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Fr. Terry - January 21, 2018

Thanks to the generosity of parishioners, we are receiving some new articles for adoration and reposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Already in our possession is the new silver-plated monstrance from the esteemed church fabricator Granda (of Spain). The monstrance was a gift from the Couples for Christ families, mostly of the Filipino community who so joyously enrich our parish, particularly with their celebrations around Christmas. Another element used for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is funded in part by them and some other anonymous parishioners. It is called a “tabor” or more simply a pedestal, upon which the monstrance is placed in order to elevate and dignify the Lord even more clearly. This will be painted green marble with two silver-plated angels kneeling in adoration on either side of the monstrance.

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Catholic Radio Sunday

Bishop Rhoades has designated today (January 21, 2018), the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Catholic Radio Sunday in our diocese. He writes:

I am grateful that we have Redeemer Radio, a lay apostolate that transmits quality Catholic programming across our diocese. I am also grateful for the support you and your parish already give to Redeemer Radio. Catholic Radio reaches people whom we might never encounter in our ministry:

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Catholic/Episcopalian Vespers Service

Catholic / Episcopalian Vespers Service To Mark the Week of Prayer For Christian Unity 2018

Bishop Keven C. Rhoades
Bishop Douglas E. Sparks

St. Monica Church
222 W. Mishawaka Ave., Mishawaka

January 21, 5:00 p.m.

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Strengthening Marriage and Family Life

Join Bishop Rhoades and other local leaders for a daylong conference on marriage and family life featuring free childcare!

Strengthening Marriage and Family Life: Building a Christ-Centered Home is jointly sponsored by our diocese and the South Bend LDS (Mormon) Stake, and will feature speakers from their church as well. The conferene will be held on Saturday, January 27, from 9 AM to 3 PM at St. Thérèse, Little Flower parish in South Bend.

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Rekindle the Fire 2018

Diocesan Men’s Conference
Saturday, February 24, 2018

Cost is $45
Middle/High School and College Students just $25

Joe Witulski 260-452-6875

Father Richard McAlear - Save the Date!

March 17-19, 2018

You don’t want to miss this. Father Richard McAlear, OMI (Oblates of Mary Immaculate) is coming to Little Flower. Father McAlear's healing ministry and work have taken him to every part of the United States, Asia, South America, Canada, Australia, New Guinea, Guatemala, Italy, France, Portugal, and Scotland.

He will speak at all Masses, give a talk on healing, and preside at a Mass for healing. Watch for details.

Diocesan Training for Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers

The Office of Worship is offering training programs for new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and new Proclaimers of the Word (Lectors). These programs are offered in order to help parishes provide the required training for new lay ministers.

These sessions are mainly intended as first-time trainings. However, anyone currently serving as a lector or extraordinary minister is welcome to take these sessions for personal edification.

These are the only new lay ministers trainings to be offered by the diocesan Office of Worship in 2018.

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Marriage in Christ Seminar

Marriage in Christ Seminar is five weeks long (one 2-hour evening per week). It is for all marriages, not just those who are struggling or newly married. Each week includes a video of a short episode to present that week’s topic, small group discussions (men and women separate), and private discussion time for each couple. In the fourth week, we have an opportunity to invite the Holy Spirit to be more a part of our marriage.

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Healing Prayer

The Healing Prayer Team recently viewed a DVD of Blessed Solanus Casey. Fr. Solanus, a humble man given the job of porter at the places he served, was a deeply compassionate, gentle, and loving man. He also had a gift of prophecy, often knowing how God would respond to a prayer request. Once a mother came with her little girl with a life-threatening disease and asked for healing for the girl. Fr. Solanus was given the prophetic knowledge that the girl would not live. He said to the mother, “God loves little angels with him in heaven.” The mother knew what it meant, yet was filled with peace, despite the terrible loss she was about to endure. It was Fr. Solanus’ gentle love and compassion that brought peace to the mother. One might not have a gift of prophecy, but we can all respond to people with love and compassion, kindness and gentleness. Qualities that heal.