The Easter message is really an observation about the completed season of Lent. This year’s Lenten season was one of the best that we have ever had. I don’t know how many people told me that the books that we had were the best that we have ever had and received great spiritual guidance and insight through the reading of the books. I wish to thank the Liturgy Committee for all of their hard work in researching and choosing the books. There are so many ways that our lives can be enriched by the Lenten materials that we have. I was very pleased with the Little Black Book that the high school students used. It is a very difficult task to motivate our high school students to read the book-let each day but several of the students told me that they enjoyed the booklet this year. The stations of the cross and benediction had wonderful attendance this year. We are probably the only parish that has stations of the cross twice during the Lenten season. I was very pleased with the attendance at the Tuesday evening mass, stations of the cross, the soup supper and the program. Matthew Kelly’s presentations were fantastic. One of the confirmation stu-dents responded to the question about who are the greatest influences in your life and she mentioned Matthew Kelly. So many of you have remarked that they were so impressed with his subject matter and his presentations. My only regret is that everyone in the parish did not have the opportunity to participate in these evenings. One of the guidelines that Matthew Kelly speaks about so often is that the purpose for our lives is to get ourselves and our loved ones to heaven. That is the foundation of the celebration of Easter. It is a celebration that we are all working to earn our way to heaven. That is the greatest question we all have to ask ourselves is how is our journey to heaven coming along. The Knights of Columbus shrimp boils were such wonderful times of fellowship. I think it is one of the most enjoyable times that we have in the Lenten season and hope that we will continue to have these every Lenten season. My last thought is that I hope that all of you take some quiet time to meditate on the what the resurrection means to you.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
The Holy Thursday mass of the Lord’s supper is at 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday has two services: Noon and 7:00 p.m.
This is the only time in the year when the mass is not celebrated.
The Holy Saturday evening service is at 6:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday: The masses are at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and Noon.
DAILY MASS SCHEDULE
This is a reminder that we will return to the regular schedule for daily masses. The daily mass schedule is as follows: Monday: Communion Service at the Worship Center. Tuesday and Friday daily mass at the church at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday daily mass at the Worship Center at 8:00 a.m.
This is just a reminder that we have a prayer board in the front of the church. If you have a need or someone you wish to be prayed for please put a note on the board so that our parish community can pray for your intention.
Men’s Prayer Group
The men’s prayer group meets every first and third Thursday of the month. The meetings are from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the rectory. These meetings are open to all men of the parish. These meetings always are insightful and wonderful way to grow in faith and meet some great men of faith.
Women’s Prayer Group
The women’s prayer group meets every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the conference room. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow in your faith and to meet some great ladies of faith.
Saturday: 4 pm
Sunday: 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon
Weekday: Monday 8 am Communion Service @ St. Francis
Tuesday and Friday: 8 am Mass @ St. Peter
Wednesday and Thursday: 8 am Mass @ St. Francis
Holy Day & Vigil: 6 pm vigil, 8 am, 6 pm
Confessions: Saturday: 3:00 to 3:45 pm or by appointment
Pastor: Father Charles Kottas
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Dennis Kirlin
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Stephen Rallis
Parish Secretary / DRE: Dolores Kral
Bookkeeper / CYO Director: Jean Thomas
1 Bluff Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503