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2018 Vacation Bible School

Rolling River Rampage VBC

August 6th – August 10th

8:30am – 12:00

St. Joseph’s Parish Center, Lyons WI

At Rolling River Rampage VBC, your child will discover an interactive, energizing, Bible-based program that will give them an opportunity to experience the ride of a lifetime with God. During Vacation Bible Camp at Rolling River Rampage your child will become a Rafter and explore how to serve God and God’s mission for their lives.
After a high-energy Opening Assembly, the Rafters make their way through five interactive stations. They will become part of the Bible Story, make art projects during Crafts, sing and dance during Music, explore during the Science Station, participate in various outdoor activities during Recreation and enjoy a tasty snack. Along the way, your Rafter will hear about God’s love for them.

Join us Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 10 from 8:30 A.M. till Noon for Rolling River Rampage Vacation Bible Camp. Camp is held at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 6068 Water St, Lyons. It is open to all children 4K-Grade 6. Suggested donation for the week, which includes a t-shirt/vest, snack and all materials, is $25 per child.

To register download the registration form now, complete and return to Rita at St. Joseph’s Church, Attention Rita VBC, PO Box 60, Lyons, WI 53148 :
2018-VBC Registration Form

For more information or to volunteer contact me at 262-763-2050 or vanschyndelr@archmil.org. Volunteers need to be 7th grade or older.

 

5-6-2018- Message from Father Jim

May – Mary’s Month

1) The month of May has traditionally been a month to honor our Blessed Mother in a particular way. This is a perfect time to put a little extra effort into praying the rosary. This prayer is at the heart of our Catholic faith because it helps us meditate on the Joyful Mysteries, the Mysteries of Light, the Sorrowful Mysteries and the Glorious Mysteries in the lives of Jesus and Mary. The rosary reminds us that Mary is closely associated as co-worker with Jesus’ redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection and because of her intercessory power. She loves and cares for us as Mother. I would encourage all of us to take the time this month to pray the rosary, perhaps daily, reflecting on these beautiful mysteries of our faith. Let us together ask the Blessed Mother to pray for our parishes as we face the future.
Our Lady, Queen of the Rosary, pray for us!

2) Last weekend and this weekend we celebrate the reception of First Holy Communion at our parishes. This is a very special day for our boys and girls and their families. Please remember them in your prayers. Perhaps we could also think back to the day of our own First Holy Communion and offer a prayer of praise and thanksgiving for the tremendous gift that the Holy Eucharist has been to us over the years.

3) This week Monday through Wednesday all of the priests in the Archdiocese will once again participate in the Annual Spring Assembly held in Elkhart Lake. These three days provide an opportunity for the priests to gather with Archbishop Listecki for meetings, prayer and socializing. Please keep Fr. Carlos and I, as well as our brother priests in your prayers asking the Holy Spirit to guide and inspire us during these days.

God bless you always!
Fr. Jim Volkert

19th Annual Chix Dinner and Festival

Sunday, June 3rd
10:30am – 3:00-pm
1540 Mill St, Lyons, WI

 

Bring the whole family and guests for a delicious rotisserie chicken dinner put on by your friends at St. Joseph’s Parish.

CHICKEN DINNER: 
Serving starts at 11:00am
1/2 chicken and fixin’s $11.00
1/4 chicken and fixin’s $7.00
Hot Dog Meal $5.00
Carryouts available.
RESERVATIONS REQUESTED by Sunday, May 27th.
Prepurchase of tickets is recommended. If you do not have a ticket there will be limited dinners available the day of the event.
For Tickets call: 262-723-3875

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Bouncy House, Kid’s Activities
Quilt of Valor – Raffle for Vets
Wine Sampler
Ice Cream Sundaes
Motorcycle Blessing
Silent Auction
Beer Sampler
Antique Vehicle Rides
Bean Bag Tables
BHS Juggling Club
Chair Massage
Cash & Prize Raffles (donations are now being accepted)


NEW THIS YEAR

KARAOKE CONTEST

Do you love to sing?
Come and sing your heart out and win money.

Awards will be given for each age group
12 years and under
13-18 years old
19 years and older

Buy a chicken meal to enter.  Call for reservations and sign up now.
All participants get two tickets to use for the raffle.

