Great Catholic Events this Weekend

Two great events at Holy Rosary and a Catholic Men's Conference in Traverse City provide some great opportunities for Catholics this weekend.

Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th - 24 Hours for the Lord
24 hours of confession and adoration at Holy Rosary with confessions around the clock!
At Holy Rosary Parish
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Saturday, March 5th - 2016 Catholic Men’s Conference "Battle Ready Rally"
An all-day retreat with Doug Barry, founder of Radix and Battle Ready, the day ends with Mass celebrated by Bishop Raica!
At St. Francis School
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Sunday, March 6th - Holy League Event
A special presentation given by Doug Barry on preparing for and engaging in the spiritual fight. The talk is centered on the Sacraments and using the tools God has given us to fight the spiritual battle. Men, women, and children (over the age of seven) are encouraged to attend. Timeline for March 6th is as follows:
5:00-6:00pm – Potluck dinner and talk for men
6:00-7:30 – Battle Ready Rally (with Doug Barry) open to men, women, and children (over the age of seven)
7:30-8:30 – Men’s Holy League Hour with confession (for the men) and adoration
At Holy Rosary Parish
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Confirmation and First Communion

Our son Mark received his First Sacraments this past Sunday. It was a very special day for us and our entire parish community and included a beautiful Mass with a terrific homily by Bishop Hebda. His older brother Luke had to serve at the Extraordinary Form Mass later in the morning, so Mark was able to receive Holy Communion twice on his big day! Thanks Be to God! St. Patrick, Pray for Us!

Before MassBefore Mass

During MassDuring Mass

Bishop Hebda giving his HomilyBishop Hebda giving his Homily

With Father Libby and Bishop HebdaWith Father Libby and Bishop Hebda

With Father Libby, his sponsor Neil, and Bishop HebdaWith Father Libby, his sponsor Neil, and Bishop Hebda

With Our Lady and his Godmother LauraWith Our Lady and his Godmother Laura

With Our Lady and his cousin GiannaWith Our Lady and his cousin Gianna

Party time!Party time!

A special thanks to all of our family and friends that attended! Please keep Mark in your prayers!

Confirmation and First Communion

Our oldest son Luke was confirmed last night and received his First Communion. We're very proud of him and are very blessed to have him become a "Soldier of Christ". The Mass was beautiful with an awesome homily by Bishop Hebda. Luke was also selected to carry up the gifts during Mass. It was a special night for our family. Afterwards Bishop Hebda told Luke that he had made a wonderful choice for his sponsor. Thanks Be to God! St. Nicholas, Pray for Us!

Its not easiest to take pictures in the church, but here's a few I managed to grab!

Before Mass

With Father Libby and Bishop Hebda

With Father Libby, his sponsor Jake, and Bishop Hebda

With Father Libby, his Godparents Aunt Sue and Uncle Al, and Bishop Hebda

With Our Lady and his sponsor Jake

With Our Lady

A special thanks to all of our family and friends that attended! Please keep Luke in your prayers!

Confirmation and First Communion

My oldest daughter recently completed the sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion on Pentecost. It's been very special for our family to go through this journey with her. She has grown and learned (me too!) so much and we feel very blessed! She was also able to wear my wife's wedding veil, so that was extra special as well! Here's a couple of pictures from her joyous day.

Before Mass

With Father Libby and Bishop Hebda

With Our Lady

Growing up Lutheran, I didn't experience the Catholic Sacraments first-hand and it's been a blessing for myself as I continue to learn more and grow in our faith. I'm very thankful for all God has given me, especially my first child becoming an official member of the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church!