Women’s Lenten Retreat – Kaukauna

Women’s Lenten Retreat – Kaukauna

Friday, March 18th at 6pm until Saturday, March 19th at noon

Lead by Whitney Stager, MS, LMFT, CCPS, this retreat is focused on diving into the beauty and sacredness of the Lenten Season. Spend time in silence, community, prayer, and praise with other faith filled women. 

March Explanation Station from St. John Adult Faith Formation

March Explanation Station from St. John Adult Faith Formation

Spending Lent with the saints is a great way to grow in holiness. While most of us do not have million-dollar fortunes to give away, we can be more generous with what we have toward those who have less. While few of us will have ecstatic visions in prayer, we can commit to spending more time in silence with God. While likely none of us could subsist on only one meal a week, all of us can recognize luxuries and extras that we can do without.

By putting aside these things, we will find we have more room in our hearts for the one thing necessary: God’s grace.  Source: Aleteia.com

Note: Bishop Robert Morneau, for many years, had a favorite book on saints called All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time by Robert Ellsberg. It’s a great one! You can even find this book used at a low cost on Amazon.

Connections, Eucharist draws us back to Sunday Mass by Deacon Dave Van Eperen

Connections, Eucharist draws us back to Sunday Mass by Deacon Dave Van Eperen

For many years now, Catholics have moved away from the church’s teaching (and Christ’s invitation) to attend Mass on a regular basis — the Sunday obligation. 

In the past two years, the pandemic has only served to further confuse things as we received a dispensation from this obligation, then it was lifted, put back on again, and now this past July lifted again.

This has led people to ask, “How can it be an obligation one week and not the next?”

Perhaps the way to look at this is not from the perspective of it being an obligation, but instead seeing Mass as a family celebration that we all want to be part of. 

Over the past year, I have talked with many parishioners who have come back to Mass regardless of the status of the dispensation. There were many reasons for them coming back, but they all centered around three ideals. t I heard almost without fail was that people missed being with other people. There was a sense of community that they missed by sitting in their living rooms watching the livestream. Being able to have a chat with someone they haven’t seen in a while, find out how others were doing and reconnecting were all things that were part of their experience of coming back. 

Along with that, people were missing the opportunities to volunteer, to minister to others, to be part of the church’s call to serve the surrounding community. Much of this was on hold during the pandemic, but as ministries started up again, there were many who were eager to jump back in and begin serving others again.

As disciples of Jesus, the church gives us many opportunities to practice our discipleship through serving others and there is a genuine enthusiasm in being able to do that once again. 

Another thing I heard often was that people just missed the feeling of being in church, they missed the energy and sense of spirit that is present in a building that has experienced close to two centuries of praising and worshipping our God.

The sights, sounds and smells of being present at Mass bring all our senses into the experience and allow our hearts to be filled with the love of God in a wonderful way. 

Lastly, people missed the Eucharist. They missed being able to come forward and receive Jesus in the sacrament. At most Masses, just before Communion, we sing a song that prepares us to come forward to receive Jesus. “This is Jesus, our Savior. God is with us in this sacrament. Come receive Him, adore Him. This is Jesus, our Lord.” 

If you have not been back to Mass in a while, perhaps now is the time for you. Ask God to open your hearts to what it is that you are missing each weekend.

We would love to see you again!

Lenten offerings at St. Patrick Parish in Menasha

Lenten offerings at St. Patrick Parish in Menasha

We are very pleased to announce our Lenten offerings that will take place at St. Patrick Parish in Menasha:

Ash Wednesday Services
March 2 at 9am & 6:30pm

Stations of the Cross (see flyer below)
Every Wednesday during Lent starting March 9th following the 8:00 am Mass

Every Friday during Lent starting March 11th at 6:30pm

Lenten Penance Service
Thursday, March 24th at 6:30pm

Lenten Parish Mission/Retreat will be held on March 25th – 27th and more information will be coming soon!