Today is the first Sunday in Lent. Together, we begin this forty-day journey toward the great feast of Easter. These forty days offer us a unique and grace-filled opportunity to get to know ourselves a little
better. Each of us can spend some time looking into ourselves to see where our strengths and virtues lie and where our weaknesses and vices lie. With God’s help, we will be able to deal with both. Lent is not just about giving something up but also making sure we use all the opportunities given to us to grow closer to God. Keep your eyes open for these opportunities as they “pop up” in the coming weeks.
Remember, next Saturday the Mass moves back to 5:00 p.m., and confessions are at 4:00 p.m.
This Saturday, Bishop Hying will join us for the annual “Breakfast for Men.” It should be a worthwhile morning and one of the Lenten opportunities. Thanks to Sr. Eileen for arranging this.
Another such opportunity (or penance) is the session I am offering on Wednesday, March 19, at 7:00 p.m., in the Community Room called the “Francis factor.” I cannot recall when the Bishop of Rome has attracted so much attention from so many diverse groups. Plan to join us as we explore his impact.
This week is a week of meetings for me, starting with St. Michael Priests’ Fund on Monday, Parish Administrative Cabinet on Tuesday, along with the Ushers at night. Wednesday is our four-parish cluster meeting in the morning, the Priest’s Alliance in the afternoon and then the Parish Auction Planning Committee at night. Thursday, I have a meeting with the Vicar for Clergy, followed by the meeting of the Executive Board of the Priest’s Council.
Plan to join us for our parish fish fry from 4:30-7:00 p.m., on Friday, March 21. It’s always a feast. Thanks to all who make these events possible. I hear there is a need for volunteers and, more importantly, leadership people for next year. I sure hope these fish fries can continue into the future, so please consider becoming involved.
Remember that on May 2, we will have our yearly DINNER AUCTION. Last year, the event was a sellout. Get your reservations in early, so you will have a seat. Remember to sell your raffle tickets. If you have not received your raffle tickets, please contact the parish office, 421-2442. Everyone’s help is needed to make this event a success. This event is our only all parish fund (fun) raiser. I hope you will make plans to join us. It is a great affair at a reasonable cost. I know you will not be disappointed. Thanks to all on the Planning Committee, who are working so hard to make this event possible.
Thanks, too, for the continuing parish support.
- Fr. Alan