Holy Week Update


Holy Week Celebrations

10AM Palm Sunday Mass (without congregation) will be livestreamed via Notre Dame Parish Facebook

Holy Monday: 3PM to 6PM - Confessions

Holy Tuesday: 3PM to 6PM - Confessions

Holy Wednesday: 3PM to 6PM - Confessions

All weekday and Sunday Masses and Triduum Celebrations will be livestreamed via Notre Dame Parish Facebook

Download the “all in one” Catholic app ‘Laudate’ for Daily Readings, Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary and Chaplet, Stations of the Cross and many more.  

Mass Intentions for the Week:

March 30 - Healthcare Workers

March 31 - Frank Krapp +

April 01 - Leonard York +

April 02 - Doreen St. Germain +

April 03 - Lon Hingley +

April 04 - Joanne Lefebvre and all who serve at Notre Dame Parish



God our Father, we come to You in our need to ask Your protection against the 2019 novel corona virus that has claimed lives and has affected many.

We pray for Your grace for the people tasked with studying the nature and cause of this virus and its disease and of stemming the tide of its transmission.

Guide the hands and minds of medical experts that they may minister to the sick with competence and compassion
and of those governments and private agencies that must find cure and solution to this pandemic. We pray for those afflicted.

May they be restored to health soon. 

Grant us the grace to work for the good of all and to help those in need. 

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen. 

Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.


Saints who have had to live without the Eucharist - by Meg Hunter-Kilmer (

These stories will put our momentary fast from the Body and Blood of Christ into perspective.

With dioceses around the world canceling public Masses for weeks to come, many Catholics are already feeling starved for the Eucharist. When the world is fighting a global pandemic, it seems that the Mass would be more necessary than ever. But while public Masses are canceled, the private ones continue and the body of Christ is able to receive the graces from those Masses, especially when we make a spiritual communion.

Still, how can we who depend on the Sacraments survive this crisis when divorced from holy Mass? Well, there are plenty of saints (and millions more Christians) who’ve had similar experiences, months and years of surviving without the Sacraments. Looking to them can strengthen us to persevere.

Though not canonized, thousands and thousands of Japanese Christians lived without priests for nearly 250 years. They baptized their children in secret, passing down the faith in whispered lessons, praying before images of the Madonna and Child that were disguised to look like Buddhist images. In 1858 Japan finally readmitted Christian missionaries, who found 10,000 hidden Christians waiting for them. Imagine being raised with the near certainty that you would never in your life attend Mass, knowing of the Eucharist only because your grandmother’s grandmother’s grandmother once went to Mass. It puts social distancing in perspective.

The saints of 19th-century Korea were in a similar situation. After the Gospel was first preached by Servant of God Yi Beok and his companions in 1784, the Church was run entirely by laypeople until 1795. At that point, Bl. James Zhou Wen-Mo arrived and discovered 4,000 Catholics, only one of whom had ever seen a priest. Wen-Mo served as the only priest in all of Korea for six years, until his martyrdom. For the next 36 years, there were again no Masses in Korea until a small group of French priests arrived in 1836—and were killed two years later.

St. Isaac Jogues (1607-1646) may have been prepared for torture and martyrdom when he traveled to North America to evangelize Native Americans. But as a priest, he wouldn’t have expected to be deprived of the Eucharist — until his hands were marred by his captors. At the time, a priest who was missing thumb or forefinger was unable to celebrate the Mass, so from the time of his injury until (having escaped his Mohawk captors) his return to France 17 months later, Fr. Jogues was unable to confess, to celebrate Mass, or even to attend Mass. He was given a special dispensation and permitted to celebrate Mass again, in spite of the state of his hands, and requested permission to return to America after his recovery. He was killed not long after his return, but his killer later repented and was baptized with the name “Isaac Jogues.”

Bl. Victoire Rasoamanarivo (1848-1894) was a Malagasy noblewoman and a convert to Catholicism. A leader in the Church in Madagascar, when the French were expelled from Madagascar in 1883, the departing priests left the care of the Church in her hands, along with Bl. Raphael Rafiringa, a Malagasy religious Brother. For nearly three years, Victoire and Raphael led the 21,000 lay Catholics in Madagascar, bringing them together each Sunday for communal prayer though there were no priests to celebrate Mass. Victoire explained, “I place before my mind the missionaries saying the Mass, and mentally attend all the Masses being said throughout the world.” Three years later, a vibrant community hungry for the Eucharist welcomed their priests back—all of them far more grateful for the Mass than they had been before their three years without it.

