January 31 eSC Pe6ruary 1,2009

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January 31 eSC Pe6ruary 1,2009
8t. John Church, Columbus at Catalpa
(CJ3enton 1far6or ?r1.I)
St. Bernard Church, Delaware at Ogden
Wee~of
Parish Mission Statement:
"To grow as a Catholic
community, united by the
Holy Spirit, livi"g ourfaith in .
Jesus Christ and sharing
God's truth and low! with till
people~ "
Sacraments
Confessions: (at St. Bernard'S)
Saturday 3:30.04:45 pm
and anytime by=reguest.
Sacraments for tbe Sitki Notify the
pastor of those wbo
in the hospital
or homebound, so ,they may receive
the Sacraments.
are
Baptisms: Arrange with the pastot:'.
Marriages: Meet with the pastor at
least sixmonths _before the wedding
date.
New> Parlshioqemi Please register
by~alllng the rec,t oryor by stopping in
theoCOce.
Offertory Gifts:. Call Shirley 'Vorres (926-8602) Sitters· Convent
92~83
Catbolic Community Center
(Sr. Rita & Sr. Mary)
346 Catalpa BO
926-6424
Mail to 630 Columbus
The Readiness Center
(Sr. Paulita & Sr. Sharon)
347 Catalpa BO
926.04084
Mail to 630 Columbus
The Loft
(Sr. Mary Jo Holmes)
580 Columbus, BO
925-5858
Prayer Line: To request prayers, call
927-1810,983-7865 or 983-2930
Knights of Columbus
(contact person)
John Grover
326-0515
January 31 eSC Pe6ruary 1,2009
Parish Office
600 Columbus Avenue,
Benton Harbor, 49022
Pbone # 92~24i5 Fax # 925-4678
Pastor, Fr. Bill Jacobs, ext. 12
[email protected]
Assistant: Fr. Dan Doctor, ext. 13
Secretary, Marcia Grover, ext. 10
[email protected]
Office Asst. Pam Blakeman, ext. 11
ssj [email protected]
, Maintenance, William Grover
876,.2559
DeacO,n Co,-ple:
AI & Rocki Lalaga (H) 926-2822
[email protected]~t
Cell 1-269-861';QOI9
• st. Bernard'! Hilll
,.­ St.-John's Hall
925-9644
925-9037
Pa rish Council
Dan Fitzgerald
Nancy Johns
John Grover
BiU Shine
Mary Ann Hiu
Allen Zencka
T.om"Strzyzykowski
Finance Council
Sara Duris
Jack O'Brien
Dick Garlanger Frances Piggott
Ed Nickel
Dave Simaz
Jim Visin
Catholic Community Education". Commission Members Rev. Msgr. Michael Osborn Fr. William Jacobs Robert Ballard . Dave Boelcke Gary Bruce Rusty Cutter William Grover Deb Hermann' Dolores Lalld~k Mason Carol OehlhatJen Sunday Masses:
Saturday 5:00 p.m. (St. Bernard's)
Sunday 9:00 am (St. John's)
11:00 am (St. Bernard's)
(Sunday Mass is tape-delayed
broadcast on radio WHFB, 1060
AM, at 10:30 am)
