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From the Pastor’s Desk have been called this week.

All of life is a
preparation for this day of seeing Jesus and
facing the results of how we lived this life.
My Dear People:
During the week, we all received a letter from Rose Bredar was truly a faith-filled person
Bishop Baker concerning a one-year (or, if anointed just before she died by Father Booth.
necessary, two-year) drive for donations to a Her funeral Mass was Tuesday.
Priests’ assisted living home.
Anita Noto’s funeral Mass was Thursday. With
Most of you are very generous to the parish and amputation of both legs and the tips of all her
Catholic Charities. You believe in giving God the fingers, with countless trips to the hospital and
first part of what you earn with 5% to the parish suffering beyond measure, she caused us to
and the other 5% to other charities, especially stand back and admire her outstanding courage
Catholic Charities. The Bishop’s letter and and determination. She had anxiety before all of
appeal is not to take away from the parish the surgeries and yet she had such resignation to
commitment or Catholic Charities. the will of God, which is the essence of sanctity.

Ruth Puya of happy memory used to tell me that Don Smith’s funeral Mass was Friday morning
as a previous member of the Church of Christ, and again we celebrated a saint’s entry into
she was taught that the 10% belonged to God. heaven. With the goodness of his life, frequent
Anything extra would be charity. communion, and receiving the last rites we
believe he too is with God in the perfect
Some have difficulty giving God 10%. This might happiness of heaven. His dear wife, Georgina,
help complete it. God blesses richly those who his children and sisters, Mrs. Lee Styslinger, Jr.
give Him what is owed Him by His decree. Many and Mrs. Carol Sandner, have our great
with a tight budget cannot give any more. Others sympathy; but with their faith they are consoled
who have been greatly blessed with finances can by the happiness that is now his.
afford to respond more to the Bishop’s extra
request. Jim Meehan was the father of one of our folk
group guitarists, Tricia Hiller, for the 6:00 p.m.
Having this St. John Vianney Home for Priests Mass, and father of Tim and Mary Ann. He was
may help vocations to this diocese since one of the friendliest people one could meet. He
everyone wonders where they might go in their had a great devotion to his wife of 49 years. His
old age. (Personally, I plan to retire some day in faith was indomitable, with a family commitment
a gated community: a farm gate!) that was second to none. He had an Irish
heritage which was his unmitigated boast.
There is never a perfect time for another appeal;
but the project certainly has merit. With enough All four of these great people were personal
priests using this facility and giving their friends of mine and they remain just as strong in
retirement salary, this should be self-sustaining. I that friendship though they are in a different place
am personally making a donation and giving a now than before.
donation from the parish. For the priests who
need this home, they deserve our help as they The columbarium is virtually finished and Anita’s
have served our people for so many years. and Don’s remains are there now. Visit that
beautiful resting place next to the Church and let
The great liturgists claim they want to leave this it be a reminder of faithful parishioners who have
earth during the Easter season because this is preceded us in death. That gorgeous statue of
the season when we celebrate the reality of life the WELCOMING CHRIST is so appropriate.
after death. Jesus was the first to rise from the Again, I thank the three members of the
dead. He blazes the trail; He made promises to columbarium committee, Ann Bruno, Ed McDevitt
His followers of a fantastic life after death; we and Doug Ross, and congratulate them on the
follow in His wake. success of the columbarium project.
Jesus privileges certain people to leave this earth With prayers and blessings,
during the great season of Easter. On Easter
Sunday this year two of our parishioners were Father Muller
called. This is the third week of Easter and four
the site. Thanks to John Tighe for taking the
photos.
The Birmingham Diocese Cursillo
MASS INTENTIONS Movement’s monthly School of Leaders will be
Monday, May 4 Martin Sertell held on Saturday, May 9, at Sacred Heart Parish
Bill Stephens and Family Life Center in Cullman, from 9:30 a.m. to
Intentions of the Blessed Mother
11:45 a.m. with a visit to the Blessed Sacrament.
Tuesday, May 5 Benny D’Amico.
Special Intention of Lisa Ardovino The regular agenda will be followed, with a
Wednesday, May 6 Donors to the OLS School Found doctrinal talk and Melanie McNary presenting the
David Daniel technique talk. All Cursillistas are urged to
Thursday, May 7 Special Intention attend.
Bill Thornton
Friday, May 8 Frank Dominick St. Ann's Guild will finish this fiscal year with a
Joe, Vincent & Rosalie Corsentino picnic on Wednesday, May 6, 10:30 a.m. in the
Saturday, May 9 Special Intention of Lisa Ardovino Auditorium of the Family Life Center. Members
Pete Ragusa should make reservations with the telephone
Sunday, May 10 People of the Parish committee. Those looking for a guild home are
Elizabeth Saia urged to join St. Ann's by calling Dolores 942-
8552 or Frances 970-1864.
PRAY FOR VOCATIONS Our Lady of Peace Guild’s picnic will be held on
Whose voice will you follow---the Good Shepherd’s Monday, May 4, at 12:00 p.m. in the Family Life
or a stranger’s? Pray for a listening heart. (John Center Sodality Room. Lunch will be provided.
10:1-10) Please pray for this faith community to
lead and guide us as we live out our Christian
Please bring double your rice and beans.
vocation.
This ad is sponsored by the Serra Club. CHAPEL OF OUR SAVIOR

