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Stella Maris Mission Statement

Stella Maris Catholic Parish prayerfully unites people in the love of Jesus guided by our patron, Mary.

Stella Maris Vision Statement

We invite all to journey as disciples. By sharing the Gospel, responding to Jesus' love and the gifts God has given us, we welcome all to grow in faith and in our parish life.

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time-August 22, 2021 Website: www.stellamarisparish.com

For Online Giving to our parish, please go to www.stellamarisparish.com and click on

“Giving to the Parish Electronically” on the front page.

This weekend we welcome Fr. Kulas speaking to us about Unbound.

Monday, August 23 Mass-8:00 am-FC

Christ Child Society Meeting-1:00 pm-Sts. Peter & Paul Tuesday, August 24

Mass -8:00 am-JP

Respect Life Meeting-9:00 pm-SB Scripture Class-10:00 am-SB Pray the Rosary-12:00 pm–BH Bridge-12:00 noon-EH

Wednesday, August 25 Mass-8:00 am-EH

Eucharistic Adoration-8:45 am-EH Thursday, August 26 Mass-8:00 am-SB

Men’s Bible Reflection-9:00 am-SB St. Vincent DePaul Meeting-1:30 pm-BH Parish Mission Planning Meeting-6:00 pm-SB

Friday, August 27 Mass Followed by Reconciliation-8:00 am-BH

Saturday, August 28 Reconciliation-8:30-9:30 am-BH Mass-4:00 pm-FC

Mass-6:00 pm-EH

Sunday, August 29 Mass-7:30 am-BH

Mass-9:30 am-SB Mass-11:30 am-JP Mass-1:00 pm-WI

If it does not please you to serve the Lord, de-

cide today whom you will serve, the gods

your fathers served beyond the River or the

gods of the Amorites in whose country you

are now dwelling. As for me and my house-

hold, we will serve the Lord.—Joshua 24:15

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2| REINSTATEMENT OF THE OBLIGATION TO Welcome to Stella Maris in Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, Jacksonport, Sister Bay & Washington Island ATTEND SUNDAY MASS

The Dispensation of the Obligation to attend Mass will be lifted on August 15 in the Diocese of Green Bay.

Celebrate Mass Via TV or Radio

Sunday Mass is available diocesan-wide via broadcast television on ABC affiliate WBAY at 5:30 am Sunday morning and on CW14 at 8:00 am on Sunday and Bishop Ricken at 10:30 am on WFRV Channel 5 on Sundays.

Radio Mass is available on Relevant Radio, 1050 AM at 9 am.

Daily Mass is livestreamed Monday through Friday from the cam- pus of Relevant Radio here in Green Bay. You can access the Mass at the Relevant Radio app, or at this link https://relevantradio.com/

faith/dailymass-video/.

Also available on your computer, is a full list of daily events with direct links to Masses, rosary and daily reflections compiled by The Compass, The Official Newspaper of the Green Bay Diocese at https://www.thecompassnews.org/virtual-event-calendar/.

Update on Our Gathering

· Each church has a section reserved for social distancing.

· Masks are strongly encouraged at Mass.

· Ministers of communion will wear masks and Precious Blood will not be distributed.

· Hand sanitizer is available at the entrances to church.

· Parishioners are reminded that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass does not apply to those individuals who are frail due to illness or age.

Seminarian Collection 2021

Our 16th Annual Seminarian Collection is working. By now you have received a letter from Bishop Ricken asking you to participate in Hope for the Future: Help them Today. Have you made your gift? So far this year our parish has raised $5,445.00. Last year, we raised a total of $11,975.00. Let us see if we can increase our sup- port of this important part of the mission of the Diocese of Green Bay. Make your gift today by mailing in your pledge card or visit www.catholicfoundationgb.org/give.

This Weekend

Please welcome Rev. William Kulas who will be with us to cele- brate Masses and tell us about the work of Unbound, a lay Catholic sponsorship ministry that helps children and elderly in 19 develop- ing countries. To learn more, call (800) 875-6564 or visit Unbound online at www.unbound.org.

As a priest of the Diocese of Winona, Minnesota, Father Bill Kulas served as pastor, teacher, canon lawyer & in the marriage tribunal.

He also taught in middle school and high school. Working with the downtrodden at Sharing & Caring Hands in Minneapolis and Warming House, he has always felt a special love for the poor as he sees Christ in them. Currently he spends time assisting active priests, driving for Ride Share, ministering to Warming House and doing police chaplaincy work. He enjoys gardening, reading, mas- tering jigsaw puzzles and tending to indoor plants.

Faith Formation

Breaking the Silence

In reviewing our Stella Maris values, this is the one which may be the hardest one for many of us to understand and then to live.

