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Saint Dennis is an active parish on Madison’s East Side with more than 2,200 families, a 260-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.

Faith and Learning

Faith & Learning

Announcements

Announcements

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Apr
22
Sun
9:00 am 9:00 am – First Holy Communion F... @ Church and Parish Center
9:00 am – First Holy Communion F... @ Church and Parish Center
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:45 am
Children in second grade (or when child has reached the age of 7), along with parent(s) must attend the retreat in order to better prepare for this sacrament.
9:00 am 9:00 am RCIA-Rite of Christian I... @ Church and Library
9:00 am RCIA-Rite of Christian I... @ Church and Library
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Are you interested in knowing about the Catholic faith? Never been confirmed? Baptized in another faith but want to become Catholic? Plan to attend the 9:00 am liturgy on Sunday morning and the following RCIA group sessions immediately after the liturgy. Contact Sister Mary Therese at (608) 246-5124 or mdolan@stdennisparish.org
5:45 pm 6:00 pm – Courage Through Faith ... @ Church
6:00 pm – Courage Through Faith ... @ Church
Apr 22 @ 5:45 pm – 7:30 pm
A post-Easter celebration of the life that comes from faith and the courage to do God’s will – Saint Dennis will have a special presentation at 6:00 pm as the editor of the Wisconsin State Journal, John Smalley introduces stories of Courage Through Faith in our work on earth as told by several panelists, including emergency nurse Sheryl Krause; mother, wife, daughter and entrepreneur Sarah Hurley with her son, Jay; Madison Police Chief Mike Koval; jail ministry advocate Roberta Felker.
Apr
24
Tue
9:30 am 9:30 am MOMS Group @ Fellowship Hall
9:30 am MOMS Group @ Fellowship Hall
Apr 24 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Moms’ Group meets each Tuesday in Fellowship Hall during the school year. Moms with children of all ages are welcome. Childcare for children one year and older is provided. Lap babies are welcome, too.
Apr
27
Fri
9:15 am 9:15 am Scripture Study with Fat... @ Parish Center
9:15 am Scripture Study with Fat... @ Parish Center
Apr 27 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
What better way to fall more in love with Jesus than by studying his Gospel teachings in preparation for the Sunday liturgy.  Join us and bring your Bibles!
Apr
28
Sat
5:00 pm 5:00 pm Care for Creation Earth ... @ Fellowship Hall
5:00 pm Care for Creation Earth ... @ Fellowship Hall
Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Come join the Care for Creation Team to find out what each of us can do to help change our world. Earth friendly information and demonstrations will be available in Fellowship Hall for parishioners. Check the church bulletin for more information.
Apr
29
Sun
8:30 am Care for Creation Earth Day/Arbo... @ Fellowship Hall
Care for Creation Earth Day/Arbo... @ Fellowship Hall
Apr 29 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Come join the Care for Creation Team to find out what each of us can do to help change our world. Earth friendly information and demonstrations will be available in Fellowship Hall for parishioners. Check the church bulletin for more information.
May
1
Tue
9:30 am 9:30 am MOMS Group @ Fellowship Hall
9:30 am MOMS Group @ Fellowship Hall
May 1 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Moms’ Group meets each Tuesday in Fellowship Hall during the school year. Moms with children of all ages are welcome. Childcare for children one year and older is provided. Lap babies are welcome, too.
May
4
Fri
9:15 am 9:15 am Scripture Study with Fat... @ Parish Center
9:15 am Scripture Study with Fat... @ Parish Center
May 4 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
What better way to fall more in love with Jesus than by studying his Gospel teachings in preparation for the Sunday liturgy.  Join us and bring your Bibles!
May
6
Sun
9:00 am 9:00 am RCIA-Rite of Christian I... @ Church and Library
9:00 am RCIA-Rite of Christian I... @ Church and Library
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Are you interested in knowing about the Catholic faith? Never been confirmed? Baptized in another faith but want to become Catholic? Plan to attend the 9:00 am liturgy on Sunday morning and the following RCIA group sessions immediately after the liturgy. Contact Sister Mary Therese at (608) 246-5124 or mdolan@stdennisparish.org
12:15 pm 12:15 pm Celebration of First Eu... @ church
12:15 pm Celebration of First Eu... @ church
May 6 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
The children who have been preparing for their First Holy Communion will receive the sacrament at this special Mass on May 6 at 12:15 pm
2:00 pm 2:00 pm – Sacrament of Confirmat... @ Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
2:00 pm – Sacrament of Confirmat... @ Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
May 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Our high school students, along with students from other East Side parishes and outlining areas, will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at this Mass with Bishop Robert C. Morlino. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 5101 Schofield Street, Monona will host the celebration.

Daily Readings

Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

Reading 1 Acts 9:31-42

The Church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria
was at peace.
She was being built up and walked in the fear of the Lord,
and with the consolation of the Holy Spirit she grew in numbers.

As Peter was passing through every region,
he went down to the holy ones living in Lydda.
There he found a man named Aeneas,
who had been confined to bed for eight years, for he was paralyzed.
Peter said to him,
"Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed."
He got up at once.
And all the inhabitants of Lydda and Sharon saw him,
and they turned to the Lord.

Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha
(which translated is Dorcas).
She was completely occupied with good deeds and almsgiving.
Now during those days she fell sick and died,
so after washing her, they laid her out in a room upstairs.
Since Lydda was near Joppa,
the disciples, hearing that Peter was there,
sent two men to him with the request,
"Please come to us without delay."
So Peter got up and went with them.
When he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs
where all the widows came to him weeping
and showing him the tunics and cloaks
that Dorcas had made while she was with them.
Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed.
Then he turned to her body and said, "Tabitha, rise up."
She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up.
He gave her his hand and raised her up,
and when he had called the holy ones and the widows,
he presented her alive.
This became known all over Joppa,
and many came to believe in the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17

R. (12) How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
or:
R. Alleluia.
How shall I make a return to the LORD
for all the good he has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD
R. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
or:
R. Alleluia.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.
R. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
or:
R. Alleluia.
O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
R. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
or:
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia See Jn 6:63c, 68c

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
you have the words of everlasting life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 6:60-69

Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said,
"This saying is hard; who can accept it?"
Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this,
he said to them, "Does this shock you?
What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail.
The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.
But there are some of you who do not believe."
Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe
and the one who would betray him.
And he said, "For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me
unless it is granted him by my Father."

As a result of this,
many of his disciples returned to their former way of life
and no longer walked with him.
Jesus then said to the Twelve, "Do you also want to leave?"
Simon Peter answered him, "Master, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe
and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God."
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