A Catholic Financial Life Matching Funds Event

Mary – A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother

The study includes eight sessions of about 90 minutes each, including a video presentation by Dr. Edward Sri, followed by discussion and sharing.

Filmed on location in the Holy Land, this study will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of Mary’s earthly life, taking you through her joys…and her sorrows.You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her Divine Son.

Deepen your devotion to Mary as you discover our Blessed Mother in a uniquely personal way!

Cost is just $20, which includes workbook and materials. (make checks payable to St. Joseph)

We will meet weekly in the Parish Center.

Facilitator is Lenora Seitz. Choose your sessions:
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. on April 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; June 5
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on April 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; June 7

To register for this Bible study, please download and complete the form and put it in an envelope marked “Bible Study” and place it in the collection basket at Mass.  Click link to download the registration form: Mary-Biblical Walk with Blessed Mother Registration Form

Please register no later than Sunday, April 8, 2018 so we can ensure all materials will be available to you on the first day!

You are welcome to attend this session even if you have done this Bible study before.
Questions? Call Lenora Seitz at 262-716-0009

2-18-2018 – Message from Father Jim

Reflections on the First Sunday of Lent

“Come back to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12) This is God’s personal call to each member of the Church. God speaks in the first person: “Come back to me with all you heart.” This is His message every Lent and this is why Lent is such a powerful season. It is in this season more than any other that God speaks to us. He calls. He enters personally into people’s lives. He knocks at people’s hearts. God wants us for Himself. His love for us is very intimate for He knows each of us in the depths of our being. He knows that people cannot be satisfied unless they return and are converted to God alone. How can we return to God and be converted to Him alone? Conversion begins by taking a good look inside of ourselves and placing ourselves in God’s presence. Then our hearts and minds can begin to awaken. Conversion cannot happen in the midst of distraction. Hopefully, God’s holy presence and love, which calls us to come back to Him with all our heart, is the climate of Lent from Ash Wednesday up until the Sacred Triduum – which are the three great feasts of Holy Week: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.

This holy season can also serve as a wonderful opportunity for us to evangelize. I’m sure we all know someone who is not quite as active in his or her faith as he or she could be. Now would be a perfect time for us to invite them to come back to the Church. It doesn’t matter what one’s past has been because we can always begin anew. It is important for us to remind those who feel alienated from the Church of this.

May the grace and peace of the Season of Lent be with all of you!

God bless you always!
Fr. Jim Volkert

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2-11-2018 – Message From Father Jim

“Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel”
Lent 2018

1) This Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, we begin our Lenten journey with a mark of ashes on our foreheads and this challenge: Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. Perhaps this year our season of Lent will give us an opportunity to work on uniting ourselves with our Lord Jesus and one another. It is my hope that we can all make this our sincere desire as we journey these forty days together. The Catholic Church asks each member of the faithful to preserve the penitential character and purpose of Lent. For this reason:

a) Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and each Friday of Lent;

b) Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday, in addition to abstaining from meat, should fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Hence, on those days they should eat only one full meal. Smaller quantities of food may be taken at two other meals but no food should be consumed at other times during those two days. The obligation of fasting ceases with the celebration of one’s 59th birthday.

I would also encourage you to take part in the different opportunities for prayer that are offered in our community. Morning Mass is a wonderful way to start the day expressing our desire to walk closely with the Lord during this season. Masses are celebrated on Mondays and Fridays at St. Mary, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at St. Charles and on Tuesdays at St. Joseph. All weekday Masses begin at 8:30 AM. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held daily Monday through Wednesday in the chapel at St. Mary Parish. Stations of the Cross are prayed on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM at St. Mary and on Fridays at 6:00 PM at St. Charles. The Sacrament of Reconciliation also provides a renewal of faith and extraordinary sense of strength during this season. Confessions are heard on the 1st Saturday of the month at St. Joseph at 4:00 PM, 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at St. Charles at 4:30 PM on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 3:30 PM at St. Mary. There will also be two Communal Reconciliation Services available: Saturday, March 17th at 10:00 AM at St. Charles and Wednesday, March 21st beginning at 7:00 PM at St. Joseph Church. Whatever form of prayer and penance we decide to do this Lent, I hope that we will open our hearts to Jesus’ presence in our midst and unite ourselves to Him and one another even more closely.