As Catholics we very often see our role as one of receiving the sac- raments, attending Mass and participating in and supporting our parish. And these are important ways we live our faith. However, we tend to not want to ‘talk about our faith’ as we may feel it is a private matter or we do not want to be ’pushing ourselves on oth- ers’. As a result, we do not think we need to talk explicitly with each other about our personal spiritual journey. Yet that is the way we will grow in discipleship and help each other to do the same.

We do not need to stand on a corner and preach. We do not need to share our deepest inner secrets but we do need to be able to talk openly about our God. Start small. Name Drop! Talk explicit- ly about following Jesus. For example, maybe you say how you asked Jesus for some specific need today. Talk openly about your relationship with God! Start with a friend or maybe join a small group, or anytime you are with others and you have a chance to share how you turned to God for help or how you feel a prayer was answered. Be a good listener! Be open to others when they share a part of their life’s journey with you. Encourage others to share where God was in a story they are sharing. Take the opportunity to bring God into your conversation.

These are just a few examples. Disciples share their faith and Jesus is calling each of us to discipleship.

St. Vincent dePaul

Our Stella Maris conference of Saint Vincent de Paul is excited to take part in the National Councils annual Friends of the Poor Walk- A-Thon. This is the first year we will be participating and we hope to make it a fun raiser as well as a fund raiser. The Friends of the

Poor® Walk/Run began as a national program with the purpose of providing local Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Conferences and Councils the additional funds to help support their special works projects. Today, that philosophy continues, with Confer- ences and Councils using the funds from this event to help people living in poverty.

Many families and individuals in Door County struggle to make ends meet. Their needs have only increased due to job and income loss related to Covid-19. In the last year we have helped 134 Door County neighbors in need and dispersed $43,568. We have helped with rent, food, medicine, car repairs, emergency lodging and more.

All our expenses are minimal and usually covered by one of our members. Therefore, you can be assured that all your donations go to help our neighbors and all the funds raised will stay right here in Door County. Now we are looking for your help.

You can help in many ways. Your prayers are a great start. But we are also asking for walkers, donors and volunteers to help that day.

We will be walking our own Stella Maris track in the Sister Bay parking lot. We hope many of you will come out and join the fun on Saturday morning, September 25. All money collected will go to our conference here in Door County.

As we are hoping many of you will join us, we are also putting out a challenge to our fellow Stella Maris organizations. Why not team up and register. We would love to see everyone come out. Or as individuals put your own family or friend team together. We will have more detailed information on how to register in a future bulle- tin and on the website. Or if you want a head start, go to

www.svdpusa.org, click on Programs/tools and then click on Friends of the Poor.

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HELP NEEDED TO LIVE STREAM-The technology has been upgraded and expanded at Baileys Harbor so that we now have the capability to live stream from the church. We are looking for some volunteers who would be interested in learning to live stream and then serve in the new ministry of "technician." If you are interest- ed, please contact Deacon Tony at busmgrsmdc@gmail.com.

AUGUST FOOD ITEM being collected is canned fruit and ap- plesauce for the CARE 24/7 Food Pantry, a ministry of Stella Ma- ris. Donations can be left at any of our sites and at the pantry.

Thank you.

ST. FRANCIS AND ST. MARY PARISH will host their 10th an- nual Kermis celebration on Sunday, September 5th, 2021. The day begins with an outdoor Mass at 9 am at the Brussels Town Park, followed by food, raffles, live auction and other fun activities throughout the day. The Modern Day Drifters will play throughout the afternoon. Celebrate with us from 9-4 on Sunday of Labor Day Weekend.

NORTHERN DOOR KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS are selling raffle tickets after Masses for their Charity Giving/

Scholarship Fund. First prize is $2,000. Cost of tickets are $2 each or 3 tickets for $5. Drawing will be Septem- ber 6th. Any questions, call Garey Bies, Grand Knight at (920) 421-0019.

RESPECT LIFE-God’s love—individual, real, unchanging—is the true source of our worth, identity and dignity. It really is not a question of who we are, but rather whose we are. Because his love will never change, nothing can reduce our God-given dignity and

nothing can diminish the immeasurable worth of our lives.—

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

ST. VINCENT DEPAUL-This year our Stella Maris conference of Saint Vincent de Paul is excited to be participating in the national Walk for the Poor on September 25. All money collected for our conference will remain here in Door County to help those in need in our area. You will be able to sign up online to walk and/or do- nate. We will be walking a track in our Sister Bay Stella Maris parking lot. Much more information to follow. Save the date.

Come out to help, walk or just join the fun.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY-Stella Maris Parish is looking to hire a bookkeeper. The position is part-time and benefit eligible.

Interested parties are asked to contact Deacon Tony Abts

(busmgrsmdc@gamail.com) for details, qualifications and require- ments

‘WEEKLY FAITH THOUGHTS’-Jesus resurrection from the dead is our resurrection too! We are raised to a new life with Him in this life and we will reign with Him in His eternal Kingdom.

