Mother’s Day Prayer

God our Creator, we pray:

for new mothers, coming to terms with new responsibility;

for expectant mothers, wondering and waiting;

for those who are tired, stressed or depressed;

for those who struggle to balance the tasks of work & family;

for those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;

for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;

for those who have children they do not want;

for those who raise children on their own;

for those who have lost a child;

for those who care for the children of others;

for those whose children have left home;

and for those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled.

Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender,

and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good, living not for themselves alone, but for God and for others.

Amen.

FROM THE WOMEN OF THE ELIZABETH MINISTRY

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

Thank you CCD!

Thank You to all the parents & families, students, teachers and everyone else that made this year of CCD such a GREAT success! Have a Great Summer and we look forward to seeing everyone back in the Fall! Please remember to turn in your registration forms!!

Final class for Historic St Patrick is May 9th and final class for Holy Trinity is May 12th with a Rosary and Mass beginning at 6pm.

Seasons of Hope Bereavement Group May 18th

With the support of the faith community, we can give voice to our unique journeys of grief and find healing and spiritual growth. The Seasons of Hope bereavement group process is centered on our God and grounded in the healing wisdom, traditions and practices of our Church. Perhaps this grief and faith sharing group is for you. It meets for 6 Tuesdays beginning May 18th and ending June 22nd. We will be meeting via zoom, so participants will need access to a computer through which they can access a zoom group invitation. Prayer, scripture, faith sharing, and fellowship begin at 9am. If you are interested in participating or would like to find out more, please contact: Lorraine Kim, MSW, Catholic Charities Good Samaritan program, 708-762-8040 (call or text) lorraine.kim@ccdop.org.

Emmaus Days returns in person for 2021!

 

Sessions 1 and 2 are for college age men as well as single men in their 20’s and 30’s who are discerning their vocation.

We will give tools to take a step deeper into discerning God's will through prayer and the sacraments. By listening to insights and meditations as well as spending time with priests and seminarians, participants get a privileged glimpse into the priestly vocation.

Session 1: College Age & Young Adult                      June 11-14, 2021

Session 2: High School Juniors & Seniors                June 25-28, 2021

St. John’s Catholic Newman Center Champaign, IL

 

 

In Sessions 3 and 4 we focus on fun in attempt to show the joy of becoming authentic Christian men. The experience includes prayer, talks by seminarians and priests, and activities like basketball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee and card games.

Session 3: High School Freshmen & Sophomores   July 18-21, 2021

Session 4: Seventh & Eighth Graders                        July 21-23, 2021

Peoria Notre Dame High School

[For more information or to register, go to CDOP.ORG > Offices >  Priestly Vocation >  EMMAUS]

May – The Month of Mary

Do You Know the 3 Most famous apparitions of Our Blessed Mother, Mary?

  1. Our Lady of Guadalupe or Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is a very popular and celebrated Roman Catholic icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe. According to tradition, a young converted Aztec indigenous peasant named Juan Diego had a vision of a young woman on a hill in the Tepeyac Desert in Mexico and he was told to build a church on the hill in December 1531.
  2. Our Lady of Lourdes is the name used to refer to the Marian apparition said to have appeared before various individuals on separate occasions around Lourdes, France. The apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes started on February 1858 when a 14-year-old peasant girl told her mother that she had seen a "lady" in a cave while gathering firewood with her sister and a friend. It has been reported that the “lady” appeared 17 times more on the same year.
  3. Our Lady of Fatima or Nossa Senhora de Fátima in Portuguese is a well-known and famous title given to the Virgin Mary. According to tradition, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in apparitions to 3 shepherd children named Lucia dos Santos, Jacinta Marto and Francisco Marto in 1917, 6 times.

 

Children’s Offering Envelopes

For most of my years growing up as a Catholic child, I was issued offering envelopes by my pastor.  This was done for a variety of reasons: to involve the children of the parish in financially supporting the Church (one of the five Precepts of the Church); to make us aware our contribution actually mattered and was valued and to make a sacrifice was a good thing---precisely what we celebrated at every Mass; to groom us to give of ourselves in other ways to God and His Church and His people; to actively partake in this part of the Mass---in addition to the other parts of the Sunday Mass; and it made us aware that it took money/Treasure to run a parish (in addition to Time and Talent) and that stewardship was an important thing, for everyone.

Now that we are slowly moving away from more and more of the Covid-19 restrictions, I would like to re-install the distribution and use of Children’s Envelopes once again in our Churches. In the coming weeks, I will once again give your child (grades 1 thru 8) a box of offering envelopes, containing 52 envelopes which I encourage your child to use.  On the actual envelope is either,  a Saint and his/her biography or information about God and special events in the life of the Church. On the opposite side of the envelope is a place for your child’s name as well as places for him/her to write the ‘Time, Talent, and Treasure’ they are offering that particular weekend Mass.  Additionally, I wish to continue to offer the opportunity for the children of our parishes to come forward---if they so desire---at Offertory time, to actually place their envelope in a specially-designated basket to which I will show them at the weekend Masses for your child.

The amount of Treasure the children bring forward (collectively, not individually!) will be tracked in our bulletin and, when the amount accumulates to a certain amount, I will use the children’s Treasure for specific (and visual) things in our churches.  Let us all always give thanks to God (“Eucharistia”) and show our gratitude to God by sharing our Time, Talent, and Treasure.  Lastly, I wish to thank you for your generosity to God and to His Church!   ~Fr Stirniman

K of C Blood Drive May 10th

Bloomington Knights of Columbus will have a Blood Drive Monday May 10th from 1:15 till 5:45 at 1706 R.T. Dunn Drive. We hope that you have already made your appointment, if not please call the Red Cross at 309-662-0500 or go online and schedule an appointment. Blood is still in short supply and you CAN HELP.  $5 gift cards are being offered to Donors on that day. If you would be willing to volunteer to make Blood Drive calls or spend a couple of hours the day of the Blood Drive helping in the canteen, call Dennis Fries at 309-825-2589.