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1 You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one as well. Matthew 5:38-39 Fr. David Hemann, Pastor... Sr. Jean Ann Rausch, Pastoral Minister... Larry Sitzman, Deacon... Donald Seamann, Deacon Richard Kallsen, Deacon Janet Petersen, Religious Ed. Coordinator... Patty Kime, Bookkeeper/Secretary... Carrie Fischer, Bulletin Secretary Bill Wolf, Music Ministry Coordinator Shelly Bohlke, Prayer Line Request Eucharist/Masses: Weekend: Saturday 4:30 PM Sunday 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Weekdays: Tuesday-Friday 7:00 AM Reconciliation/Confessions: 3:30 4:00 PM Saturday or by appointment Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesday 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM Baptism: by appointment (following pre-baptism class) Marriage: by appointment (following 6 months marriage preparation program) First Holy Communion: May 7, 2017 at 2:00PM Confirmation: TBD Mission Statement: The Parish family of St. Michael Church is a welcoming, compassionate Christian community. We deepen our love for Christ by seeking life-long faith formation, praying, celebrating the Sacraments and reaching out to others with works of mercy.

2 From the desk of Father David Today as I passed through the car wash, I felt an incredible peace. I always feel at peace when I go through the automatic carwash, because in that short amount of time I don't call anyone and no one calls me. I can't do anything, but sit there and be in the present moment. I realize that what makes me most peaceful is that it forces me to be in the Present Moment. God s name is I AM and not I will be or I was! It is a great grace to be able to live in the present moment and realize that your very existence is God s continual embrace inviting you to be at peace in his arms. Financial Report Calendar of Events Annual Budget Total: $ 792,705 Average Weekly Budg: $ 15,244 Income 02/06/17 thru 02/12/17 Operating Income: $ 8, Capital Improvements: $ Endowment: $ Congratulations to G r a n t R y a n Vondrak, child of Justin & Sheila Vondrak, who was baptized here at St. Michael on February 12th. Blessings to all! Please remember in your prayers the family and friends of Edward Tracy whose funeral was held at St. Michael February 16th. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. Tuesday, February 21st, 7:30am-4pm, Eucharistic Adoration 5:30pm, Mass, then Ladies Night Out Thursday, February 23rd, 1:30pm, Shawl Ministry 7:00pm, RCIA at Blessed Sacrament Carmelite Board Day of Recollection All Carmelite honorary members, parishioners, and friends are invited to attend the annual Day of Recollection sponsored by the Carmelite Board members. The Day of Recollection will be held on Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Carmelite Monastery, 2901 So. Cecilia, with registration at 8:45am. The Day begins at 9:00am with Rev. Vern Smith as Celebrant of the Mass followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, reflection time, an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Benediction. A hospitality brunch will be served from 10:30-11:00am. The Day will continue with a message from Deacon Dick Billings followed by closing prayer and concluding at 12 noon. There is no charge. For more information call

3 Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Monday No Mass February 20th Tuesday February 21st 7:00 am Patsy Raynor Wednesday February 22nd 7:00 am Deceased Members of Horan Family 8:30 am (at school) David Walsh Thursday 7:00 am Eddie Utech Friday 7:00 am Kelley Kinzie February 23rd February 24th Saturday February 25th 4:30 pm Pete Block George Stamp Sunday February 26th 9:00 am Larry Simon Mary & Dan Murphy 11:00 am Saint Michael Parish Family Lower Tuition for Kindergarten in Fall We re pleased to announce a lower tuition rate for Holy Cross, Mater Dei and Sacred Heart Kindergarten for next school year! Learn about our strong academic program, faith activities, lower tuition and financial aid, and meet teachers and other parents at Kindergarten Registration sessions at 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. Sign up for Sacred Heart on Feb. 20, Mater Dei on Feb. 21 or Holy Cross on Feb. 23 at Lenten Faith Sharing will begin on February 28th at 1:30pm or March 1st at 7:30am in the Meeting Room. If you are interested in joining, please call Sr. Jean Ann at Ext. 102 so that you will be able to pick up your booklets the weekend of Feb. 25th and 26th. The Catholic Daughters of Sioux City, Court Ave Maria #269, are accepting applications from 8th grade students planning to enroll at Bishop Heelan Catholic School in the fall of The applications are available in the office of the Catholic 8th grade buildings. Contact Cleo Harder ( ) or for additional information. In 2016 Court Ave Maria awarded three $500 scholarships.

