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March 12/13: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we begin our annual Lenten journey with our theme “Longing for the Holy.” The entire purpose of Lent is for us to take time in a very busy world and life to pause, slow down, and examine our life, our relationships, and how we respond to the world around us. “Longing for the Holy” can give us the opportunity to draw closer to God through prayer, almsgiving, and fasting.

One of the traditional devotions of Lent is making the Stations of the Cross. This devotional practice asks us to walk with and reflect upon the journey of our Lord from His trial before Pilate to His burial in the tomb. This devotion can be done alone using one of the booklets (located in the front entrance of the church) or it can be done with a group or other members of our parish. For those who would like to take advantage of this devotion, I would like to invite you to attend our school children’s Stations of the Cross – each class will take a week during Lent to lead us. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, March 16, Grade 6 – 2:10 pm
Wednesday, March 23, Grade 7 – 2:10 pm
Wednesday, March 30, Grade 4 – 2:10 pm
Wednesday, April 6 – No Stations—Parish Reconciliation Service – 1 pm & 7 pm
Wednesday, April 13 – Grade 1 – 2:10 pm
Wednesday, April 20 –Grade 5 - 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm– “LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS”

Please note that on Wednesday, April 20, at 6 pm, our 5th grade students will be presenting their “Living Stations of the Cross.” This is a special presentation so that many adult members of our parish can attend – please mark your calendars and plan to attend. From my past experience, you will find this to be a very spiritually rewarding experience.

Please also note that our Lenten celebration of the Sacrament of Penance(Confession) is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6th, at both 1 pm and 7 pm in the evening. This is a perfect opportunity for all to go to confession, especially if it has been a long time since your last confession. All of the priests who are coming are good priests and would never embarrass you even if it has been years and years since your last confession. Why not make this Lent the Lent that you will go to confession? You will be glad you did and you will feel much closer to God.

Lori will be attending her final day of software training at the Diocese on Tuesday, March 15; therefore, the parish office will be open on a limited basis (9-noon) and scrip will not be available for purchase that day.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 3.13.11 Church Bulletin

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