Lake Michigan Catholic Schools
Contact Information
www.lmclakers.com
MiddlelHigh School
& Business Office
915 Pleasant St.
St. Joseph, MI 49085
269-983-2511
John Berlin
Executive DirectorlMiddle­
High School Principal
Janet Ordiway
Curriculum and Instructional
Consultant
Gerald Heath
Middle-High School Assistant
PrincipaV Athletics Director
Cindy Payovich
Director, Business Services
_L Elementary School 3165 Wasl1ingt~n St. Josepb, MI 49085 269-429-0227 Jody Maher Principal '. Margaret Erich
Diocesan Superintendent of
&hools
Iteligious Edsation Morlock Center . 211 Cburch St, St. Joseph
983-1575 ext. 10
Peggy Gallagher
Coordinator
SS~
JOHN & BERNARD PARISH
LITURGIES FOR THE WEEK:
Sat., 1131 5:00 pm (B) Jack Griffin'll" by Laurie Zemler
Sun., 211 9:00 am (J) Diane Sivacek 'll" by Fr. Bill
11:00 am (B) Lorraine Kalinas 'll" by Mary & Ted Weber
Mon.212 5:30 pm (J) Al Demchinski 'll". by Wava Demcbinski
Tue.213 8:00 am (J) Our Parish Family
9:30 am (LMCE) Marie Sineni 'll" by Gloria Mance
Wed.214 5:30 pm (B) Eleanor Vogie 'll" by Ann Shembarger
Thu.,215 9:00 am (B) Fr. Bill Jacobs by Joseph Mileski
Fri., 216 8:00 am (J) Ray Roberts'll" by Anne Arntz
Sat., 217 8:00 am (B) Patrick Rosenthal & Larry Gleaton'll" by Pat
Gleaton
5:00 pm (B) Bud Piggott'll"· by Frances Piggott
Sun.,218 9:00 am (J) JeffWaIlis 'it'. by Bob & Rosemary Van Arkle
11 :00 am (8) Paul Ki1cline 'it' Dave & Serena spear
NOTE: Eucharistic Adoration Fri., 8:30am-5 pm.(J) until Spring
Eucharistic Adoration Mon., 8 am - 4:30 pm (8) until Spring
* = Death Anniversary
'it' = Deceased
READINGS for the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time are: Deut.18: 15­
20; I Cor. 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28.
BENTON HARBOR. MI Gospel of Christl We welcome the Word of Christ the Prophet, the true
Teacher. We hold and maintain the Apostolic Tradition. And in our
Sacraments, we welcome Christ the Word, the Teacher, and the Prophet.
That is the heart of our faith, and we should be proud to profess it in Christ
Jesus, our Lord.
WEEKLY PRAYER: "0 God ofaI/truth, we stand in wonder at the power
ofyour Icwe. Answer oW' prayers and help us live according to the
teaching ofChrist your Son. We ask this through Christ OUT Lord, Amen. "
CHURCH SIGN : "Scripture promises 1W loaves to tire loafer ... !"
REMINDERS:
... ADORATION AT S1. BERNARD"S:
Many have asked. why can't we pray at St Bernard's Church during the,
daY? The answer is. "You can'" Beginning this Monday. February 2oe!. St.
Bernard's Church will ODen at 6:00 AM, with Adoration beginning at 8:00,_
and closing at 4:30 PM. We are starting with this opportunity and will
expand if need seems to dictate same. Adowon will continue at St. John's,
Church on Fridavs from the 8:00 Mass through the closing at 5:00. I would_
like to thank Bill Groyer and our Knights of Columbus for soearheadine: and
pushing this new opportunity for Private Praver. The needs of our great
Country are many - let us seek to spend some quiet time in Prayer that the
Holy Spirit will continue bless our Parish and our entire country
Our Offering of Tbsnks to God Isst weekend: Adult envelopes: (328 of 803) $11,643.18 Student envelopes: (14)
32.95
ill2AJ.
Loose offering
$/3,035.56
29 week average: $17,254.73
Needed to make weekly budget: $15,250.00
L OVER budget to date: $56,132.44
From the Desk of the Pastor:
My Dear Friends in Christ!
Today we continue our journey into Ordinary Time, as we celebrate the
fourth Sunday of this special time in our Liturgical Seasons. We will walk
and pray some thirty-pius weeks of experiencing the Ministry of Christ as
teacher and miracle wolter. Each week is timely - each week is pertinent to
our own personal journeys.
The Gospel theme for today: "Christ is indeed a prophet", His words still the
sea. Our sovereign King speaks; He is the Church's one foundation who is
born to set His people free. Jesus spoke that message to His Disciples 2,000
years ago, but that message rings through to you & me this very day." We
are rarely free of anxieties ofone type or another. Our relationship with God
rarely creates anxiety in us. In fact, it does just the opposite - it heals, it
mends, it soothes, it brings peace to our troubled inner selves. We need to
allow no distractions in our lives; if we focus on Jesus thoroughly, there is
no room left fur worry or anxiety. As He states so often to His Disciples in
Scripture, "Peace be with youl"
I" Reading: In the Old Testament, a prophet was a teacher. He spoke for
God, with the authority of God. Moses was truly such a teacher, a messenger
of truth. 2oe! Reading: Paul teaches the value of remaining celibate and
single. He contrasts the concentration of married folks with single folks;
sometimes the married people may be distracted by family, running a home,
maintaining a healthy economic state, etc. The same may well be true of the
single person. The important point is that there must not be distractions that
separate us from our Lord and Savior ....
