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This Week's Message from Fr. Aaron Esch

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

We’ve just come through a great First Week of Lent and our successful parish mission. I would like to thank Friar Johnpaul Cafiero for joining us for the mission and leading us through the meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ. We are busy with many things, most of the practicalities, that it is important not to lose sight of the deeper spiritual questions. Friar Johnpaul’s time with us helped me to refocus on what is most important. I also thank Sr. Eileen and Terry and all those who worked with them, to pull together these prayerful and renewing days. 

This Sunday afternoon, I am privileged to join the members of our RCIA at the Cathedral for the Rite of Election. Please pray for those who are preparing to receive the Sacraments this Easter.

This Tuesday is the great Feast of St. Joseph. While not a holy day of obligation, it is a solemnity and, thus, it provides us a relief from our Lenten disciplines. Celebrate the Universal Patron of the Church and break your Lenten fast for one day.

Are you aware that we have Prayer Networks here at the parish? The Prayer Networks are groups of parishioners who will pray for your special intentions. It is easy to participate. Simply call the phone numbers listed in the bulletin, and they will take care of the rest. Never hesitate to ask your fellow parishioners to pray for your needs or the needs of those you love. Prayer is powerful.

There are lots of great events coming up. I hope you will take advantage and participate. Join us on the Fridays of Lent for our excellent Fish Fry. On Saturday, March 30, is the Wine Tasting.  This is primarily a community-building event, designed to break up the long winter and provide a chance for parishioners and friends to come together. It’s not too late to get your reservation in to the parish office. Of course, we are busy preparing for the 20th Annual Dinner Auction. The Auction will be Friday, May 3. We appreciate you getting your reservations and raffle tickets in early.  It promises to be an amazing night.

 Lenten Blessings,

  Fr. Aaron J. Esch