COME EXERCISE FOR A GOOD CAUSE. A fun exercise class will be after morning mass at Stella Maris Sister Bay. Class begins 9 am on August 26. All are welcome. Voluntary donations will go to send Stella Maris youth to World Youth Day in 2023

The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains—everything is, as it were, a caress of God.—Laudato Si-84

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Liturgies of the Week

Saturday, August 21-Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Fish Creek-4:00 pm-WK †John Warner

Egg Harbor-6:00 pm-WK †Dick Fuller

Sunday, August 22-Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Baileys Harbor-7:30 am-WK †Lucia Ortiz

Sister Bay-9:30 am-WK †Ed & Sophie Piatek Jacksonport-11:30 am-WK †Dr. James Sargent Washington Island-1:00 pm-AH Stella Maris Parish Monday, August 23

Fish Creek-8:00 am-DT †Elizabeth Duff Tuesday, August 24-St. Bartholomew, Apostle

Jacksonport-8:00 am-DT Hayes/Eaton Families Wednesday, August 25

Egg Harbor-8:00 am-TF Muckerman Family Thursday, August 26

Sister Bay-8:00 am-TF †Ed Piatek Friday, August 27-St. Monica

Baileys Harbor-8:00 am-TF †Pam Goss

Saturday, August 28-Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Fish Creek-4:00 pm-TF Stella Maris Parish

Egg Harbor-6:00 pm-TF †Albert Gehrke

Sunday, August 29-Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Baileys Harbor-7:30 am-TF †Lucia Ortiz

Sister Bay-9:30 am-TF †Ed & Sophie Piatek Jacksonport-11:30 am-DT †Dr. James Sargent Washington Island-1:00 pm-TF Stella Maris Parish

TF=Fr. Thomas Farrell, AH=Fr. Art Heinze, DT=Fr. Don Thimm, WK=Fr. William Kulas

Dean Shumway-Sister Bay Steven Haen-Egg Harbor

Readings of the Week

Sunday: Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b/Ps 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21, 22-23 [9a]/Eph 5:21-32 or 5:2a, 25-32/Jn 6:60-69

Monday: 1 Thes 1:1-5, 8b-10/Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b [cf. 4a]/Mt 23:13-22

Tuesday: Rv 21:9b-14/Ps 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18 [12]/Jn 1:45-51

Wednesday: 1 Thes 2:9-13/Ps 139:7-8, 9-10, 11-12ab [1]/Mt 23:27-32

Thursday: 1 Thes 3:7-13/Ps 90:3-5a, 12-13, 14 and 17 [14]/Mt 24:42-51

Friday: 1 Thes 4:1-8/Ps 97:1 and 2b, 5-6, 10, 11-12 [12a]/Mt 25:1-13

Saturday: 1 Thes 4:9-11/Ps 98:1, 7-8, 9 [9]/Mt 25:

14-30

Next Sunday: Dt 4:1-2, 6-8/Ps 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5 [1a]/Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27/Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

©LPi THE GOD OF CHOICES

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

If you have ever read a book on parenting, you know the pow- er inherent in presenting choices to a child. No matter the method or style, most childrearing gurus worth their salt will tell you that raising kids is all about helping them handle choices. Their life, after all, will surely be full of important ones, large and small and the parent who seeks to shelter a child from making his own choices is living in denial of that inevitable future.

Our God is no different. He is the ultimate father — which is precisely what sets Him apart from false deities. God lets us choose Him. He does not trick us. He does not lie in wait. He does not blackmail or entrap us. He has all the strength in the universe, but He does not use an ounce of it to force us to do anything. His authority over us is the kind that never chafes, because it is entirely divorced from the concept of power. The choice to obey is ours.

In fact, at the single most important moment of salvation histo- ry — the Incarnation — He even gave the Blessed Mother a choice. The salvation of humanity hung upon the decision of a teenage girl to obey the will of God, but still, He did not force it upon her. He gave her a choice.

Ironically, it is the devil who doesn’t seem to want to give us a choice — probably because he knows that if we had a choice, a real and fair choice, we would never decide to be separated from the love of our Creator, the only One in whom our rest- less hearts can ever find rest. It is the devil who wins souls through deceit and coercion, who preys on feelings of despera- tion, isolation and confusion.

In today’s Gospel, we see many of Jesus’ disciples reject him because they could neither understand nor accept the teaching about eating his flesh and drinking his blood. Instead of mock- ing, chastising or berating them, Jesus instead shows gentle- ness and asks his remaining disciples if they, too, wish to leave.

