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March 14/15 From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

This weekend is the 3rd Sunday of our journey through the Season of Lent. As we all know Lent is a time for us to spiritually renew our hearts and lives and as Roman Catholics we have a wonderful Sacrament which does just that – the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This Wednesday, March 18th we as a faith community will celebrate this Sacrament at 1 pm in the afternoon and at 7 pm in the evening. At the 7pm Service our children, who are preparing to make their First Holy Communion, will make their First Confession. I have a number of priests coming to our parish that day to help hear the confessions. As your pastor, I strongly advise you to take advantage of this special time of grace. I realize that for a large number of teenager and adult Catholics, it has been a long time since they have gone to confession. There are many reasons for this, but high at the top is the fact that it is not easy to go to another human being and acknowledge one’s own faults, failings and sins. This is one of those times when we must use the lens of faith and see in the priest confessors the very person of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Another device would be to use the confession aid, (available by clicking here, and also available in the front entrance of the church) and to fill in on the three lines provided those sins and failings which you wish to confess, and then bring that paper with you to confession. I assure you that not one of the priests will embarrass you in any way. The priest will simply say a few words of encouragement, give you absolution and send you on your way.

Please consider making your Easter Confession this Wednesday – you will be glad that you celebrated this Sacrament of God’s forgiveness and reconciliation.

A special word of thank you for all who have been and continue to work on our Lenten Fish Dinners. Last Friday was a very successful event for us and it would not be possible if it were not for all those who have so very generously given of their time and talent to prepare, serve and clean up, make desserts, etc. I invite all parishioners to come and enjoy a nice fish dinner, and why not invite family members and neighbors – the food is great and the fellowship very enjoyable.

“Oremus pro invicem”
Fr. Tom

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