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Our mission is to become the real presence of Christ through prayer, education, worship and service

"Lead Me Lord, Send Me"
Fr. Stephen Okumu


Website Maintenance: March 18, 2018
As we strive to always make improvements in our service to you, OSV who is hosting our website is going to be performing an infrastructure update on Sunday, March 18, starting at 8 PM ET. This will require that STMP.org website be down until 8 AM ET on Monday March 19. We apologize for any inconvenience!




Weekend Masses
Saturday 5 PM
Sunday 8:30 AM
Sunday 10:30 AM

Saturday 3:30-4:30 PM
or by appointment

Weekday Masses
Tuesday 9 AM
Wednesday 9 AM(Mid June-Aug)
Wednesday 8:30 AM(Sept.-Mid June)
Thursday 9 AM
Friday 9 AM

Parish Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 9 AM-5:00 PM
Friday 9 AM-1:00 PM


Special Mass this Lent:

Men's Mass
Wednesday, March 21, 7pm


Come Pray with US During Lent

Every Wednesday at 6 pm, in the Chapel an hour of prayer

Stations of the Cross at 5:30 pm, in the  Church followed by Stone Soup Supper or Fish Fry

Lenten Penance Service, Wednesday, March 14th at 7 pm

Men's Mass, "The Man Born Blind", Wednesday, March 21st at 7 pm


Regular weekend Masses.  The 10:30 am Sunday Mass will begin on the lawn in front of the church (or in the Parish Hall if raining) with the blessings of the palms.

HOLY THURSDAY, MARCH 29TH: Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7 pm Mass-Church

GOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH: Noon-Living Stations of the Cross-Church 
Celebration of the Lord's Passion, 7 pm- Church

EASTER VIGIL, MARCH 31ST: Vigil of the Lord's Resurrection, 8:30 pm Mass

12:30 PM 



Walking with Jesus….Jesus Walking with Us

-Deacon Clark Goecker

Throughout the Scriptures we here each week we find ourselves walking with Jesus from town to town, wondering in the desert, and coming into intimate contact with so many different people.  Over time, we come to realize Jesus is walking with us each and every day, in the good times and in the bad times.  Hopefully, as we continue our faith journey we can see and feel his presence at all times.  It is our journey of faith.

During Lent we are called as his disciples to walk with Jesus in a special way—in the Scripture readings, in processions on Palm Sunday and the Easter Vigil and in the Stations of the Cross.  While we can “walk the Stations” at any time of the year (the Stations are always present in the church), Lent is a special time when we gather to recall the fourteen scenes of Christ’s Passion.

But the Stations of the Cross are much more than a reflection on his Passion.  Walking with Jesus during the Stations of the Cross is all about prayer, our imagination and our gratitude. In our prayer it is all about our relationship with God.  It is an invitation to enter into a gifted faith experience of who Jesus is for us.  It becomes a prayer when we open our hearts to be touched, and it leads us to express our response in prayer.

The Stations of the Cross can allow us to visualize, to imagine the true meaning of his Passion and death. It is an opportunity to use a long-standing prayer to let Jesus touch our hearts deeply by showing us the depth of his love for each of us.  And, theologians and liturgists remind us that devotion to the Passion is incomplete without reference to the Resurrection and therefore we often add a fifteenth station or reflection at the end.

We do all this in gratitude. Walking with Jesus in the Stations helps us to imagine his special relationship with all those who have been tortured, unjustly accused or victimized, sitting on death row, caring impossible burdens, facing terminal illness or simply fatigued with life. We are grateful for Jesus’ presence, walking with us, in our daily lives.

Please join your brothers and sisters of the Parish each Friday during Lent at 5:30pm in the Church for the Stations of the Cross  and  every Wednesday at 6 pm for an hour of prayer at the chapel.  




What are scrutinies? 

The rites of repentance and self-searching for those preparing to enter the Church have ancient roots.


Msgr. M. Francis Mannion OSV Newsweekly

Question: Recently during a Saturday evening Mass, our priest held a ceremony called “scrutinies” for six people. There are to be two more. Can you explain what these scrutinies are? 

— Paul Dupraw, Vancouver, Wash.

Answer: The Second Vatican Council called for the restoration of the adult catechumenate, that is, an extended process of Christian formation for those preparing for entry into the Christian faith. In 1974, the Holy See promulgated the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), which contained a series of rites in preparation for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist. In 1988, a second edition was published.  

The baptism and confirmation of adults, and their first reception of the Eucharist, normally takes place at the Easter Vigil. In preparation for these sacraments, a series of preparatory rites are prescribed, among them scrutinies, which normally take place during Mass, after the homily, on the third, fourth and fifth Sundays of Lent. The scrutinies are usually celebrated during the same Mass each week; so, it is possible that those who attend other Masses may never have observed them.  

The ritual book for the RCIA describes the scrutinies as follows: “The scrutinies, which are solemnly celebrated on Sundays and are reinforced by an exorcism, are rites for self-searching and repentance and have above all a spiritual purpose. The scrutinies are meant to uncover, then heal all that is weak, defective or sinful in the hearts of the elect [those preparing for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist]; to bring out, then strengthen, all that is upright, strong and good. For the scrutinies are celebrated in order to deliver the elect from the power of sin and Satan, to protect them against temptation, and to give them strength in Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life. These rites, therefore, should complete the conversion of the elect and deepen their resolve to hold fast to Christ and to carry out their decision to love God above all” (No. 141). 

Essentially these rites are composed of prayers of intercession and the laying on of hands so that the Holy Spirit may be invoked and the spirit of evil cast out. They are celebrated purposefully at Mass, so that the whole congregation is given the opportunity to pray for and support those preparing for the Easter sacraments and to make the point that conversion is not only a personal matter but a communal commitment. 

The scrutinies are not merely modern developments, but have their origin in the early Church. In the earlier centuries there were three scrutinies, but eventually the number was increased to seven. From the Middle Ages on, owing to the fact that most of those who received baptism were infants, the scrutinies were reduced in number and scope and were only revived after Vatican II. 

excerpts from OSVNewsweekly/4/13/2011



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