#1. HEATING ASSISTANCE:
A number of you had asked if you can still give to the "Heating
Assistance Drive?" The answer is "yes." You may give by either using the
"green heating assistance envelopes" found at all entrances to our two
Churches, or by simply putting a donation in the collection basket - labeled
"heating assistance." This is quite obviously a challenging winter for many
of our needy families - thus any help you can give will be greatly
appreciated.
#2. NEWS FROM OUR NEW PARJSH NURSE: I hope you were able to
be greeted by our New Parish Nurse Katrina Ogata at one of our Masses last
weekend. This weekend she has placed two copies of a "Parish Survey" in
all of our bulletins to discern the needs ofour Parish Family. We'd like all
adults (18 years of age or older) to complete an individual survey and return
to us as soon as practical. Extra copies can be found at the entrances to our_
Churches. If you have extras. please return them as well, The results of the
survey will direct us toward the best use of Katrina's time. She will soon
have her own phone line and office at St Bernard's Church. Stay tuned for_
her phone number, as well as hours and location.
#3. MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW:
Please mark your calendars for all the Fridays of the coming Lenten
Season. We will be having Stations of the Cross followed by alternating
Lenten Meals and Lenten Fish Dinners every Friday evening during Lent.
Participate in the powerful Stations of the Cross, after joining us for food &
fellowship with your Parish Family. As always, all proceeds will go to the
Catholic Community Center & Readiness Center. These activities are
sponsored by your Immaculate Heart of Mary Council of the Knights of
Columbus and Women's Ministry. ASH WEDNESDAY is February 25!
#4. OUR SICK LIST:
Please find a little time each week to remember the sick of our Parish,
Each weekend we share a "read list" at all the Masses, plus an additional list
in the bulletin of the less critical . All are certainly in need of our prayers.
JESUS IS TRULY THE REASON FOR OUR JUST COMPLETED
SEASON, AS WELL AS FOR OUR JOURNEY THROUGH ORDINARY
TIME!!!
Truly yours in Christ!
When people ask us about the Catholic Church, we shouldn't stress that we
have great music; that our Priests are kind and energetic about the faith, or
that our parishioners are friendly and welcoming. All that may well be true
and is great, but what we need to share and emphasize is that we live the
Your Pastor,
Fr. Bill Jacob
Janua
31 & Februa
12009
PARISH:
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SICK: Clara Brandonisio, Mary Champion,
Georgiana Conrad, Madie Florres, Steve Gaunder, Anna Gober, Shirley
Hanley, Linda Harrington, Betty Harris, Jim Humburg, Ron Jennings, Pauline
Johnson, Lucille Mallory, Josephine Naylor, Jack O'Brien, Sue Radenbaugh,
Dorothy Radke, Roland Shuler, Mary Jo Steimle-Robert, Linda Wallenfang,
Lena Wood and Ed Woodfin. Please let us know when someone is in particular
need of prayer and when they are recovered.
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K ofC CORNER:
Parish Super Sunday Partv: Feb. 1, SS. John & Bernard Parish Center, Potluck
supper at 5 pm. Bring a dish to pass, a snack to share and board games, videos,
etc. Hot dogs, Brauts, Burgers and beverages provided. All Parishioners are
welcome!
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY is a 13 week course that teaches you how
to handle money God's way. Join us for a preview and registration after the
Masses on Feb. 21 & 22. Classes start March 8, 6:30 pm, at St. Bernard's. For
info contact Michael and Emily Lab at 926-0597.
PLEASE PRAY A ROSARY every day with the intention that President
Obama's eyes be opened to the value of life in all circumstances. Every day at
12:30 pm folks will pray the Rosary in Lafayette Park across form the White
House, rain or shine, for this intention for the first 100 Days of his
administration. We will pray a Rosary 25 minutes before each Mass for this
intention until April 29. A Rosary is a powerful weapon against evil.
THE FAMILY OF MARGE KIEWEL wish to thank the parish for their prayers
and support, the luncheon and their continued prayers for Mike Kiewel.
