From The Pastor’s Desk
A parish is not a building, but a grouping of the baptized. That is to say, a parish is not made up of bricks and mortar, but of living, breathing people. St. Alphonsus Parish is so blessed to have dedicated and supportive parishioners, who readily cooperate in the parish’s mission. I’m grateful to all of our volunteers and supporters; we couldn’t do it without you! Sunday afternoon’s volunteer appreciation luncheon is a small way for the staff to show our appreciation. Thank you, volunteers!
On Tuesday evening, February 21, at 6:00 p.m., we will offer the Sacrament of Penance. This is especially geared as an opportunity for the children preparing for their First Holy Communion and their families. However, if you are looking to go to confession, you are welcome, too. We should have about ten priests present to hear individual confessions.
Our parish has a newly-formed Vocations Committee. The committee is charged with creating a culture of vocations here at our parish and, specifically, encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The Vocations Committee is hosting a Holy Hour for Vocations on Thursday, February 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Please come and join them.
Prayers for vocations do work. Enrollment in our Archdiocesan seminary, St. Francis de Sales Seminary, is increasing. In fact, they have to expand, because there are no more rooms for all the applicants. We need more good priests. Don’t be shy in asking the Lord to provide them.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
ev. Aaron Esch, Pastor