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From the Pastor's Desk - January 10, 2013

Dear Parishioners,
In case you have been wondering where things are at in relation to the planning for the construction of the religious education classroom building, the parish council, finance council, and I have worked with the architect during the fall to develop a finalized plan. The plan was submitted to the Archdiocese this past week and will be reviewed by the archdiocesan building committee on January 29. Once this takes place and it is reviewed by the Archbishop, then we can have the project put out for bid by general contractors once the architect has the bid drawings completed. Hence we will be able to start construction this spring once these steps are complete.

Please note the insert in this weekend's bulletin pertaining to some spiritual activities that can be done in order to receive a plenary indulgence during the Year of Faith that is currently being celebrated in the universal Church. Archbishop Lucas sent this insert to the pastors of the Archdiocese this last week. As you can see, there are four activities that can be done along with the usual conditions for receiving a plenary indulgence, which are the following: 1) One must be in the state of grace and must have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin at the time the indulgenced work is carried out; 2) It is appropriate to do the following on the day of doing the indulgenced action, but these may be done within several days of doing it: a) have sacramentally confessed one’s sins (Note: Confession must be done before doing the action, if one is aware of being in the state of mortal sin; before or after, if only aware of having committed venial sins); b) receive the Holy Eucharist; c) pray for the intentions of the Pope (an “Our Father,” a “Hail Mary,” and a “Glory Be” are suggested); 3) One sacramental Confession suffices for several plenary indulgences, but a separate Holy Communion and a separate prayer for the Holy Father's intentions are required for each separate action that is done to gain a plenary indulgence; 4) A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day; 5) Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth. The Year of Faith indulgenced acts can be done up until November 24, 2013.

Have a blessed and grace-filled week.

God bless, Father Gutowski

This Week

Prayer Intention for the Week
For the sick: Joyce Cockerill, Kathy Ewing, Harriet Green, Ted Riha, Duane Poser, Sally Leyden, Chrissy Skinner, Jerry Martin, Wes Erhart.

Wed., May 2nd, RE, 6:15 p.m.