Eucharistic Adoration Sunday: We plan to have Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament every second Sunday of the month, at the end of all the Masses. This Liturgy of Eucharistic adoration is to help us discover and experience the love and intimacy of our Eucharistic King and Savior, Jesus Christ. Altar servers need be trained to assist the priest at the Rite of Exposition and Benediction.

Annulments - “Do I need one? How does it work? I have heard it is hard.” The Church teaches that every valid marriage between baptized persons is a sacrament and is considered a permanently binding union until the death of one of the spouses. An Annulment is a process in which a marriage is proven to not be a sacrament. When an annulment is granted, a person is free to remarry in the Catholic Church. There are many misunderstandings regarding the annulment process. If you have questions, please call Father.

We have openings for Mass Intentions in our parish. Having a Mass said is simply the greatest prayer we can offer for anyone living or deceased. To offer our intentions to the Sacrifice of Jesus offered in the Mass leads to many, many graces. We should have a backlog of requests rather than an absence of requests. To have a Mass said you may talk to Father, call the office, or put a note in the collection basket.

Did you know we have a special group in the parish that is available and willing to help pray for special intentions? It’s called The Rosary Crusade. If anyone has a special request for prayers, they call Phyllis Dusel or Elaine Dittrich. They in turn start a calling tree to get people to pray one decade of the Rosary. If you add up all the people praying just a simple decade of the Rosary, several Rosaries are actually being prayed for that special intention.

If you would like to be a part of this effort or have a special intention, please call Phyllis or Elaine. Remember, to be a part of this group, all you have to do is pray one decade of the Rosary per day for a specified amount of time. The fruits of prayer are great. The fruits of prayer to Mary are greater

A copy of the Ladies Rosary Crusade calling list has been sent out to the leaders of each group.  Anyone else who is interested in having a copy of the calling list sent to them can contact the parish rectory by phone or email.   The list can also be found on the OLMC website.  For Rosary prayer requests contact Elaine Dittrich at 368-5696 or Phyllis Dusel at 368-5595.    [Rosary Crusade Call List]

Sick Calls
If you know a parishioner/fellow Catholic in the hospital, assisted living or shut-in, please contact the OLMC parish office for Fr. Christopher. When a priest visits patients/elderly he can administer the Sacraments of Anointing of the Sick and/or Viaticum, Confession and Holy Eucharist; he can also pray and lay hands on them.

Prayer for the sick is a very important part of our duty to pray for the living and the dead.  We all need to pray; we all need to pray for each other.  It’s easy for us to think that our prayers may not be heard or that our prayers won’t affect the outcome of someone’s illness, but that’s wrong.  It may be God’s will that someone is healed – even miraculously – by our prayers, but even if they aren’t healed, God can give that person perseverance of faith and spiritual strength in answer to our prayers.

People asked for healing in the Gospels, and Jesus healed many people.  Clearly it is his will that we should pray for the sick.  We need to have confidence in his power and his love. 

Here is a prayer we can pray for the sick or for ourselves:

Almighty and Eternal God,
You are the everlasting health of those who believe in You.
Hear us for Your sick servant(s) (N., N.)
for whom we implore the aid of Your tender mercy,
that being restored to bodily health,
he/she may give thanks to You in Your Church.
Through Christ our Lord.