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St. Agnes
St. Agnes Parish
Iron River

702 4th Ave.
Iron River, MI 49935
Phone (906) 265-4557
Fax (906) 265-7155
email office
St. Cecilia
St. Cecilia Parish

510 Brady Street
P.O. Box 517
Caspian, MI 49915
Phone (906) 265-3777
or (906) 265-4557
email office
Immaculate Conception
Immculate Conception

Fr. Jeffery Kurtz
E23933 D Avenue
P.O. Box 398
Watersmeet, MI 49969
Phone 9906)265-4557
Permanent Deacon, Ret. Dk. Robert Kostka
Secretary Kathy Saylor
D.R.E. Jean Zielinski 906-284-3136
Business Administrator Sue Hanmer

Tri-Parish Office Phone (906) 265-4557
Fax (906) 265-7155
Email: stagnesstcecilia@gmail.com
Web Site: http://www.tcoinc.com/sasc/
Or www.dioceseofmarquette.org
New families and individuals are welcome to the Parishes. It is important that every family or independent adult register in the Parish of their choice: to keep our records, especially addresses, and telephone numbers, current. Please contact the Parish Office, to register, as soon as you are able. Thank you, and Welcome!
Mon. 8:00 am St. Agnes
Tues. 5:30 pm St. Agnes
Wed. 8:00 am St. Agnes
Thur. 8:00 am St. Cecilia
Fri. 8:00 am St. Cecilia

Sat. 8:00 am St. Cecilia
Sat. 4:00 pm St. Agnes
Sat. 4:00 am Immaculate Conception

Sun 8:00 am St. Cecilia
Sun 9:30 am Immaculate Conception
Sun. 10:00 am St. Agnes
Sun. 12-noon St. Cecilia
St Cecilia
Saturday 8:45—9:30 am

St. Agnes
Saturday 2:30 3:30 pm
Before daily Mass
And Appointment

Immaculate Conception
Saturday 3:00 pm

St. Agnes - Wed. after Mass - 3:00 PM
St. Cecilia - Fri. after Mass - Noon (to 4:00 PM First Fridays)
Parish Bulletin
St. Agnes & St. Cecilia Church Bulletin / .PDF format

Immaculate Conception Bulletin -2019 / .PDF format

Daily - M, W, Th, F, S, 7:35 am - Tu. 5:05 pm

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Rev. Greg Vaneklase Welcome

Welcome to the Sts. Agnes and Cecilia Catholic Parishes website. Please come back often and check us out. We'll try to add new content and bring you Catholic teaching on everything from current events to good old fashioned catechesis. If you have ideas and suggestions for the website, we welcome your thoughts.

Dear Parish Family,

The response to repair our stained glass vent windows has been more than heart warming. May God's blessing be upon all who reached out to help and to all who prayed and assisted in any way. Of course, we pray constantly for God to richly Bless our Parishes’ families, and the whole world. We are so very grateful for your kind and gracious assistance!

I would also like to bring to your attention some of the many other needs of our facility. We have started an S.O.S. program, "Save Our School" building. It badly needs a new trussed roof. The flat roof and parapet can no longer be repaired to a sustainable outcome. Water is leaking and damaging the ceilings, floors, walls and furniture. With our long winters and sometimes heavy snow loads the best solution would be a pitched roof with life long metal sheeting. We have photos of the damage if you would like to see them, please come visit us at the rectory office. We'd be happy to show you what we are faced with and the damages incurred.

Perhaps a few contractors might be able to volunteer labor and others can assist with material costs. The more that time passes, the more damage our school building will suffer. Please note that the building is used for our children’s Religious Education [CCD], and is also offered to Alcoholics Anonymous & Al-Anon as a service to the community. Oh how wonderful it would be if only it could some day reopen as a Catholic school. Thank you again for your prayers and support.

With prayers for you and yours, I remain...Yours in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,

Fr. Gregory Veneklase [Michael, OCD]
St. Agnes & St. Cecilia Parishes

Note from Fr. Veneklase:
This Lenten season once again offers us to draw near to God Our Savior. Today's world presents many obstacles from our attention to prayer, sacrifice and coming closer to Jesus. Therefore, I offer you two prayers to combat the devil and temptation, a Prayer of Defense and a Prayer of Offering. Download them here.

