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9-23-2018- Welcome Deacon Michael Leiker

Our Tri-Parish Community has been asked by Sacred Heart Seminary in Milwaukee to assist Deacon Mike as he prepares for ordination to the priesthood next spring. He will be at our parishes on various weekends to preach the homily at the Masses. Afterward, a group of parishioners will offer feedback and suggestions to him. We welcome Deacon Mike to our communities and look forward to hearing him share the Word of God with us. Below is his introduction.

Deacon Michael (Mike) Leiker, is a Transitional Deacon for the Diocese of Salina (KS) studying at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. He is in his final year and will be ordained to the priesthood on June 1st. Michael is the youngest of seven (4 sisters and 2 brothers) with the next youngest 10 years older. Prior to joining the seminary, he completed his bachelors and master’s degrees in exercise science. He then taught for a year (2000-2001) at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Michael then moved to the University of South Dakota, where he completed a Doctorate in Adult and Higher Education and Administration, with emphasis in curriculum development and exercise science. During the years in Tennessee Michael started a small business (Ticker Timing) where he traveled the country timing and scoring track and field meets. In 2003, he joined another company (Flash Results), who works major events around country, including NCAA Championships, US Championships, and Olympic Trials. In 2006, he began working as a faculty member for Pittsburg State University (KS) and reduced the amount of track events he worked. In 2012, a colleague reintroduced Michael to the practice of the Catholic faith. In the spring of 2014 Michael applied for the seminary and began studies that fall.

Michael enjoys outdoor activities, sporting events, cooking and trying out new restaurants with friends. He also enjoys family get togethers when he is back home.

Fiftieth Anniversary on the Papal Encyclical Humanae Vitae

Fiftieth Anniversary on the Papal Encyclical Humanae Vitae

The Heart of Marriage … “Self Gift”

Humanae Vitae (HV) is an encyclical written by Pope Paul VI on July 25, 1968 to reaffirm the orthodox teaching of the Catholic Church on married love, responsible parenthood and the continued rejection of unnatural forms of birth control and abortion. It affirmed traditional Church moral teaching on the sanctity of life and the procreative and unitive nature of conjugal relations. Pope Paul VI prophesied in this encyclical about the consequences of dissenting from the Church’s teachings on martial love:

Infidelity and moral decline: He predicted that the widespread use of contraception would “lead to conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality.”

Loss of respect for women: Paul VI argued that “the man” will lose respect for “the woman” and “no longer (care) for her physical and psychological equilibrium” and will come to “the point of considering her a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment and no longer as his respected and beloved companion.”

Abuse of power: The Holy Father saw that the widespread use of contraception would place a “dangerous weapon…in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies.”

Unlimited dominion: He warned that contraception would lead man to think he had unlimited dominion over his own body.

In summary, Pope Paul VI states that marital relations are much more than a union of two people. They constitute a union of the loving couple with a loving God, in which a new person can be created, and upon which God completes the creation by adding the soul. For this reason, Pope Paul VI says right in the first sentence of HV that the transmission of human life is a most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator. This is a divine partnership that takes its origin from God, who is love.

(From the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis)

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

Message from John Ivan, NEW Music Director

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am overjoyed with excitement to humbly serve as Director of Music Ministries at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. St. Joseph’s is noticeably an influential spiritual community that fosters God’s grace with an “all are welcome”, friendly, loving, and Christ-centered mission. Music has the wondrous capacity to stimulate the emotions, unify the Body of Christ, be a source of spiritual renewal, and prepare our hearts and minds to hear the Word. It has the wondrous capacity to excite, console, cheer, tug at the heartstrings, and simply take our breath away! I am truly honored for the opportunity to serve God with such a fantastic church family and body of believers at St. Joseph’s!

I served as music director at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lake Geneva for 23 years. God stirred my heart early last year to focus on family after the birth of my daughter, Olivia. However, serving Him completes me thus I quickly felt an emptiness and found my way to you!

I received a Master’s of Music in Collaborative Piano from UW-Milwaukee in 2007. I sought this particular degree to fortify my passion to serve in music ministry. I am eager to share my gifts and immerse myself at St. Joseph’s. I fervently pray to get you involved in new and exciting ways and discover meaningful ways to nurture and advance the music ministry.

I am immeasurably blessed with a 22-month-old daughter, Olivia! Besides God and music, she is the passion in my life. In my spare time, I enjoy watching the Cubs, spending time outdoors in God’s beautiful country, exercising, studying the Word, and spending time with my family and friends. I grew up in Twin Lakes, lived in Kenosha for 14 years, then found my way back to the Burlington area in 2016.

In Him,
John Ivan

4-8-2018 – Message from Father Jim

I want to offer a very special word of thanks to all who made our Holy Week and Easter services very beautiful. I want to in particular thank our musicians and singers who prepared for these holy days by spending countless hours rehearsing. Thanks, also, to those who gave their time to help decorate and clean the church for these days. I am grateful for these folks as well, and for the effort given to provide a beautiful worship space. On behalf of all the parishioners of St. Joseph, St. Charles and St. Mary, I want these folks to know how much we truly appreciate the sharing of their time and talent with us.

