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Solemnity of Saints Peter & Paul

Good Friday - Altar of Repose
Click the photo above for a slideshow from our 2011 Holy Week ceremonies.

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The following weekday Masses will be webcast this week: (This is not an exhaustive list of Masses. Click “Download the Bulletin” for additional Mass times.)

Mon: 9:00 AM
Tue: 8:00 AM
Wed: 9:00 AM
Thu: 9:00 AM
Fri: 9:00 AM

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It’s almost time for the St. Gertrude the Great Girls’ Camp! Girls ages 5-16+ are welcome to join us on July 6, 7, and 8th for three days of fun and spiritual activities. We will be joined by three sisters of St. Thomas Aquinas for days filled with camp favorites such as archery, scrap-booking and of course, the popular Ice Cream Social.

This year we’ll also be adding new activities such as candy making, a canoe trip (age appropriate), overnight camping (age appropriate too!) and bonfire, as well as an elegant Little Girls’ Tea Party. Come join the fun!

Please call the office for further details and to register. The cost of this camp is funded by the donations of our generous sponsors.

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Bishop’s Corner
I write this on the close of Corpus Christi, its Octave Day last Thursday, but still well within our twelve days of special grace and observance. God has been good, and so have you, helping by working and attending, as well as kindly seeing to the eating and drinking front which accompany these feasts at our church.

As I mentioned last Sunday, Corpus Christi opened with a beautiful Mass and a fine barbeque, followed by the blessing of the St. John’s Bonfire, and Fr. Cekada’s Kipling story “with many voices” which entertained both young and old. We closed with a prayerful campfire Rosary.

The Bonaventura Quartet did the honors for St. John’s Nativity. Each day Mass was offered before the Blessed Sacrament Exposed. On Sunday everyone had a chance to do some adoration, which consoled us even though the rain cancelled the outdoor procession.

Twelve souls gathered to honor the Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Perpetual Help of Monday evening. Several people are making the weekly Tuesday Novena, last week with all of the solemnity of the Blessed Sacrament. Last Tuesday evening, the St. Anthony blessing of the animals drew two bunnies, three dogs, four cats, and two chickens. A good time was had by all.

There was another nice attendance on Wednesday for Ss. Peter and Paul, and my thirty-fifth priestly anniversary. After a beautiful Mass sung by the children, I was genuinely surprised by the party and generous gifts organized by our Rosary Confraternity. Nothing like champagne and caramel cake to make an occasion! How quickly, and how happily (despite the occasional heartbreak) have my thirty-five years as a priest passed. Thank you very much.

We still look forward, as of this writing, to the Sacred Heart and All Night Adoration. Let me conclude by inviting you to finish these days of grace with us by attending the Precious Blood/Independence Day Mass tomorrow. God bless our country, and keep us safe for time and eternity. Later this week we look forward to welcoming our Sisters of St. Thomas Aquinas, and the girls for the camp.

Yours in Mary Immaculate,
–Bishop Dolan