2) The Archdiocese has now begun the 2018 Catholic Stewardship Appeal. This past week you should have received a letter from Archbishop Listecki asking for your support to help reach this year’s goal of $7,700,000. Our parishes have a good tradition of being very generous to this most worthy appeal and I am truly grateful to all of you for this. The work and outreach of the Archdiocese continues primarily through the support of the Catholic Stewardship Appeal. Our parishes have benefited greatly in the past from the people and resources available to us through the Central Offices of the Archdiocese. Please be generous as we support the on going mission of the Church, the work of God, in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

As we begin our Lenten journey I pray that we may all be strengthened and renewed by His love and care for each one of us. A blessed and grace-filled Lent to all of you!

Father Jim Volkert

1-14-2018 – Message From Father Jim

“Religious Life”
Not too long ago I read an excellent article in a Catholic newspaper that spoke about the need for Religious Vocation promotion in the Church. Perhaps now more than ever we need to encourage the young people of our communities to explore the possibility of serving the Church as a sister, brother or priest. I realize the prospect of becoming a “religious” in the Church is not that appealing today to our young people.

As I look back on my own vocation, I realize that the seed for that vocation was planted at home. When I first thought of the priesthood as a way of life, my family was there to help and strengthen me as I pursued this goal I had set for myself. I could not have done it without my family! I would encourage parents and families to foster a spirit of encouragement for religious vocations at home.

I know many of our young people may shun the idea of this type of life style, but has the invitation ever been made to think about it? Not everyone has a vocation to religious life, and that is okay. However, I think it’s important that we at least bring up the subject. It would be a tragedy if a young person had questions about serving the Church as a priest or sister but forgot about it because no one ever asked them about it. If you know someone who might be thinking about a
religious vocation, today is the day to ask them about it!

Please include in your prayer intentions a petition that more young people will consider the call to a life as a priest, sister or brother.

God bless you always!
Father Jim Volkert

1-7-2018- Message From Father Jim

The Feast of Epiphany
1) Today’s feast of Epiphany is also known as the Feast of the Magi or the Feast of the Three Kings (or Three Wise Men). Who were these men? They were foreigners, traveling to a different land in their search for meaning, in their ultimate search for God. Despite their difference, they were welcome. Even Gentiles were welcome to take part in this great moment of time because the Christ Child was sent by God to be the Savior of the whole world. It was because of these three men that many others discovered God. Our bishops have designated this coming week (Jan. 7-13) as National Migration Week. In doing so, our bishops are asking us to reflect on how welcoming we are to the strangers or immigrants in our midst and how open we are to learning from their gifts and talents that they bring to our country. These three wise men were welcomed as brothers and children of God despite the fact that they were strangers to that land.

These three men that we celebrate today are people just like you and I. They are our fellow travelers on the road of life. We continue their legacy of searching and discovering. We have many things that we can learn from each other. We all have something to contribute in our ultimate search for the meaning of life, for the presence of Jesus Christ in our midst. Today’s Feast of Epiphany shows us in the midst of our own searching and questioning that the Three Kings also searched for and discovered Jesus Christ, the meaning and author of life. Today’s feast also shows us that Jesus Christ became human in order to be the Savior of everyone, that one day He would open His arms on the cross to embrace all, that He was the Savior not only of the Jewish people but of all of God’s people. This is certainly a cause for us to rejoice!

2) All three of our churches look beautiful this Christmas! I want to express a word of gratitude to all those who helped decorate St. Joseph, St. Charles and St. Mary churches for the season. I sincerely appreciate the time that was given to help create such beautiful worship spaces. I would also like to recognize all those who worked so hard to make our Christmas liturgies so beautiful. To all of the liturgical ministers, to our choirs and musicians and to all who lent a hand in any way to make our celebrations of Christmas so beautiful, I offer a sincere word of gratitude.

Finally, on behalf of Fr. Carlos and Fr. Gene, I want to offer a sincere word of thanks for the many cards, Christmas treats and gifts that you shared with us this Christmas holiday. We sincerely appreciate your generosity and your kindness!  Wishing you the peace and joy of the New Year,
Fr. Jim Volkert