Liturgical Ministers Schedule for Feb. 7 & 8, 2009
Lector
Commentator
Servers
B. Richards
5 pm J. Carpentier
T. Grover, A. Drotos
B. O'Brien
9 am J. O'Malley
H. Nahikian
S. Ashley, C. Smiy,
S. Nickel
Sarah Schueneman, 1. Hanley
II am K. Ballard
S. Smith
M. Milanowski
Extraordinarv Ministers of Communion:
5 pm: Joan Polaskey. M. Elwell, M. Grover. A. Mileski. G. Waning, Sr.
Paulita Walters, J. Ott, C Quardokus, A. Shernbarger
9 am: M. Unruh, B. Williams, M. Lechenet E. & D. Nickel, P. Sirk, L.
Heil, K. Heyn, J, Heil
II am S. Siriano, T. Taylor. N. Alrnus, S. Thompson, E. Conrad, M.
Jennings, L. Taylor, A. Mileski, G. Conrad
Greeters:
Feb. 8 : Hamilton family
Nursery Volunteers for Feb. 8 :
9 am - M. Huelsberg & S. Bass
II am - S. & L. Agens
CATHOLIC COMMUNITY CENTER: As your offering this corning
weekend, please bring CEREAL, BROWN PAPER BAGS, dish soap and
toilet tissue. Thanks.
DIOCESE:
KUMBA YA, an afternoon of reflection for Boy and Girl Scouts in grades 1-8,
Feb. 28, 12:30 -4:45 pm, at St. Joseph ElementaryfMiddle School, Battle Creek.
Theme: Vocations. Cost is $5. Board of Review for AAD and Pope Pius XII
will begin at II am. Registration deadline is Feb. 20. For info contact Lisa Irwin
at 269-349-87 \3 X 228.
FAMILY PERSPECTIVE: Today's gospel reminds us "unclean spirits" still
haunt our families. These "spirits" thrive inside our grudges, punishing silences,
impatience and abruptness. Today Jesus offers you the "authority" to cast our
these spirits fro your life and your family.
SINGING TO THE LORD: MUSIC IN DIVINE WORSHIP workshop will be
Thursday, Feb. 12, 6:30-8:30 pm, at St. Thomas More Church, Kalamazoo with
Rev. Anthonv Ruff. OSB. This workshoD will look at the new mu~ic c\ocllment
Fourth Sunda of Ordina
Time issued by the US Bishops "Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship" and is
for parish singers, choir members, musicians and music directors, organists,
guitarists and clergy. For info contact the Office of Worship 269-349-8714 x
245 or [email protected]
MOTHERIDAUGHTER PROGRAM, explores God's special gift of human
fertility and the beauty and wonder of growing up and becoming a woman, for
10-12 year old girls and their mothers (or significant female). Sunday, Marcb 1,
2-5 pm, Lawrence Educational Center Auditorium at Borgess Hospital, Gull Rd.
at Shaffer Rd., Kalamazoo. $25/family. Reservation deadline is Feb. 23.
Contact Mary Culp at NFP Center at 269-964-9474 or download the reservation
form from the NFP page of the Diocesan Website www.dioceseofkalamazoo.org.
PLANNING YOUR FAMILY TOGETHER: an intro to Natural Family
Planning which includes the scientific basis for NFP , married love and
responsible parenthood, will be held Sat., Feb. 7, 10 am at the Chancery or Sat,
Feb. 14, St. Mary Marshall, 212 Hanover St.. Pre-registration required two
business days before the session. $25 fee. Call 269-349-8714 x 1141110 for info
or to register.
LENTEN RETREAT DAY: HOW JESUS COULD READ PEOPLE'S HEARTS
Sr. Elizabeth Reis, CSJ will lead a mini retreat on Sat., Feb. 29, 9 am - I pm, at
Transformations Spirituality Center, Nazareth. Catechist certification available.
Register for $20 by Feb. 20 or $25 after that. For more info or to register,
contact Office of Worship at 269-349-8714 x 245 or
[email protected]
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: :If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts." Open your heart to the gifts a Marriage Encounter
weekend will bring to you, to your spouse and to your sacrament of
Marriage/Holy Orders. The next Weekend is March 13-15. Early registration is
highly recommended. For more info, contact Bob and Jean Ann McCann at
616-847-0582.
