FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, it is very hard to believe that this Wednesday we begin our LENTEN JOURNEY through Lent. It seems that just a few weeks ago we were singing “Joy To The World” and now we start “These Forty Days of Lent, O Lord.” Time does fly by and my Mom and Dad were right when they said, “Just wait until you get older; time goes even faster.” As Lent begins, I pray that our parish may continue to grow together in love and joy in the Lord. Yes, Lent is a time for penance and sacrifice. However, our penances and sacrifices are to lead us into a deeper union with God that has to involve a deep experience of joy in having this relationship with the Lord. As Pope Francis says, “Christians are not to be gloomy gusses.” May our journey lead us through the 40 days penance to the joy of the Risen Lord on Easter.
As we begin our journey, there will be 4 Masses on ASH WEDNESDAY. Ashes will be given during the Mass prayed at 7:00 AM, 9:00AM (with the children), 12:05 and 6:00 PM. May the mark of the ashes truly signify a sorrowful heart and a promise of a better future.
Due to this special week coming, there will be a FEW ADJUSTMENTS IN THE REGULAR SCHEDULE. There will be NO TUESDAY EVEVING MASS and there will be NO WEDNESDAY EVENING CONFESSIONS due to the evening Mass on Wednesday beginning at 6:00 PM.
During this Lenten season, we have ordered more THE WORD AMONG US BOOKS for use by parishioners. As you know, these books contain the daily liturgical readings and offer spiritual aid articles. They are very popular. We raised the order this season and I do invite parishioners to take one home with them for family or personal use. They are found on the tables in the baptistery or at the entrances of the church.
I am in the process of finalizing the NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICES during Lent. As soon as the complete schedule is finished, I will publish it. However, I can say that our penance service will be on Palm Sunday, March 29th at 2:00 PM. Once again, we will have the assistance of many priests. So please mark your calendars now and plan to be with us.
For those NEWLY INSTALLED LECTORS, your LECTOR WORKBOOK is available in the sacristy. Please stop by the sacristy after any Mass and pick up yours.
VALENTINE’S DAY HUMOR FOR THE WEEKEND – Bill and Steve are discussing the possibility of love. "I thought I was in love three times," Bill says. "Thought?" Steve asks. "What do you mean?" "Three years ago, I cared very deeply for a woman who wanted nothing to do with me," Bill says. "Wasn't that love?" Steve asks. "No, that was obsession," Bill explains. "Then two years ago, I cared very deeply for an attractive woman who didn't understand me." "Wasn't that love?" asks Steve. "No, that was infatuation," Bill replies. "And just last year, I met a woman while I was on a cruise. She was gorgeous, intelligent, a great conversationalist and had a super sense of humor. Everywhere I followed her on that ship, I would get a very strange sensation in the pit of my stomach." "Well, wasn't that love," asks Steve. "No. That was motion sickness!" Bill replies.