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Ministries…This weekend we highlight all the various ministries in our parish. Some are ministries to help us pray, some to help us learn and some to help us serve. Please take time and think of those ministries that you may not be currently involved in that God is calling you to consider. And thank you to all of you who help these various ministries be sources of life and faith for our parishioners and those beyond our parish campus. 

Acolytes…We are fortunate to have three candidates for the permanent diaconate in our parish (Don Shannon, Greg Kolbinger and Matt Halbach). They are less than a year away from ordination (August 2018) and are making progress in their formation toward ministry as a deacon. To assist them in getting more comfortable with liturgical ministry, these candidates will be presiding at the weekly Communion Services now that Deacon Jerry Barnwell has retired. Along the path of formation for these soon to be deacons, they are “installed” into the liturgical ministries of Reader and Acolyte. They have all begun regular proclaiming of the Word of God at Mass. Now we will include them from time to time on the altar as Acolytes. They will assist the priest especially at the time of the preparation of the gifts for Eucharist and to administer the Precious Blood to the Eucharistic ministers and then be a minister of the Eucharist themselves. This will also help them to prepare for their role as a deacon at Mass once they are ordained. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue on the road to ordination as deacons.

Remember the pets…Next Sunday, October 1 will be our annual blessing of pets in the north parking lot at 1:00 pm. Let us thank God for the companionship of our pets as we celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of animals.

Right to Life Meets

OLIH’s Right to Life group will meet on Thursday, September 21 at 7:30 pm in Room 11. Planning is underway for events during October—a potluck and a living rosary have already been scheduled for October 7. Everyone is welcome!

Have you stopped to see the Library in Mary's Place?

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We have moved the library closer to the gathering space so that it’s easier to find! It’s right across from the office now. Go into the Green Room if there’s nothing happening in there, get a cup of coffee and then check out the wonderful book selection we have or sit and read!  A word that gets used to describe this space is peaceful.  It is a peaceful place to go and relax, to sit and read, or even to sit and chat with a friend. Come and enjoy this part of Mary’s Place any time. The library is open anytime the building is open with the exception of a few meetings or events. Wifi is available in both rooms. (Password: ladiesheart) 


Welcome to the World!

Sage Elise Ullestad Lechtenberg
Born Friday, August 18, at 8:02 am
Weight: 8lbs, 5.4 oz, Length: 20"

Kyle will be taking paternity leave until October. Call the office, 964-3038, if you have any music or liturgy questions.


Honoring Our Own

When a loved one passes away, we are often asked, “how can I honor their memory?” At OLIH, many people choose to have Masses said for the deceased. Unfortunately, due to the large number of funerals at this parish, our schedule is already into 2018 and is rapidly filling up. (The diocese only allows one intention per Mass and we only have one priest so we are doubly limited.) We are looking at ways to make this equitable for everyone, so we may limit the number of Masses said here (transferring some to St. Luke’s or the missions) or limit how far out dates are reserved. In the meantime, we want to make you aware of other ways you can honor your loved one or a special event in your life. One way is to sign up to maintain the rose at Our Lady’s statue in the Gathering Space. For $10 your intention will be noted for two weekends. Another is to make a tax deductible gift through our Memorial Program. Established funds include:

  • OLIH Foundation
  • Our Lady’s Little Learners’ Tuition Assistance
  • Art & Environment Fund
  • Emergency Relief
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Music Ministry
  • Faith Formation Program
  • Adult Faith Formation
  • Youth Ministry
  • Historical Display
  • Area of Greatest Need

Annually we publish a “Remembrance Page” where we capture the names of those honored and those honoring them. If you are interested in either of these options, please contact the office, 964-3038.

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