I encourage you to make sure you observe the Season of Lent in some particular way. We’ve offered prayer booklets and rice bowls, and plan a variety of Lenten Friday prayer opportunities. There are weekly times for Eucharistic Exposition listed on the bulletin purple insert, and a time to pray the rosary together each week in the chapel. Information about our first-ever Lenten Parish Mission is also available elsewhere in this bulletin. For some, just making a commitment to attend Mass each weekend as a family would be making spiritual progress. Giving generously is also part of the Lenten experience, which might include your time, your talent, or your treasure.
Speaking of giving generously, thanks to all those who have made a gift or pledge to the Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries this year. In addition to benefitting our sister-parish in Haiti and St. Michael’s Indian School in Arizona, it’s helping us meet our monthly mortgage obligation—so please help us reach our parish goal again this year! Pledge envelopes are available at the Welcome Center and may be left there.
Last weekend many of us enjoyed the Drexel Ball at the Delaplaine Arts Center in downtown Frederick. It was a relaxing and fun evening, and people seemed to have a great time! This annual event benefits both our Mortgage Fund and our Scholarship Fund. Many thanks to the organizing committee who worked so hard in planning this event: Sherry Snyder, Jeannie O’Connell, Kateri Delaplaine, and Ingrid Kowalk (and all who assisted them). And thanks to the parishioners whose donated items made the silent auction a success.
I have been asked to supervise the final-year training for a new permanent deacon in Frederick County, and so we welcome Michael Lewandowski to our parish for the coming year. He is a member of St. John the Evangelist parish, and will be experiencing various facets of parish life to prepare to assume the ministry of deacon. Please keep him in your prayers.