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Saint Dennis is an active parish on Madison's East Side with more than 2,300 families, a 285-student school and a Dominican convent. Saint Dennis Parish is a Catholic community that invites and encourages all to live a faith-filled journey with Jesus Christ. Join us at one of our weekend Masses or look to this website for areas of interest to you and your family.

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Jul
25
Tue
6:00 pm 6:00 pm Festival Construction Se... @ Church grounds
6:00 pm Festival Construction Se... @ Church grounds
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Festival construction set-up will begin on July 25 at 6:00 pm. If you would like to volunteer, meet by the playground area behind the Saint Dennis School. Questions? Contact Paul Stuchlik or John Vroman at (608) 575-8894.
Jul
28
Fri
5:00 pm 5:00 pm St. Dennis Festival @ Parish grounds
5:00 pm St. Dennis Festival @ Parish grounds
Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm – 11:59 pm
The 61st Annual Festival celebrates faith, family, food and fun from Friday evening, July 28, 5:00 pm through Sunday, July 30, 6:00 pm.
Jul
29
Sat
8:00 am 8:00 am St. Dennis Festival @ Parish grounds
8:00 am St. Dennis Festival @ Parish grounds
Jul 29 @ 8:00 am – 11:59 pm
Our 61st annual Festival celebrates faith, family, food and fun through Sunday, July 30 at 6:00 pm. Start your Saturday day off by running or walking in the Festival 5K Run/Walk or purchase items at the Book Tent and Flea Market.
Jul
30
Sun
8:00 am 11:00 am St. Dennis Festival @ Parish grounds
11:00 am St. Dennis Festival @ Parish grounds
Jul 30 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
This Sunday concludes our 61st annual Festival. Masses for today are at 7:30 am in the church and 10:00 am outdoors, weather permitting. Today the games will close at 4:00 pm and the Festival will end at 6:00 pm. Enjoy the many activities on our church grounds.
10:00 am 10:00 am Outdoor Festival Mass @ Church Grounds
10:00 am Outdoor Festival Mass @ Church Grounds
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
On Festival weekend, our Masses are Saturday, July 29 at 4:00 pm and Sunday, July 30 at 7:30 am and 10:00 am. There is no 9:00 am and 10:45 am Masses on this weekend.
Aug
3
Thu
12:00 pm 12:00 pm Prayer for Vocations @ Chapel
12:00 pm Prayer for Vocations @ Chapel
Aug 3 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Our Day of Prayer for Vocations to the priesthood and religious life continues on the first Thursday of each month. There will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 12:00 p.m -7:00 p.m. Schoenstatt’s Marian Devotions will follow after which there will be Benediction. All are invited to take part during these hours.
Aug
7
Mon
9:00 am 9:00 am Cave Quest Vacation Bibl... @ Saint Dennis
9:00 am Cave Quest Vacation Bibl... @ Saint Dennis
Aug 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Attention all 4K (currently) through fourth graders! Vacation Bible School is back and will be happening August 7-9 from 9:00 am-noon. New friends and awesome counselors – amazing experiments – spelunker sports – lip smacking snacks – surprising adventures – incredible music! Sign-up ends June 15.  Cost is $30 per student or $50 per family. Questions? Contact Lisa Harms at lharms@stdennisparish.org.
Aug
8
Tue
9:00 am 9:00 am Cave Quest Vacation Bibl... @ Saint Dennis
9:00 am Cave Quest Vacation Bibl... @ Saint Dennis
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Attention all 4K (currently) through fourth graders! Vacation Bible School is back and will be happening August 7-9 from 9:00 am-noon. New friends and awesome counselors – amazing experiments – spelunker sports – lip smacking snacks – surprising adventures – incredible music! Sign-up ends June 15.  Cost is $30 per student or $50 per family. Questions? Contact Lisa Harms at lharms@stdennisparish.org.
Aug
9
Wed
9:00 am 9:00 am Cave Quest Vacation Bibl... @ Saint Dennis
9:00 am Cave Quest Vacation Bibl... @ Saint Dennis
Aug 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Attention all 4K (currently) through fourth graders! Vacation Bible School is back and will be happening August 7-9 from 9:00 am-noon. New friends and awesome counselors – amazing experiments – spelunker sports – lip smacking snacks – surprising adventures – incredible music! Sign-up ends June 15.  Cost is $30 per student or $50 per family. Questions? Contact Lisa Harms at lharms@stdennisparish.org.
Aug
16
Wed
7:00 pm 7:00 pm Festival Raffle Drawing @ Fellowship Hall
7:00 pm Festival Raffle Drawing @ Fellowship Hall
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Festival raffle drawing will be held in Fellowship Hall at 7:00 pm.
Aug
19
Sat
5:00 pm 5:00 pm Scrip Cards for Purchase @ Fellowship Hall
5:00 pm Scrip Cards for Purchase @ Fellowship Hall
Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Scrip cards may be purchased after the 4:00 pm Mass. Cards are also sold after the Sunday Masses on April 9.
Aug
20
Sun
8:30 am Scrip Cards for Sale @ Fellowship Hall
Scrip Cards for Sale @ Fellowship Hall
Aug 20 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Scrip is sold in Fellowship Hall on the third Sunday of each month after the 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Masses.  Scrip is also available for purchase in the Parish Office on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  The rebate amounts will generate revenue for the school and parish. Please see the Scrip page for more information.

Daily Readings

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Wis 12:13, 16-19

There is no god besides you who have the care of all,
that you need show you have not unjustly condemned.
For your might is the source of justice;
your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all.
For you show your might when the perfection of your power is disbelieved;
and in those who know you, you rebuke temerity.
But though you are master of might, you judge with clemency,
and with much lenience you govern us;
for power, whenever you will, attends you.
And you taught your people, by these deeds,
that those who are just must be kind;
and you gave your children good ground for hope
that you would permit repentance for their sins.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16

R. (5a) Lord, you are good and forgiving.
You, O LORD, are good and forgiving,
abounding in kindness to all who call upon you.
Hearken, O LORD, to my prayer
and attend to the sound of my pleading.
R. Lord, you are good and forgiving.
All the nations you have made shall come
and worship you, O LORD,
and glorify your name.
For you are great, and you do wondrous deeds;
you alone are God.
R. Lord, you are good and forgiving.
You, O LORD, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in kindness and fidelity.
Turn toward me, and have pity on me;
give your strength to your servant.
R. Lord, you are good and forgiving.

Reading 2 Rom 8:26-27

Brothers and sisters:
The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.
And the one who searches hearts
knows what is the intention of the Spirit,
because he intercedes for the holy ones
according to God's will.

Alleluia Cf. Mt 11:25

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 13:24-43  

Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
"The kingdom of heaven may be likened
to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?'
He answered, 'An enemy has done this.'
His slaves said to him,
'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
He replied, 'No, if you pull up the weeds
you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest;
then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
"First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn."'"

He proposed another parable to them.
"The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
that a person took and sowed in a field.
It is the smallest of all the seeds,
yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.
It becomes a large bush,
and the 'birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.'"

He spoke to them another parable.
"The kingdom of heaven is like yeast
that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch was leavened."

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.
He spoke to them only in parables,
to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:
I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation
of the world.


Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
"Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."
He said in reply, "He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the evil one,
and the enemy who sows them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear."

or Mt 13:24-30

Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
"The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man
who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?'
He answered, 'An enemy has done this.'
His slaves said to him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
He replied, 'No, if you pull up the weeds
you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest;
then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
"First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn."'"


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