will be held October 24 at 2:00
the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (Parish Center), 605 North State
New Ulm. For more information call (952) 949-0065, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.dnu.org for brochure. Register
10/16/10 9:30 a.m. Wabasso, 11/11/10 7:00 p.m. Silver Lake, 01/18/11 7:00 p.m. Renville, 02/21/11 7:00 p.m. St. Anthony Elementary School in New Ulm, 03/10/11 7:00 p.m. Benson, 04/05/11 7:00 p.m. Green Valley
Autumn is a beautiful season full of color and crisp fresh air. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is like autumn because it’s a weekend full of fresh air, new beginnings and a time to rejoice in the beauty of your marriage and family. It’s a great time to rekindle communication and enjoy a weekend away. Upcoming weekends are scheduled for:
* November 19-21, 2010 in Stewartville, MN* February 11-13, 2011 in Windom, MN* March 18-19, 2011 in Frontenac, MN. For information and/or registration, contact: Jeff and Rondi Kodet at 507-644-3523 or email@example.com or visit our website at www.wwmeSection8.org.
Congratulations to our Marathon $500 calendar raffle winner, Lynnae Zieske and to our weekly winner, Eric Johnson. The school thanks you for your support.
Our Marathon and magazine sales have ended. We appreciate everyone who contributed!
Looking ahead: Wed., Oct. 20 is a 1:08 pm release, Thursday & Friday the 21st and 22nd are MEA.
ST. MARY’S & ST. PAUL’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS:
Registration for Rel Ed due! Teachers needed – Grades 7 & 8th and 11-12th
Catholic Heart Workcamp Mission Trip for 2011 – Must be 8th Grade and older. Kansas City, KS – Dates: July 17th – 22nd – Contact Jean Schmidt for more information. Cost Approx. $465.00 - Registration Fee - $75.00 due Oct. 2010.
Senior High Rally - Oct. 24th. (Gr. 9-12) We are hoping all Confirmation Students will attend plus others from the 9th and 10th Grade. Sign – up today. Cost - $20.00 (leave St. Mary’s 11:30 and return at 8:30 PM. Great day planned – Even inviting the Parents for special presentation- Cost - $10.00)
Casey’s Pizza Cards.Cost - $15.00 (Whenever you purchase a large specialty Pizza you can get a Medium single topping FREE) (10 punches on each card) GREAT DEAL! Cards will be here Oct. 3rd. (Hoping each family can sell at least 2 cards). Money goes to support our Religious Ed. program & new bibles. Call 629-3667 for details.
St. Mary’s CCW NEWS:
CLEANING: October: St. Joseph
Next Large Function: Our lady of Fatima: Elise and Karen Lanoue
Small Functions; St. Agnes: Carole Weedman and Arlene West
Women’s Mission Group will meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:30.
November 6th: St. Mary’s Rummage Sale
Benefit for Judy Lenertz, the daughter of Alita Lenertz will be in Sioux Falls, SD, on October 20th, 2010. Judy has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The benefit fundraiser will be held at the Pizza Ranch on 41st Street in Sioux Falls from 5-8PM. Ten percent of sales and 100 percent of all tips during this time will go to Judy to help defray medical expenses. If you are unable to come that night but would like to help out, there is a Fund started at Minnwest bank. Let them know you are giving to the Judy Lenertz Benefit Fund. Thank you for all your support and prayers.
SECOND COLLECTIONS WEEKLY TO PAY OUR DEBTS to the Diocese and for the insurance
payment. Please use your “Debt
Reduction Envelopes” for this.
SECOND COLLECTIONS WEEKLY TO PAY OUR DEBTS to the Diocese and for the insurance
payment. Please use your “Debt
Reduction Envelopes” for this.
St. Mary’s Liturgical Ministries for Sunday October 17th, 2010
Lisa Schaar Family
Dave VanDeWiele, Tom Lenertz, Mike Lenertz, Dave Lenertz
Maurice and Judy VanDeWiele, Dawn Benson, Lynn and Rose Goltz
Morgan and Tanner Benson, Lauren Schaar
Please call a sub if you cannot be here. If you cannot find a sub, please call Fr. Mraz. Thanks
Wednesday Communion Schedule: October 13, 2010: Louise VanMoer October 20, 2010: Alita Lenertz
ST. MARY’S SACRIFICIAL OFFERING FOR LAST WEEK; October 3rd, 2010;
Adult Envelopes $1644.00 Debt Reduction $297.00 Playground Fund $0.00
Loose Plate $80.00 Candles $9.00
Youth $1.00 School Memorial $20.00
TOTAL $2051.00 Thank you for your generosity!
