St. Mary Parish Community         ...since 1860
118 Church Street Algoma, WI 54201-1033                                        
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April 5, 2009 - Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion                                           Print This Page | -Close Window
Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out: "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! Hosanna in the highest! " - Mk 11:9-10

With our eyes fixed on the Risen Lord Jesus Christ
Conformed to his image in Baptism and the Eucharist
We grow together in our Gospel faith
And our understanding of our rich Catholic tradition
Building the Kingdom by living in gratitude
Reaching out generously to all people in need.
Baptism • Marriage • Reconciliation • Sacrament of the Sick
Call Fr. Bill at 920-487-5001 to make arrangements for these Sacraments at St. Mary or Holy Rosary Parish.
Fr. William Swichtenberg
Rectory Office (920) 487-5001

Pastoral Minister
Kathy Zeman
Phone ....................(920) 487-2393
Kewaunee (920) 388-2285

Administer of Catholic Education
& Faith Formation

Laura Krzysiak

Ed Cross……… (920) 487-5122
Jane Michalik ….(920) 388-4004

Prayer Chain
Lois Blahnik………(920) 487-5295
Kewaunee .......... (920) 388-2285
St. Mary School
Laura Krzysiak, Principal
Phone ................. (920) 487-5004
Tina Nellis, Secretary

Parish Office
In the School
You are welcome from:
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Monday Thru Friday
Phone: (920) 487-5005
Fax: (920) 487-5002

Patty Kubetz

Pastoral Council

Finance Council
Buildings & Grounds
Dan Vertz………...487-2091

Cemetery Association
Earl Krueger ....... 487-3861
Larry Feuerstein .. 487-3956

Board of Education
Marietta Kenzik ... 487-2048

Mary Novak .........487-5776
Linda Andre……...487-2542

Margo Rouse ........487-2750

Gift Bearer
Judie Blahnik……..487-3475

TV Mass
Monday ........... 11:00 am
Tuesday ............ 9:30 am
Wednesday ........ 6:30 pm
Liturgies For April 6 - 12, 2009
Algoma No Liturgy
Kewaunee No Liturgy

Algoma 8:15 am † Christina Graf
Kewaunee 8:15 am Liturgy of the Word/Communion

Kewaunee 8:15 am † Leo & Regina Janowski
Algoma 8:15 am Liturgy of the Word/Communion
Kewaunee 9:30 am Liturgy of the Word/Communion @ Silver Leaf

Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Algoma 7:00 pm † Joe & Marie Seiler

Friday, Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion & death
Algoma 10:00 am Liturgy of the Word/Communion @ Bayroad Place

Algoma 10:15 am Liturgy of the Word/Communion @ Algoma Long Term Care Center

Kewaunee 1:00 pm Good Friday Service

Kewaunee 1:30 pm Liturgy of the Word/Communion @ Kewaunee Care Center

Algoma 7:00 pm Good Friday Service

Saturday, Easter Vigil
Kewaunee 8:15 pm † Joan Hamachek

Sunday, Easter
Algoma 8:15 am People of Our Parishes, presider Father William Swichtenberg

Kewaunee 8:15 am People of Our Parishes, presider Bishop Banks

Algoma 10:15 am † Frank & Ella Novak, presider Bishop Banks

Kewaunee 10:15 am † Margaret Kubetz, presider Father William Swichtenberg

Readings for April 5 - 12, 2009
Sunday: Mk 11:1-10 or Jn 12:12-16 /Is 50:4-7/Phil 2:6-11/Mk 14:1---15:47 or 15:1-39

Monday: Is 42:1-7/Jn 12:1-11

Tuesday: Is 49:1-6/Jn 13:21-33, 36-38

Wednesday: Is 50:4-9a/Mt 26:14-25

Chrism Mass: Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9/Rv 1:5-8/Lk 4:16-21
Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper:
Ex 12:1-8, 11-14/1 Cor 11:23-26/Jn 13:1-15

Friday: Is 52:13---53:12/ Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9/
Jn 18:1---19:42

Saturday: Vigil: Gn 1:1---2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a/Gn 22:1-18 or 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/Ex 14:15---15:1/Is 54:5-14/ Is 55:1-11/Bar 3:9-15, 32---4:4/Ez 36:16-17a, 18-28/Rom 6:3-11/Mk 16:1-7

Next Sunday: Acts 10:34a, 37-43/Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8/Jn 20:1-9 or Mk 16:1-71
St. Mary Parish Lights

Tabernacle: Sy Krautkramer & Earl & Grace Vaness
Steeple: Sy Krautkramer & Earl & Grace Vaness
Grotto: Sy Krautkramer & Earl & Grace Vaness


Financial Update Summary

Budgeted Weekly $ 4,620.80 Budgeted YTD $232,224.00
Received $ 5,059.00 Received $210,344.57
Overage/Deficit $ 438.20 Overage/Deficit ($21,879.43)

Loose Collection
Budgeted Weekly $340.00 Budgeted YTD $ 18,863.00
Received $260.14 Received $ 15,977.27
Overage/Deficit ($ 79.86) Overage/Deficit ($2,885.73)


Children’s Corner
Here are just a few of the many offerings to God from the youth at St. Mary’s.

