Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, Put-in-Bay, hosts a Community Retreat on 24 March 2020, from 9am to 3:30pm. The retreat is based on the book, The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity. The book was distributed to most folks on South Bass Island in 2019. Father Ritter, ordained a priest in 1967, leads the retreat. He served in many capacities in the Diocese of Toledo, including Administrator of the Diocese. Lunch is provided for all participants. To register or ask questions, contact Deacon Mike: 419-285-2741 (Office).
Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church Ash Wednesday service is at 3pm.
Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday. It is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it, too. Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Priests administer ashes during Mass and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. Even non-Christians and the excommunicated are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year’s palm Sunday Mass.
Bible Explorers of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Put-in-Bay, raced wood sailboats with lung-power to conclude a period of study about the life-saving grace of Jesus. Rev. Mary Staley organizes the weekly Bible study for children with the assistance of parents. This afternoon’s event, held in the church undercroft, included a visit by Commodore Perry!
The sailors, decked out in nautical attire, had to blow their sailboats down a long canal (i.e., rain gutter filled with water). During the event, Mother Mary referenced various points of interest related to the children’s Bible study. Participation prizes were awarded, and post-race treats were offered as well.
Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church announces the following Holy Week schedule:
April 14th Palm Sunday 10:30 A.M. Fr. Frank Kehres
April 18th Holy Thursday 3:30 P.M. Fr. Sikorski and Deacon Mike
April 19th Good Friday 5:30 P.M. Deacon Mike
April 21st Easter Sunday 10:30 A.M Fr. Jeff Smith and Deacon Mike
St. John’s @ The Bay presents a unique opportunity for Island women to participate in a weekly community gathering. The next Bible Study will celebrate God’s presence in every individual.