St. Mary Parish Community         ...since 1860
118 Church Street Algoma, WI 54201-1033                                        
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April 12, 2009 - Easter Sunday: the Resurrection of the Lord                                         Print This Page | -Close Window
Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. - Jn 20:8-9

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 13 - 19, 2009
Algoma No Liturgy
Kewaunee No Liturgy

Algoma 8:15 am † John & Evelynn Chike
Kewaunee 8:15 am Liturgy of the Word/Communion
Kewaunee 10:00 am Liturgy of the Word/Communion @ Emerald Shores

Kewaunee 8:15 am † Mary May
Algoma 8:15 am Liturgy of the Word/Communion

Algoma 8:15 am † Helen Frank
Kewaunee 10:00 am Liturgy of the Word/Communion @ Bayroad Place
Kewaunee 1:30 pm Liturgy of the Word/Communion @ Linden Manor

Kewaunee 10:00 am †Dean Opicka Mass @ Kewaunee Care Center
Algoma 10:15 am Mass @ Algoma Long Term Care Center presider Father Kunkel

Kewaunee 3:00 am Sacrament of Reconciliation
Kewaunee 4:00 pm David Maigatter
Algoma 5:30 pm † Eben Vandeveld

Algoma 8:15 am † Lester Tebon
Kewaunee 10:15 am † Don Perron

Readings for April 13 - 19, 2009
Sunday: Acts 10:34a, 37-43/Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8/Jn 20:1-9 or Mk 16:1-7
Monday: Acts 2:14, 22-33/Mt 28:8-15
Tuesday: Acts 2:36-41/Jn 20:11-18
Wednesday: Acts 3:1-10/Lk 24:13-35
Thursday: Acts 3:11-26/Lk 24:35-48
Friday: Acts 4:1-12/Jn 21:1-14
Saturday: Acts 4:13-21/Mk 16:9-15
Next Sunday: Acts 4:32-35/1 Jn 5:1-6/Jn 20:19-31
St. Mary Parish Lights

Tabernacle: Hazley Hurley
Steeple: Lorraine Gray
Grotto: Kim Katsion

We have openings for steeple, grotto and tabernacle lights. If you would like to have the light be in memory of or honor a loved one, please stop in the parish office.


Financial Update Summary

Budgeted Weekly $ 6,112.00 Budgeted YTD $238,336.00
Received $ 6,970.00 Received $217,314.57
Overage/Deficit $ 858.00 Overage/Deficit ($21,021.43)

Loose Collection
Budgeted Weekly $529.00 Budgeted YTD $ 19,392.00
Received $355.11 Received $ 16,332.38
Overage/Deficit ($173.89) Overage/Deficit ($3,059.62)


Children’s Corner
Here are just a few of the many offerings to God from the youth at St. Mary’s: Savannah, dads leg, moms cold, my mom and dad, nana, mom to feel beter from being sick, All my family, for all little kids missing from their homes

This is how I used my Time & Talent: I helped Shannon loshin moms feet, Took care of our cats, Helped clean up barn, made something fun for my sister, Gave my friend money, Prayed quietly

Gifts from the youth envelopes: $7.40

Happenings This Week:

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Religious Education and Faith Formation
Grade School Faith Formation 3:45 pm –5:00 pm
High School Faith Formation 6:45 pm—8:00 pm

Saturday, April 18, 2009
Destination Imagination State Tournament - Stevens Point. Two St. Mary School teams will compete.

Knights of Columbus Annual Tootsie Roll Drive - at East Shore Industries

Other News, Notices, Announcements, Messages, and Happenings

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.

Rosary Society breakfast report:
Our total profits for the breakfast and bake sale were $1,067.71. We put some of the money to wipe out the cafeteria chair fund balance, which is now $0.00. We are now working on mats to the entrances in church. Thank you so much to all the people who donated to the new chairs in the cafeteria.