St. Mark Ji TianXiang (1834-1900) was an opium addict. Because his priest didn’t understand the nature of addiction, he told TianXiang that he couldn’t be absolved until he had beaten his addiction—which meant that he couldn’t receive communion either. For 30 years, TianXiang continued to practice the faith while being denied the Sacraments. He never did manage to get clean, but he died a martyr and has been canonized a saint not just for his martyrdom but for his decades of attempting to follow Jesus even in the absence of the Sacraments.

Bl. Laurentia Herasymiv (1911-1952), like countless other Catholics in Nazi concentration camps or Soviet gulags, spent the last months of her life without the Sacraments and in the near certainty that she would have no opportunity for viaticum or a final confession. Arrested for refusing to abandon the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for Orthodoxy, Sr. Laurentia and Bl. Olympia Bida were sent to Siberia, where both died as a result of all they’d suffered at the hands of the communists. As she lay dying, she begged for the Eucharist, calling out in her delirium, “Jesus, I do not want to die without you!” She died, as she had lived for two long years, without the Eucharist, and was fully united to Jesus.


Parish Leadership


Parish Staff

Pastor: Rev. Venerando Sabacan
Secretary: Pauline Bates

Office Volunteer: Yvonne Becotte


President: Rev. Venerando Sabacan

Chairperson: Alex Reschny

Publicity Coordinator: John Vetter

Secretary: Pauline Bates 

Diocesan Appeal and Ministry Sign-up/ Renewal: Yvonne Becotte &

Carol Handfield 

Parish Events: Jeannette Shaw

Fundraising: Gregg Apolonio


Parish Pastoral Council

President: Rev. Venerando Sabacan

Secretary: Pauline Bates

Members: Greg Apolonio, Yvonne Becotte, Christina Kinnear 

School Council Representatives: Pauline Gerwien

Parish Pastoral Council Election is postponed until September 2020


Rev. Venerando Sabacan

Gloria Juell

Leeanne Williams


Parish Finance Council

President: Rev. Venerando Sabacan
Pauline Gerwien

Glenda Macarat

Alex Reschny 


Doug Becotte

Lou Duperron

Rodger Sarauer

Parish Groups


Kids for Jesus

"People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, 'let the little children come to me; do not stop; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.' And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them and blessed them." Mark 10,13-16 

The group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 3:00PM-4:00PM at the Notre Dame Church basement (from September to May).

All children are welcome from ages 3-11 years. Bring your children and meet new friends as they journey in faith together.

 Children's Liturgy is every Sunday for children ages 4-7. 

Coordinator: Leeanne Williams


Youth Group

“Remember that you are never alone, Christ is with you on your  journey every day of your lives! He has called you and chosen you to  live in the freedom of the children of God. Turn to him in prayer and in  love. Ask him to grant you the courage and strength to live in this  freedom always. Walk with him who is “the Way, the Truth and the Life”! 

St. (Pope) John Paul II

Youth Group (for Grades 6 and up) meets every Monday at 7:00PM beginning December 3rd 2018 at the Notre Dame Parish Basement. Please invite your classmates and friends for an evening of fun and faith-filled activities.

Coordinators: TBA


Celebrating the Word

Celebrating the Word is a process model for faith  sharing groups that is designed to replicate the Emmaus encounter. Most  of us can identify with the plight of those two disciples. We know their  experience. We have been there. And we need a place and a process that  will allow us, as a faith community on a regular basis, to make  connections between our life stories and the Gospel Story. As with those  two disciples, we are assured that when we come together in faith and  trust to make connections between our life stories and the Gospel Story,  we too will come to experience the presence and power of God's own  Spirit: " Were not our hearts burning within us when He opened the  scriptures to us."