On this Divine Mercy Sunday when we give thanks to our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for His abundant mercy and forgiveness He offers us through His holy sacrifice on the cross, we also ponder today’s Gospel depicting St. Thomas, the doubter. These days we must have a strong faith in order to give witness to others what a difference our faith does make in our lives. St. Thomas offers us a wonderful phrase that we, too, can repeat when we become aware of the Lord’s presence in our midst: “My Lord and my God”. I offer the following prayer for our meditation:

Dear St. Thomas,
you were once slow in believing that Christ had gloriously risen;
but later, because you had seen Him, you exclaimed:
“My Lord and my God!”
But your love for Him was always great and it led you to give up your life for Him.
Pray for us that we may grieve our sins which were the cause of Christ’s suffering.
Help us to spend ourselves in His service and so earn the title of “blessed”
which Jesus applied to those who would believe in Him without seeing Him.
Amen.

God bless you always!
Father Jim Volkert

4-1-2018 – Message from Father Jim

The Lord is risen from tomb….Alleluia, Alleluia!

These past couple of months we have walked closely with our Lord Jesus through His temptations and fasting in the desert, through His suffering, passion and death, and now we are united with Him in the glory of His resurrection. I hope that this Lent of 2018 proved to be spiritually uplifting for all of our parishioners. As we now enter into the joy of the Easter Season, with heart and mind renewed may the same faith that allowed us to unite ourselves with Christ and one another during Lent, help us to celebrate the joy of the Lord’s resurrection with the confidence that we, too, will share in that gift one day.

I want to offer a very special word of thanks to all who made our Holy Week and
Easter services very beautiful. I want to in particular thank our musicians and singers who prepared for these holy days by spending countless hours rehearsing. Thanks, also, to those who gave their time to help decorate and clean the church for these days. I am grateful for these folks as well, and for the effort given to provide a beautiful worship space. On behalf of all the parishioners of St. Joseph, St. Charles and St. Mary, I want these folks to know how much we truly appreciate the sharing of their time and talent with us.

I also want to offer a word of CONGRATULATIONS to the young people of our parishes who were recently confirmed. It was a privilege to welcome Auxiliary Bishop Jeff Haines to our community. I pray that the gift of the Holy Spirit that these students received will continue to grow stronger each day of their lives giving them the strength to live out their faith and be good examples to those who will follow.

On behalf of Fr. Carlos and Fr. Gene, I want to wish all of you a very blessed and Happy Easter!
Father Jim Volkert

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

03-24-2018 – Message from Father Jim

Reflections on Palm Sunday

Today we recall the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem. His arrival is accompanied by the excitement of the pilgrims who have come to celebrate the Passover shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David!” Yet we know that it won’t be long before that excitement fades. Already now among the crowd, some Pharisees ask Jesus to tell the people to be quiet, to stop the shouts of praise. Jesus simply replies: “If they were to keep silence, I tell you the very stones would cry out”.

These past weeks of Lent we had the opportunity to renew and strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ. Hopefully the excitement with which we welcomed Jesus into our hearts as we began the journey on Ash Wednesday has not faded. During this time we have united our hearts and minds to His as we made attempts to renew ourselves in body, mind and spirit. We have confronted the sins and temptations that we struggle with and hopefully have made a clear resolution to at least begin to change.

Now, our journey leads us to Holy Week. Again, we must not let the excitement fade. Today, as we cry out “Hosanna to the Son of David”, we are invited to go up to Jerusalem with Jesus to unite ourselves with Him. Jesus’ journey took Him from the exuberance of His entrance into Jerusalem to the suffering and passion that was waiting for Him on Mount Calvary. Jesus accepted the human limitations that were placed on Him. The Second Reading at today’s Mass from the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians reminds us that we must have the same attitude of Christ. As we reflect on the Passion, on Jesus’ suffering and death, we are invited to have the same attitude of Christ, the attitude that allowed Him to accept weakness, suffering and defeat. We are invited to become poor, to accept the inner poverty of our own human condition. Jesus emptied Himself. As we journey with Him, let us empty ourselves for it is only when we are empty can God fill us with His loving presence.

I want to extend a special invitation to all parishioners to continue your journey with Jesus Christ by participating in the Holy Week Services. As Christians, the events that we commemorate these next few days tell the story of our faith and give meaning and life to what it is we profess to be true. Please make these days a priority by joining our community of a faith for the continuation of the journey.

May the grace and peace of Christ be with you this Holy Week!
Father Jim Volkert

** Please consider attending Palm Sunday Vespers this afternoon at 4:00 PM. at St. Mary Church. This is a perfect, peaceful way to enter into the solemnity of Holy Week. Join us!