This week my prayers of Special Intention were for: Savannah & Polar Bears, Lily, The poor, People affected by the flood in N.D., Holy child association, kayla, my aunt and uncle and dog, Dads shoulder, Grandpa, Grandma, Peace on earth, All homeless animals.

This is how I used my Time & Talent: Reminded family to pray,Helped set up for bread feast, Put laundry away, Shared a snack with Sierra, I played the piano, helped mom with dishes, Helped mom make some soup, let Brook go in front of me, help nate, made my bed, I took the dog for a walk, Helped mom with laundry, Helped mom watch kids on Wednesday.

Gifts from the youth envelopes: $20.12

Happenings This Week:

Tuesday April 7, 2009
Bloodmobile - 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Algoma Youth Club.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Christian Passover Seder Meal at St. Mary Parish Cafeteria from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Registration is required to attend; deadline was Friday, March 27th

Thursday, April 9, 2009
Early Release for St. Mary School

Friday, April 10 - Tuesday April 14, 2009
School is not in session for St. Mary School

Other News, Notices, Announcements, Messages, and Happenings

Thank you to Elizabeth Braun, Doris Duerst and Marion Thielke for helping stuff the bulletins

Thank you to St. Mary Staff and all the people who made the Soup Supper a success. St. Mary Staff donated the proceeds of $481.75 to the Samaritan Fund.

LIVING WELL With Chronic Conditions Put life back in your life!
Call now to sign up for a Living Well Workshop, designed for adults who want to take charge of their ongoing health problems and get relief from their pain, fatigue, and other symptoms. A six-week workshop will be offered at the Aging services unit of Kewaunee, from April 7 to May 12, 9:00 am—11:30 am. To register or receive more information, call (920) 388-0626.

Attention Confirmation Candidates:
The final session for Confirmation preparation will be held on April 19, 2009. The class will meet at Mrs. Wolske’s house. Please gather in the church parking lot after the 8:15 am. Mass & car pool to her house.

Confirmation practice is Sunday, April 19 at 6:30 pm in the church. Candidates and their sponsors must attend.

The Bible and the Mass
This Faith Formation opportunity will be held at Holy Rosary on the following Thursdays: April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Advanced registration is required. Call St. Mary Parish Office 487-5005 or Holy Rosary Parish Office at 388-2285. This Bible and the Mass study will be presented by Laura Krzysiak and Cindy Massey.

St. Mary's 10th Annual Retreat
You’re invited to a one-day Get-a-Way planned Yes, it is time for St. Mary's 10th Annual Retreat on Mon. June 29th. This year’s destination is the Jesuit Retreat House, Oshkosh. Join us for a day of travel, relaxation, inspiration and lunch. Meet with old friends and make new ones as you mingle with people from around the area. Don't miss the bus! Cost is $45 per person. Deadline for registration is Friday, June 19th. Pick up a registration form from the bulletin boards at the church entrances. Better yet, take two and enjoy the day with a friend or relative. For more info call Kathy Zeman 388-2285 ext. #14; 487-2393 or St. Mary parish office, 487-5005 Ext #100.


As the Sunday Eucharist takes first place among the events which occur over the course of a week, the Sacred Triduum takes first place among the events that span the course of one liturgical year. Let’s begin with a review of sorts:

  1. Triduum is a Latin word which means ____________.
  2. Our Jewish sisters and brothers mark the beginning of the new day at _________.
  3. The celebrations of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday are a __________ event.
  4. The Easter Vigil includes the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation for those entering the church on this most holy night. The Sacraments of Initiation are ___________, ______________, and _______________. Put them in the proper order.
  5. The best words to characterize the Sacred Triduum are “historical re-enactment” or “sacred mystery.”

Answers are at the bottom of the column. How did you do?

As a teenager, I had an innate sense about the importance of these holy liturgies marking the events of our salvation – the gift of the Eucharist and the living Eucharist in loving service, the depth of God’s love for us in the betrayal, passion and death of the Lord Jesus, and the victory of the risen Lord over sin and death. I remember riding my bicycle to church to celebrate Holy Week. As a new driver, I remember being encouraged by my parents to take the new family car to the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday because it was raining that year.

From sundown on Holy Thursday evening through sundown on Easter Sunday evening, the Church – the People of God – celebrate God’s great and constant love for us in the Passover of our Lord and Savior, Jesus – and the great hope that is ours in every circumstance. Jesus, passing over from death to a new, glorious, abundant risen life, holds on to us and promises to bring us through every hardship or disappointment or emotional breakdown out into the marvelous light of his wonderful love. Jesus is real and alive
now in our hearts, in the Church and especially in the gift of his Most Precious Body and Blood in the Eucharist.

The Apostle Paul reminds us that the Resurrection of Jesus is monumental, huge beyond what we might ever be able to conceive, and life-changing. “…if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins. Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable people of all.” (I Corinthians 15:17-19).

I strongly encourage you to participate in the celebrations of our salvation in the Risen Lord. Please, please do not absent yourself from the Mass of the Lord’s Supper or the Easter Vigil for the fact that they will not be celebrated in your church. Come to Algoma on Thursday night. Come to Kewaunee on Saturday night. What’s twelve miles when we are celebrating the events that are at the very heart of our lives – I dare say at the very heart of the entire cosmos!

I almost forgot. Here are the answers to the little quiz above. A. “Three Days” B. Sundown C. Single D. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. E. Sacred Mystery.
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