MINISTRIES FOR OCTOBER 16 , 2010
LECTOR: Marianne Boerboom
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE COMMUNION: John Plaetz, Nancy Hewitt, Pearl VanDeWiele
PRESENTATION OF THE GIFTS: Tom & Kathy Vondracek
USHERS FOR OCTOBER, 2010: Leo Theisen, Ron Kassel
LAWN MOWER: Kerry Knakmuhs
LION’S SERVERS: October 14 Beatrice Maeyaert, Bonnie Doubler, Connie Ourada, Kathy Vondracek
SACRIFICIAL GIVING FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 2, 2010
Adult $251.00, Plate $91.00, Fuel $ 60.00, Maintenance $25.00, Propagation of the Faith $5.00, Cemetery $15.00
TOTAL $ 447.00
MASS INTENTIONS are needed. If you wish to have a mass said for a loved one or special intention, drop a note in the
collection or call Nancy. Each mass intention is $5.00.
ST. PAUL’S FALL LUNCHEON will be held on November 7, 2010 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Please mark your calendars.
The CCW will be serving lunch at the Hewitt Farm Sale on November 22, 2010 as a fund raiser.
St. Paul’s will also be hosting the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service on November 24, 2010. Thank you to Kathy Vondracek
who has volunteered to direct the choir.
Looking ahead, the Spring Luncheon has been set for April 10, 2011. Signup sheets will be out later to sign up to help with
LAWN MOWERS are needed for the remainder of the mowing season. If you are willing to help out either with cash donations
or mow, please call Nancy. 859-2375. Thank you to Kerry & Becky Knakmuhs who volunteered this coming week.
SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA MEN’S CHORUS PRACTICE, Sun. Oct. 10 & 17 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Paul’s Hall.
Good People of St. Michael Next week Sunday at the 10:30am Mass at St. Mary’s our young people will experience a once-in-a-lifetime moment with their bishop. They have chosen names ~ either their baptismal name or a new name. They have written a letter to Bishop LeVoir explaining why they are requesting the sacrament of Confirmation. They will rehearse and practice this coming Wednesday for this important event in their life and in the life of our area churches. They have contributed hours of service to their local community and parish. They have learned and been on two retreats. Now will be the time for them to be open to the pouring out of the Holy Spirit who will abundantly shower them with spiritual gifts—gifts and fruits of the Spirit that matter: wisdom, understanding, knowledge, right judgment, courage, reverence, wonder and awe; and the fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, goodness, generosity, faithfulness, modesty, chastity, self-control. Now, as St. Paul, states, there is no law against these things.
Parish Catechist Needed for 3rd—4th Grade Religion The US Bishops write: “ The call to the ministry of catechist is a vocation, an interior call, the voice of the Holy Spirit. Catechists need to be practicing Catholics who participate fully in the communal worship and life of the Church and who have been prepared for their apostolate by appropriate catechetical teaching. “ Do you feel called to be a catechist this year? Please contact Rich Hamsa, 336-2505, if interested.
Gummi Bears Fundraiser after the Oct. 17th Mass donations will go to the Habitat for Humanity. Denise Delaney
Special Confirmation Choir Confirmation will be on Sunday, Oct. 17th. Would you like to add your voice to a special choir to sing for this special occasion? There is one more rehearsal on Thursday, 7:00pm, Oct 14, at St. Mary’s School music room so that we can learn the music.
Catholic Stewardship is Putting Our Faith into Action ~ Talent, the Gift of Our Ability It doesn’t matter how rich or how poor we are, how smart, educated, or famous we might be — each of us has been given at least one gift that we can use on behalf of the rest of humanity. For every skill you possess, there is a need somewhere in your family, your parish, your town. Our abilities should be recognized, cherished — and shared. Henry Van Dyke puts it well when he says, “Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” If you aren’t sure where your talents lie, prayerfully contemplate the corporal and spiritual works of mercy (like “teaching the ignorant” we still need a 3rd—4th grade catechist). Somewhere in them you are sure to find something that makes you say, “Yes, I can do that!” Begin there, and soon other opportunities to use your talents will make themselves apparent. Corporal Works of Mercy: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, bury the dead. Spiritual Works of Mercy: counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offenses, bear wrongs patiently, pray for the living and the dead.