DEADLINE for applications for Boy and Girl Scouts Catholic Religious awards
is March 7. Contact Lisa Irwin at 269-349-8714 x 228 for info.
HELP AND HEALING are possible for survivors of childhood trauma For the
past five years the Diocese of Kalamazoo has offered the Trauma Recoverv
Program for adult Catholics who are survivors of childhood abuse and neglect.
The program is based on a researched model. Participants do not rehash their
past. Instead, they learn why the effects of childhood trauma go so deep and
they learn specific skills for living more effectively in the now. This is done is
small group settings, situated in a private location and facilitated by mental
health professionals. There is no charge for the program.
More than 130 adult survivors have participated in the program and they
consistently report that the program far exceeded t heir expectations in assisting
them in t heir recovery. New groups begin March 9, 2009. Morning group is
9:30 am to noon; evening group is 7-9:30 pm. Contact Sharon Froom at 269­
381-8917 to inquire about participation.
LAKE MICHIGAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS:
THIS PAST FRIDAY we concluded our celebration of Catholic Schools Week,
the time each year when we share with the parish and community the many ways
our school makes a difference in our community, while educating students in an
atmosphere of faith and values. The Pastors, Administrators, staff and students
thank all families, parishioners, friends and volunteers who helped make our
week special!
OFFICE OF CATECHESIS AND INITIATION:
Peggy Gallagher. Director. 211 Church St. St. Joseph. MI 983-1575 x 10 Please remember to check WNDU.com for weather cancellations. FAMILY HOME REVIEWS have been sent to all home study families. Please choose one of the following dates to complete this review at the Rose Center: Saturday, Feb. 21 at 9:30 or Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6:30pm. T.N.T USUALLY MEETS Tuesday, 7-8:30 pm, LMC High School. HIGH SCHOOL GROUP: Wed., 6-8 pm, Rose Center. DTS: meets Saturday, 7-8:30 pm, Rose Center. ~:
On Feb. 7 & 8 B[RTHRIGHT AUXILIARY MEMBERS will distribute Baby
Bottles for their fund raiser. We are asked to take a bottle, fill it with change for
two weeks and return it at Mass on Feb. 21. Thanks in advance for your
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PRAYER & ADORATION at Saint Bernard Church Begins February 2, 2009 CHURCH OPENS 6:00 A.M.
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Community of Faith - Needs Survey
Across the country, parish nurses are working in churches like yours to help people improve
the health of body, mind, and spirit. As part of the church staff, the parish nurse provides a
caring outreach of listening to needs and assisting people to connect with services. They also
teach and counsel about many aspects of healthful living. Your input is needed to determine the need for services of the parish nurse at your church. BACKGROUND (please circle the information that describes you) Age: 25 and under
Gender:
Race:
26-34
35-44
45-5
55-64
65 and over
Female
Male
African-American
Caucasian
Marital status: Single
Other
Divorced Married
Separated
Widowed Other
Children of any of the following ages? (mark all that apply)
Age:
0-5
6-12
13-17
18-21
22 and older
Number of persons living in your household: 1 2 3 4
5
6
7
8 9
Participation in worship services, mass and/or other spiritual development activities:
Rarely (1-2 times a year)
Seldom (3-11 per year)
Occasionally (monthly)
Regularly (weekly- daily)
YES
Are you covered by a health insurance plan?
NO
How many days per week do you exercise for at least 30 minutes?
None 1
2
3
4
5
6
7
If you do exercise, what type of exercise? (mark all that apply)
Walking
Aerobics
GardeninglYard work Team Sports
Cycling
Weight Lifting
Golf
Home exercise
Swimming
Martial Arts
Dance
Other_ _ _ __
Please circle the TOP concerns you have about your health from the list below:
Cancer
Alcoholism
Alzheimer's Disease
Heart Disease
Caregiver Strain/Stress
Nutrition
High Blood Pressure
Medication Knowledge
Anorexia/Bulimia
Diabetes
Weight Control
Abuse
Lung Disease
Violence
Sexual Issues
Asthma
Menopause
Incontinence
HIV /AIDS
Difficulty Breathing
Pain
Headaches
Depression
AnxietylFears
Sleep Problems
Environmental Issues
Substance Abuse
Do you have any spiritual concerns related to: (Mark all that apply)
Prayer
Faith
Acceptance
Ability to let go
Anger
Spiritual healing
Forgiveness
Loneliness
Grief
Death
Other
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Please rate the following (please circle for each area)
Your health.
