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Weekly Bulletin


Saint Michael Church, Girard

GIRARD Sat. 5:30pm Sun. 10:00 am ARMA 4:00pm 8:00 am

Notes From the Pastor: On February 11, 1858 our Blessed Virgin Mother appeared to a 14 year old girl named Bernadette Subirous in Lourdes, France(18 times after this first). Hence, February 11 th is celebrated as the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, although when Bernadette asked who the lady was, she introduced herself as I AM THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. The Blessed Virgin Mary in these apparitions have encouraged us to exercise the virtues of humility and poverty and reminded us that the most important thing is to be happy in the other life, even though it is necessary to accept the cross to achieve happiness. She also stressed the importance of prayer, the rosary, penance, and humility; a message of infinite mercy for sinners and for the care of the sick. Some of you must have already been on a pilgrimage to this place. An estimated 200 million have flocked to this site since 1860. Foremost among the reasons for the pilgrim is to ask for healing for themselves or for their sick loved ones. The water which started flowing from the rock during one of the appearances in 1858 has proven to have healed thousands of people up to this day. It is for this reason that the Blessed John Paul II in 1992 started to dedicate this day as the World Day of Prayer for the sick. As we pray for the sick of the world, we can take a virtual trip to Lourdes. There we will be surprised by the solemn quiet and deep sense of the spiritual that pervades the whole area. We will go to the square in the afternoon and join the hundreds of others who have come to ask Mary to intercede for them and for their healing. But Bishop Jacques Perrier of Tarbes and Lourdes wishes to have a new approach to cures in Lourdes, especially concerning the different stages of recognizing them. In his words: For the Church, as well as for the believer, a pilgrimage to Mary is more than a journey to a miracle. It is a journey of love, of prayer and of the suffering community. More on HHS mandate: you will find an insert in this bulletin another message from Bishop Jackels which continues to explain the gravity of the issue and the course of action that we need to take. Please read it. Pray for it and may you act on it. May Our Lady of Lourdes pray for us! God bless us all! Fr. Roger Next Sunday(2/19/2012) 10:00 AM L. Gorentz, Josh Duling C., I., G. Muia, M. Murphy, *** Linda Garrett CYO Students CYO Students

CONFESSION Sat. 2:00-2:45pm 3:15-3:45pm Weekdays before Mass; anytime by appointment.

STAFF Fr. Roger Lumbre Pastor Janel Scales Bookkeeper/Bulletin Editor Faith Paoni Secretary Rectory Office Hours Tues-Fri 9AM-Noon Closed on Mondays Tel. (620) 724-8717

Next Saturday(2/18/2012) Altar Servers: 5:30 PM P. Amershek, J. Brokob, volunteer *** Rhonda Stonerock Tony Stonerock Don & Marie Pyle

Ushers E. M. H. C. Lectors: Gift Bearers:

Mass Schedules & Intentions for February 11th-19th:

February 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 4:00 PM 5:30 PM 8:00 AM 10:00 AM 7:00 AM 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 8AM-6PM 8:00 AM 9AM-4PM 7:00 AM 4:00 PM 5:30 PM 8:00 AM 10:00 AM No Intention Thomas Cussimanio No Intention Pro Populo Patrick Duling Frank Doue Dave Gall Eucharistic Adoration No Intention Eucharistic Adoration Mary Oplotnik No Intention Tony Kavcich Frank Doue Pro Populo Arma Girard Arma Girard Girard Arma Girard Girard Arma Arma Girard Arma Girard Arma Girard

A Meal in HIS Name A Meal in HIS Name is now on going on for a month. every Thursday night. This meal will be for the people of Girard and the surrounding area. A hot, free meal will be served to all who come to St. Michaels Hall Thursday evenings from 5:307:00pm. Perhaps, this can be your niche in volunteering your time/talent/treasure to the church. The success of this ministry depends on your support. We need volunteers who can contribute a few hours weekly/monthly to help with shifts for cooking, set -up, greeting, serving & clean-up. To volunteer for this worthy ministry or to get more information contact Marita Lopeman at 620-362-3168 or the parish office. That Man Is You! That Man Is You has started and will continue every Friday at 6am. This is an opportunity for all our men to grow spiritually and morally. Those who have attended it find it very spiritually nourishing! Please come!

COLLECTIONS Last Week Contributions Children's Offering Operating Expense Over/ (Under)
Saint Michaels Upcoming Events Finance Council Tony Stonerock-Chair TBA Rosary Altar Society Next meeting, TBA At 7pm in the Hall. Helping Hands Need help or want to volunteer, Call Carrie Smith, 724-6684 Parish Council Dale Coomes-Chair February 19, 2012 Knights of Columbus 1st Tuesday of Month, 7pm St. Michael Parish Hall Daughters of Isabella Call Marilyn Bradshaw, 724-7133 That Man in You Friday mornings at 6am

July 2011 to date $94,531.98 $829.65 $81,299.78 $14,061.85

$3,468.00 $63.42

Our heartfelt condolences to the family of Mary Leritz. Her mom, Charlotte Cecila Figueroa Montgomery, passed away February 10th. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord. And let perpetual life shine upon her. Amen. March for Life The participants want to extend a BIG thanks to our wonderful parishioners for your generous support of our youth and such a great cause. We enjoyed representing you in the defense of life in Washington, D.C.

Knights of Columbus Famous Fish Fry The K of C Annual fish fry will be held on February 24th, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30th in the St. Bridgets Parish Hall in Scammon, KS. Serving starts at 6:00pm and carryouts are welcome. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

The St. Valentine Story Most Americans know the 14th of February is St. Valentines Day. Many believe that, for some unknown reason, Cupid is especially active on this day. Actually, no one knows much about St. Valentine, except that there was a genuine Catholic priest by this name who gave his life for Christ on Feb. 14, 269. Were it not for hearts and flowers on this day, most Catholics have lost tract of who St. Valentine really was. We ought to take St. Valentine back again, rescue him from Hallmark Cards, Whitman Chocolates, and all of the flower shops! He should be brought back into the Church and the altar where he belongs. His story begins in the 3rd century with a young Catholic priest and physician, Valentine, and an Emperor known as Claudius II. Claudius ordered all Romans to worship twelve Gods, and if you didnt, it was punishable by death. Valentine was dedicated to Christ and such a threat did not scare him. He was arrested and imprisoned for his belief. His jailer asked if Valentine would teach his daughter, Julia, who had been blind since birth. He agreed and described to her the beauty of Gods creations. He taught her how to pray. She believed and asked God to heal her blindness. As Valentine and Julia prayed for her healing, a bright light shown into the jail and Julia was healed. The night before he died, he wrote a last note to Julia telling her to always stay close to God. He signed it, From your Valentine. He was beheaded the next day, Feb. 14, 269A.D. Julia, herself, planted an almond tree in Rome near his grave. The tree remains today as a symbol of enduring love and friendship. On each Feb. 14, messages of affection and love are exchanged around the world. Many do not realize they are giving honor to a Catholic Saint, nor do they understand that a martyr is one who loved God so much that he died because of that love. Valentine never dreamed that his name would be connected with the sending of greetings between lovers. Yet, its fitting that he, who as a priest and physician, did so much good for the souls and bodies of people, out of love for Christ, should become the patron of chaste courtship. Prescription for Happiness Make up your mind to be happy. Begin the day right. Dont take yourself too seriously. Look for the humor in life. Dont let criticism worry you; you cant please everybody. Do the things you enjoy doing, but stay out of debt. Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself. Keep busy. A busy person never has time to be unhappy. Articles written by Marcel Normand

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