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1 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God January 1, 2017 St. Isidore the Farmer Area Faith Community St. Francis, St. Bridget, St. Malachy, Sacred Heart, Visitation Oratory, St. John Fr. Jeremy Kucera, Pastor Cyndi Stifter, Faith Formation Director AFC Office: th Street North, Benson, MN Murdock Office: ; kitchen Website: Mondays 8:30 am Noon Appleton Office: ; AFC Office Number: Monday-Friday 10:30 am 1:30 pm Fax Number: Fr. Jeremy Kucera Cell#: AFC Office Hours: Monday-Thurs.: 8 am noon; 1-3:30 pm Cyndi Stifter: Fridays: 8 am - noon LITURGY SCHEDULE Tuesday, January 3 8:30 am BENSON w/ Holy Hour & Confessions + Ella Fennell Wednesday, January 4 8:30 am CLONTARF + Donna Gode Thursday, January 5 8:30 am MURDOCK + Calvin Bass 10:30 am GOLDEN LIVING ++ Mick, Mike & Viola Madden Friday, January 6 8:30 am APPLETON + All persons buried from St. John s during 2016 Weekend Masses Saturday, January 7 2:00 pm MURDOCK wedding of Leah Miller & Matt Koch 2:00 pm BENSON wedding of Alyssa Hilleren & Nick Hard 4:00 pm MURDOCK For the People 6:00 pm BENSON + Kim Hanson Sunday, January 8 8:30 am BENSON ++ Francis & Vera Krattenmaker 10:30 am APPLETON ++ Lyle & Marian Sondag Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays 3:00 pm Murdock * Marriage Preparation: Please contact AFC Office at least six months ahead of time to plan and prepare for your wedding. If one party has been previously married, the wedding cannot move forward unless an annulment has been granted by the Catholic Church. * Baptism Preparation: Please call Fr. Jeremy Kucera at * RCIA: Anyone interested in joining the Catholic Church please call the Area at Office for fall registration. * Registration/Moving: To register in a parish or if moving, call the AFC Office at or Murdock office at or St. John s at Catholic Charities - offering personal, marriage, family and pregnancy counseling *PASTORAL CARE* If any parishioner or family member is in need of a pastoral care visit and Holy Communion, please call the parish office. Today s privacy laws do not permit hospitals to contact churches when a patient is in need of a pastoral visit. We are made aware of it only when the individual or their friends and family contact us. We are also not always aware of parishioners that are homebound and would desire a pastoral visit.

2 DAILY SCHEDULE The Vocation View The priests, brothers and sisters of the new century are in the care of your family today. Tend to them well; encourage their gifts; pray for their happy response to God s call. (Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18) Sunday, January 1 Tuesday, January 3 Wednesday, January 4 Friday, January 6 Saturday, January 7 Sunday, January 8 The Holy Rosary will be prayed ½ hour before Masses in Benson & Murdock 9 10 am Holy Hour & Confessions in Benson 7:00 pm St. Francis Family Groups meeting in the Gathering Space 2:30 pm Rosary in Benson for peace in families and the world Faith Formation 6:45 pm Grades 1-6 Parent- Child Night 6:45 pm Class for grades :00 pm Teen Talk in Benson First Friday Visits 4:30 pm Wedding rehearsal in Benson Wedding rehearsal in Murdock The Holy Rosary will be prayed ½ hour before Masses in Murdock & Benson The Holy Rosary will be prayed ½ hour before Masses in Benson & Appleton Coffee & Rolls following 8:30 am Mass in Benson 9:30 am Sunday School in Benson for 3-5 year olds St. John Parish meeting following 10:30 am Mass No Sunday School on New Year s Day. Winning Number: SH34 The Area Offices will be closed Monday, January 2. Scholarships are now available from the Mary Beatrice Hennessy Scholarship Fund. In order to apply you must be a member of St. Francis Parish and now attending or planning to attend a Catholic College or Catholic High School during the school year. Applications may be picked up in church or at the Area Office. All applications must be received by January 31, APPLETON PARISH MEETING... Sunday, January 8 th after the 10:30 am Mass. Please meet in the church hall. Coffee & donuts will be served. MCCL, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, will be meeting on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 6 PM at St. Francis gathering space. We are looking for anyone who is interested in helping in this group or just being informed of what MCCL is. If interested, please plan to attend. We look forward to working together. APPLETON ALTAR SERVER TRAINING... Sunday, January 15 th after the 10:30 am Mass. All current servers and students wanting to become an altar server are asked to attend. 9 Days for Life January 21-29, Days for Life is an annual period of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person s life, at every stage and in every circumstance. Contained within the 9 Days for Life is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on January 22 (also the anniversary of Roe v. Wade). It is a time to not only pray for an end to abortion, but to pray for the respect and protection of each person s life; to gather together in prayer, action, and fellowship with others. For more information about how to commemorate and celebrate life during these days go to dnu.org and click on the 9 Days for Life calendar event. Benson Weekend Bus Service Prairie Five RIDES weekend bus service is available throughout the City of Benson: Saturdays 8 am 12:30 pm and Sundays 7;30 am 12:30 pm. You must call Prairie Five RIDES dispatch office by 3:00 pm Fridays to schedule your weekend transportation at Sending a big thank you to all who supported the LEAST last year! Wishing the St. Isidore faith community a blessed & Holy Christmas and Happy New Year! God bless you all ~ Katie Walleyn.