Your current knowledge about your own health.
Your ability to take care of yourself.
The availability of transportation to meet your health care needs.
Your comfort in talking to your doctor about your health.
Your comfort in talking to the parish nurse about concerns.
Poor Fair
Poor Fair
Poor Fair
Poor Fair
Poor Fair
Poor Fair
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Good
Very Good
Very Good
Very Good
Very Good
Very Good
Very Good
Are you responsible for the care of a family member with the following? (Circle all that apply)
Alzheimer'slDementia
Physical Limitations
Cognitive Limitations
Chronic Illness
What type of assistance do you provide to this person? (Circle all that apply)
Meal preparation
Shopping for groceries
Using the telephone
Housework
Managing medications
Eating
Toileting
Dressing
Bathing
Other
Managing money
Getting outside
Walking
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Are you interested in helping the parish nurse as a volunteer? If so- please circle which areas
you would like to assist with and print your name and contact information.
Name
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Phone
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1 would like to volunteer in the following area(s) ride assistance meal preparation respite care
Other________________~------------------------------------~~------_ _I am a healthcare professional (doctor, nurse, EMT etc.) and would be able to help with
blood pressure screenings and other health services or health education area.
Lake Michigan Catholic Schools, St. Joseph, Michigan
LAKER NEWS
& NOTES Nourishing the Human Spirit - Mind, Body and Sou/- through Jesus Christ
January 2009
Volume 4, Issue 3
In This Issue:
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Catholic Schools Week
Service Is at the Heart
Big Ideas in Small Moments
The Legacy of Service
Mary as Role Model
National Catholic Schools Week
January 25-31, 2009
Dear Friends,
LMC on the Web:
www.lmclakers.org
Contact Information:
Mr. John Berlin
Executive Director/
Middle-High School Principal
915 Pleasant St.
St. Joseph, MI 49085
269-983-2511
[email protected]
Mrs. Jody Maher
PrinCipal, Elementary School
3165 Washington Ave.
St. Joseph, MI 49085
269-429-0227
[email protected]
Mr. Gerald Heath
Dean of Students/
Athletic Director
915 Pleasant St.
St. Joseph, MI 49085
269-983-3154
[email protected]
Mrs. Janet Ordiway
Curriculum & Instruction
915 Pleasant St.
St. Joseph, MI 49085
269-983-2511
[email protected]
Mrs. Cindy Payovich
Director, Business Services
915 Pleasant St.
St. Joseph, MI 49085
269-983-5529
[email protected]
School Mass Schedules:
Elementary: 9:30, Tues. & Thurs. Middle School: 8:00, Mon. High School: 8:00, Wed. Middle-High School: 8:00, Fri. Mass times may vary due to Holy Days or
changes In the academiC schedule. Feel
free to call to confirm times.
Catholic Schools Week, the annual celebration
of what makes Catholic Education special,
began January 25th. We set aside this week
each year to build community awareness of and
involvement in Catholic schools. We share with
everyone the important role of Catholic schools
in providing a values-added education and
making the world a better place for all. We also
honor those who make our schools a success:
everyone from students, families, faculty and
staff to volunteers, community supporters and
local national leaders.
CATHOLIC
This year's theme, "Catholic Schools: Celebrate S C H 0 0 L S
Service," underscores the great commitment
Catholic education has to community service. As part of our effort to
educate the whole child in an atmosphere of faith and academic
excellence, Catholic schools instill in students a lifelong commitment to
serving others. When our students graduate, they have the tools they
need to fulfill their roles as good citizens, productive employees and
compassionate leaders.
Please join me in saying thank you to our principals, teachers, staff,
administrators, CCEC members, volunteers and everyone else involved in
running Lake Michigan Catholic School. Through their dedication and
commitment, they make our school an excellent example of how Catholic
schools "celebrate service."
Devotedly yours in Christ,
John Berlin
Executive Director/MS-HS Principal
The Heart of Our Faith In her recent letter to all Catl10lic school teachers and staff, Mrs.
