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Trivia Night

Trivia Night to Support the Our Lady of Guadalupe High School Science Lab In Uganda

Fun for the entire family!

Test your trivia skills with your family and friends! Come and join in this friendly competition and a chance to have your team’s name inscribed on our “Master Minds from the Four Saints for Uganda night” plaque.

Uganda_PosterA funtastic time competing and answering multiple choice trivia questions against other teams while raising money for Uganda. Snacks will be provided!

Trivia categories will be announced!

When: Friday •  February 19 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where:  St. John the Apostle Parish Hall •  Whitehall

Participants: anyone of age who would like to support the building of a science lab/resources at Our Lady of Guadalupe High School, Uganda.

Cost: $80.00 per table of eight or $10.00 per person.  Please call the Parish office to register and reserve a table of eight at 715/985.2227.  Individuals or smaller groups can also call the office if you would like to be put on a team for the evening.

St. John the Apostle: Feast Day Celebration

Parishioners of St. John the Apostle

Our Parish Feast day is coming and ‘the goose is getting fat’. Invitations to join the celebration have gone out and R.S.V.P.s have begun to show up. The feast day of our Apostle and patron is one of great joy and good camaraderie as a parish family. It is admittedly a busy time of year, however, what better time to share the joy when school is out, the earth is at peace and a hot buffet meal awaits us inside the warm glow of the Public Golf Course clubhouse.

New Parish App for Smart Phones and Tablets

ParishApp LogoAs you may have seen, the banners are up in each of our churches to announce the presence of a new way to communicate from the parish to you. Again, we are just at the beginning stages of learning the wonders this App can provide, but things are very promising so far. We invite you to download the App from iTunes or the Android store and start learning about our parishes, the universal Catholic Church and your faith.

So, what is the myParish App? Quite simply, it’s a premium Catholic Church app to stay connected with parishioners. A first-of-its-kind app for iOS and Android devices, myParish helps build stronger Catholic communities and better engage the New Evangelization. myParish puts parish news, information and contacts—as well as faith-building resources and features, such as daily Mass readings, Confession and prayer time reminders, the ability to submit prayer requests and much more—all in the palm of parishioners’ hands.
Download and start using it today: http://myparishapp.com

New Parish Website

For those who have used the parish Website, you know that it has recently gone through some trying times. Our domain provider went out of business and our second option proved inadequate for our needs. Painfully, the last bulletin uploaded was May 23, 2015. But the days of suffering are over!
We have been working hard on preparing a new Website for our three parishes, now affectionately dubbed in our alignment as the 4 Apostles. Saints Peter and John are the among the Apostles chosen by Jesus to walk in His footsteps during and after His own earthly journey. St. Paul was chosen by Jesus outside the normal pattern for Apostles and was sent as a missionary to the world. St. Ansgar is the Apostle to Scandinavia because of his own missionary spirit and obedience to the command of Christ to proclaim the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
The website is a work in progress and we are just at the beginning stages of construction. We are indebted to Bridget Barczak for sharing with us her expertise and sense of design, as well as her countless hours of service given to the Parishes to make this happen. Once again, we can encourage you to follow the link to the new website and start enjoying this connection to your faith.

Offertory Program: Building Apostolic Parishes

Steward_SM“Building Apostolic Parishes” means that our lives of faith are founded on the Apostles, Peter, Paul, John and Ansgar (the Apostle to Scandinavia). Our desire is to be as strong as they in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Now, let me share with you some of the preliminary  campaign results.

The Sustainable Offertory Campaign kicked off just two weeks ago on November 8, 2015. We have now received our first interim report showing us the strength of the initial response through November 17, 2015.
I am very grateful to those who have taken the time to make their faithful response within each of our parishes. The campaign will run through December 30, 2015. That gives the rest of us time to sit down with the
paper work, pray and send in the response. But that time will also go quickly and become increasingly busy as Christmas and the New Year roll around.

RESPONSE RATE: LPi is giving us a combined report for our three parishes throughout the campaign. The chart indicates respondents in the missing wedge of the circle. So far 29 households out of 1070 have completed their responses and have handed them in. So, the initial response rate is within an expected range, with 3.86% of those invited having responded during the first weeks of the mailing campaign. The desire, of course, is to see the circle disappear with a 100% response. However, we are setting a goal of 450 households, thats 42% of the mailings that are going out.

On the financial side, parishioners responding to the campaign have increased their gift significantly, by an average of 31.73%. With a beginning point of a 3.86% response rate, this equates to an annual increase of over $419.55 or approximately $8.07 per week combined for all 3 parishes. The strong response of the individuals suggests that getting more of our parishioners involved will have a significant impact on the overall campaign results. We have also had some inquiries about online giving. We are working hard at getting our website back up and running at a new address. More information should be coming soon about that, but for now, please contact the parish offices and we will get you set up from here.

As pastor, I am personally excited about these numbers. As we move forward and more responses come in, helping our operational income meet operational expenses, we can begin to study further ministries our parishes may be able to offer. Our campaign goals state in the mailing that we are in need of growing our outreaches to youth and young adults, we need to continue quality support for SS Peter and Paul Catholic School and make each of our parishes healthy and vibrant as we look to the future. Thank you all for your prayer and your response. Building Apostolic Parishes is something we do best together. May God bring to completion the good He has begun in us.

Click here to visit the Building Apostolic Parishes Website