ST FRANCIS XAVIER CATHOLIC CONGREGATION
2316 East Fourth Street, Superior, WI. 54880
Parish Office Hours: Monday -Friday 8 AM – 4 PM
Diocese of Superior Website: www.catholicdos.org
St. Francis Parish Website: www.stfrancisxaviersuperior.com
Fr. Jim Tobolski, Pastor
Mary Margaret Sitek, Parish Secretary
FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT – MARCH 26, 2023
MASS SCHEDULE: MARCH 27-APRIL 2
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION, SATURDAYS, 3:15 – 3:45 RECONCILIATION ROOM
*Mass is offered every Wednesday at 11:15 AM at St. Mary’s Hospital Chapel. Please join Fr. Jim or Fr. Joji as they celebrate Mass.
ITEMS OF IMPORTANCE
EASTER FLOWERS Included with your bulletin this week you will find an envelope if you wish to purchase Easter Flowers for family or loved ones. Please note your intentions on the envelope with $10 or more and either mail it to the parish office or drop it in the collection basket. A list of intentions will be printed in the bulletin during the Easter Season.
ROAST BEEF DINNER is set for Palm Sunday, April 2nd from 11 AM – 4 PM in our parish hall. Dine-in, take-outs, and home delivery options are available. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 ages 6-12; free for children 5 years and younger. Don’t forget to bring your non-perishable food items to the dinner and enter your name to win a $25 Super One Gift Card (one entry per family). 50-50 Raffle will be held throughout the day. We will also be selling tickets on an “Etched Mirror of St. Francis Church.”
DESSERT DROP-OFF: Desserts can be brought to the parish hall on Saturday, April 1st from 8 AM – 4 PM or on Sunday, April 2nd before 10:30 AM.
PALM SUNDAY – APRIL 2, 2023
MASS SCHEDULE: APRIL 3 – 9
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION, SATURDAYS 3:15-3:45 PM IN RECONCILIATION ROOM
ITEMS OF IMPORTANCE
NOTES ON HOLY WEEK:
HOLY THURSDAY: Please bring bells for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. There will be a Foot Washing Ceremony. A family has agreed to be involved in this event. Thanks to the Altar Society for providing freshly baked bread to be taken home. The church will be open until 10 PM for private prayer and devotion.
PALM SUNDAY: Ushers will distribute Palms as you arrive for Mass on Palm Sunday weekend.
INCENSE FREE: The Masses at 9 AM on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday are incense free.
EASTER VIGIL: There is not a 4 PM Mass on Saturday, April 8th. The Easter Vigil begins at 8 PM. A reception will follow the vigil for those bring received into the church and everyone is welcome.
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT dePAUL will host a free community breakfast on Sunday, April 16th from 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM at Cathedral of Christ the King in Kress Hall. There will be music, door prizes and a silent auction. There will be a free-will offering.
EASTER CANDY DONATIONS Would you help the Society of t. Vincent DePaul by donating Easter candy for the children we serve? As has been our tradition, we will provide Easter hams, food and Easter Baskets to families we have served who would be uplifted by an Easter celebration. Donations of individually wrapped candy can bedropped off in the entryway of the Cathedral at weekend Mass times through Sunday April 2nd.
Thank you to the Altar Society for their recent donation of $1,866.00 which was a profit from the Salad Bar Raffle. These monies will be used in the “Stairs to the Stars” project.
MARCH 5: $7,835.00
MARCH 12: 7,359.00
PLEASE NOTE: The Ministry Schedule for Holy Week (April 1- 9) will be sent under separate cover to all participants.
HIS TRIUMPH, HIS DEATH, OUR HOPE
As a kid, I would spend the entire Palm Sunday Mass completely absorbed in making an intricate cross out of the palm fronds distributed to the congregation.
As an adult, I spend Holy Week absorbing Scripture passages that unfold the events of Christ’s last days (leading up to His resurrection),
The week begins with Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. As He rode in, a crowd of people spread their cloaks and tree branches onto the road shouting “Hosanna in the Highest!” The next day His authority was questioned. By Wednesday there was a plot against Him, followed the next day by His arrest and trial. By Friday He was sentenced to be crucified, died and was buried.
The events of Holy Week reveal why we need a Savior. Moreover, these meaningful events illustrate Christ’s immense love for humanity. Christ moved forward to accept sin’s punishment on our behalf.
It is clear, this man was the Son of God!