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From the Pastor's Desk - July 27, 2014

Dear Parishioners,
If you have not already noticed, the chalice used for Mass is now covered with a chalice veil while it is  on the credence table. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 118, states, "It is a praiseworthy practice for the chalice to be covered with a veil, which may be either of the color of the day or white." I thank the family who anonymously donated the new chalice veils and burses (the item in which the folded corporal is stored) in each one of the liturgical colors. The use of the chalice veil signifies the sacredness of the chalice and the priesthood of Christ.
When I was thanking those who helped with the Totus Tuus program in last week's bulletin, I forgot to mention that Ralph and Theresa Meister were one of the families who provided dinner for the missionaries who taught during the week. Therefore, I thank Ralph and Theresa for providing this service to our parish. By the way, a thank you goes out to them, too, for maintaining and watering the prayer garden and the various plants and trees around the church grounds during this summer.
I also want to thank the Knights of Columbus for installing the new Gospel of Life garden to the north of the social hall. The statue of our Blessed Mother holding Jesus and a lamb and the landscaping have all been donated by our Knights of Columbus Council. Each council is encouraged by the national office of the Knights to provide their parish with some type of memorial to remind everyone of the preciousness of human life while it also serves to honor the memory of the innocent children who have perished from abortion and as a place to pray for healing for the parents and families of these children. I encourage all to stop here from time to time to pray for the intention of respect for life and that those who need Our Lord's healing mercy and peace will experience it in abundance through the intercession of our Mother Mary's prayers.
Finally, we welcome Deacon Terry Ficenec and his wife Karen to our parish. Deacon Terry will begin his diaconal service next weekend here at the parish. He formerly served at St. Thomas More in Omaha before they moved this summer to the Springfield area. Next weekend he will preach at the Masses and introduce himself and Karen to the parish. We have been blessed to have Deacon Dave Christensen and his wife Linda serve in our parish and now will be additionally blessed with having Deacon Terry and Karen here.
Have a wonderful and grace-filled week.

God bless you,
Fr. 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.

ACTIVITIES IN THE PARISH
Tues., Oct. 17, Ladies Guild, 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 18, RE, 6:15 p.m.