There was a time in my life when I thought that perhaps I would be happier without religion. I was plagued by doubts. I was tired of fighting them and tired of this idea that because I submitted to religion, I was not “making my own choices.” I wanted to be the one in charge. I wanted to be the head of my own destiny. I didn’t want to rely on this God I wasn’t sure I could trust. I wasn’t sure I liked or understood the rules He had and thought I might be the first human in history to figure out some better ones.

But in the end, I realized that by believing in God and follow- ing His laws, I had indeed been making my own choices. I had never been enslaved — quite the opposite, I had been ex- ercising my free will. Christ had been asking me all along, the same as he did with Simon Peter: “Do you also want to leave?” And the message I heard coming from deep within myself was the same one that sprang from the lips of Simon Peter in response to Christ: “Master, to whom shall I go? On- ly you have the words of eternal life.”

Colleen Jurkiewicz Dorman

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Parish Membership Stella Maris Parish is delighted when new people want to join our parish and gladly wel- comes them into our faith com- munity. Contact the parish of- fice.

Infant Baptism The baptism of new babies and young children revitalizes our faith community. Please con- tact the parish office to make arrangements for baptism.

Adult Initiation The Catholic Church is always enriched whenever any adult chooses to be Catholic. Adults wishing to be baptized, or bap- tized adults wishing to be con- firmed, the RCIA program is available.

Reconciliation God’s great mercy is some- thing to be celebrated. Ritually we Catholics experience God’s unconditional love in the sacra- ment of reconciliation. Our pastor is available on Satur-

day’s from 8:30 to 9:30 am in Baileys Harbor or by appoint- ment by texting (920) 217- 8155.

Sacrament of Matrimony A faith-filled wedding is a joy- ful time for the couple and the parish. Our parish wants to have all weddings here be the best possible. The couple must meet with the pastor before a date can be reserved. Please contact the parish office at least 12 months in advance to begin preparation.

Ministry to the Sick Everyone needs extra compas- sion and care when his or her health is not at its best. As a parish, we try to meet that need. Communal anointing Masses take place twice yearly, with individual anointing done when requested. Parishioners in the hospital, nursing home or other institution are encour- aged to notify the office to arrange for visits or commun- ion.

Pastor Thomas J. Farrell

Via text @ (920) 217-8155

Egg Harbor Office (920) 868-3241 PO Box 49, 7710 State Hwy 42, Egg Harbor, WI 54209

E-mail: churchofficesmdc@gmail.com Fax (920) 868-1481

Web site: www.stellamarisparish.com

Office hours: (Mon-Fri) 8:00-12:00 & 12:30-4:30 Pastoral Associate Becky Nash

pastoralsmdc@gmail.com (920) 421-3332 Director of Worship and Music-

Business Administrator-Deacon Tony Abts busmgrsmdc@gmail.com

Bookkeeper/LoSEC (Local Safe Environment Coordinator) Jim Slomski booksmdc@gmail.com

Receptionist/Secretary/Bulletin Editor Lorie Orthober churchofficesmdc@gmail.com

Normal Bulletin Deadline for Articles - Tuesday, 9am Faith Formation Coordinator-Linda Cummer

cummerlinda@gmail.com (920) 421-2195 Maintenance Coordinator-Jim Charles (920) 493-4089

Wedding Coordinator-Pat Gureski weddingsmdc@gmail.com

Secretary Trustee-Angela Packard angepack@hotmail.com

Treasurer Trustee-Terry McArdle terrymcardle65@gmail.com

Pastoral Council Chair-Sharon Brabson brabsonsharon@gmail.com

Finance Council Chair-Chuck Germain chuckgermain@gmail.com

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Offertory Contributions–August 7-8, 2021

Actual Budget Stewardship

Envelopes $ 4,404.00 $ 7,000.00 ACH $ 8,102.00 $ 8,200.00 WeShare $ 1,090.00 $ 1,300.00 Offertory $ 4,341.00 $ 4,500.00 Totals $17,937.00 $21,000.00 2021/22 Actual YTD $112,547.00 2021/22 Budget YTD $107,500.00 2020/21 Actual YTD $88,064.00

Total Attendance last week-984

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Stella Maris Parish “Star of the Sea” Endowment For a perpetual Catholic presence in northern Door County

New Investment Ending Fund

Year Donors Contributions Net Earnings Balance 2018 11 $ 437,309.51 $ 5,009.24 $ 442,318.75 2019 99 $ 218,099.27 $ 27,467.71 $ 687,885.73 2020 8 $ 25,850.00 $ 5,718.35 $ 719,454.08 2021 8 $ 161,404.97 $ 224,904.09 $ 1,105,763.14 2022 0 $ 250.00 $ 6,945.13 $ 1,112,958.27 Total 126 $ 842,913.75 $ 270,044.52 $ 1,112,958.27

Totals through 07/31/2021

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