May you have a blessed and rewarding Lenten and a holy Easter to come.

New families and members are always welcome to the Catholic Church and our parishes.

Please contact the rectory at your earliest opportunity so we can get to personally know you, placed on the mailing list, and officially register you into the parish records system. We look forward to meeting you.

Submit bulletin notices in writing to the Rectory before noon on Monday.

Parents desiring the Sacrament of Baptism for their children must be registered and be actively participating in parish life. Parents must also attend a baptism class. Contact the office in advance.

Arrangements for marriages must be made at least six months in advance. One of the parties must be a practicing Catholic.

Whenever someone is seriously ill, hospitalized or is dying, contact the parish office immediately.

Religious Education Form

You may now download and print the CCD Registration and medical treatment form to register children for Religious Education. Please use this link to download the form. Fill it out both pages and return it to your parish office. Should you have any questions, please contact Jean Zielinski, Director of Religious Education. You may phone 906-284-3136, or email Jean at zielinskijean53@yahoo.com. Thank you and God bless. We look forward to helping you provide good catechises to your children.

Be sure to complete all three forms, registration, medical aid release form and phtot/recording release form and return them to the parish office.

Thank you.

Are you someone who wants to know your Catholic Faith better, would like to learn more, draw yourself closer to Truth/God, or someone who is new to the Faith and would like to explore what Catholicism really is? If your answer is yes to any of those, then begin here.

If you simply would like to hear and learn more about Biblical History, then begin here and be prepared for hours of entertaining informative learning experience.

Communion in the hand

. . . Every Knee Shall Bend.

May Catholics Eat Meat on Friday?

In these times of troubles within the world, lives are falling apart, people are filled with worry and distress. There is a patron saint for these causes and cures. St. Dymphna (pronounced Dimf-nah), whose National Shrine of is located on the grounds of St. Mary Parish in Massillon Ohio, is the patroness of those afflicted with mental and nervous disorders. Although many have never heard of St. Dymphna, she is becoming increasingly popular during these days of worry, fear and anxiety. Then, too, there are few people in the world who are not at some time or another troubled with their nerves.

Prayers to St. Dynphna for intercession: http://www.scborromeo.org/prayers/dymphna.pdf

How the Devil Works
I think you will find this presentation very interesting. There is more being revealed here that the title leads one to believe.

Jesus called Satan the father of lies. One of his greatest deceptions is to prompt you, me, and everyone in the world to believe that he is not real. This is a tragedy, because if we do not believe that the Devil is real, then we do not really believe in gospel of Jesus Christ. In this talk, Br. Jamie answer questions about the origin of Satan, his destructive mission in the world, and the tools available to us to combat him. We have a cunning, baffling & powerful enemy. We cannot fight an enemy we do not know and understand.

Fort Salvation: Spiritual Warfare
Be prepared to hear strong words regarding what it means to be Catholic. We are Church Militant. We are the original Chirstians, Catholic, on earth who are living; Christian militia, who struggle against sin, the devil and "..the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12).

Fort Salvation: Culture Wars
This is part two on knowing our faith.

The question and answer video is very informative and perhaps a question
and answer of yours might be answered in this final presentation.

What is Church teaching on the size of government? And what is the principle of subsidiarity? Find out more about charity and responsibility in this new video from the CatholicVote.org Education Fund

The following video presentation by Bishop Alexander K. Sample is a refreshing messages on the New Evangelization. In actually, the Evangelizing message is not new, but for us Catholics of the last 40 years, our faith teaching may have been lacking. As such, it would be difficult for fellow Catholics to even know how to deliver a message of Good News. Enjopy this wonderful presentation of reality in the Catholic Church.

The Cost of Abortion - Each October there is a weekend day set aside for National Life Chain. Iron River will have there's on Saturday, Oct. 1st, from 2:00pm - 3:30pm, along US 2 from the River, westward. Please come out and support life. In the mean time, do check out this video on The Cost of Abortion.

