PHONE: 620-231-2135 FAX: 620-231-4804

MARCH 22, 2009 TODAY’S FOCUS – Fourth Sunday of Lent: God has great mercy and deep love for us. Out of this love, God sent his Son, Jesus, to redeem us by his blood, offering us the hope of eternal life. Our rescue from sin and death, darkness and evil, is sheer grace. This great gift from God merits a response of gratitude from us and a life of faith and good works.
SCRIPTURE READINGS We need God’s Word each day. Mon (23) Isaiah 65:17-21; John 4:43-54 Tue (24) Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12; John 5:1-16 Wed (25) Annunciation of the Lord: Isaiah 7:10-14; 8-10; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38 Thur (26) Exodus 32:7-14; John 5:31-47 Fri (27) Wisdom 1:1a, 12:22; John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 Sat (28) Jeremiah 11:18-20; John 7:40-53 Sun (29) Fifth Sunday of Lent: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33
ST. PIUS X NEWMAN CENTER Rev. David T. Marstall, Chaplain 301A E. Cleveland, Pittsburg, KS 66762 PHONE (620) 235-1138 MASS SCHEDULE (When PSU is in session.) Sunday: 11:00am & 6:00 pm; Monday: 8:30pm; Wednesday & Thursday -Noon

WEEKDAY MASSES 6:30 a.m. — Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. — Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. — Tuesday, Thursday & Friday SUNDAY MASSES Saturday 5:30 p.m. Sunday 7:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 12:00 Noon Spanish Mass—2:00 p.m. En Español: La misa en español, cada domingo a las 2:00 pm, confe siones a las 1:30 pm antes de la Misa. Se puede llamar al Padre Ruben Ortiz (620) 231-2135 CONFESSIONS (OR BY APPOINTMENT) Before the 8:00 a.m. weekday Masses — 7:30-7:50 a.m. Saturday — 4:00-5:15 p.m. MARRIAGES-Contact a parish priest at least four months prior to desired wedding date. PSR—Parish School of Religion (School Year) Elementary (K-8) Wednesdays 6:15—7:30 p.m.

Missionary Catechists of the Poor Spanish Sisters 620-235-1732
ST. MARY’S GOODWILL 117 E. 10th 235-0564 RELIGIOUS GIFT SHOP 117 E. 10th 235-7448
PRAYER LINE 9:00am – 5:00pm 5:00pm – 9:00pm 231-6824 231-8816

ST. MARY’S COLGAN SCHOOLS Mr. John Kraus, President of Schools/Director of Administration Email: kraus@smcschools.org Mr. Thomas Gorman, 7-12 Principal E-mail: gorman@smcschools.org Mr. Michael Martin, Preschool-6 Principal Email: martinm@smcschools.org ELEMENTARY (PRE-SCHOOL - 6) (620)-231-6941

JR. HIGH/HIGH SCHOOL (7-12) (620)-231-4690 Elementary: smelementary@smcschools.org SMC: smcolgan@smcschools.org

GIFT—PARISH MISSION THE LENTEN JOURNEY TO EASTER “Growth in Discipleship” Fr. John Lanzrath, presenter & facilitator What a great opportunity we have to attend our Parish Mission on March 29-April 1. The Mission facilitator will be Fr. John Lanzrath. Many of you know Fr. John from his time as Director of the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. On the first day of the Parish Mission, Sunday, March 29, the GIFT committee will host a soup dinner in the Activity Center at 6:00pm. The Mission will begin at 7:00pm. Dinner is free of charge but please register for the dinner—invitations are being mailed this week to all registered parishioners. Please turn in the registration card to the parish office or collection basket, or go online to register, www.ourladypittsburg.org. Monday thru Wednesday the evening sessions will begin at 7:00 pm. Tuesday’s session will include a Parish Penance Service. Babysitting provided for children under 5 each evening of the Mission. Join Your Parish For Spiritual Renewal & Celebration!
STATIONS OF THE CROSS Join our parish in commemorating Jesus’ walk to Calvary, each Friday during Lent at either: 2:30pm with the elementary students or 7:00pm with Benediction to follow. “Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted.” (Is. 53:4) Encounter With God’s Call, held March 28-30 at Conception Seminary College, is a discernment retreat for young men age 16 and older who are considering the vocation to Priesthood. This is an excellent opportunity to meet the Seminarians as they share their stories of responding to God’s call. This visit is free. For more information, contact your Pastor or Conception Seminary College, 660 -944-2886 or email: vocations@conception.edu
The SMC Drama Departments will be presenting the murder mystery comedy Thirteen Past Midnight by Billy St. John in the High School Auditorium on Thursday, March 26th, and Saturday March 28th at 7:30 PM, and Sunday March 29th at 3:00 PM. Tickets will be on sale in the high school office starting Monday March 23rd. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students/seniors. SMC High School and Junior High students get in free with their school ID. ************ The Fine Arts Committee will be hosting the 2nd Annual Elementary Art Show on April 19th after the 10:30 and 12:00 masses in the Elementary School. Come and view the art projects done by our talented Elementary School students. After 10:30 Mass, the St. M a r y ’ s E l e me n t a r y S c h o o l Orchestra will play and after the noon Mass the St. Mary’s Elementary/Junior High Band will play. Come and hear our orchestra and bands play.

