FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, it is absolutely hard to believe that we are entering the SEASON OF LENT this Wednesday. It seems like yesterday we took all the poinsettias off the altar and now we bring out the cross to adorn our sanctuary. Many dread the season of lent, I am afraid. It is seen as 40 days of penance and sacrifice, and that it is. However, if we remain in that state of mind then these next 6 weeks will truly be drudgery. If, on the other hand, we see it as a time of spiritual growth, it might not be all that much of drudgery. Maybe we could see it as a time of refocusing on our Lord, letting go of those things which hinder our total trust and reliance on Him and embracing the virtue of humility and confidence that we have a God who walks with us and will supply what we need for our eternal salvation. That was the message to the Israelites as they wondered in the desert – trust and confidence in God. May that be our message from God this Lenten season as we begin the journey on Wednesday.
As we begin our walk these next 40 days, I want to bring to you attention a few items:
1. Masses with DISTRIBUTION OF ASHES during mass will be celebrated at 7:00 and 9:00AM, 12:05PM and 6:00 PM. Adoration will end at 5:30pm on Ash Wednesday.
2. We have purchased additional devotional booklets entitled “THE WORD AMONG US”. They are available at the entrances of the church. Please feel free to take one and/or give one to someone who would appreciate the booklet.
3. STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed on Friday’s at 7:00 PM in the church. Children’s Stations will be prayed on Friday’s at 1:30 PM.
4. OLV PENANCE SERVICE will be held on Palm Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM. I am in the process of gathering the times and place for the other Northern Deanery Penance Service. When I have the official results, I will publish them.
5. If you are looking for additional penances, I am offering my class on Monday’s in the Activities Center from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. We will be taking a brief look at the OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS, focusing on Isaiah, Amos and Hosea. Even if you missed the first class, you are still welcomed to attend the remaining classes. I will review each previous class at the beginning of the new class.
6. Just a reminder that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of FAST AND ABSTINENCE. All Friday’s of Lent are days of ABSTINENCE.
I am sure all of you are looking forward to this announcement (?) – We just got word that the ANNUAL
CATHOLIC APPEAL will begin after Easter. Announcement Weekend will be on April 29/30 and Commitment Weekend will be on May 6/7. I know this is not what some wanted to hear, but I wanted to give all parishioners a heads-up. No more details (e.g. Amount we are going to be assessed) are known at this time. When it is, I will surely let you all know.
I want to offer my THANKS to all those parishioners who have made an increase in their offertory contribution. Like I said before, I do not like talking about money and I rarely do, but I felt like I had to this time and I appreciated all those who have responded. There was a difference from previous collections and I am grateful. May God bless all those who heard the call and responded.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – (Being that I go to Florida for a vacation, I found these and how appropriate they are): You know you are a Floridian when…..
- You know that any hurricane under a Category 3 just isn't worth waking up for.
- You dread "love bug" season (and you know what "love bugs" are!)
- You are on a first name basis with the Hurricane list. They aren't Hurricane Charley or Hurricane Frances. You know them as just Andrew, Charley, Frances , Ivan, Jeanne & Wilma......
- You know what a "snowbird" is and more importantly when they'll leave.
- You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty 'average'.
- 'Down South' really means Key West.
- Flip-flops are everyday wear. Shoes are for business meetings and church, but you HAVE worn flip flops to church before.