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St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church Diocese of Tyler 18221 FM 2493, Flint, TX 75762 903-894-7647 Pastor: Rev Fr. Timothy Kelly Deacon: Rev. Mr. Clarence Blalock 903-245-7239

Saturday evening - Mass at 5:00 pm Sunday morning - Masses at 9:00 am and 11:30 am Wednesday evening - Mass at 7:00 pm

The Ascension of the Lord – May 4th 2008 The Ascension of our Lord by John W. Martens America Magazine

The ascension is the celebration of Jesus' enthronement as Lord, but also a sign of his continuing existence in the flesh, albeit the resurrected body. It has also been, in many ways, a marginalized teaching of the Church, perhaps because of its very physicality, which can tend to embarrass modern or postmodern sensibilities. Where is the Risen Lord? Luke reports that "as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, "Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven" (1:9-11). Ephesians states that God has seated Christ "at his right hand in the heavens, far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this age but also in the one to come" (1:20-21). The cosmology reported in these two New Testament writings is so very foreign to us, as Jesus seems to "float" into his home in the sky. On the other hand, the bodily existence of Jesus is real and we cannot simply revert to the body-soul split of the ancient Greeks and even many modern thinkers. How do we retain the core of our faith, the resurrection and the ascension of the Lord, while embedded in an ancient cosmology which we no longer share? It was Douglas Farrow's book, Ascension and Ecclesia (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1999), which made clear to me how significant the doctrine of the ascension was, not only within the New Testament, but to the Church today. While we may reject the ancient cosmologies which describe Jesus flying into the ether, if we reject the particularity of Jesus we lose not only his bodiliness, but our own and are prone to fall into the trap of Gnosticism. The ascension is essential for the Church. Farrow writes, "to take seriously the fact that Christ has ascended to the Father is not to say he is everywhere, or nowhere, or somewhere else, but that he is with us in this twofold way: He is there, in firstcentury Palestine, and there again, at the parousia. Because he is with the Father, he is before us and after us; only so is he with us. He is with us precisely as a question put to our very existence, so that we too must decide with Pilate – and under essentially the same circumstances – 'What shall I do with Jesus, who is called the Christ?'" (Ascension and Ecclesia, 225). And in the Church we answer that we recognize Jesus, and meet him now, present in the Eucharist, as we await his return in glory.

St. Mary Magdalene Weekly Calendar Saturday, May 03

5:00 pm Mass

Sunday, May 04

9:00 am Mass; 11:30 am Mass 4:00 Sacremental Prep in Bullard

Monday, May 05

7:00 pm MOMM’s Meeting

Tuesday, May 06

9:00 am Rosary 4:30 pm Lectio Divina Prayer Group

Wednesday, 6:00 pm Faith Formation K thru 5th May 07 7:30 pm Faith Formation Senior High 7:00 pm Mass Thursday, May 08 Friday, May 09 Saturday, May 10

10:00 – 11:00 am Stan Ward “CS Lewis” 5:00 pm Mass

Adult Christian Initiation Weekly sessions for adults who desire to learn more about the Catholic faith are scheduled year round on Sunday mornings. We meet at 9:15 am at the rectory for the Liturgy of the Word, catechesis, and fellowship. To register or for further information please contact the church office.


2008-09 Tyler Catholic School System PTO AUCTION “Off to the Races” Kick Off Party Join us in Kicking off the 2008-09 Auction, “Off to the Races” May 9, 2008 6 pm to 9 pm 1606 Cold Water (Home of Tiffany and Robert Monaghan) Cost of Admission: A Silent/Live Auction item of equal or greater value of $40 / person or cash in the same amounts or $75 /couple See Auction Wish List for suggestions of items and Auction needs. To avoid duplications of items or any questions, please contact: Silent Auction: Andrea Clark 903-566-1749 or 903-539-4700 Live Auction: Nancy Jones 903-561-4934 Admission to the Kick Off party includes “Derby” style food and drinks plus a chance to win either: The Pines Catholic Camp- 1 week overnight camp (value $525) Or ! A Wealth planning Road Map by Jose Feliciano (value $1250)


Please RSVP Tiffany Monaghan @ 903-561-4573 Directions: from Hollytree Country Club travel south on Hollytree Drive, right onto Cold Water Casual dress, come and go as you please atmosphere All are welcome in the community Come out and have some great food and fun!!!


WISH LIST FOR AUCTION PACKAGES Silent Auction: Andrea Clark 903-566-1749 Live Auction: Nancy Jones 903-561-4934

To avoid too many duplications or for any questions, please contact:


Food: make and take suppers, certificates for Greenburg turkey and Thanksgiving trimmings, desserts for Holidays


Prom: gift certificates for tux, flowers, dinner, mani and pedi, hair salon


Electronic/Music: ipod (mp3), and its accessories, itunes cards, ipod car extension, ipod clock etc.


