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.

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

Historic St Patrick Lost & Found

Historic St. Patrick Church  has a growing lost and found, starting April 10, all current items will be placed on a table in the back of the church and we will leave them there for two weeks. After the two weeks we are going to donate or throw away the items

Graduating this Year?

Holy Trinity and Historic St. Patrick would love to recognize all of our parishioners from both parishes who will be graduating from Junior High, High School or College this year. Please submit your names to Jen or Susie at the Parish offices.  We’ll list all graduates’ names in the bulletin on the last weekend in May.

Congratulations to all of our graduates!

We are proud of all of you and wish you the best in your life endeavors.

Time of Holy Communion Distribution Change

~ Beginning on Holy Thursday and going forward, our two parishes will begin distributing Holy Communion at the "regular time" (ie, during the Communion Rite, immediately following the priest and deacon).  I pray this is yet another positive sign that we---as a Church and as a Society---will inevitably get back to a "normal lifestyle" sooner rather than later!

~Fr Stirniman~

Have You Been an “Inactive” Catholic?

 

 

 

~ Statistically, not an insignificant number of you who attend (in-person or live-stream) our Easter Mass celebrations are “inactive” Catholics.  I earnestly appeal to you with four messages: thank you for joining us at Mass, where we strive to give fitting thanksgiving to Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Universe, for rising from the tomb after His agonizing suffering and death for our sins; please seriously consider going to the sacrament of Confession (offered seven times/week between our two parishes . . . or by appointment with me or any Catholic priest) and also returning to Holy Mass every Sunday and Holy Day for you to return/remain to a “state of grace” and know the joy and peace that the world cannot give, but that Jesus can . . . and does; we are an incomplete community of believers in Jesus Christ whenever you are not with us; and, we pray for you every single weekend!

~Fr Stirniman~

A message from Fr Stirniman

An Earnest Appeal for More Ushers and Sanitizers

~ I am very grateful for the continued excellent work of Karen Walch and Alan McDowell and their respective Teams of Ushers and Sanitizers at our two parishes!  Quite simply, they have all kept us safe and well-organized!  However, as we (thankfully!) have parishioners and others returning to in-person Masses at our parish churches, we are now in great need of additional ushers and sanitizers, especially to usher and sanitize the over-flow areas of our respective parish campuses.   If you can find it in your heart and in your schedule, would you please seriously consider contacting Karen or Alan to volunteer to be an usher or sanitizer?!?  To volunteer as a sanitizer or specialized usher at Holy Trinity, please contact Karen Walch at greeters@holytrinitybloomington.org; for Historic St Patrick, please contact Alan McDowell at jamcdowell41@gmail.com.   With the greatest celebration we have as Catholic Christians soon approaching---Easter---we will be in need of a significant number of additional ushers and sanitizers.  Thank you for your serious consideration!

~Fr Stirniman~