Also a big thank you to all the members of our great parish who baked for the bake sale and participated in the plentiful breakfast and bought baked goods. If you haven’t seen the beautiful Spring decorations in the cafeteria, please stop and take a look at them. They are fantastic and the talented artists attend St. Mary School.

And last of all a big Thank You to all the wonderful ladies of our rosary society who worked so hard for the breakfast & bake sale and donated for both. Remember new members are always welcome!! Just contact Rose Marit 487-5407 or any member of the Rosary Society

FREE Skin Cancer Screening
Have You Noticed?

> A new growth on your skin?
> A discoloration of your skin?
> A mole that has changed color or has an irregular border?

You need to have it checked out. This is your chance to have a professional take a look.

When: Saturday, April 18th, 2009
Time: 9:00 am to Noon
Location: Luxemburg Medical Clinic
101 School Creek Trail
Luxemburg, WI

Cost: FREE
Registration: Please call Public Health at (920) 388-7160 .

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.

Dear St. Mary Parish Members,
Once again the Knights of Columbus will have our annual Tootsie Roll Drive to help the Citizens with Mental Handicaps at East Shore Industries on April 18 & 19. Your generous contributions have helped purchase machines at East Shore Industries to accommodate there needs and give them a sense of purpose and belonging in life. Thanks again for your past and future support helping the K of C with this great cause. We look forward to seeing you with your donations before and after all the masses.
God Bless You!
Robert Reinhart, Chairman


I get just a bit frustrated and impatient because spring seems to take its good-old-natured time – no pun intended – in making its appearance in the Midwest and especially, it seems, on the Lakeshore. The unexpected snow storm – the blustery cold wind – the grey days – all of this gets very old –especially on these early days in April. There are two lines from the work of the Jesuit priest-poet Father Gerard Manley Hopkins that come to mind as I am waiting for spring: “What is all this juice and all this joy?” and “There lives the dearest freshness deep down things.”

The word “Easter” is thought to come from an ancient word “eastre” meaning spring. Might Easter not be all about “joy” and “freshness”? We believers stand at the opening to the empty tomb – sometimes feeling an emptiness in our own hearts and minds and spirits and bodies. We often times experience disappointment and despair, fear and shame, serious illness, separation and divorce, addiction and personality disorders, loneliness and guilt. Our national and world communities are experiencing economic instability and unemployment, war and terrorism, AIDS and malaria, violence and hatred, and a deadly fascination with nuclear weapons. We sometimes wonder where is all the “freshness” and “joy”?

In his homily at the Rite of Election on the First Sunday of Lent, as Archbishop Vincent Nichols prepared to meet all of those becoming Catholic in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, England, he referred to the great Italian painter of the Middle Ages, Carravaggio, and one of his masterpieces, “The Conversion of Saul.” “There is Saul, crashed to the ground from his position of strength and eminence on his horse, with arms outstretched in seeming helplessness. We too must know our need of God at every moment. But the painting also bears another interpretation. If you turn the painting upside down, and look again at the face of Saul, what you see may seem surprising. His face is bathed in wonderful light. It is utterly peaceful, without a hint of anger, fear or distress. His eyes are serenely closed. He looks entirely happy, taken up in hidden joy. He holds out his arms in a gesture of longing welcome.”

Surprise! Surprise! Jesus is risen! Jesus is alive! Jesus is real! Jesus is with us! Jesus is within us! That first morning of the Resurrection has turned everything upside down. At the empty tomb, in joy and hope, everything is transformed. Everything is made fresh and new. Death is really life, sorrow is really joy, and darkness is really light. Standing before the empty tomb in faith, let the Risen Jesus takes your aches and pains, your hurts, your tears, and your fears and roll them up and set them aside in the tomb. Take a moment to breathe in the freshness, the joy, and the new life that the Resurrection of Jesus brings. Hear him call you by name. “Do not be afraid. I am with you. I will help you through whatever is draining your spirit. I make all things new.”

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!
Father Bill +