First Sunday of Lent

Feb 21, 2021

       Welcome to the holy season of Lent. This year we are invited to trust more fully in the promise of Jesus: “I will raise you up.” We can become mired in the tumult of the world, and the turmoil of our own lives, and the constricting effects of the pandemic and begin to lose hope about the future. But Jesus promises to always be with us, and with him we can be raised above the din of our world and our lives.

       During Lent you are invited to begin the practice of the “Daily Examen” promoted by St. Ignatius of Loyola (more info on a bulletin insert) and to make use of the “Little Black Books” that were mailed to all registered households.  Rice Bowls are available for your family to increase in solidarity with the poor during this holy season.  Lenten Fridays offer an opportunity each week to join in prayer, and a Lenten Bible Study is beginning this week.  Our Adult Faith Formation Committee is pleased to present a Zoom Mini-Retreat next Saturday morning at 10:00 AM to start the Lenten season.  After you register on our parish website, you will receive the link for the retreat.

       Our Katie’s Ladies group is coordinating a project to assist those who have recently completed their time and been released from jail as they return to life in our community.  Toiletry items and monetary donations will be collected until next weekend in the church narthex and the parish office vestibule, and the list of requested items in on our parish website. 

       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 16% of our goal and a weekly report will keep you updated on our progress toward our goal.  Please use the mailing you received at home (or an envelope available in the church narthex and parish office vestibule) if you were not at Mass last weekend.

       Our next parish trip will be to Norway, so check out the bulletin insert if you’d like to join us in 2022.

Fr. Keith

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