3 Please pray for Owen Meyer and family while he has Chemotherapy treatments. SYMPATHY We offer our sympathy to all the family and friends of Michael Fennell who passed away on December 18. Visitation for Michael was held on December 27 at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson. May the Holy Spirit bring consolation and healing to all of his loved ones. NEW YEAR S PRAYER Eternal God, Who has led us through the gateway of another year, we thank You for the gift of this new year. Let us as grateful people be blind to the colors of races, strong in supporting the freedom of all people and resolute in maintaining our nation s integrity. May this year find our nation a righteous people, with devout, moral leaders supported in prayer by godly citizens. Amen Reflections for the weekly readings are part of this bulletin. This publication is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #2129. OUR WEEKLY OFFERING St. Francis - Benson St. John - Appleton Adult $4, Christmas $4, Student $28.00 Student $17.23 Loose Plate $1, Loose Plate $ Fuel $85.00 Adult $ Christmas $8, Votive $25.00 Solemnity of Mary $10.00 Thanksgiving $25.00 Thanksgiving $5.00 Immaculate Conception $20.00 Immaculate Conception $5.00 Flowers $75.00 Votive Lights $10.25 CUF St. Paul Council #377 - fridge $ Christmas Decorations $ Altar & Rosary - refrigerator $ Danvers Oratory $ Alt. & Rosary - candles, wine, $ Building Maint. $ & altar bread Total $6, Total $14, St. Malachy - Clontarf Sacred Heart & St. Bridget Collection figures will appear in next week's Adult $4, bulletin Student $6.00 Religious Retirement $10.00 Christmas Decorations $10.00 Thanksgiving $20.00 Fuel $50.00 Immaculate Conception $32.00 Christmas $1, Total $5, Please take note of and support the sponsors of our Area Faith Community bulletin. We will be giving away gift cards that have been donated by these sponsors. Within the content of the bulletin will be hidden one Adult contribution Envelope number. If that is your number, please call the Area Office at to claim your prize for that week. You will have until 9 am Thursday morning following that Sunday s bulletin to claim your prize. If you are out of town any given weekend, you can look at our bulletin on-line at stisidorethefarmerafc.org.

4 Please take note of and support the sponsors of our Area Faith Community bulletin. Over the coming year we will be giving away gift cards that have been donated by these sponsors. Within the content of the bulletin will be hidden one Adult Contribution Envelope number. If that is your number, please call the Area Office at to claim your prize for that week. You will have until 9 am Thursday morning following that Sunday s bulletin to claim your prize. If you are out of town any given weekend, you can look at our bulletin on-line at stisidorethefarmerafc.org.

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