Saturday, February 25, 2017
It has a way of sneaking up on us, does it not? Despite the fact that the beginning of Lent— and, therefore, the date of Easter— is on the later side of the continuum of possible timing, a good many people have commented to me, using statements like, “Wow, Ash Wednesday already?” I do not intend to spend this space with excessive analysis of the possible reasons for this reaction. Perhaps, above anything else, it is an indication of the high significance of the Lenten time, as a time for renewal and discipline and, hence, a renewal of spirit in living our discipleship.
I hope that by now, you have received, at your home address, the mailing Journey through the Paschal Mystery, which is our annual brochure highlighting the major liturgies and other opportunities for faith development that will be offered over the coming weeks of Lent-into-Easter. We have a limited number of extra copies available in the office area, should you find yourself in need.
Once again, as a parish we are committing to the almsgiving program, Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl. The following appears on one of the flaps of the rice bowl kit:
Through Catholic Relief Services, we encounter our brothers and sisters most in need around the world.
Catholics in the Unites States touch more than 100 million lives through CRS programs.
Motivated by the example of Jesus Christ, CRS’ work reaches communities in 101 countries.
CRS Rice Bowl helps Catholics respond to Pope Francis’ call to build a “culture of encounter.”
This year, in order to support the element of the simple meal as a sign of solidarity with our brothers and sisters, we will hold two communal meals: March 8 and April 5, at 6 p.m., in our parish hall. There is a full-page announcement, elsewhere in this issue.
We are only one week out from the Cornerstone Men’s Retreat. This is the third year of offering this excellent spiritual booster shot for the men of the parish. Please encourage the men in your circle- family or otherwise— to participate. Also in this issue is an announcement for a retreat for teens. Parents, while I am not expecting you to coerce your sons and daughters into youth ministry, we really do need to work as allies— families and parish leadership—in order to motivate our young people to seek Christ and the support of peers, for living our their Catholic discipleship.
Finally, this weekend begins expanded hours of Eucharistic Adoration. Now, there will be a period of Adoration on Sunday evenings, 6:30—10:30p.m. Then, once Adoration begins on Monday mornings at 9:00 a.m., it will continue through Thursdays at 6 p.m. (with the exception of Mass and funeral times). Thank you to all those who have stepped forward, to commit to a holy hour. Everyone is welcome!