The Pastor Writes...
Hurricane Relief…Thank you for your generosity in responding to the special collections to assist in the relief efforts following the hurricanes in Texas and Florida. We have forwarded over $17,000 to the diocese for distribution. Sadly, Puerto Rico was also devastated by Hurricane Maria. The ability of Puerto Rico to recover from the hurricane damage to very basic needs (water, electricity, medical facilities, etc) is dependent upon the kindness and generosity of those outside of their own territory. Bishop Pates has asked that we take up another collection so that monies can be directed specifically for the relief work in Puerto Rico. Many of the Catholic churches in Puerto Rico have been completely destroyed as well. We will take up the collection on the first weekend of November. I know that we may be suffering from “relief fatigue”, but the needs are so great, we must do what we can. Puerto Rico can’t do it without us.
Joining us in the Catholic Faith…In just a few days, November 1, Feast of All Saints, we will welcome eight new members into the Catholic faith who have been part of the RCIA process since last winter. And next weekend, at the 8:30 and 10:30 Masses (two Masses since the group is so large!) we meet and welcome 21 who are just beginning RCIA for this year and who will be baptized, confirmed and received into the Catholic faith at the Easter Vigil in April. Your prayers and your welcome to all of those seeking to bepart of our Catholic faith is much appreciated.
PS-- Inside the bulletin this week was a copy of our Annual Report. Thanks to your generosity, we accomplish a lot here at OLIH!
Collection for World Mission Sunday, October 21 & 22
This week, we will celebrate World Mission Sunday. Each year, the entire Church is invited to support the young mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious and lay leaders serve the poorest of the poor. This year, we are invited to "Chat With The Pope" to learn more about his missions. Scan this year's World Mission Sunday poster using Facebook Messenger for your mobile device, or learn more online.
Remembering Our Loved Ones
Please bring a labeled picture of your loved one to the office by October 22 for our All Souls Day memorial display. We will alsohave a “Communion of Saints” display in the gathering space. Please bring a statue or picture of your patron saint to display.
The original Farewell Party for Deacon Jerry has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 26 at 9:00 am in the Green Room. The duty of celebrating our Communion Services will now be largely handled by our ‘deacons-to-be’—Matt Halbach, Greg Kolbinger and Don Shannon.
You Like us! You Really Like Us!
As part of our improved communication and upgrades in technology we want to consolidate some of our social media. We currently have both an Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart page and an OLIH Faith Formation page. Over the next few weeks we will be using only the Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart page and will be asking that you “LIKE” this page to stay up-to-date on all things OLIH!
On the App: The Power of Prayer
Prayers for others. Prayers for you. Prayers for peace. There is now a place on the new OLIH App where you can ask others to pray with and for you.
When you open the OLIH app simply tap on the "more" label and scroll down to the "Prayer Wall". When you open the Prayer Wall you will see prayer requests that have been posted. We invite you to post your prayer requests.
*On an Apple device you can tap the conversation icon in the upper right corner.
*On an Android device you will see an add button.
You will be asked to sign in through Facebook or Twitter. This is to assure that you are not a robot spamming the site. You are now ready to post your prayer request. Share the power of prayer.
Have you stopped to see the Library in Mary's Place?
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)
Prayer is the answer to many problems in our lives, yet it can easily be forgotten in the hustle and bustle of daily life. St Francis de Sales tells us: “Half an hour's prayer each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.”
This October let’s all intentionally set aside time for prayer. The rosary is a beautiful and simple way to pray. The repetition of the prayers allows us to enter more deeply into our meditation on the mysteries. Haven’t prayed it in a while? No problem—there are brochures and pamphlets on the gathering space table to help you become reacquainted with the prayers and the mysteries.
You can also use our App. Go to ‘Pray’, then scroll down to ‘Pray the Rosary’.
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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