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Join us as we travel a Way forward together.

 

For those earliest followers of Jesus, no one talked about the church or being Christian or Catholic. They were simply part of the Way. They were bound to each other because of their love for Jesus and His love for them, and the consequences of that love: a charge to go out and make Jesus known by sharing that love with others. No matter how we’ve complicated things over the years, our mission as a community of believers is as simple as it was back then.

 

MAY IS FELLOWSHIP MONTH

 

It’s the last stop on our five-month vision journey. We’ve come a long way and it’s time to celebrate!

Mother’s Day Weekend | May 7/8
Join us at Mass to celebrate the moms and mother figures in our lives.

Pancake Breakfast | May 15
8:30-11:30am in the Community Room
All are welcome, free will offerings accepted
Enjoy pancakes, French toast sticks, bacon, sausage, fruit, OJ, milk & coffee
SPECIAL INVITE for St. Mary Newbies! Have you joined the parish since 2020? We haven’t had many opportunities to get together since then. We invite you to mingle, enjoy a meal you don’t have to make (or clean up), and win a prize.

Graduation Celebration Weekend | May 21/22
Grads of all ages will be honored at all weekend Masses – PreK, K, elementary, middle and high school, college, and beyond.
Special send-off for high school graduates at the 9:45am Mass on Sunday.

 

APRIL IS WORSHIP MONTH

 

We’re on Month 4 of our five-month vision journey. It’s time to get out and stretch your legs while you walk through Holy Week & Easter with Jesus. The end of Lent and the Easter season offer some of the richest and most diverse worship experiences of the Church year. CLICK HERE for all Holy Week details.

Divine Mercy Novena begins Good Friday | April 15
Join us as we pray the novena through Day by Day with Fr. Bill. Don’t receive Day by Day? CLICK HERE

Divine Mercy Sunday | April 24
Join us in the Community Room for Coffee & Donuts after 9:45am Mass. Parishioner Rick Duncan will reflect on devotion to the Divine Mercy. Then join us in the chapel to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

First Communion Weekend & May Crowning | April 30/May 1
Join us for this joyous celebration weekend as our First Communicants crown Mary with flowers.

 

MARCH IS MISSION MONTH

 

What is our Mission?

Here at St. Mary, our mission is to spread Jesus’ love and mercy to the world.

Lent 2022

Our Lenten theme and homily series, inspired by Jesus’ magnificent and inclusive love, is LOVE COMPELS ACTION. Find all Lent details HERE.

Daily Prayer

Join us in praying the Day by Day 5 Minute Mission Retreat. New to Day by Day with Fr. Bill? SIGN UP to receive daily inspiration to your inbox.

Homily Series Small Groups

CLICK HERE to join a small group. Discuss our Lenten Homily Series Love Compels Action, inspired by our Church’s social teaching. Be a part of the conversation and part of the mission!

 

LOVE COMPELS ACTION Speaker Series

TUES March 15 | 7pm | Virtual & in-person options
Vincent Noth of Riverwest Food Pantry
Community of Generosity: All Give and All Receive
REGISTER HERE for virtual experience | in-person experience in the Community Room

 

 

TUES March 22 | 7pm | Virtual & in-person options
Joe Mauthe, Pillars of Appleton
No Place to Call Home: We Can Make a Difference
We live in a small town but homelessness is a reality. What can we do at St. Mary to make a difference in the lives of those who have no permanent place to call home?
REGISTER HERE for virtual experience | in-person experience in the Community Room

 

TUES April 5 | 7pm | Virtual & in-person options
James Rashid of World Relief Fox Valley
Let’s Talk about Culture
Talking about culture can be both exciting and challenging. Most importantly, it helps us begin to understand and love people who God has created in His image and are also so very different from us.
REGISTER HERE for virtual experience | in-person experience in the Community Room

 

Special Display Series in the Marian Way

MAR 5 – 16 | Open Wide Our Hearts
on loan from Diocese of Green Bay

Inspired by the 2018 pastoral letter against racism from the USCCB, the Open Wide Our Hearts photo exhibit provides an opportunity for viewers to learn from the experiences of people of color in our Catholic communities.  Launched as a traveling exhibit in November 2019, the project features photos of Catholics from various racial and ethnic backgrounds alongside written narratives that document what life in the church has been like for them as a person of color.

“A pilgrimage through these stories is truly mind-opening and promotes awareness of the trials some people in our midst have had to face. I am so grateful for the participants who have courageously shared their stories. As followers of Christ, we are called to listen to their words and to accompany anyone who has felt on the margins of our church and our community.”
-Bishop David L. Ricken

MAR 19 – APR 1 | (In)visible: Homelessness in Appleton
on loan from the History Museum at the Castle

Homelessness in Appleton is often described as invisible, but the struggle for steady housing and employment has been a challenge for many people in the past and present. Portrayed as outsiders or insignificant, the overlooked individuals who are homeless have a story to tell. What does homelessness look and feel like in our area?

This exhibit features photographs taken by people in our community who are homeless or living on the edge of homelessness. Taken from November 2015 to April 2016, their photographs and journals provide a glimpse into the struggle for stable housing in the Fox Cities. (In)visible also covers the history of homelessness and poverty in Appleton, as well as statistics from Project RUSH in 2015.

APR 2 – 15 | A Stone of Hope: Black Experience in the Fox Cities
on loan from the History Museum at the Castle

An exhibit about local Black history from the 1700s to the present. This exhibit addresses Appleton’s past sundown custom and racial exclusion from 1915 to 1961, and how the Fox Cities emerged from this mountain of despair during the Civil Rights Era.


PREVIOUSLY IN 2022

 

February: Ministry Month

Ministry: Take 5

1. What is ministry?
    Taking care of your parish family
2. What does ministry look like?
    A simple act of love, formal or informal, spontaneous or scheduled
3. Who are ministers?
    ALL who love Jesus are called to show that love for others
4. What does it take to be a minister?
    Putting your gifts and abilities to work for the parish community
5. Why minister in your parish?
    You get more than you give

 

January: Discipleship Month

The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz 
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CLICK HERE if you’d like to stay informed about upcoming events and discussion groups to make your Bible In A Year journey even better.
CLICK HERE to visit the program page at Ascension Press to learn more and view episodes.

 

Visit the new Dockside Library Center (located near our welcome desk)