January 22, 2020
With Catholic Schools Week around the corner, there are timely items in my post today.
Open House 9:45-10:45 including Book Fair Prizes and Free Throws for charity in the gym.
Teachers and students are excited to share their work with families and parishioners at our Open House. New this year, students attending Open House can put their name for a drawing for a prize from the Book Fair. Teachers will have the jars for the drawings in their classrooms. Be sure to get your child’s name in for a Book Fair Prize!
There will also be a chance to shoot free throws in the gym to raise money for charity. Cost is $1.00 per shot.
I’ve attached the Catholic Schools Week Schedule.
This coming Sunday has been proclaimed Word of God Sunday by Pope Francis.
Pope Francis is inviting Catholics across the world to deepen their appreciation, love and faithful witness to God and his Word. The third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 26 this year, is to be observed as a special day devoted to “the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God”. Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization explained, it is an initiative that the Pope has entrusted to the whole Church so that "the Christian community may concentrate on the great value that the Word of God occupies in its daily existence" (Aperuit illis 2).
Bring your Bibles to Mass to be blessed. If you don’t have a Bible, there will be Bibles available to purchase before Mass.
I’ve attached a document from the USCCB about celebrating the Word of God at home.
You are invited to join the Mental Health Ministry Family and Friends Support Group. Our first meeting will be on: Thursday, January 23rd from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in McEleney Hall. We plan to meet on the fourth Thursday of each month to provide an opportunity for faith, fellowship and support for those, who care for a loved one that suffers in this way. No need to register in advance! All are welcome. If you have any questions, free to contact Tory Dohrn at 563-359-5575, Jean Jackson at 563-320-1938 or Erin Darland at 563-508-2808. If you would like to submit a confidential prayer request, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org any time.
Holy Smokes! The other day I was watching a YouTube video by Fr. Mike Schmitz on taking the Lord’s name in vain. This vides has a great way to explain to your children why this is an important commandment. Children often think it is no big deal to use the phrase “OMG”. Fr. Mike Schmitz does a great job helping us understand. Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT10MPun7wU
Date: Wednesday, February 5, Thursday February 6; 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church – 1506 Brown Street, Bettendorf
Details: Please join us February 5 & 6 from 6:30-7:30pm for two nights with internationally known Catholic speaker, author, and evangelist Mike Patin! Using a unique blend of energy, humor, and stories, Mike will remind us of God’s presence among us, while inviting us to “take the next step” in our journey with God. Come for one night or both – all ages are invited, and there is no charge for this event! No matter who you are, Mike will challenge you, entertain you, and leave you wanting to go even deeper in your relationship with God!
Julie C. Delaney, PhD
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School
Davenport, IA 52803
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."