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  • MASS AND PENANCE TIMES

    Blessed are those called to the
    Supper of the Lamb!


    Please consider donating to a medical and special expenses fund for Lilia:
    (click on flower to visit the gofundme website)



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     Fr. Steve Sauser 
    Congratulating Bingo Winners
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    Pastor's Note
    CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    The liturgy is the primary way the faithful experience the light of Christ in their lives.  Through service as lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, musicians, and other liturgical ministers, Catholics throughout the diocese are enhancing the liturgy and manifesting the love of Christ to others. The Office of Worship extends support to all priests and deacons and serves as a resource center for liturgical ministry materials, ministry formation and consultation. The Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center seeks to further the spiritual and intellectual development of God’s people, offering a variety of retreats and programs. 
     
    Every day, the Diocese of Austin welcomes new members into our Catholic family.  Through youth, young adult, and campus ministries, Catholics throughout Central Texas are sharing the light of Christ with young people as they grow in faith.  Multicultural ministries provide outreach and evangelization to diverse communities within the diocese, ensuring that the Church remains relevant to the needs and concerns of all Catholics. 
     
    At Baptism we receive the gift of our faith. The formation of Catholic faith in our children is continued through the nurturing role of parents and teachers.  Your gift to the CSA provides more than 5,200 children in Catholic schools with the opportunity to practice their faith, study the social teachings of the Church, and encounter Christ.  The CSA also enables the Department of Religious Education and Formation to provide faith education and spiritual formation to parishes, empowering 16,000 parish catechists to be witnesses of Jesus Christ as they educate more than 80,000 children and adults. 
     
    Through baptism, we are all called to holiness and service in the Church.  Those who receive the call to priestly or religious life are a special gift to the Church.  Your prayers and support are essential as they respond to God’s call to preach the Gospel, sanctify God’s people through the Sacraments and draw believers together.  The Catholic Services Appeal funds the education of seminarians and permanent deacon candidates, and provides for the needs of retired priests.  The support that you and I give to the Catholic Services Appeal helps to support the mission of our Diocese in building the Catholic Church of Central Texas.  Our Diocese is one of the fastest growing in the nation and needs our support to build the future of Christian faith. 
     

    STEWARDSHIP

    The faithful are obliged to support the Church in her material needs.  As the pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church I ask you to prayerfully consider fulfilling your obligation by tithing 5% of your wages to your parish, 4% to personal charity(s) and 1% to the Diocese. 

    Approximate Household Income Weekly Sacrifice to the Parish
    Per Hour Per Year
    $7.50 $15,000
    $15.00 $30,000
    $25.00 $50,000
    $35.00 $70,000
    5% 7.5% 10%
    $15.00 $22.50 $30.00
    $30.00 $45.00 $60.00
    $50.00 $75.00 $100.00
    $70.00 $105.00 $140.00

    May we always listen carefully to the voice of the Lord and set our heart on what will last forever.  We only fool ourselves if we believe that our possessions will bring us happiness and life.  Instead, “grow rich in the sight of the Lord” and let’s work together to build an Amazing Parish.