The Group meets every Tuesday morning from 10:30AM-12Noon at the Church meeting room from September-June




Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained

We might be familiar with different aspects of the Catholic Faith. But how does it all fit together? And what difference does it make for our lives? Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained opens up the "big picture" of the Catholic Faith in a way that helps us know it, live it, and articulate it to others.




BEGINNING January 12, 2020  at 3PM

(Break during Lenten Season)

Chapter 1 : Introducing the Old Testament

Chapter 2: The Peoples and Lands of the Old Testament

Chapter 3: Archaeology and the Old Testament

Chapter 4: Literary Tools for the Old Testament Study

Chapter 5: The Pentateuch

Chapter 6: Genesis 1-11 Preface to Israel's Story

Chapter 7: Genesis 12-50 The Patriarchs

Chapter 8: The Exodus from Egypt

Chapter 9: The Covenant and Journey to Canaan - Exodus 19 through Numbers

Chapter 10: The Israelite Possession of Canaan - The Books of Joshua and Judges

Liturgy Committee

"Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them" John 6,56

The Eucharist is the center of Christian life for the Church and the outstanding means whereby the faithful may express in their lives and manifest to others the mystery of Christ. It is at the heart of all parish life, making the liturgy committee and its ministry among the highest priorities in any parish.

The primary role of the liturgy committee is to focus on the full range of the parish's liturgical life and to represent the consensus of the community in matters related to that liturgical life. It has a mandate to ensure that celebrations are planned in such a way that they lead to a conscious, active and full participation of the faithful both in body and in mind, "as demanded by the very nature of the celebration and to which the Christian people have a right and duty by reason of their Baptism". The actual details of planning liturgical celebrations should be left to those people whom we have engaged for specific liturgical ministries in our parish (Readers, Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Altar Servers, Music, Art & Environment, Hospitality, School Mass and Children's Liturgy).

Fr. Vener Sabacan            Leeanne Williams
Yvonne Becotte                Pauline Bates
Gerry Lagasse                   Rick LeGear                
Pauline Gerwien               Elizabeth Squires  
Jenna Gilbertson  (Coordinator for Notre Dame School)                  


Growing In Faith Together (G. I. F. T)



Community and Service


"For it is in the liturgy, especially in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, that 'the work of redemption is accomplished', and it is through the liturgy especially the faithful are enabled to express in their lives and manifest to others the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church" Sacrosanctum Concilium#2 



Community and Service


"Catechesis is the education in the faith of children, young people and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life." Catechism of the Catholic Church#5 


Community and Service

Community and Service

Community and Service

"Christian charity truly  extends to all, without distinction of race, creed, or social condition: it  looks for neither gain nor gratitude...Just  as Christ, then, went about all the towns and villages, curing every kind of  disease and infirmity as a sign that the kingdom of God had come (cf. Matt.  9:35ff; Acts 10:38), so also the Church, through her children, is one with men  of every condition, but especially with the poor and the afflicted." Decree
Ad Gentes) on the Mission Activity of the Church #12


Catholic Women's League

Catholic Women's League

Catholic Women's League

President: Barbara Frost

CWL Meeting: 1st Wednesday 

of the Month at 1PM-Parish Meeting Room


Knights of Columbus

Catholic Women's League

Catholic Women's League

Grand Knight: Greg Apolonio, Jr.

KofC Meeting: 1st Tuesday

of the Month at 7PM 

Notre Dame School-Knights' Room

Ministry to the Sick and the Aged


Due to privacy laws, it is important when you are in the hospital that you make Admitting aware that you are Catholic, and that you would like visits. If you do not make this request the hospital will not inform our Pastoral Care Team of you being there. Otherwise, you can  ask a family member or close friend to contact the Parish office. Thank you.

Rotary Manor

Mass every Wednesday at 10:30AM

Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion

Please phone the parish office.

Vocation Promotion Videos

"The consecrated life, through the prompting of the Holy Spirit,  "constitutes a closer imitation and an abiding re-enactment in the  Church"of the way of life which Jesus, the supreme Consecrated One and  missionary of the Father for the sake of his Kingdom, embraced and  proposed to his disciples (cf.  Mt 4:18-22; Mk 1:16-20; Lk 5:10-11; Jn 15:16)."  

#22, Vita Consecrata, March 25, 1996


“In those days he departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.” Luke 6,12-16