4 Rest in God alone, my soul. Best Ever! Our first Famous Fish Dinner is on March 3rd and it will be here before we know it!! St. Michael Church has a rich tradition of Fish Dinners dating back 60+ years! Our dinners are our main fundraiser and why we are able to give our church $25,000 every year! Your help with these dinners is extremely important! It would be a terrible shame to lose this tradition like so many other churches in our area have lost their dinners --so please sign up to help. We need 132 parishioners to have a smooth running, successful dinner. The first dinner is an all volunteer dinner there are no circle chair-people calling for volunteer workers. *High school students needing a service projects are welcome to sign up also -- there are plenty of spots open! The signup sheets for volunteer workers, salads and desserts for this dinner are in the back of the church. Thank you in advance for your help. With your support we can continue the tradition of our Famous Fish Dinners. We are still short chairpeople and need your help with our Pre-Fish Dinner Kitchen Cleaning. We will clean on Saturday, February 25 th starting at 8:00 AM. We would like to have close to 20 volunteers. If you have that morning free and could help, please sign up on the sheet in the back of the church. We would appreciate it. CORRECTED DATES!!! Soup Kitchen Volunteers needed for the following dates: Food Prep from 2-4 pm on Feb 20, 21 & 22. Food Servers from 5-6:30 pm on Feb 20. Please call Mike or Janet Augustine ( ) before Feb 16th if you can help. Building the Domestic Church Series is a special collection of popular Catholic Information Service books that focus on family formation and spiritual life. There are 15 copies of each of the 15 different titles. The St. Michael Knights of Columbus are proud to make these books available to the families of St. Michael parish. These are free. These books are located at the front entrance of the church next to the holy water stand. If people return these books after use, others may also use them. Enjoy! Scrip is now available to purchase on the weekend, if we have sellers available after the 4:30pm Mass on Saturday and from 9:50 to 10:45am on Sunday mornings in the atrium of the parish center. It is also available at: St. Michael Parish Office: M-T-Th-F from 9am to Noon & 1-3pm. Holy Cross School St. Michael Center: Wednesday morning from 8-9:30am Youth Group TUG (which means TOGETH- ER UNDER GOD) meeting is Sunday, February 19th from Noon-1:30pm on the third floor of Angel House at Blessed Sacrament. We will begin with pizza and move into some sharing and music and prayer. If you are a youth in grades 9-12 and interested JUST show!

5 Ellendale, St. Joseph Parish St. Joseph Ellendale K-22 rural Merrill Mailing address: P.O. Box 32 Le Mars, IA Prayer Chain: Ann DeRocher (712) Hall Rent: Betty Pridie (712) DRE: Maryjane Tapper (712) Calendar of Events February 19: Blessing Cups February 23: Gehlen TK/K Parent Meeting. (For parents of children who will be 5 by September 15, 2017) 12-1pm (lunch provided) or Gehlen library March 24th-26th: Directory Photo Sessions April 1 & 2: 1st Communion learning centers April 4: 4 year old preschool parents meeting and registration, Noon or 7pm. April 6: Education Celebration 2017 Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines April 30: 1st Communion; Final RE classes May 7: Recognition breakfast Financial Report Income 02/12/17 Adults $ Loose $ Total $ Please remember in your prayers the family and friends of Gary F. Frerichs, of Le Mars whose funeral was held Thursday February 16, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. Gary is the brother of Brian Frerichs of our parish. Marking Our Time in History Everyone (sons, daughters, and extended family) that currently belongs, or once was a member of the Ellendale parish family is invited to be part of a new Church Directory. Photos will be taken Mar th. Sign up for a time before or after Mass or by contacting Sheila February 19th, 8:30am Mass Int: Servers: Reader: EMHC: Gifts: Offertory: Jean Foley Cam Bak Jacob Foley Alka Eliades Mj & Gaylen Tapper Kathy Ream Deb DeRocher Gaylen Tapper Dave Foley February 26th, 8:30am Mass Int: Servers: Reader: EMHC: Gifts: Offertory: Paul Kurth Sarah Ritz Jennifer Ritz Kevin Hoefling Jim & Kim Jauer Bernice Beaulieu Dennis DeRocher family Kim Jauer Kathy Ream Ellendale Catholic Church March 19, :30-11:30 a.m. St. Anthony s Circle is hosting a SPRING BREAKFAST Baked Country Ham, Scrambled Eggs, Homemade Rolls, Toast, Juice, Milk, & Coffee Adults $7.00 Children $3.00 Ellendale Church Community Book Project Members of St. Joseph s, Ellendale, are working on a book, which will focus on past and present members of the rural Merrill church. This book will be a reflection of the church community that has made it flourish for more than 150 years. Contact Kiley or Alise Allan for more information

