Welcome to the holy season of Lent. This year we are reflecting on how God is always “Calling all Sinners” to new life through reflection and repentance. A special feature of our Lenten worship will be the blowing of the shofar during the penitential rite. This is something Jesus (as a faithful Jew) would have heard on special feasts, especially Yom Kippur, when God’s people would be called for a special Day of Atonement. The shofar is always created from an animal’s horn—and so the one we are using is from a kudu, but horns may also come from the ram or ibex.
Upon my return I opened a letter with good news. Starting 1 April, the rate of interest on our loan will be reduced from the current 5% to 4.5 %. This will save us money in the long run and make it easier for us to make our monthly mortgage payments! The rate of our loan is adjusted each year according to current rates.
I read two interesting books while spending many hours in the plane on my recent trip. One was “The Professor and the Madman” by Simon Winchester, which was a story of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. The second was entitled “Jerusalem—the Biography” by Simon Montefiore, a mammoth work that went from King David to the 21st century and is an epic history of 3000 years in that Holy City.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries at Mass last weekend. As you can see in this bulletin, we have already reached 24% of our goal (through those who responded by mail) and a weekly bulletin report will keep you updated on our progress toward our goal. Please use an envelope available at the Welcome Center if you were not at Mass last weekend.
Our Adult Formation Committee is pleased to present our first Parish Mission during Lent this year. We are hoping to have a large crowd for the sessions on 22-24 March, so please mark your calendars.