The final Altar Sodality Mass and luncheon for The Chapel needs permanent Committed
2008/2009 has been postponed until Friday, May Adorers for:
15, at 10:00 a.m. Mass will be in the Church Monday at 11:00 PM (To Share Hour)
followed by lunch in the Parish Hall. Thursday at 5:00 PM (To Share Hour)
Friday at 11:00 AM (Vacant)
Today is the last class for Saturday at 4:00 PM (Vacant)
PSR and Growing with God Sunday at 11:00 AM (To Share Hour)
for the 2008/2009 School Our goal is to have at least 2 people on each
Year. They would like to hour. These are the hours needed, but do select
thank all of the Catechists an hour that best fits your schedule.
and helpers who taught this Please call Ida Wilker at 933-2281 or Mary Claire
year. Please see the insert Brouillette at 871-2909.
for all who had perfect A Holy Hour brings Heavens choicest
attendance this year. blessings on those who are faithful to their
Hour! (Pope Paul VI - 1963
PSR would like to thank Leanora Maenza, Lee to 1978)
Molay, Dolores Madden, Nancy Foreman, John
and Jeanne Wright, Angela Cashio, Cecelia
Brocato, Rose Peteet, Bridget McCaffrey and Please join us on Tuesday,
Dorothy Gauthier for serving at the reception for May 5, at 11:00 a.m. in the
the PSR First Communion. The PSR First Parish Hall. There will be Mass, followed by lunch
Communicants would also like to thank the St. and bingo.
Ann’s and Immaculate Heart of Mary Guilds for
their gifts and prayerful support. Singles Ministry: St. Elias, St. George and Our
Lady of Sorrows Church are going to the Silver
Confirmation pictures are posted on the Church Star Casino on Monday, May 11, with Our Lady
website at www.ourladyofsorrows.com. Photos of Lourdes Catholic Church. Seats are limited.
may be downloaded for free or purchased from For more information please call Grace Troncalli
at 323-3000.
The Adult Education Faith Forum Series Grand
Finale will be Sunday May 3 in the Parish Hall at
10:00 a.m. We will have special door prizes and
refreshments! Please come help brainstorm for
High School Youth Group will meet this topics for our 2009/2010 season, kicking off in
Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and this Wednesday late August.
night from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. We meet in the 3rd
floor Youth Room in the Family Life Center.
Come to meet friends, eat, and learn about the
faith!

Junior High Youth Group will meet this Mark your calendar. The Red Cross Blood Drive
Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center will be held on Sunday, May 17, in the Parish Hall
until 8:30 p.m. All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
invited. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter
weekends are June 5-7 in Cullman, AL; August
Would you like to be more involved with our 21-23 in Huntsville, AL; October 2-4 in Nashville,
Parish youth? If you would like to learn about TN; and November 6-8 in Cullman, AL. Early
opportunities to volunteer, please contact registration saves your place on the weekend.
Chelsea Piper at 871-8120. For more information visit our website at
wwmealabma.org or call (800) 540-WWME
Mark your calendar: The Diocesan-wide Youth (9963).
Work Camp for high school youth groups will
be June 22-26. Permission slips will be Golfers, please join us for a benefit for Her
available in May. Please contact Chelsea Piper Choice on Monday, May 11, at Highland Golf
for more details at 871-8120. Club. The morning tournament goes from 7 a.m.
until 12 p.m. and the afternoon tournament goes
Register today for OLS Vacation Bible School – from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Call 252-0706 for more
Discovery Canyon which will be June 8-12 from information or to sign up.
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is for children going into
K4 through 4th grade as of August 2009.
John Carroll will be holding the annual used
Registration forms are located in the front
book sale, as well as used uniform sale, on May
entrance of the Church. Registration ends May
23 to raise funds for the John Carroll Band.
19.
Parents, please donate clean, gently worn
Please join us for Children’s Eucharistic uniforms by Friday May 15. You may drop them
Adoration, Wednesday, May 6, from 9:00 a.m. to off at the JCCHS school office or drop them off
9:30 a.m. in the church at Our Lady of Sorrows. before or after school in the front or the back.
Children of all ages are welcome including
newborns and infants. This time is a wonderful Camp St. Bernard is a boarding and day camp
opportunity to encourage your child’s faith and located on the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey.
prayer life while fulfilling Christ’s command to “… They are now accepting camper applications for
Let the little children come to me…” (Mark children ages 7-14. The weeks of camp are May
10:14). For more information, please call Kim 31-June 5 (7-11 yrs.), June 7-12 (10-14 yrs.), and
Stephens at 823-8886 June 14-19 (10-14 yrs.). Please visit the website
www.campstbernard.com for more information or
Everyone is invited to a concert dedicated to all
call John Arndt, Camp Director, at (256) 531-
Mothers of OLS Church next Sunday, May 10, at
3227.
8:15 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11:15 a.m. Talented
children of our church will perform hymns and
classical music.