6 Schedules Servers Lectors Gift Bearers Communion Ministers February 25th Saturday 4:30 pm John Koch Emily Oberle Linda Beals Tim Swedean Bob Berger Bob & Chris Kleinschmit Lisa Swedean Tim Swedean Jill Knuth# Kari Nelson Mary Raabe# February 26th Sunday 9:00 am Truman Osborn Chad Barkley Emmalee Fannon Deena Townley Jeff LaFavor Karen Bonner Dave Lenig Jackie Lawler** Terry Jackson# Deb Jackson# Pat Brockhaus Heidi Gengler Lisa Hanus February 26th Sunday 11:00am Andrew Brockhaus Paul Brockhaus Grace Nelson Grant Hegarty Dan Heffernan Kim Sealey Jeff & Theresa Eichmann Helen Hinrichsen Deb Poss Donnis Rogers# Connie Hackett# Jeff Hackett Kathy Kuehl

7 Schedules Accompanists Cantors Ushers Greeters Children s Liturgy February 25th Saturday 4:30 pm Ron Demers Sara Miller James Coy Tom Ladwig Don Oberle Sharon Fischer Betty Ramm Mary Aesoph (Parish Center) Michael & Janet Augustine (Main) Bill & Mary Rush (Office) Pam LaFleur* Mikayla Boeshart Ken & Barb Kreber (Parish Center) February 26th Sunday 9:00 am Virginia Anderson Lisa Thompson Garry Goebel Ted Townley Pat Boeshart Corinne Alesch Paula Kolbet Ken Gengler family (Main) Charlotte Stephens Marie Haley (Office) Brian & Stacey Eben February 26th Sunday 11:00am Choir Mary Kay Barkley Pam Mears Chad Bray Donavan Harrington Rob Kuehl Zach Nelson family (Parish Center) Lora Holton Marijo Kent (Main) Donnis & Becky Rogers (Office) Anne Brockhaus* Paul Brockhaus

8 Holy Cross School & Heelan Grades PK-2nd: Grades 3rd-8th: BHCS Office: February 20: BS Center Rosary, 7:55 AM February 21: BHCS school board meeting, 5:00 PM February 22: SM Center Mass, 8:30 AM 8 th grade NAEP assessment testing February 23: Kindergarten Registration at Holy Cross School-St. Michael Center, 1:00 and 6:00 PM. Please attend if you are interested in having your child attend Kindergarten for the 2017/2018 school year. Call the Holy Cross at to register or if you have questions. Junior High wrestling meet, 4:00 PM at Kingsley-Pierson February 24: K-8 Project Rehema Jeans Day. Students may give a free will offering and wear jeans and an appropriate shirt. February 27: PK-8 th grade conferences, 3:00-6:00 PM Junior High wrestling meet, 4:00 PM at Sgt. Bluff Luton February 28: PK-8 th grade conferences, 4:00-7:00 PM March 1: BS Center Mass, 8:00 AM SM Center Mass, 8:30 AM March 3: No school teacher exchange day April 5: The annual BHCS service project Then Feed Just One for the poor in Honduras will be Wednesday, April 5 th at Bishop Heelan High School from 7:30 AM - 3:10 PM. Every student in grades 5-12 are asked to donate $20 to cover food to make the meals and transportation costs to ship the meals. If you would like to donate money to cover the cost of a student in need, please send it to and/or contact Father Deman at Bishop Heelan Adults who want to work at the packing event are asked to donate $20. If you want to receive more information contact Julie Stubblefield at Holy Cross, or

