Labor Day

Bless, O God, all those who labor

Whether they are compensated by

paycheck or pride, let them know

their true worth in your eyes.

May all workers be gifted with a sense

of service to the common good, and

graced with the satisfaction of a job

well done.

Thank you for those who work,

provide protection, comfort, healing,

and relief from suffering and stress.

May all of our labors be for Your

goodness and glory, O God.


Back to School Blessing

God of knowledge & wisdom, bless all students young and old, as they begin a new school year. Help them discover and develop the gifts you have given. As they grow in knowledge, help them to also grow in kindness and
compassion, learning respect for themselves and others.
We ask your blessing on parents and all those who care for students. Strengthen them to surround our students with encouragement, support and love.
Remind us that wherever we go, you are always with us.
Fill us with they joy of learning so that we may be better equipped to be your servants.

Knight of Columbus Golf Tournament

Knights of Columbus Annual Golf Tournament is Saturday, August 8th at the Avoca Golf Course.

Due to COVID-19 there will be no steak dinner to follow.

Any cash donations the Knights of Columbus are appreciated.  This is their big fundraiser for the year.

Thank you for your support.

St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus

Welcome Back

As we gather to celebrate Mass as a community of faith, we ask that everyone do
their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please follow these guidelines as a
means of showing charity to our neighbors.
Stay home if you are vulnerable to COVID-19 or live with someone who is
vulnerable. The Sunday Mass obligation remains suspended. For those who do not attend Mass, know that God’s infinite grace and mercy remain abundantly available.
Consider attending Mass at other scheduled times. St. Patrick’s on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m., St. Mary’s Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. and Friday morning at 8:30 am.
Everyone ages 5 and up is REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK in church and on
church property. Place it on before leaving your car. It can be removed when
receiving Holy Communion and replaced immediately. If you do not have a mask, there are masks at each entrance of church.
Holy Communion is to be received in the hand only. When coming up for Holy
Communion please stay as a family group six feet away from those in front of you.
Please observe social distancing throughout your time on parish property; before, during and after Mass.
Place your offertory gift in the basket by the door. Thank you for your support.
Use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving church. There is hand sanitizer
available as you come up to Holy Communion.

Welcome Back!!

Welcome Back to St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s Churches

Tuesday Mass – June 9th
6:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s in Walnut
For St. Patrick’s Parishioners

Wednesday Mass – June 10th
9:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s in Avoca
For St. Mary’s Parishioners

Friday Mass – June 12th
6:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s in Avoca
For St. Mary’s Parishioners

Please wear a face mask. If you do not have one there will be a mask at church along with hand sanitizer. Social Distancing will be observed. The doors of the church will be open. Please come in and go down the side aisle to a pew. There will be a basket as you come in for your tithes or plate. There will be no ushers.
If there are no spikes in COVID-19 we will be able to move into Phase 2 on June 20/21 and celebrate weekend Masses.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone when you are comfortable returning to Mass. Mass will continue to be on Marne/Elk Horn Channel 14/91 for those not ready or unable to return to Mass.

Blessings, Father Seth

May – Pray the Rosary

POPE FRANCIS is calling the faithful to “rediscover the beauty of praying the rosary at home during the month of May. In a recent letter, Pope Francis asked us to join him in praying the rosary during the month of May as an act of spiritual unity with one another and to go to Mary, the Blessed Mother, with our petitions. “Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial.”

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is the special time all people celebrate their first best friends and trust for advice.  Mother’s Day is also a great time to show our love for all other wonderful women like you.

A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.

A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.

Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.

Mothers, I wish to register my sincerest and most profound appreciation to you for your unconditional love for your children and all human beings.

Blessings, Father Seth

A Mothers’ Day Prayer

I thank you God for my mother. I thank you that she gave me life and nurtured me all those years. She gave me my faith, helping me to know you and to know Jesus and his ways. She taught me how to love and how to sacrifice for others. She taught me that it was okay to cry and that I should always tell the truth. Bless her with the graces she needs and which you want to give her today. Help her to feel precious in your eyes today and to know that I love her. Give her strength and courage, compassion and peace. Bless her this day with your love.

Prayer of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.