Orthodontia, Dental, Cosmetic


Movies/Video: a T.V., Wii, Nintendo, PS3 with games, controllers, headsets, DVD player, TiVo, movies


House: windows, carpets, yard services, maid services, floral arrangement each month, interior decorating service, power wash, room makeover


Spa certificates: overnight stay or day spa: massages, mani, pedi, spa products, facial and body treatments


Entertainment/Date night: gift certificates for restaurants, movies, Cowan center, symphony tickets, State fair, Fair Park in Dallas, other functions i.e. Cattle Barons, Symphony Ball, etc.


Sports tickets or box: to any college or professional game: basketball, baseball, golf, football, Nascar, Professional Bull Riding, horse racing, fishing, etc.

10. Private Lessons: golf, tennis, football, baseball, basketball, horseback riding, piano, drum, voice, art lessons and equipment needed, etc. 11. Men stuff: Rounds of golf, set of clubs, fitness membership/ pers. trainer (limit of 1), hunting and fishing equipment, etc., BBQ grill 12. Car stuff: tires, detailing, car washes, gas card, emergency kit and other accessories 13. College dorm room: for a particular college or general: towels, desk accessories, picture frame, laundry supplies, starbuck and fast food certificates, gas card, twin bedding 14. Computer stuff: laptop, printer, web camera, laptop bag, flash drive, cds 15. Yard: landscaping services, patio furniture, outdoor fireplace, seasonal flower plantings, pool cleaning 16. Party supplies: rentals, D.J., balloons, cakes, inflatable rentals, games, paper products, invitations, 17. Parties Hosted and certificates for: themed birthday parties, pool parties, bowling, prom parties, graduation parties 18. Sign up parties: get together with friends and host a sign up party!!! At your lake house, at your home, at your ranch, at the gym (with consent from school) 19. Travel packages: Kiawah or Sea island golf packages, vacation homes, hotel stays, car rentals, short getaways 20. Special items: set of fine china for 10, set of wine glasses for 10, set of silverware for 10, serving pieces, serving utensils, good wine for an elegant dinner 21. Autographed items: from musicians, sports figures, notable famous people, 22. Luxury items: designer purses, sunglasses, boots, jewelry, antiques, paintings, photography 23. Pets: boarding, grooming, baskets of toys/treats, shampoo, beds, bowls, etc. 24. Christmas: Christmas lights, decorating services (interior and exterior), tree, 25. Kids: Trunk or storage item filled with fun slumber party or summer camp: sleeping bags, crafts, etc. 26. Family Night Fun basket: to include board games, video games and their systems, family movies, movie rentals, pizza delivery, snacks, etc. Please thank the following businesses for already graciously donating items to our Auction Tennison Landscaping Winchester Sporting Goods Apache Belles Dr. Jayson Terres Dressin Gaudy Belladonna Spa Jose Feliciano Pines Catholic Camp


St. Vincent DePaul With actions that not only commemorate him, but also makes Christ present through our acts of love and attention to others; with acts of justice; with gestures of peace toward those who are close to us, and with honesty in our work and in our relationships. In all this we demonstrate that we continue to journey in hope, secure that the presence of Jesus is among us. "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8

T.K. Gorman School News GORMAN BACCALAUREATE MASS AND GRADUATION The Gorman Baccalaureate Mass is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Class of 2008 Graduation will be held on Friday, May 23, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in the Haddad Gym. BRIDGES DAY AND CRUSADERS BANQUET The fifth graders from St. Gregory will visit the Gorman campus on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The Crusaders Banquet for the incoming 2007-2008 Gorman sixth graders will be held Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in the Milam Joseph Center. GORMAN END OF THE YEAR STUDENT RECOGNITION CEREMONIES MS and HS Academic and Fine Arts Banquet Tuesday May 6, 2008 Milam Joseph Ctr MS Sports Banquet Monday May 12, 2008 Milam Joseph Ctr HS Sports Banquet Tuesday May 13, 2008 Milam Joseph Ctr Gorman Crusader Banquet (Class of 2015) Wednesday May 14, 2008 Milam Joseph Ctr Senior Alumni Lunch Wednesday May 21, 2008 Prayer Garden Senior Dinner Wednesday May 21, 2008 Cafeteria Baccalaureate Mass Thursday May 22, 2008 Cathedral Senior Honors Convocation Friday May 23, 2008 Haddad Gym Graduation (Class of 2008) Friday May 23, 2008 Haddad Gym Middle School Honors Honors Convocation Tuesday May 27, 2008 Haddad Gym High School Honors Honors Convocation Tuesday May 27, 2008 Haddad Gym Gorman Eighth Grade Graduation Friday May 30, 2008 Cathedral

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BUS DRIVERS Bishop T. K. Gorman Catholic School is looking for additional bus drivers. If you are interested, please call 903-561-2424 to leave a message for Jeff Wallace.


Saints for the Week:

Saturday, May 3, Philip and James, Apostles -- Philip died in the 1st century; from Bethsaida; among the first disciples called by Jesus; tradition holds he preached in Phrygia, dying on a cross at Hierapolis; two apocryphal works attributed to him; with James, venerated as the patron saints of Uruguay. James died in 62; son of Alphaeus and cousin or "brother of the Lord"; surnamed "the Less" or "the Just" for his piety; leader of the Jerusalem Church; an epistle is ascribed to him; believed to have been beaten or stoned to death; patron of the dying; both saints mentioned in the Roman Canon.