Providing Catholic Ministry to Pittsburg State University 620-235-1138 WWW.CATHOLICGORILLAS.ORG REV. DAVID MARSTALL, CHAPLAIN Office Hours: 1:00-3:00 M, W, Th, F and other random times frdavid@catholicgorillas.org MRS. AMY LOMSHEK, SECRETARY Office Hours: 9:00-2:00 M-F walknrain@hotmail.com

MASS SCHEDULE SUN 11:00am, 6:00pm Mon 8:30pm Wed, Thu 12:00pm RECONCILIATION 30 min. before all Masses ADORATION Thursday 10:00-3:00 See website for full weekly schedule

THIS WEEK LOOKING AHEAD Spring Cleaning Sat. Mar. 28 Photo Scavenger Hunt Sat. Mar. 28 Newman Club Elections At April 2 meeting. Apply to run by March 27. Newman Club Scholarships Apply by March 27. Scholarships will be awarded at Banquet & Ball. Living Stations Apr. 3. Contact Anthony Weber to participate. Banquet & Ball Sat. May 2, 5:00PM Mass Go to catholicgorillas.org for more information on all events.

REFLECTIONS ON LIFE The prominent Lutheran pastor Dietr ich Bo nh o eff er clear ly described the act of abortion: “The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder.”

LOOKING AHEAD Wed (25) PSR Classes 6:15—7:30 pm Wed (25) RCIA Classes 6:30—7:45 pm SMC High School Play Thirteen Past Midnight Thur (26) & Sat (28) at 7:30pm Sun (29) 3:00pm Fri (27) Stations of the Cross 2:30 pm Fri (27) Stations of the Cross & Benediction 7:00 pm Sun (29) FIRST COMMUNION MASSES 12:00 noon, 2:00pm, 4:00pm

PARISH MISSION Sun (March 29—Wed April 1) (Sessions begin at 7:00pm each evening in the church) Tues (31) (During the Parish Mission) Parish Penance Service 7:00pm Wed (1) PSR Classes Wed (1) RCIA Classes Mon (13) Our Lady’s Prayer Group 6:15—7:30 pm 6:30—7:45 pm 6:00 pm, Chapel

PARISHIONERS WHO ATTEND 12:00 MASS are encouraged to attend an earlier Mass next Sunday, March 29. First Communion Mass will be on this day and attendance will be at near capacity with families of children receiving this sacrament.
As many of you know, our youngest daughter Rachel was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma last August. Rachel has finished her chemo and radiation treatments and at this time appears to be free of cancer. Rachel still has a ways to go, but is back in school and at work with the schedule of a normal twenty year old. Our family wants to thank Father Tom for his support, as well as persons in the parish, both known and unknown to us, who have added Rachel to their prayers. The power of your thoughts and prayers coupled with Rachel’s determination to defeat the disease is leading to a positive outcome. We will never be able to thank all of you and we’ll be forever grateful for your efforts. Lynn and Jan Meredith

St. Mary's Religious Gift Shop 235-7448 Thursday 10:00-3:00 Fridays 9:30-3:00 Saturdays 10:00-1:00 By appointment call: Denise 232-6955 or Elizabeth 232-6865 We will have an extra opening on Wednesday evening, March 25, from 6:00-7:00pm. St. Mary’s Altar Society GOODWILL STORE HOURS Thursday—Friday—Saturday 9 a.m.—4 p.m. 235-0564 Please do not leave items when store is closed

SCHOOL LUNCHES Mon — Hot Dog, Fries, Baby Carrots, Strawberries & Bananas Tues— Chicken Nuggets, Hash Browns, Salad, Bread, Peaches Wed— Oven Fried Steak Sandwich, Fries, Mandarin Oranges Thur— Lasagna, Salad, Bread, Pear Friday— Cheese Pizza, Corn, Juice, Pudding

Pre-School and Kindergarten Parishioners who have children who will be age-eligible for preschool and kindergarten for the 2009-2010 school year were mailed an information packet to complete and send back to the school. If you are a parishioner with a child who will be 3, 4, or 5 by August 31 and you did not receive a mailing, please call the school office immediately, 2316941.

FOOD PANTRY Wesley House, our local food pantry, for the second year in a row, has been given the opportunity to double any gifts of food or money donated to them during the months of March and April. Mr. Alan Feinstein, Cranston, RI, has announced that he will match any donation of food or money contributed to Wesley House; they will receive $1.00 for each pound item or dollar. If you wish to donate by check, please make it payable to Wesley House and have “Feinstein” on the memo line. For your information. ***Our parish has supported the Wesley House food pantry for years. It is a great way to centralize the distribution of food in our community. This eliminates the duplication of efforts. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wichita subsidizes the salary of a full time social worker, Alberta, at Wesley House. This is just one of the ways the Catholic Church provides assistance to those in need in the Pittsburg area.

