October Newsletter – Faith Development
29th Annual Miscarriage, Infant and Child Loss Memorial Service – St. Bernard Church
St. Pius X – Level Four Parish Healing Mission
Saint Pius X presents “The Faith that Conquers the World”!
EXPLANATION STATION by St John Nepomucene Adult Faith Formation
September 29th is the Feast of the Archangels: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. These three occupy the highest domains of the angelic hierarchy.
Should we, as Catholics, believe that angels exist? Absolutely! The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that, “The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith. Angels are pure, created spirits. The name angel means servant or messenger of God. Angels are celestial or heavenly beings, on a higher order than human beings. Angels have no bodies and do not depend on matter for their existence or activity. They are distinct from saints, which men can become. Angels have intellect and will, and are immortal.”
To learn more about angels and archangels, check out https://youtu.be/olXmxXQyaGQ for an inspiring video!
Knights of Columbus – Membership Drive in September
As I ponder, to write this note, greetings to the fine people of St. John Nepomucene parish. Our worthy Knights of Columbus will be conducting a membership drive in the month of September. You may see Knights sporting their shirts around church. If you see one, say “hello” or “thank you” for being a Knight. I asked some of our members what they liked about being a Knight and their responses humbled me as I felt tears form in my eyes.
The first worthy Knight Pat said “It’s fun” as he quoted one of his college professors as saying “Do well by doing good”. Many of the Knights common responses were, “ they liked the comradery of like minded men.” Our worthy Financial Secretary Marty, commented, “It’s a great way to live out your Catholic faith by performing works of Charity. Our humble Advocate, James commented, “forgive me if my response is not in line with the others, but …. It makes me a better person”. Our Field Agent Dan, who sells Knights financial investments for the protection of its members, said, “While I do make a living working as a Knights Agent, it gives me great satisfaction to offer consolation to grieving members, when they have lost a loved one.” This man is not just an agent, he is a man of great integrity and faith.
For me personally, it was an amazing consolation, to have the 4th degree honor guard posted by my dad’s coffin, when He passed away. I remember in later years of his life, his best friends were fellow Knights.
As this message must be brief-we are looking for new members to join the Knights of Columbus. It’s an amazing opportunity to serve our parish, for a practicing Catholic man, 18-years or older. God Bless! Vivat Jesus!!
Rod Runde, Grand Knight
Josie Vosters: Spirit of Kateri Award Recipient at Camp Tekakwitha
We’re proud to announce that Josie Vosters was recently a camper at Camp Tekakwitha, and at the end of their session, she was a recipient of the Spirit of Kateri Award!
Each week, Camp Tekakwitha staff awards the Spirit of Kateri Award to two exceptional campers in recognition of their leadership, love of Christ, and dedication to serving their cabinmates and friends at Camp Tekakwitha. Josie was one of the two campers awarded in her session, nominated by her counselors and selected by the staff!
As a young person, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha displayed a deep love for Jesus amidst numerous obstacles, and was a witness to Christ and a friend to many. St. Kateri Tekakwitha’s intercession guides the staff and campers of Camp Tekakwitha as they strive to imitate her witness of love, selflessness, and friendship. Josie was a definite leader in her cabin, and certainly emulated the “spirit” of our great patroness St. Kateri in acts of kindness and love.
Winners of the Spirit of Kateri Award are honored among the campers and parents, and receive a shirt with St. Kateri’s famous words, “I am not my own, I have given myself entirely to Jesus.” We’re so proud of Josie!
Josie graduated from St. John Nepomucene Catholic School and will be a sophomore at Career Pathways at Little Chute High School.
Jack Lawlis, Camp Tekakwitha Missionary
Explanation Station by St. John Adult Faith Formation
It just is. We don’t understand how it all works but we use our smart phones. Not sure how it happens but if we flip the switch the lights go on.
So many things in life we don’t understand.
Jesus said, “This is my body. This is my blood” We will never understand it. Jesus said it. It just is. It is one of so many things that we don’t understand but He said it.
Little Flower Girls’ Club – Leader Needed!
Little Flowers Girls’ Club® teaches virtues through scripture, saints’ biographies and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Our program has delighted and instilled in our girls a love of our Catholic Faith. However, to keep this amazing program going, we are looking for a program leader to lead and organize it. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the parish office at 788-9061. You may also click here for more information too! Thank you!
EXPLANATION STATION by St John Nepomucene Adult Faith Formation
You might want to check out an excellent podcast by Fr. Mike Schmitz; “The Bible in a Year”.
Listen at your own pace. Begin on day one or just begin on today’s episode! A great way to know God’s heart and his plan for us.
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Volunteers needed for various committees at St. John Nepomucene! Please prayerfully consider!
St. John Nepomucene is a vibrant parish and we have many great committees that make-up the dedicated teams that are the hands and feet of Jesus, using their time, talents and treasures to respectfully and lovingly serve others at our parish. As such, we are currently looking for MANY new individuals to join the following committees:
* Finance Council (1 position open, 2-year term)
* Adult Faith Formation Committee
* Connection Team
* Information Desk
* Technology Committee
* Care Ministry (30-35 individuals needed to be divided amongst hospitals, homebound and three retirement homes)
If you are interested, please contact the parish office at 788-9061.
For more information about our various committees, please click here!