    Fr. Steve

  • Calendar

    February 2017
    Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    29
    Month View January 29, 2017
    30
    9:00 Quilt- & Stitching Angels
    Month View January 30, 2017
    31
    12:30p Knitting & Crocheting
    1:30p Adult Faith Formation
    5:00p Bingo--KC Council 3444 Bingo Night
    6:00p Adult Faith Formation
    Month View January 31, 2017
    1
    7:30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    Month View February 1, 2017
    2
    3:30p School Choir Practice
    6:15p Choir Practice for 9:15 AM Mass
    7:00p Choir Practice for 5;30 PM & 7:30 AM Masses
    Month View February 2, 2017
    3
    10:00 Mass at Veterans Nursing Home
    7:00p First Friday Parish Holy Hour of Prayer for Vocations, Adoration & Benediction
    Month View February 3, 2017
    4
    8:15 Sacrament of Reconciliation 1st Saturday
    4:00p Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Month View February 4, 2017
    5
    Second Collection Support our Parish School
    Month View February 5, 2017
    6
    9:00 Quilt- & Stitching Angels
    Month View February 6, 2017
    7
    12:30p Knitting & Crocheting
    1:30p Adult Faith Formation
    5:00p Bingo--KC Council 3444 Bingo Night
    6:00p Adult Faith Formation
    Month View February 7, 2017
    8
    7:30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    Month View February 8, 2017
    9
    3:30p School Choir Practice
    6:15p Choir Practice for 9:15 AM Mass
    7:00p Choir Practice for 5;30 PM & 7:30 AM Masses
    Month View February 9, 2017
    10
    Month View February 10, 2017
    11
    4:00p Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Month View February 11, 2017
    12
    8:30p Hospitality Sunday
    Month View February 12, 2017
    • Sunday, February 12, 8:30 PM - 11:00 AM
      Refreshments and fellowship after the 7:30 AM and the 9:15 AM masses
    13
    9:00 Quilt- & Stitching Angels
    6:15p KC 4th Degree Assembly 1138
    7:00p KC 3rd Degree Council 3444
    7:15p W.O.M.E.N.'s group monthly meeting
    Month View February 13, 2017
    14
    12:30p Knitting & Crocheting
    1:30p Adult Faith Formation
    5:00p Bingo--KC Council 3444 Bingo Night
    6:00p Adult Faith Formation
    Month View February 14, 2017
    15
    7:30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    Month View February 15, 2017
    16
    3:30p School Choir Practice
    6:15p Choir Practice for 9:15 AM Mass
    7:00p Choir Practice for 5;30 PM & 7:30 AM Masses
    Month View February 16, 2017
    17
    Month View February 17, 2017
    18
    4:00p Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Month View February 18, 2017
    19
    Month View February 19, 2017
    20
    9:00 Quilt- & Stitching Angels
    6:30p Baptism Class
    Month View February 20, 2017
    • Monday, February 20, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      Ave Maria Room
    • Monday, February 20, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      Parents and Godparents must attend. Baptismal packets (pick up from office) must be fully completed before parents can register for Sacrament of Baptism. Please be on time. Regina Caeli Room.
    21
    12:30p Knitting & Crocheting
    1:30p Adult Faith Formation
    5:00p Bingo--KC Council 3444 Bingo Night
    6:00p Adult Faith Formation
    6:30p KJT #114
    Month View February 21, 2017
    • Tuesday, February 21, 12:30 PM
      No experience necessary. Just bring yarn, needles, hooks, and a willing spirit. Ave Maria Room.
    • Tuesday, February 21, 1:30 PM
      In the Regina Caeli Room
    • Tuesday, February 21, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      Come join us!
    • Tuesday, February 21, 6:00 PM
    • Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      Anyone interested in joining the Society is welcome to attend. For Additional information or questions regarding the KJT Society, please contact: Terry Simonton at 254-642-0103 or Gene Pavlat at (254)-778-8954.
    22
    7:30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    Month View February 22, 2017
    23
    3:30p School Choir Practice
    6:15p Choir Practice for 9:15 AM Mass
    7:00p Choir Practice for 5;30 PM & 7:30 AM Masses
    Month View February 23, 2017
    24
    Month View February 24, 2017
    25
    4:00p Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Month View February 25, 2017
    26
    Month View February 26, 2017
    27
    9:00 Quilt- & Stitching Angels
    Month View February 27, 2017
    28
    12:30p Knitting & Crocheting
    1:30p Adult Faith Formation
    5:00p Bingo--KC Council 3444 Bingo Night
    6:00p Adult Faith Formation
    Month View February 28, 2017
    1
    7:30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    Month View March 1, 2017
    2
    3:30p School Choir Practice
    6:15p Choir Practice for 9:15 AM Mass
    7:00p Choir Practice for 5;30 PM & 7:30 AM Masses
    Month View March 2, 2017
    3
    10:00 Mass at Veterans Nursing Home
    7:00p First Friday Parish Holy Hour of Prayer for Vocations, Adoration & Benediction
    Month View March 3, 2017
    4
    8:15 Sacrament of Reconciliation 1st Saturday
    4:00p Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Month View March 4, 2017


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  • National Catholic Register  

  •       call to action for
          religious freedom


    Dear Friend,
    In early February, several media outlets reported that President Donald J. Trump is considering issuing an executive order establishing a government-wide initiative to respect religious freedom. A copy of a draft executive order was published by multiple news outlets. The President has not yet signed the executive order on religious freedom. 
    On February 16, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., Archbishop William E. Lori, and Bishop Frank J. Dewane jointly issued a statement urging President Trump to fulfill his promise to protect religious liberty
    If you have not already done so, please join the bishops and urge President Trump to sign an executive order respecting religious freedom.
     
    Take action today!

  •  Make Donations Online

     

    Now you can set up weekly Sunday offerings with one entry for as many weeks as you choose, post donations for second collections, request mass intentions, memorial flowers or any similar type of payment...right from the comfort of your home.  And you can easily change, add or delete any transaction; you are in control!  Any questions?  Contact the office at 254.773.4541



    ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT


    Visit with Jesus for an hour on Wednesdays between 7:30am and 6:30pm.  Consider signing up for an hour each week.  What better way to begin the New Year!  Also, adoration is celebrated on the First Friday of each month at 7:00pm.  

    USHERS AND GREETERS MINISTRY

    WE NEED YOU!!!!
    A smile, a handshake, a welcome.  That is the job of a greeter/usher.  You're at mass anyway; why not make parishioners and guests feel at home?  This ministry is in great need of new ushers/greeters!  Contact Kenith Bartz at 254-760-3141 to volunteer.




  • OUR CHOIR NEEDS YOU!



    Especially the 5:30pm Saturday and 7:30am Sunday masses.  We hear many beautiful voices coming from pews, so why not move just a little out of your comfort zone?  You'll be welcomed and so appreciated!  Call Jim Mason at 254.913.1259 for more information.



  •           ST MARY SCHOOL
                   TRUST FUND   

    Contribute to the School Trust Fund with a special memorial for a loved one, celebrate a milestone event or place your names as benefactors. Bricks are placed by the Blessed Virgin Mary Statue in front of the Parish Hall – they are on the “West” side of the statue.



  •  ST MARY GARDEN MINISTRY

    Join St Mary's Gardens Ministry on the 2nd and 4th Mondays, 7:30 - 9:30 am, to work in the gardens around the parish buildings and school and the rose garden for the Holy Innocents.  Bring gloves and your favorite garden tools. Call M. Everett or M. Lynch at 721-0931 or just show up for a morning of rewarding work and fellowship.