Question of the Week Showing gratitude toward God is an ancient practice of faithful people. How do you do it? For what are you most grateful?
Catholic Heart Workcamp Summer Mission Trip Registration due by Nov. 1st Destination: Kansas City, Kansas; Dates: July 17-22; Registration fee: $75. Contact Jean Schmidt @629-3667 or 336-2583.
Marriage Encounter Opportunities A Weekend of Discovery~ a Lifetime of Love Don't talk about it ~ just do it! Discover the full potential of your marriage by attending the October 16-17 Marriage Encounter! Weekends are held at the Dakota Ridge Hotel on 35E and Yankee Doodle in Eagan. Visit www.marriages.org for a listing of retreats or call 651.454.3238. Your wedding was just one day in your life, but your marriage is forever! Learn how to live happily ever after at a World Wide Marriage Encounter Weekend. Upcoming weekends are scheduled for: * November 19-21, 2010 in Stewartville, MN * February 11-13, 2011 in Windom, MN; * March 18-19, 2011 in Frontenac, MN For information and/or registration, contact: Jeff and Rondi Kodet at 507-644-3523 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.wwmeSection8.org.
Help for Hurting Marriages Twin Cities Retrouvaille offers a monthly program consisting of a weekend and several follow-up sessions. Retrouvaille helps couples put the pieces of their marriages back together and rebuild loving relationships. Registration is required. For information call 651.464.5855, or www.helpourmarriage.com
CCW Sunday—Rolls, juice & coffee after Mass
7:00-9:30pm, Strengthening Social Ministries in Area Faith Communities—at St. Michael’s
at St. Mary’s; 6:00-7:00pm,
Elementary Religion Classes
Mass, Sacrament of Confirmation at St.
Mary’s in Tracy
No Wed evening religion—MEA
Children’s Liturgy of the Word this Sunday
Please register for the Summer Mission Trip. Registration fee, $75.00. Contact Jean Schmidt.
8:30am, All Souls Day Mass at St. Michael’s
AREA FAITH COMMUNITY LITURGY SCHEDULE: Oct. 11th-17th
MON. Oct. 11th No Mass
TUES Oct 12th 8:30 AM Mass St. Michael’s/ Milroy
WED. Oct. 13th 8:30AM St. Mary’s/Tracy
THURS. Oct 14th 8:30AM Mass St. Paul’s/Walnut Grove
FRI. Oct 15th 2:00PM School Mass St. Mary’s Tracy
SAT. Oct. 16th 5:00 PM. Confessions at St. Paul’s in Walnut Grove
5:30 PM. Mass at St. Paul’s in Walnut Grove
The People of the Area Faith Community
SUN. Oct. 17th 8:00 AM.Confessions in Milroy
8:30 AM Mass at St. Michael’s in Milroy
10:30AM CONFIRMATION Mass at St. Mary’s in
For the Confirmants
Confessions before & after Mass in Tracy
Confessions before & following Mass
NOTE: Confessions daily prior to weekday masses when held in church.
Pray for safety for all those serving in the military from our families and from our communities especially: Troy Baumann, Nathan Bernardy, Rory Matter, Pat Weisbrich, Joe Vogl, Patricia Baker, Kyle & Cole DeBlieck, Pete Jerzak, Henry Bernardy, Jessica Lenertz, Sam Van Nevel, Martin Hamsa, Travis Davis, Thomas Moudry and Matthew Dieter..
Pray for healing for all the sick of the area faith community especially: Rich Hamsa, Linus Dardis, J. M. Hannasch, Rich Van de Wiele, Francis Eichten, Judy Lenertz, Grace Buesing, Bonnie Fenstra, Jeremy & Sara Goltz, Eleena Gorman, Linda Bruns, for 8 special intentions. If you know of someone who should be now removed from the sick list, please let the rectory know. Names will be left on the list for 1 month and then taken off, if you wish them put on again please contact the office we will gladly put them on again.