Each year during Lent, all parish households are invited to participate in the Lenten Rice Bowl program, which supports the work of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) around the world. Unfortunately, weekend Masses were cancelled just after Lent began this year, limiting the number of participating families. This year CRS received a total of $621.47 from our parish, and we thank the eight families who observed Lent this year at home by remembering the poor in a special way at mealtime.
I’m so grateful for your generosity in our Haiti Fund collection two weekends ago. Along with a portion of the Annual Appeal, this Fund has allowed us to help our partner parish (St. Hubert) to restore their church building, as well as stipend six trained lay leaders in the various out-lying chapels of their parish. Their pastor Fr. Faubert says: “Merci Beaucoup!”
For as long as I can remember, we have celebrated the great Feast of Pentecost with a Sunday morning breakfast prepared by our Knights of Columbus. Like many other events this year, the Pancake Breakfast has been cancelled, and I suspect we will not be allowed to return for weekend Mass by then either. This means we will have observed most of Lent and the entire Easter liturgical season virtually– something we just never would have imagined. We are beginning to live-stream Mass this weekend to prepare for a staged return to church, when some will be able to be present, and others will still be quarantined at home.
This weekend, we acknowledge the gift of our mothers, and pray that God may bless them with peace and happiness, in return for the selfless love they have shared with their children over so many years. We pray for mothers who are doing double-duty at this time—working from home and home-schooling— as well as mothers who will be missing visits from their kids due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. Happy Mother’s Day!