It is amazing what a couple of moms created with Fr. Peter’s support, building on the foundation of Saints. There were parents and children of all ages dressed as Saints. Imagine seeing Padre Pio with his stigmata! Or watching Maximillian Kolby is his prison garb. There were many, many shepherds; nuns dressed as St. Rita, St. Philomena, St. Mary, St. Bernadette, St .Theresa, and so many more. There were babes in arms dressed as Lambs of God.
So many parents and children of all ages; all were laughing and joining in the saintly games. Yes there were many games! The musical chairs were centered around the saints and chants of “ Saint Paul, pray for us” after each chair removed. It was a version of the Litany of Saints we all are familiar with. The little saints went fishing and caught holy prizes. Older children would try and guess the name of the Saint as many different biographies were read.
Children decorated small pumpkins to put in their “saintly bags”. Prizes, for adults and children, were rosaries, holy metals, holy cards, & saint coloring books. Notice the Rosary Pumpkin carved by one of the children. All were so joyful and loved the games, the prizes and the pizza, salad and desserts. Minimal candy was needed for these holy saints!
This was the first All Saint’s party for all children in our parish and surrounding Christian friends. It is sure to be repeated next year. It is so inspiring to see our Catholic families rejoicing in the lives of the Saints! This was a vibrant display of our faith and love of all our Catholic themes and traditions. Thank you, Lord, for our Community of Faith.
God is Good!
Our first Youth Group Gathering of the year will be on Sunday, October 27th after the 11am Mass. We are inviting all 6th through 12th grade students to come and enjoy a Fall into Faith event. There will be pizza and refreshments served along with games and activities to meet new friends and see those you already know! Please invite a friend and make this a special time to kick off a new year of youth ministry at St. Mary’s! Come meet the new youth ministers who will greet you in the Marian Room just off from the parish center.
On Tuesday, October 29th the school will be hosting a FESTIVAL of SAINTS again this year ! Beginning in the parish center at 6pm, with Bishop Raica and Fr. Peter making the opening remarks and prayer. Our children will then sing a few saintly songs before the Saints are presented throughout the school area. Light refreshments will be served. We hope that you will come and see the saints come alive through our children!
Wednesday, October 30th is our next Evening with the Heart of Jesus. Come and be refreshed and renewed with music, reflection and adoration starting at 7pm.
Saturday, November 2nd will be the 1st Saturday Mass at 8:30am and also the Mass for the Souls of the Faithful Departed (All Soul’s Day). We will have votive candles and cards ready for you in the gathering space to attach your loved ones names to that have passed away in the last year (November 1, 2018 to November 1, 2019). We will light these candles and place them around the altar area during the Mass. At the end of Mass, you may take the candle home as a remembrance of your loved ones. After the Mass, there will be confessions available also.
All Saints-Holy Day of Obligation Mass Times: October 31st at 4pm, November 1st at 9am and 7pm.
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Encounter Ministry Conference: Toledo, Ohio January 2-4th, 2020
We would like to have another great group from our parish attend this conference. If you could not attend last year’s conference and would like to discuss the conference, reach out to Fr. Peter, Gretchen Bartelli or Mary Plude.
Please let the group know if you plan to attend and are registered. Last year we had a meeting before hand to discuss details and sharing rides.
Here is a link with info about the conference and how to register. Register by November 1st for $89 or after November 1st is $99.
2020 Encounter Conference
R. R. Reno speaking on Classical Education in Petoskey. Click Link to view.
The Teams of Our Lady Retreat up in Conway