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Announcements for February 17-18, 2018

 

  1. Join us at 4pm on Sunday for Evening prayer in the Church each week followed with the “War Room” at 5pm. The “War Room” is a Lenten Study offered to all and how the power of prayer can help marriages, parenting, careers, friendships and more. We will meet in the Adult Faith room, and offer light refreshments. Daycare provided if needed.

 

  1. Please pick up your Rice Bowls located in the gathering space along with a Lenten Daily Reflection booklet to use throughout of Lent.

 

  1. On Fridays join us for Stations of the Cross starting at 5pm followed with Mass at 5:30pm then slip in for the Friday night Fish Fry! Tell your co-workers, tell your friends and neighbors! Best fish this side of Des Moines!  Sign-up sheets for desserts are in the gathering space.  Sign up where you can.

 

  1. The Knights of Columbus are challenging every family in the parish to participate in 40 Cans for Lent. This is a simple way to be generous during Lent and to help those in need. A box is located in the gathering space for those items.

 

Mass Intentions for February 19-25, 2018

Monday, February 19

8:00 am          Mass, Deceased Members of Abramovich Family

Tuesday, February 20

8:00 am          Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Wednesday, February 21

8:00 am         Mass, In Memory of Gerald Beneventi

Thursday, February 22

8:00 am          Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Friday, February 23

5:30 pm          Mass, In Memory of Clem Jr. & Janice Sievert

Saturday, February 24

5:00 pm Mass, In Memory of LeRoy Fuson

Sunday, February 25

8:00 am Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

10:00 am Mass, In Memory of Milton Thorson

 

8:00 am Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

10:00 am Mass, In Memory of Milton Thorson

 

Fast and Abstinence

In the United States, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has affirmed the policy on fasting and abstinence.

Thus, the rules for fasting and abstinence in the United States during Lent are: 1) Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent; and 2) every person between the age of 18 and 60 must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

This Lenten fasting and abstinence is not simply a form of penance, however; it is also a call to take stock of one’s spiritual life.  As Lent begins, specific spiritual goals should be set that will aid in preparation for the upcoming Easter.  These goals could be, for example, to attend more frequently daily Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

It should also be noted that the USCCB also states that every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on all other Fridays throughout the year, unless some other form of penance is substituted for the abstinence.

The USCCB allows the substitution of some other form of penance for abstinence on all of the Fridays of the year, except for those Fridays in Lent.  (7:12)

Ash Wednesday

In the present Church calendar, Ash Wednesday is the first day of the observance of the forty days of Lent.  It takes its name from the solemn ceremony of the liturgy of the day ashes are blessed and marked on the foreheads of the faithful in the form of a cross with the accompanying  words, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return,” or “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”

It is thus a solemn call to penance so that one may enjoy eternal life.  Ash Wednesday was established as the first day of Lent by St. Gregory the Great (590 to 604).

Pope Paul VI declared this movable observance to be a day of universal fasting and abstinence.

The Alleluia is not sung or said from the beginning of Lent until the Easter Vigil.  During Lent the altar should not be decorated with flowers and musical instruments may be played only to give necessary support to the singing.

Lent continues until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.  (7:11)

Mass Intentions for February 12-18, 2018

Monday, February 12

8:00 am          Mass, Deceased members of Assumption Parish

Tuesday, February 13

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory of George & Patricia Carroll

Wednesday, February 14 (Ash Wednesday)

8:00 am         Mass, In Memory of Patrick Farmer

7:00 pm          Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Thursday, February 15

8:00 am          Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Friday, February 16

5:30 pm Mass, In Memory of Brenda Schram

Saturday, February 17

5:00 pm Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Sunday, February 18

8:00 am Mass, In Memory of Frank Carroll

10:00 am Mass, In Memory of Sally Forrester

 

Announcements for February 10-11, 2018

  1. We need everyone’s help for Holy week. There are sign-up sheets for Holy Week thru Easter located in the gathering space. Please sign up where you can.

 

  1. The Knights of Columbus are challenging each family in the parish to participate in 40 cans for Lent. This is a simple way to be generous during Lent and help those in need in our area.  See the fliers in the back of Church for more details

 

  1. Ash Wednesday Mass times are 8am and 7pm on Wednesday, February 14th.

 

  1. Join the Adult Faith Committee on Sunday to their start of our Lenten Book Study & Movie “War Room” starts at 5pm in the gym. More details on the back table in gathering space.

 

  1. Our Friday night Fish Fry’s start next Friday. Tell your

co-workers, tell your friends and neighbors!  Best fish this side of Des Moines!  Sign-up sheets for desserts are in the gathering space.  Sign up where you can.

Becoming One Body

The early Christians believed that to belong to Jesus was to belong to His Church.  Do we?

They believed that just as we were all born from our mother’s womb—so we are invited by God, in and through Jesus Christ, to be born again into the Church, the new humanity, which is being re-created in Him.

The Church is the sacrament of Jesus, and the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith.  We come together as a community to worship, and as Catholics we are given the richness of God’s saving graces through participation in the sacrifice of the Mass.

The Mass is not a reenactment of an event, but a participation in the once-for-all sacrifice that occurs 2,000 years ago.  Receiving the Eucharist is also not meant to be a “Jesus and me” moment only, but a celebration of becoming one body in Christ with the rest of the community.

We receive Holy Communion to become a holy community.  That is one reason why the community shares in a common physical disposition after Communion to show unity in community.  After reception of the Blessed Sacrament, participants show this unity by joining the rest of the community that collectively agrees to stand, or kneel or sit while others partake of the Body and Blood of Christ.  (7:10)

Mass Intentions for February 5-11, 2018

Monday, February 5

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory of Miles Floyd

Tuesday, February 6

8:00 am          Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Wednesday, February 7

8:00 am         Mass, In Memory of Maury Breen

Thursday, February 8

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory of Charlene Wren

Friday, February 9

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory of Alyce Breen

Saturday, February 10

5:00 pm          Mass, In Memory of Teresa Rilea

Sunday, February 11

8:00 am Mass, In Memory of Gregg Beneventi

10:00 am Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

 

Announcements for February 3-4, 2018

  1. Immediately following Mass this evening we will have the Blessing of the Throats.

 

  1. The Catholic Women’s Club is hosting a craft night on Friday, February 9th to make Rosary Prayer Boards. All are invited, so bring your friends!  There are sign-up sheets next to the Prayer Board located in the gathering space. We will not have our monthly meeting this month due to this event.

 

  1. We need everyone’s help for Holy week. There are sign-up sheets for Holy Week thru Easter located in the gathering space. Please sign up where you can.

 

  1. Also in the Gathering space is more information regarding our Lenten Study of the War Room.  This will begin next Sunday, February 11th.  Childcare will be provided however we do need you to sign up for this so please take a moment to stop by the table.

 

St. Luke’s Knights of Columbus have invited everyone to their breakfast that they will be serving on Sunday, February 4 from 7:45am-12 noon. This will be at St. Luke’s in Ankeny.  A free-will donation will be taken.