9 Area Programs & Opportunities Sioux City's Church of the Nativity Would Like to Invite You to a Unique Opportunity to Begin Your Lenten Season! Television star Frank Runyeon, will bring Scripture to life as he performs his "Sermon on the Mount" on February 22, at 7:00 PM. This will be followed by "HOLLYWOOD vs. FAITH: The Three Other Beatitudes," in which Frank discusses, with humor, the very different beatitudes the media are teaching us, and the choices we face daily as Americans and as people of faith. Prior to this, (at 5:30 PM) Frank will offer a special "Salt and Light," a comedy for kids. Amid squeals of laughter, and an ocean of hands of eager volunteers, Frank guides the kids through selected riddles and stories from Scripture. All ages are welcome to this great event for families. Learn more about Frank Runyeon here: Don t simply give up chocolate this Lenten Season. Work to improve your relationship with God and, in the process, increase the joy in your family s life. Busy moms and dads who want to better understand God s purpose, or who feel like something is missing, are invited to join a book study and conversation this Lenten season. Resisting Happiness is written in very relatable terms to help us find ways to experience more joy on a daily basis by building a stronger relationship with God. It is written by Matthew Kelly, who is a Catholic author and founder of the Dynamic Catholic organization. The book study will be held on Wednesday evenings (beginning on March 8) from 7-8 p.m. at Trinity Heights. A free will donation to Trinity Heights for the study would be accepted. If you can come once, twice or six times, feel free to join when you can. Please Liz Determan at to sign up or call her at St Boniface Spring Dinner, featuring Sneaky's Chicken, Sunday March 12. Serving 11am- 3pm. Adults $8.00 Children under 12 $4.50 Carry outs available for $8.00 Women of Excellence Nominations and Awards Banquet, Tuesday, March 28th 5 PM at Sioux City Convention Center. Nominations accepted through March 2nd for banquet to celebrate women and men in the Siouxland community who excel in their volunteer or leadership positions. All nominees recognized at the Women of Excellence Banquet March 28th before awards in separate categories are announced. Nomination and ticket information available from sponsoring agency women Aware, Sioux City, IA (712) , Have you ever thought of giving yourself something for Lent, in addition to or rather than giving up something? The Blessed Sacrament Sunday Bible Study group will be offering "The Road to Redemption" with teachings presented by Mike Aquilina, Fr. Mitch Pacwa S.J., and others. Our penitential season of Lent is a time of deeper spiritual understanding and renewal for each of us. The study will occur each Sunday at 10:15 AM from February 26th - April 2nd in the Blessed Sacrament Parish Center. Sign-up for this 6 week study will occur after each of the Masses (at Blessed Sacrament) on February 11th and 12th. If you are unable to sign-up that week-end, please call Sue , Molly or Betty so we can ensure that the study guides will arrive in time. Diocesan Women's Conference We are excited to announce that bestselling author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and internationally known speaker, Teresa Tomeo will be joining us on March 25, 2017 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll, IA. The Conference will also feature breakout sessions with Laura Anderson, Mary Brandt and more! Registration will open soon! More details to come! Diocesan Men's Conference We are excited to announce that Marcel LeJeune will be joining us on April 1, 2017 for our 4th annual Diocesan Men's Conference. This coming year, breakout speakers will also be a part of the line-up - including: Fr. Shane Deman, Fr. Pat Behm, Fr. Michael Erpelding. Additionally, Deacons Rick Roder, and Tom Henrich! The Conference will once again by hosted by All Saints Parish in Le Mars! Registration will open soon! More details to come!

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