Fr. Paul will bless palms today (Saturday) in a private Mass. After 5:15 p.m. today (April 4th) palms can be picked up in the back of St. Patrick’s Church in Hollandale. St. Patrick’s will also be open Sunday morning (April 5th) and periodically during next week.
MESSAGE FROM FR. PAUL AND THE ST. ISIDORE PARISH COUCIL
We know this is a challenging time for all our parishioners. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families that you stay healthy and safe. While Masses are currently suspended at St. Isidore Parish churches, there are options for televised Mass and other spiritual outreach:
The Madison Diocese’s website, madisondiocese.org, announces televised Mass by Bishop Hying and other clergy and lists the readings for every day. (Similar to our Daily Readings link at the top of our Home page). It also provides other important church updates.
Televised Sunday Mass is normally at 6 a.m. on WISC-TV Channel 3.
For those with cable or satellite television or Sirius XM radio, the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) has round-the-clock Catholic-themed programming.
We hope you can take advantage of these and other spiritual activities such as reading the Bible and saying the rosary during this time. Fr. Paul also remains available via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), cell phone (608) 482-2024, or parish office (608) 967-2344.
We are working with the Diocese to implement soon a more timely way to be in contact with you. The new system is called Flocknote. We will be inputting all parishioners’ cell phone numbers and/or email addresses into Flocknote in order to advise you of important matters. However, in the interim, please continue to look on our website for any important updates or messages from Fr. Paul and the Parish Council.
With the suspension of Mass, collection of parishioners’ weekly contributions are also not occurring. Regardless, the Parish still has expenses to pay during this time. We are taking action to ensure we have sufficient liquid funds to pay all our bills in the immediate future. However, we are hopeful those parishioners who are able can mail their weekly contribution envelope to the parish’s Hollandale address. We fully understand that not all our parishioners may be in a position to do this as they may be facing difficult personal challenges such as job loss, reduction in hours, or other financial strains. For those who can, please only send checks made out to St. Isidore in your weekly contribution envelope to:
P.O. Box 37
Hollandale, WI 53544
A final note - we do have some parishioners who have generously offered their help for others during this trying time. If you or someone you know needs help getting groceries, medicine, or some other assistance, please contact Fr. Paul or one of your Parish Council members and we will do our best to find someone to assist them.
If you are new to our parish or just visiting,
Reconciliation: is available:
Immaculate Conception, Blanchardville
Saturdays : 3:30-3:45
St. Joseph, Argyle
Tuesday : 3:30-3:45
(unless there is no 4pm Mass)
St. Patrick, Hollandale
Saturday after Mass
Also available anytime upon request Just call 967-2344
Getting married: Please contact Father 6 months before your date.
New baby: Please call to schedule the baptism
In case of serious illness or imminent death:
Call Father Paul any time. 608-967-2344
Parish Membership: To join our parishes please contact Father Paul
Bulletin Announcements: Due on Tuesday evening
Lay Ministers Schedule
Mar. 14 & Mar. 15
Gifts: Joan McGowan & Agnes Ryser
Reader: Virginia McGowan
Eucharistic: Patty Powers
Gifts: Linda & Kay
Gifts: Brad Tisch family
Reader: Linda Hendrickson
Eucharistic: Lynn Hendrickson
Mar. 21 & Mar. 22
Gifts: Robert & Virginia McGowan
Reader: Bev Ryan
Eucharistic: Anita Bohn
Gifts: Terry & Susie Nelson
Reader: John Conway
Eucharistic: Terri Carlson
Readings For Mar 15
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
Readings For Mar 22
Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a
Saint Michael Prayer
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Weddings & Baptisms
Please contact Father Paul Eruva to discuss planing of your special events
Saints of the Church
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem’s Story
The crises that the Church faces today may seem minor when compared with the threat posed by the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ and almost overcame Christianity in the fourth century. Cyril was to be caught up in the controversy, accused of Arianism by Saint Jerome, and ultimately vindicated both by the men of his own time and by being declared a Doctor of the Church in 1822. Raised in Jerusalem and well-educated, especially in the Scriptures, he was ordained a priest by the bishop of Jerusalem and given the task during Lent of catechizing those preparing for Baptism and catechizing the newly baptized during the Easter season. There are conflicting reports about the circumstances of his becoming bishop of Jerusalem. It is certain that he was validly consecrated by bishops of the province. Since one of them was an Arian, Acacius, it may have been expected that his “cooperation” would follow. Conflict soon rose between Cyril and Acacius, bishop of the rival nearby see of Caesarea. Cyril was summoned to a council, accused of insubordination and of selling Church property to relieve the poor. Probably, however, a theological difference was also involved. He was condemned, driven from Jerusalem, and later vindicated, not without some association with and help from Semi-Arians. Half his episcopate was spent in exile; his first experience was repeated twice. He finally returned to find Jerusalem torn with heresy, schism and strife, and wracked with crime. Even Saint Gregory of Nyssa, who was sent to help, left in despair. They both went to the Council of Constantinople, where the amended form of the Nicene Creed was promulgated in 381. Cyril accepted the word consubstantial—that is, Christ is of the same substance or nature as the Father. Some said it was an act of repentance, but the bishops of the Council praised him as a champion of orthodoxy against the Arians.
Saint Frances of Rome’s Story
Frances’ life combines aspects of secular and religious life. A devoted and loving wife, she longed for a lifestyle of prayer and service, so she organized a group of women to minister to the needs of Rome’s poor. Born of wealthy parents, Frances found herself attracted to the religious life during her youth. But her parents objected and a young nobleman was selected to be her husband. As she became acquainted with her new relatives, Frances soon discovered that the wife of her husband’s brother also wished to live a life of service and prayer. So,the two, Frances and Vannozza, set out together—with their husbands’ blessings—to help the poor. Frances fell ill for a time, but this apparently only deepened her commitment to the suffering people she met. The years passed, and Frances gave birth to two sons and a daughter. With the new responsibilities of family life, the young mother turned her attention more to the needs of her own household. The family flourished under Frances’ care, but within a few years a great plague began to sweep across Italy. It struck Rome with devastating cruelty and left Frances’ second son dead. In an effort to help alleviate some of the suffering, Frances used all her money and sold her possessions to buy whatever the sick might possibly need. When all the resources had been exhausted, Frances and Vannozza went door to door begging. Later, Frances’ daughter died, and the saint opened a section of her house as a hospital. Frances became more and more convinced that this way of life was so necessary for the world, and it was not long before she requested and was given permission to found a society of women bound by no vows. They simply offered themselves to God and to the service of the poor. Once the society was established, Frances chose not to live at the community residence, but rather at home with her husband. She did this for seven years, until her husband passed away, and then came to live the remainder of her life with the society—serving the poorest of the poor.
READ the BIBLE
We Need to start Praying
With our Families
In our Homes