Margaret Erich, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of
Kalamazoo, wrote, "Our schools have a long history of direct service to
those in need. Care for our brothers and sisters is the very heart of
our faith."
Service to the community comes in many forms. With contributions
coming from as those as young as preschool through our seniors,
these are just some of the organizations benefiting from projects
already undertaken or on the calendar for LMC students.
Altar & Liturgical Service to Home Parishes & School Masses
American Heart Association
Berrien County Cancer Society
Berrien County Jail Inmates Holiday Packages
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program
Birthright of St. Joseph
Blue Tide Golf Outing
Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor
Bronson Methodist Hospital
Caretel Resident Outreach & Seasonal Crafts
Catholic Community Center
Catholic Relief Services
Community Tree Giveaway
Correspondence for Shut-Ins
Earth Foundation for Rainforest Preservation
Habitat for Humanity
Heifer International Project
Hospice at Home
In-School Staff Support
Knauf Park Clean Sweep
LMCE Preschool Playground Construction
March of Dimes to Prevent Premature Births
100 Chicks for the Poor
Pennies for Patients
_ _ Readiness Center
Sarett Nature Center
Scholastic 100 Book Challenge for the Needy
Scouting Service Projects
Support for Seminarians
The Smile Network
Steel head Triathlon
Student Buddy Projects
Stuff-a-Truck Food Drive
Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat
Women's Service League "Operation Coats"
Mrs. Maher Spotlights the Big Ideas in the Little Moments While a first-thing-Monday-morning visit from the principal may not seem
like something that is eagerly anticipated, students are happy to see
Mrs. Maher come in their door with the weekly Most Marvelous Manners
award. Immediately the students ask "Who is it? What did they do?"
before learning about the winner's act of kindness, generosity, leader­
ship, or sacrifice for the sake of another. One of the most enjoyable
parts of the presentation is that the winners typically have no idea how
much their actions matter until Mrs. Maher explains the impact, and
that understanding becomes part of everyone in the room.
Nominations have come from all quarters-fellow students, staff, volun­
teers, or even guests in our building. Sometimes a casual observation
yields a winner; other times, a teacher shares a wonderful story about a
student over lunch. Whatever the source, the Most Marvelous Manners
award affirms the children's best instincts, encouraging them to be
aware of need, and service to others becomes second nature.
From School to Career: The Legacy of Service
Fostering a servant nature within students
can lead to them seeking roles that are
more far-reaching than anyone imagines.
Modeled at home by his parents, practiced
at Lake Michigan Catholic, and continued at
Marquette University, State Representative
John Proos' sense of service has led to a ca­
reer in local and state government. Having
demonstrated a particular interest in educa­
tion and health initiatives for children, his
efforts offer a example of working on behalf
of others for the betterment of all.
State Rep. John Proos, a Laker alum, shown
with Mary Nielsen and Gerald Heath,
presented Wal-Mart gift cards for school
supplies to teachers at lMC.
Men and women in the U.S. Armed Services
are remembered in daily intentions. Special
to us among them are the Mills family, Ted
and his sons Daniel, Teddy and Brian. Their
service to our country's present and future
generations shows remarkable commitment.
The Proos and Mills families show that when
your life takes shape around the service of
others, the power exists to leave a profound
and lasting effect.
lMCHS graduate and Kindergarten teacher
Nicole Mills celebrates the return of her
husband Daniel, also a Laker alum, and his
father Ted Mills from their tours of duty
in Iraq during Mass at lMCES.
Mary: Our Model of Faith, Trust and Service To look upon the statue of the Madonna and Child is to look upon the
model of service: Mary being the chosen and willing one to bring the
ultimate servant, Jesus Christ, into the world. Mary said, "Yes" so long
ago, and still does as intercessor when we seek what is good in the eyes
of God. She is eternally there for us
I
No matter what our call to service, we can look to the serene image of
the Madonna and Child, a mother who placed her complete faith in
God's plan, and her Son having full knowledge of the sacrifice to come,
to find all of the confidence we need to rise to any challenge, always
knowing that we are placed under her care.
Memorare
Remember, 0 most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that
anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your
intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto
you, 0 Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to you do I come, before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful; 0 Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my
petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
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