St. Mary Church, Mount Vernon, IL, USA

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2014 Holy Week / Easter Services

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Holy Week Schedule

Monday, April 14
At Good Samaritan Hospital Chapel
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:30 a.m.   Mass

Tuesday, April 15
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer at Church
11:30 a.m. No Local Mass – Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter – Belleville

Wednesday, April 16
At Church
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

Holy Thursday, April 17
At Church
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
No Morning Mass

7:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Adoration (following Mass until 9:30 p.m.)

9:30 p.m. Night Prayer

Good Friday, April 18
At Church
8:00 a.m. Office of Readings and Morning Prayer
No Mass

7:00 p.m. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday, April 19
At Church
8:00 a.m. Office of Readings and Morning Prayer
8:00 p.m. The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night


Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, April 20
At Church
9:00 a.m. Mass of the Resurrection

 

2014 Catholic Relief Services Collection

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 February 21, 2014

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

On March 29-30 our Belleville Diocese will take up the Catholic Relief Services Collection. The Catholic Relief Services Collection funds six Catholic agencies that work to serve our suffering brothers and sisters around the world. Through humanitarian aid, resettling displaced individuals and families and advocating on behalf of victims, the Catholic Relief Services Collection allows us to see every encounter with a suffering person as an opportunity to help Jesus in disguise.

 

During drought seasons, the only water available in Ethiopia and other areas of East Africa runs deep undergroundoften as deep as 1,000 feet. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) worked with other aid partners to bring in rigs that can drill down to these depths. Taking into account the nomadic nature of many people in this region, they made wells along community migratory paths so they can continue to graze their herds and move them according to their needs. These water sources make a tremendous difference in the community. Livestock stay healthier and produce more milk, which means that the people have more food and rely less on outside resources. More work remains to be done, however. Many of the wells serve double the population they were made for and program managers fear that the communities will be unable to continue their pastoral work if more wells are not added.

 

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is a dedicated network of legal immigration programs that promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants. Religious Immigration Services (RIS), a department of CLINIC, assists Catholic religious workers with visas. In 2013 they helped a

priest from Kenya enter the United States on a religious worker visa so that he could serve as a chaplain for the Little Sisters of the Poor and St. Annes Home in San Francisco. The home gives elderly people of limited financial means a place to live with dignity. Since its foundation in 1901, the home has

welcomed more than 20,000 elderly men and women of all faiths, nationalities and backgrounds. Thanks to the CRS Collection, they now have a chaplain.

 

CLINIC and CRS are two of six worldwide Catholic relief agencies funded by the Catholic Relief Services Collection. These agencies work to provide food, water, disaster relief and other vital assistance to Jesus in the disguise of suffering people each day. Please be generous in the Catholic Relief Services Collection. Your support truly makes a difference.

 

Sincerely and appreciatively yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D.
Bishop of Belleville

This collection is to be taken up on March 29-30, 2014

Envelopes for this collection should be in your parishioners regular envelope packets. Please send the proceeds of this collection to the Chancery no later than Friday, May 9, 2014. Please make the check payable to “Catholic Diocese of Belleville and indicate Catholic Relief Services in the lower left-hand corner of the check. Your cooperation in forwarding the check by the requested date is appreciated.

 

Thank you for your assistance.


 Click this link for a PDF of Bishop Braxton's Letter 

 

2013 Christmas - Lend a Hand

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Lend a Hand 

Two great opportunities to give the gift of your time and help your children experience more of Christmas gifting and charity…

1. Today, Sunday, December 15, after the 9:00 a.m. Mass, stay and help deliver Giving Tree packages. It’s a great way to anticipate Christmas morning.

2. Saturday, December 21, help the Jefferson County Ministerial Association deliver food baskets to 700 low-income households.  Come to the Roland Lewis Building in Veterans Park that morning (7:00 AM or later), load up your car, van, or truck, and imagine what it’s like to be Santa.
These opportunities are acts of Christmas love and can be eye-opening for the whole family. We encourage you to participate and to include your children in this service.
 

 

Connecting to Us Just Go Easier - Flocknote

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Connecting with us just got easier!

 

We’re using flocknote.com to help register our members, gather feedback & send out info via email, txt msg and more. All from one, easy place. It's the best way for you to connect with all of our groups and activities and in the way that you prefer to communicate!

 

There are 2 easy ways to register (pick one):

 

Visit our network at

flocknote.com/mtvernoncatholic

 

or Text SMMVN to 84576 from your phone and follow the instructions

 

Text STOP to 84576 to stop txt notifications at any time. Text HELP for help. There is no charge for this service, but your carrier message and data rates may apply. View full terms & conditions at www.flocknote.com/txt

 

 

Please pray for Bishop Braxton

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Please pray for Bishop Braxton

We are invited to continue to pray for Bishop Edward K. Braxton’s recovery from surgery performed Sept. 13 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. The surgery was necessary to remove a nonmalignant blockage between his large and small intestines. 

The bishop will not be able to participate in diocesan events or resume his ministry for the immediate future.

 
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