News from San Antonio Church – February 14, 2021

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Weekly Bulletin February 14, 2021

by Terrie Evans

Our San Antonio Church community sends its heartfelt condolences to Fred Brandewiede and his family on the passing of their beloved Matriarch Dixie.  We have missed Fred and Dixie at Mass while she battled many health issues.  They were dedicated to San Antonio and were there with us for our many milestones and  celebrations.  Dixie (Klemme) and Fred met when they both worked for the FBI and were married at St. Lawrence Church on May 26, 1962.  They were together for 59 years and shared  their love to their family and friends. She leaves sons Mark, Matthew,  daughter Melissa and their spouses.  Dixie’s  children were  her greatest assets as were the grandchildren she adored,  Allison  Molly, Jessica, Emma, Nikki, Michelle and her 4 great grandchildren.  We will always remember Dixie and her infectious smile as  Fred, and his family and friends mourn their great loss. 

We also send our condolences to Deacon John and Colleen Gerke  on the passing of their Patriarch, Paul Gerke.  Paul was a  resident of St. Bernard and was married to the late Rose Marie (Strum) for 60 years.  Together they raised Cathy, John, Sue, Peggy, and Rob in the Catholic Faith and welcomed 18 Grandchildren and 27 Great Grandchildren with the same religious values.  Paul was a descendant of the  Gerke Brewing Family who operated the Company from 1882-1912.  He was a member of IBEW 212 for over 60 years and passed down his electrical expertise to his son John who tackled our much needed repairs at San Antonio Church..

On this Sunday we celebrate World Marriage Day to honor the lifelong commitment and love a  husband and wife share while working through good and bad times.  In 1982, 43 Governors proclaimed the day as a celebration  that was changed to World Marriage Day in 1983.  In 1993, Pope John Paul II gave all married couples a special Apostolic Blessing .  A Prayer for Married Couples:  “Almighty and eternal God, You have blessed the union of married couples so that they might reflect the union of Christ with His Church:  look with kindness on them.  Renew their marriage covenant, increase your love in them, and strengthen their bond of peace so that, with their children, they may always rejoice in the gift of your blessing.  We ask this through Christ our Lord – Amen.”

On Wednesday, February 17th we enter the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday and 46 days of penitence before Easter.  The ashes we receive are from the burning of those palm leaves from the past Palm Sundays.  In ancient times, ashes were used to express grief and to show sorrow for sins and faults.  Christians all over the world will make a Lenten sacrifice during this liturgical season.  Fr. Len will officiate at our 12:00 noon Mass and distribute ashes for us. 

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