Commentary from the webmaster:

In 1917 Our Blessed Mother visited three little shepherd children giving them a message to give to the entire world. The above sentence sounds ridiculous to the proud so called intelligent. But, if one reviews the words of Our Lord, it was He who said unless we become as children, we cannot enter the Kingdom of heaven. In short, we must believe when heaven speaks. Hopefully, there is hardly a soul within the Catholic world who does not know the message of Fatima. Furthermore, sr. Lucy told us that the final battle of Satan would be against the family. Therefore, let us take a look at what has transpired since the warning from heaven regarding the attack against the family.

Time Line of the Anti-Family Agenda

1920s - Margaret Sanger starts the American Birth Control League, which will become Planned Parenthood.

Anti-Revolutionary Response:
Pius XI's encyclical "On Chaste Marriage" stresses the blessings of conjugal fidelity, of the sacrament, and of large families. He condemns artificial birth control.

1940s - Financial straits and the war effort force women out of the home. This contributes to bringing up de facto orphan children who are prey to delinquency.

Anti-Revolutionary Response:
Clear-sighted parents sacrifice wealth and luxury in order to preserve the family integrity and order, with the mother caring for the household and toddlers.

1950s - Hollywood movies send clear messages to dethrone men as head of the family, while praising assertive women who forego motherhood.

Anti-Revolutionary Response:
The Catholic Church promotes the respect of the fatherly figure along with the Church and school authority. It exercises censure over movies.

1960s - The advent of the sexual revolution "Promote free love, not war" "lt is forbidden to forbid "Down with all taboos!

Anti-Revolutionary Response:
In the face of contested authority and Christian morality, parents pull their children from liberal schools and influences.

Divorce becomes rampant and is socially tolerated. The Church hesrtates to give clear guidelines on birth control. The Novus Ordo Mssae is instituted.

Anti-Revolutionary Response:
The traditional reaction is organized with the Mass of all times, proper catechism and the restoration of all things in Christ. Meanwhile, Rome is virtually silent and offers no resistance to the “spirit of the times.”

1970s - Roe v. Wade brlngs the legalization of abortion in all "civilized nations.

Anti-Revolutionary Response:
Despite Church leaders’ cowardice, Catholic laity protest and accuse pro-abortion politicians of murder. Parents pray for children and for godly leaders and laws.

1980s - ln response to the outbreak of AIDS "sex education' is promoted in public schools rather than calls for abstinence.

Anti-Revolutionary Response:
Few bishops call for a return to traditional sexual morality. Few parents understand how perverse sex-education courses are.

1990s - "Gender theory" states that male and female are a matter of social and sexual choice regardless of biology. This ideology, promoted bv the LGBT movement, is given status of human right in the United Nations.

Anti-Revolutionary Response:
The LGBT group is against man, against life, and often leads men to suicide. To reject God-given gender is to try to play God. No man can extend his limits without peril.

2000s - The spread of the digital world provides immorality at children's fingertips This stultifies young minds and corrupts our youth before they can know and love the true good, and beautiful.

Anti-Revolutionary Response:
Knowing man’s fallen nature, Christian parents are strictly monitoring their children’s use of the screens and the best among them simply refuse to have them available.

2010s - Lawrence v. Texas effectively decriminalizes homosexuality on a national scale. Samesex marriage is legalized. Disagreement against such things is deemed "homophobic" and "discriminatory."

Anti-Revolutionary Response:
No civilization which promoted homosexuality has ever survived. The Church condemns the sin and offers pardon to the repentant sinner. The Church is Pro-life, and favors the families who are open to life.

Still not a believer that there is a battle going on against the family. Take a look at your family. What do you see? Any members no longer Catholic, no longer going to Church, no longer receiving or practicing the sacraments? How’s the stress level in the households of the country, let alone the world? Has life become complacent? St. Paul tells us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. How many today are even thinking of the salvation of their soul?

Why does this matter? It doesn’t unless you believe in life after death and reward and punishment. Protestants believe God is all forgiving and that no matter what, God will forgive. Yes, if we are repentant, convert, and work at what St. Paul told us and Christ Himself. Christ established one Church and one Church only. This is why the Catholic Church has a dogma that there is no salvation outside of that Church, the Catholic Church. There is only one person responsible for our soul and we can find that person in a mirror. If you are not praying the Rosary everyday, as Our Lady requested from Fatima, what is stopping that from happening? There is no more to add, nor to think about.

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