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Easter V

May 13, 2007 – Easter V – Rogation Sunday – St Robert Bellarmine, BpCD – Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! This Sunday our Mothers are remembered at all the Masses, but especially at the High Mass offered for those whose names are on our altar. The Procession and May Crowning takes place after the High Mass. We renew our consecration to Our Blessed Mother after all Masses. Vespers, May Devotions and Benediction are at 4:45 PM.

Confessions will be heard Before or During all Masses.
Fatima Rosary Procession: The first of our annual Fatima Rosary Processions (and the second of the day) will take place this evening at 7:00 PM. Members of the Rosary Confraternity and all parishioners, if you can, please make a sacrifice and pray this public rosary with us. We will meet in the parking lot of First Watch restaurant, at the corner of Union Center Blvd. and Floer Dr. Your witness and your prayers are sorely needed for our Church, our country and our families.

Our Crowning Queen & Her Court
Our congratulations to the three top-scorers of the First Communion testing conducted by Father Cekada on April 21st.
Crowning Queen: Florence Lotarski
Attendant: Kylie Diane Gregory
Crown-Bearer: Dominic Wnek

Rogation Days
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week we observe the Rogation Days.

Each year the Church gathers up all of her needs and petitions and solemnly presents them to Our Lord so that He Himself will take them to the Father when He goes home to heaven on Ascension Thursday. This is the idea of the Rogation, or Asking Days. The Rogation Days Processions are a beautiful part of the Church’s liturgy and draw down much needed grace upon ourselves, our Church and our country. On Monday and Wednesday join our school children at 11:00 AM

On Tuesday we are having a Parish Rogation Evening beginning at 5:45 PM with the Rogation Procession and Litany of the Saints, followed by Mass at 6:30 PM. We all have needs and petitions. Come and present them to Our Lord through the hands of His Mother – He can’t refuse her!

Ascension Thursday – Holy Day
All Catholics are bound to attend Holy Mass under pain of mortal sin on this Holy Day of Obligation. Masses are at 6:30 AM, 9:00 AM and 5:45 PM.

Wine Tasting
This Saturday evening at 5:30 PM, our Italian Spring Wine Tasting will take place in Helfta Hall and/or the outdoor Cloister Walk. Tickets are available today in the vestibule following all the Masses. You may also send a check ($25.00/person) to the Church Office to reserve your place at the tasting. Please help support this fun and tasty fund raiser.

May Devotions
Each school day May Devotions are said at 3:10 PM – a short but sweet service to show our love for Our Lady. All are cordially invited to join our children on these days.

Next Sunday
Next Sunday is the Third Sunday of the Month. The Blessing of Expectant Mothers follows all Masses. Vespers, Benediction and May Devotions are at 4:45 PM.

Set your missal: May 20th. Sunday Within the Octave of the Ascension, with the commemo-rations of St. Bernadine of Siena and the Ascension. Vidi Aquam. Paschal Preface.

Please Pray the Rosary
Due to Vigil of Pentecost, and Memorial Day weekend, the Rosary Confraternity will be at the Auburn St. Abortion Clinic, Saturday May 19th, to recite the Rosary in reparation for the crime of abortion – meet at 9:30 AM following the 7:30 AM Mass and a light breakfast. Everyone is invited to attend.

May Altars…
At this mid-point in the month of May, every Catholic home should by now have a beautiful May altar. As a focal point for prayers, it may revive the rosary (surely, at least one or two decades?) and with prayers, Our Lady may revive your family! “In that most holy home at Nazareth, do you think that Our Lady had to ask for anything twice? If we want in any way to be like Jesus, we must do what His Mother asks. If we do not, can we expect things to go right? We cannot with impunity disobey the Mother of God. She knows better than we the dangers of this spiritual warfare. She sees more clearly than we do the dangers that beset us. She warns us: ‘You must say your rosary every day’. And if Our Lady comes to Fatima and tells us, not just once but six times, that we must say the rosary every day, do we disregard that warning? If we do, we have only ourselves to blame when we find that our children have lapsed from the faith.”
—Our Glorious Faith, And How to Lose It
Fr. Hugh Thwaites, S.J.

Jog-A-Thon Up-Date…
Attention all participants who were sponsored “by-the-lap”. We must have all the forms and donations turned in to the Church Office or the Book Store no later than May 20th. These forms have been mailed to you. The awards will be given out May 27th after the 9:00 AM Mass.
Catechism Classes are cancelled!

Upcoming Events
• July 24th – 26th: Boys’ Camp
• August 21st – 23rd: Girls’ Camp

The Paschal Sacraments
Confirmation will be administered on Saturday, May 26th, during the Pentecost Vigil Mass. Enrollment in the Brown Scapular and individual photos are scheduled at the conclusion of the Pentecost Vigil. The obligatory Day of Recollection for all confirmands is Thursday, May 24th, from 9:00 AM—3:00 PM. This day will include testing appropriate to each age group. Children need to know all the questions pertaining to Confirmation. If you have questions you may contact the Church Office.

First Holy Communion will be administered during the 9:00 AM High Mass on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 10th.

Banns of Matrimony
1st Time
Erin Coffey