Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
 

Formation

Sharing the Good News

May 7~Fourth Sunday of Easter

Today’s Gospel: John 10:1 – 10
(The shepherd) goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.

Reflection:

How are you a shepherd to those in your care?

Click here and then press “play” to hear the homily from Sunday. The recording will start in about 10 seconds.

Sacrament Preparation

Baptism


We welcome all parents seeking baptism for their children, regardless of the age of the child. Baptism is celebrated seven times a year. Please contact Beth Freeman early in the pregnancy for details of the next celebration and the required preparation.

First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation

Preparation for these initiation sacraments is through our parish school or Religious Education (RE).

RE – Our Lady of Lourdes Parish facilitates weekly religious education to support our children who do not attend our parish school. Offered on Sundays 10:00 to 11:15 AM, RE runs from September through April and includes a 2-year sacrament preparation for First Eucharist, First Reconciliation, and Confirmation. If you are new to the parish, or new to RE, please contact Beth Freeman or call the Parish Office, 896-0241 to enroll.

Religious Ed Registration
Religious Ed Schedule 2016-17
RE Emergency Medical Form

Marriage

We welcome inquiries from all those seeking to enter into the sacrament of marriage. A couple desiring to be married is expected to notify the parish office at least six months in advance. Contact the Parish Office for details of the necessary preparation for this sacred commitment.

Alleluia!

Celebrate Easter! Follow these suggestions for the seven weeks of the Easter season…

Easter Week: Get rid of the old yeast. Let us celebrate this feast with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Corinthians 5.8

Celebrate an Easter custom that expresses how your ancestors enculturated the Easter message. Bake or buy an Easter bread that has ethnic roots. Decorate eggs with Christian symbols and the Easter word Alleluia.

Let Alleluia, which means Praise God, be your constant prayer celebrating the Risen Christ and the Body of Christ we are. Begin meal or bedtime prayers with this Easter word.

Prayer for the week: Alleluia!

2nd Week of Easter: Do not persist in your unbelief, but believe! John 20.27

Most of us doubt at times in our lives. We doubt faith matters or can change the world. We sometimes doubt that we ourselves, or people we love, or religious institutions can respond to the renewing Spirit. Identify a specific doubt you carry. Ask for the guidance of the Spirit to resolve the doubt or to live into a new insight. Seek insight by walking and observing creation awakening to new life.

Prayer for the week: I believe. Help my unbelief.

These suggestions are from Good Ground Press, A Publishing Ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Visit GoodGroundPress.com for more ideas.

“The Little White Book” Six Minute Reflections on the Resurrection narrative are available in the Gathering Space. This little resource packs lots of interesting information into one place, and is meant to help you enjoy six minutes a day of prayer and reflection during these next 50 days of the Easter Season. These booklets are available in the Gathering Space.

Walk to Jerusalem
with us! We begin on Ash Wednesday and count our progress until Palm Sunday. The Walk to Jerusalem is designed to increase our physical, spiritual, and emotional health, and is accomplished by participants who log their exercise and/or prayer miles each week; twenty minutes of exercise or prayer counts as one mile. Follow our progress on the large map in the Gathering Space!

Log Walk to Jerusalem miles here.

The CRS Rice Bowl For more than 40 years, CRS Rice Bowl has been Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities. Through CRS Rice Bowl, we hear stories from around the world, reflect on our own lives and faith, and devote our Lenten prayers, fasting, and almsgiving to transform the lives of those most in need. Please turn in Rice Bowls to the Parish Office now!

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The RCIA is the way the Catholic church welcomes new members. It is a formation process whereby inquirers are introduced to the Faith of Catholics. It is based on an introduction to the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as well as the worship and rites of the Catholic Church. It is not a “class in Catholicism” but rather an opportunity to experience first hand how Catholics believe and worship. Inasmuch as it is meant for individuals who have questions and interest in Catholic belief, there is an opportunity to speak to ordinary Catholics and hear stories of their faith journey. Moreover, while RCIA is an inquiry experience, there is no obligation on the part of anyone to “join the church”. A person’s coming to faith is a gradual process, which grows slowly, by thoughtful reflection and the guidance of God’s spirit.

Our Lady of Lourdes is somewhat unique in having a year-round catechumenate. This means that, after an initial interview, you can join group that is in process almost immediately.

You will have the opportunity to listen to the faith stories of other inquirers with the help of facilitators who guide the group.

Some of the the initial questions you would expect to discuss would be:

What does it mean to be called a Catholic?
What are the basic beliefs of Catholics?
In what way is the Catholic Church the same and different from other churches?
Who is Jesus Christ?
Why would I want to share faith with this community?


Contact the Parish Office for more information 896-0241.

RCIA for CHILDREN

This opportunity is offered so children of school age can participate in the process of full initiation into the Catholic community. Offered on Sunday mornings. Includes time with the children by themselves and also involves parents. Ideally it would begin in September and continue through May; usually offered two times each month. Contact the Parish Office for more information 896-0241.