Summer Trip To Dallas All 8-12 Graders Are Invited

Furniture needed We are in need 2 double beds with nightstands and dressers. If you can help with this request, please contact Fr. Kelly or call the office.

June 27-29 We Will Be Going To: ! Laser Quest on Friday ! NRH2O Water Park on Saturday ! Ice Skating at the Galleria Sunday ! Mass at St. Ann’s in Coppell Sunday Evening Anyone Interested should call Debbi Jones (903) 316-8084 or Kathleen Hooten (903) 561-8908 Cut off for sign ups will be May 23rd. We require a $25.00 Deposit to hold your spot.

SMM Nursery Ministry A nursery is available during the 9 AM mass for families with young children. The nursery is located in the church office. Please use the parking area in back of the office when dropping off children. If you feel called to bless this ministry through your service, please let the office know. We are in need of volunteers.

Prayer Line If anyone knows of someone who needs prayers, or you want to pray for someone who needs prayers, please call the prayer line ministry for St. Mary Magdalene at 903 894-3875.

Do you want to donate flowers? You can sign up for a weekend on the bulletin board at the back of the church by the confessional.


Sunday's readings: Reading I: Acts 1:1-11 Reading II: Eph 1:17-23 Gospel: Mt 28:16-20


Mass Intentions

We need people to come on Saturday and/or Sunday (May 10 & 11) to help set up, decorate, cook, clean up, etc. for the building dedication. Please call Anne at the office.

Saturday, May 3, 5:00 pm – Wayne and Mary Jackson, Living Sunday, May 4, 9:00 am -- Lydia Gottschalk, RIP Sunday, May 4, 11:30 am -- Pro Popolo (for the people) Wednesday, May 7, 7:00 pm -- Kathleen Kelly, RIP Saturday, May 10, 5:00 pm -- Ed Garza, RIP Sunday, May 11, 9:00 am -- Fergis Rowland, RIP Sunday, May 11, 11:30 am -- Pro Popolo (for the people) Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 pm -- Fergis Rowland, RIP

Flowers for May 3 and 4th:

Coming Soon! Mark Your Calendars! Vacation Bible School June 16-20 9 a.m. to 12 Noon Grades PreK-6

Registration after Mass Weekend of May 17-18, May 24-25, and May 31-June 1 May 7 at Faith Formation Registration Forms will also be available at the Church Office.


Flowers are donated by Karleen Pape in Memory of Joseph R. Urbis Flowers are also donated by Kathy and David Stafford in Celebration of Wyatt's Birthday. Flowers are also donated by Scott and Pam Dunklin in Memory of Teresa Holley. We regret that last week’s flower donations contained an error. The donation should have read: Flowers are also donated by Paul and Jo Ann Landers for Ted Meyer.

Announcements MOMM's Meeting MOMM's Meeting Monday, May 5 at 7 pm in the office. All moms are welcome. C.S. Lewis discussions with Stan Ward Beginning Saturday, May 10 and continuing through Saturday, May 31, Stan Ward, a teacher from Brook Hill will be discussing the C.S. Lewis book "Mere Christianity". These sessions will take place in the new building from 10 - 11 am. All are welcome. Bishop to bless our new Building The Bishop will be here on Sunday, May 11 to bless our new Building. Hope to see everyone there. The Seniors Lunch Bunch The Seniors Lunch Bunch will meet Wednesday, May 14, for noon Mass at St. Paul's. Afterwards, we will eat at the Jalapeno Tree, 420 WSW Loop 323 (former Golden Coral). Catholic senior citizens welcome. For info. call 903-894-7240. Lectio Divina The Lectio Divina prayer group will meet on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30-5:30 pm. All are welcome. For directions, please call Mary Green at 534-0312 or email: for a map. Second Collection for Vacation Bible School There will be a second collection next weekend for the support of St. Mary Magdalene's Vacation Bible School. Please be generous.

If you know of anyone who is sick or homebound that would like to be contacted or visited, please call Sandy Saunders at 903-705-0216 or the church office Would you like to make someone's day? Join our team to visit the sick and homebound. Call Sandy or the church office to participate.

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7-day Candle for the week of May 4 through May 10 is donated by Bill Williamson for the Williamson Family.

Collection Totals: April 26 & 27 = $7,506.00

Summer Trip To Dallas All 8-12 Graders Are Invited To Join Us for an Overnight Fun-Filled Excursion!!!!!!!! June 27-29 We Will Be Going To Laser Quest on Friday

NRH2O Water Park on Saturday Ice Skating at the Galleria Sunday Mass at St. Ann’s in Coppell Sunday Evening Anyone Interested should call Debbi Jones (903) 316-8084 or Kathleen Hooten (903) 561-8908 Cut off for sign ups will be May 23rd We require a $25.00 Deposit to hold your spot


SMM Bulletin May 4, 2008  

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