Please remember to name Our Lady of Lourdes or St. Mary’s Colgan Schools in your will. May we leave a legacy of faith and education for the generations to come.
Please consider informing Fr. Tom or the parish office of your legacy plans, kraus@smcschools.org

STEWARDSHIP OFFERING Weekly Sunday Offering needed to sustain Parish Budget: Sunday Offering Last Week Surplus or <Deficit>

$35,500.00 $28,739.21 $<6,760.79>

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS All that we have and all that we are comes from the Lord. “We are truly his handiwork,” says St. Paul in the second reading, “created in Christ Jesus to lead the life of good deeds which God prepared for us in advance.”
VOCATION PRAYER Dear God, bless our family life and nurture us with your love and care. Help us to be attentive to the needs of one another. Guide us to reach beyond our home in the service of others. We ask you to open the hearts of our children to hear your voice, to know their true vocation, and to find true happiness in you. Amen.
Attention Parishioners: FISH FRY, THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 27TH, 5:00-7:00p.m. at Pittsburg Knights Hall 718 N. Bdwy. Choice of CATFISH or COD along with a variety of SIDES for your choosing. Cost $7 Adults, $4.Children. Children choice of spaghetti and grilled cheese. BENEFIT for the Knights SEMINARIAN FUND. Every FRIDAY during Lent except Good Friday. COME AND SUPPORT OUR SEMINARIANS! SCAMMON KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FISH FRY will once again be served during the Fridays of Lent. There will be several dinner choices. Serving starts at 6:00pm at the St. Bridget’s Parish Hall in Scammon. Carry-outs welcome.

MASS INTENTIONS 1) Fr. Tom Stroot 2) Fr. Ruben Ortiz 3) Fr. David Marstall SUNDAY (22) Fourth Sunday of Lent 7:00 (1) People of the Parish 9:00 (2 Intention of Celebrant 10:30 (1) Intention of Celebrant 12:00 (2) Parish Purgatorial Society 2:00 (2) (Spanish) Intention of Celebrant MONDAY (23) 6:30 (2) Dorothy Wachter+ TUESDAY (24) 6:30 (3) Leona Cashero+ 8:00 (2) Fernidino Scarmucci+ 11:30 (1) Intention of Roberta Marietta WEDNESDAY (25) 6:30 (2) Rose Plumlee+ 8:00 (1) Kari Spiers+ THURSDAY (26) 6:30 (1) Intention of Julius Reif 11:30 (2) Diney DeRuy+ FRIDAY (27) 6:30 (2) Stephen Allen+ 8:00 (1) Rose & Frank Simoncic+ 11:30 (3) Andrew Benelli+ 2:30 Stations of the Cross 7:00 Stations of the Cross & Benediction SATURDAY (28) 8:00 (2) Frances Pecnik+ 5:30 (1) Jim Morey+ SUNDAY (29) Fifth Sunday of Lent 7:00 (4) Intention of Celebrant 9:00 (4) Intention of Celebrant 10:30 (1) People of the Parish 12:00 (2) First Communion 2:00 (2) (Spanish) First Communion 4:00 (2) First Communion MASSES AT NEWMAN CENTER Fr. David Marstall Sun (22) 11:00am Parish Purgatorial Society Sun (22) 6:00pm Int. of Faculty, Students & Staff Mon (23) 8:30pm Jim Craig+ Wed (25) Noon Dee Ferraro+ Thur (26) Noon Donna Smith+ Sun (29) 11:00am Parish Purgatorial Society Sun (29) 6:00pm Int. of Faculty, Students & Staff

A NEW SCHEDULE WILL BE READY SOON!! SERVERS – MARCH 28-29: 5:30pm - Jill Otter, Megan Russian, Emily Wood 7:00 – Tully & Keegan Yoakam 9:00 – Annie Deal, Tucker Hoffman, Jonah Dellasega 10:30 – Rachel Martin, Katelyn & Nathan Flood NOON – Austin Kratz, Luke Marquardt, Victoria Yartz OFFERTORY GIFT BEARERS – MARCH 28-29: 5:30pm — Orlando Bevilacqua Family 7:00am – Bob & Jo Marie Golob 9:00am – Kurt Balthazor Family 10:30am – Tim Beck Family NOON – First Communion EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS – MARCH 28-29: 5:30pm– Ken Burbach, Fran McGrath, Hazel Peak, Pat Potusek 7:00 – Jack Moodie, Paul Schiefelbein, Jeff Wilbert 9:00 – R. Patterson, C. Pfannensteil, Phil & Mary Beitzinger 10:30– Chris Bettega, Diann Mazurek, F. Mitchelson, Gary Oehme NOON– Talaat & Mary Yaghmour LECTORS – MARCH 28-29: 5:30pm - Tom Gorman & Gary McGrath 7:00am – Pete Kemmeter 9:00am - Suzanne Arruda & Jim Buche 10:30am – Nancy Scott & Becky Casey NOON - First Communion