Ash Wednesday occurs this week and the holy Season of Lent begins. We are all invited to be marked with ashes at Masses at 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM that day. This Lent we will be reflecting on how God has been “Calling All Sinners” to reflection, repentance and new life throughout Judeo-Christian history. Lent helps each of us to focus on what our personal response to that call will be.
As is our tradition, we are providing several prayer booklets for use at home during this special season. Also, each Friday evening in Kate’s Cafe our soup and bread simple Lenten meals will continue at 6:15 PM– you bring the bread, we provide the soup– starting this week. A variety of Lenten prayer experiences will follow in the church at 7:00 PM. Please note that all Lenten prayer opportunities will be listed on a purple insert in the bulletin each week.
It was a treat to return and see the results of our Finishing Touches campaign already being realized. Thanks to all those who sponsored tress around the church building– and thanks to Pat Christoff of Lawn Perfect Landscaping for doing a very professional job of planting/mulching and providing us with such fine specimens of trees. Pat and Jerry Hamilla were very helpful in providing guidance during the planning stages, and Pat assures me we will be graced by a wonderful display of color throughout the year.
While I was away, Fr. Sumeth left Frederick to live in a Jesuit Community at the direction of the Jesuit provincial. I only received an e-mail in Australia from him apologizing for not being able to help with Masses in my absence. I will share further information about him as soon as it is available.
The judges have finished their deliberations, and the winners of the annual Drexel Essay Contest this year are: Rachel Anderson ($1,000– college) and Caleb Staiger ($500– high school). Thanks to our judges, and to all of our young people who participated!