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Parish News...

Building Inclusive Parishes

The South Bend "Chapter" of Building Inclusive Parishes (BIP) will hold its first meeting on Monday, August 14, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church, 19704 Johnson Road, South Bend.  The location is handicap accessible.  Please enter Door #13.

BIP is a grassroots movement that started in the Fort Wayne area in 2015.  Members of BIP have met with Bishop Kevin Rhoades and spoke to priests last September regarding their efforts.

Our mission statement:
"Through prayer, support, advocacy, and catechesis, we strive to be inclusive of all individuals with disabilities or special needs and help them know that they are welcomed, accepted, and necessary in contributing their gifts to our parish life."

Please come and meet other people who share these interests and want to help make our parishes more welcoming.  No RSVP is needed.

If you have questions about this meeting contact Allison Sturm at 260-399-1452 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also see: buildinginclusiveparishes.com.

RCIA

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults - Interested???

■  Are you Interested in becoming Catholic?
■  Haven’t received your First Communion or Confirmation?
■  Want to know more about the Catholic faith before you begin a commitment?

If any of these apply to you...

Fr. Terry - August 13, 2017

A week from Monday will be a very unusual and natural phenomenon that is a “must see”: a solar eclipse.  I heard from the radio this past week that if you are in the true shadow of the moon (which will be passing through southern Illinois and Kentucky, that you will have about 8 minutes of time in “totality” (total coverage of the sun).  These events used to bear great meaning, albeit somewhat mysterious, for people of the past, especially in polytheistic religions and cultures.  For the Jews, and ourselves, we know that there is one Lord of all who has fixed things as such, and is always in control.

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Religious Education News - Children’s Fall Classes

It’s not too early to start thinking about registering for classes starting in the fall!

We are welcoming New Students…
»  children who will be attending Kindergarten at a public school in the fall
»  children who will be 3 by August 1 and potty-trained
»  children who haven’t been in our program before

Children in any of the above situations can be registered for our Sunday Religious Education classes between now and August 27 for a reduced fee. Download the registration form. For more information, contact Vicki at 243-3439 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

10% Discount!
Want to take advantage of the 10% discount on Registration Fees? Turn in your Registration materials and fees by Sunday Aug 27.

Upcoming meetings...

Adult Faith Formation Bible Study

Acts of the Apostles - The Spread of the Kingdom

Acts of the Apostles Bible study will be held on Tuesdays, both in the mornings and the evenings. Registration forms are at the doors of the church and in the main office.
Or contact Vicki at vicki@little flowerchurch.org to receive one via email.

A Haven for Healing

Post Abortion Healing

A Haven for Healing will begin  its fall bible study on Monday, August 28th. We are a ministry reaching out to anyone who has been involved in an abortion. If abortion has robbed you of joy and peace, please come to our fall session. You will find sympathy, understanding, and love. For more information, call our confidential phone line: 574-514-7471.

Plan to be a real Lifesaver

Blood Drive
Little Flower Parish Center

August 27, after all morning Masses

Sign up online at GiveBloodNow.com, Sponsor Code: LittleFlower
or call Paula at 243-3443

Healing Prayer

Today’s first reading speaks about everything in our faith life, including healing. One notion is that God’s voice has to be something big and dramatic. Of course, that can be, but it wasn’t Elijah’s experience. God’s voice wasn’t in a strong and heavy wind, nor in an earthquake, nor in a fire, but in a “tiny whispering sound.” The problem with a whisper is that it’s hard to hear in our noisy, frenetic lives. Which is why, whether we’re seeking a healing or knowing God’s will for us, we need to be quiet and listen. Note also that Elijah was on the mountain of God and took shelter in a cave. There is a parallel in our sitting in a holy place, in our church before the Blessed Sacrament. And we can hear God’s voice in all sorts of places, in our homes, in nature, with a trusted friend or spiritual advisor.

Fr. Terry - August 6, 2017

As today we finally get to enjoy our parish Corn & Sausage Roast, I want to thank first and foremost the many people who spent numerous hours planning and organizing this large operation.  Craig Phillips and Lori Richards, with the help of many others, have gone well out of their way to make this an enjoyable day for the parish, with wonderful food, fun games, and most importantly, community fellowship.  THANK YOU for a wonderful day!

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