Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bulletin for the Week of March 15, 2015 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

Today is Laetare Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Lent. It marks "half-time" in our yearly Lenten journey. Laetare means to rejoice, and this Sunday is a time when we, in the middle of our Lenten journey, joyfully anticipate the Easter mystery celebrated in the liturgies of the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter).  The priests and deacons wear rose colored vestments this weekend, "lightening up" the Lenten violet.

During this midpoint of Lent, we should reaffirm our commitment to our Lenten disciplines of prayer, almsgiving and fasting.  If we have been successful in our Lenten goals, then we should thank God for the Grace to succeed and to continue to recognize that with the help of God's Grace we can overcome sin and temptation.  If we have not been successful, then in humility we should ask God for the graces to succeed and continue to do our part to cooperate with His Grace.  In either case, we have the second half of Lent to grow closer to God.  Know of my continued prayers that all of us have a spiritually fruitful Lent, and please be sure to keep me in your prayers!

Now is also an appropriate time to look ahead to the Easter Season.  There will be much going on after Easter in our parish, so please mark your calendars and, if possible, attend the following celebrations:

            April 12, 2015 - 1st Communion (10am Mass);

            April 26, 2015 - Annual Parish Easter Picnic following the 10am Mass (alternate weather date is May 3);

            May 24, 2015 - Confirmation (5pm Mass).

These parish celebrations of the sacraments and our parish picnic highlight the joy of the Easter Season in our parish community. As we continue to make our Lenten journey, let us renew our efforts in the discipline of prayer, almsgiving and fasting so we can more deeply appreciate and celebrate the gift of Easter!

Parish Pilgrimage

This week,  approximately 20 members of our community and myself, will be leaving for a pilgrimage to Rome and southern Italy.  Please keep us in your prayers.  We hope to get to see our seminarian, Ben Pitre, who is studying for the priesthood in Rome.  I will be out next weekend, returning the following week before Palm Sunday.  Know that you and our community will be in our prayers while on the trip.

Gratitude for the Parish Mission

Many thanks to all for the success of our parish mission last week!  It was great to see so many praying and learning together.  What a great way to strengthen our Lenten Journey!!  We especially thank Mr. Paul George for his wonderful presentations on how to live "Our Lenten Journey," helping us to make Lent a fruitful time of spiritual renewal.  We also thank Deacon Joubert for his efforts in coordinating and providing for the logistics of the mission. The purpose of the mission was to help us come to know Jesus more deeply during Lent.  This is done by acknowledging and accepting the healing power of His Mercy, and so imitate Him more faithfully in our lives.  Properly lived, Lent will bring us greater joy when we celebrate the Easter Triduum on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday!

      God Bless

      Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of March 15, 2015 has been posted. Click here to see it.

The calendar on the website has been updated with all events for the coming week along with prayer intention information and information on the second collection for all of the masses. Take some time to look at our calendar here.

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