Deacon Paul’s New Year’s Update
Happy & Blessed New Year to each of you and your families.
As Administrator of St. Mary of the Angels, I want to give a New Year’s blessing to each of you and highlight some of the exciting Parish events that have been planned for the New Year 2020.
The first and most important event is on Saturday February 22 at the 4:00 p.m. Bishop Ricken is scheduled to preside and to reopen our historical Church at the corner of Irwin and Cass Street. The Church is now on the historical register and it will be wonderful to experience Holy Mass with Bishop Ricken on that date. Immediately following Holy Mass there will be an appreciation dinner at Riverside Ballroom. All are invited to the appreciation dinner which is partially sponsored by the Parish Men’s Club. Due to the expected large turnout for the Mass and the dinner, there will be a need to RSVP for the dinner. Additional details will follow later in January for registration.
On January 8, the Parish will begin an Alpha Discussion Series. This discussion series is sponsored by the Diocese of Green Bay and has been recommended to us by Bishop Ricken. We will begin an initial discussion series in January through March of 2020. We will begin a second discussion series beginning in April 2020. This discuss series is about deepening our faith as a Parish Community. It is not a catechesis or teaching series but a discussion series with a very small groups (3-4 people in a group). It includes a free dinner sponsored by the Parish.
Beginning on the first Monday of Lent, March 2 through to the end of Lent, Father Ponch and I will again offer evening prayer Monday through Thursday at 5:30 p.m. I would encourage you to attend some or maybe all of these evening prayers during Lent as a prayerful reflection and Lenten practice.
Of Course, throughout the year we will again offer daily Mass Monday through Friday at 7:00 a.m. with Eucharistic Adoration for one hour each Friday immediately following Mass (7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.). Each first Friday we will extend Adoration through a Holy Hour ending with Benediction at 11:45 a.m. Father Ponce will also be available for Reconciliation each Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and also by appointment. Once we rededicate the Church, Father Ponce will be offering Confessions on Saturday afternoons, the exact times to be determined. Once we enter into the Church we will no longer be offering Confession the one-half hour immediately prior to Mass as we have determined that the Priest (and Deacon) need to prepare for Mass in that one-half hour time frame.
On September 29, the Parish will be holding a retreat at St. Norbert Center for Spirituality. Monsignor James Feely will be the spiritual director together with Father Ponce for our retreat experience. More details will follow in August for the September 29 retreat registration
Finally, my wife Theresa and I will be taking a “working” sabbatical from January 10 through February 21. We will be away from the Parish grounds in order for us to have some private time for prayer, reflection, and renewal. You will not see me at Mass or Parish functions during this sabbatical time. However,I will still be in daily contact with the Parish through the miracle of computers and cellphones, so that is why I am calling this a “working” sabbatical.
I want to thank all of you for your contributions to the Parish throughout the calendar year 2019. I would ask for your continued prayers and the sharing of your time, talent, and treasure for the Parish in this exciting New Year 2020.
Blessings, Peace, and all good to you.
Deacon Paul, P. Umentum, OFS Parish Administrator