Fr. Bill's Weekly Letter

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February 18, 2018

Dear Parishioners:

As you can see from the insert in this weekend's bulletin, last weekend was a busy weekend for our parish community.

On Saturday, we had our second Day of Reflection for Married Couples. It was a very enriching day as you can sense from the following comments of those who participated in the day:

"I loved the part describing the difference between joy and happiness. I will try to bring it to life with more simplicity-more   being in the moment."

"I found the day very educational. I will use it to grow."

"The day was a respite for me from the hecticness of life."

"It was nice to hear from the couples, especially the message that we are supposed to help each other get to heaven. That was good for me to hear."

"Hearing the stories from the couples helps put things in perspective. It helps to see the bigger picture."

"It was good to hear that Marriage is a sacrament of service to each other and to the community and it was good to hear that we are to help each other get to heaven."

"It was very helpful to hear how others encounter problems and overcome them. It gives me a feeling of confidence that when we face troubles it is just a bump in the road and we can get through it."

"The day helped me to listen to others talk about the issues in their marriage, particularly with patience. I feel better about  myself."

"It is good to set aside a day to just sit down and talk with my wife about our marriage, where we have been and where we are going. The day was good for us and good for our family."

At the 11:00 AM Mass last Sunday we were very happy to welcome Colin Michael Friday, the son of Dillon and Courtneay  Friday, to the Catholic community. Courtneay serves our parish community as a lector.

On Sunday evening, Fr. Jim McCartney, OSA, Lori Bellizzi MSN, CRNP, and Margaret Lafferty, MD, FAAP, led close to forty of us in a very interesting and enlightening discussion about "End of Life" issues.

This weekend as we begin Lent we will celebrate at the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday "The Rite of Sending Forth" of our 3  Catechumens (Katie Kenny, Miles Humenansky, and Evan Schaffner) as well as well as our two Candidates (Scott  Gillenwater. and Richie Byrd) and also Mike McGrory. We are sending them forth to the Cathedral where they will celebrate the "Rite of Election" with Archbishop Chaput.  Katie, Miles and Evan will be baptized, confirmed and receive First Communion at the   Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night, March 31st. Scott and Richie who have been baptized in other Christian religions will make a Profession of Faith to the Catholic Church, be confirmed and receive First Communion at the 7:00 PM Mass on Sunday, April 8th. Mike who has been baptized and made First Communion as a Catholic will be confirmed at the same Mass. Please keep them all in prayers as they go forth to the Cathedral this Sunday to celebrate "The Rite of Election" and as they all prepare to receive the Sacraments of Initiation this Easter season.

This is the last weekend to sign up in the back of church to participate in one of our Lenten programs: Renew (sharing the upcoming Sunday's Gospel with others) either on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM or on Saturday morning at 11:00 AM and our program on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM to become more educated about the drug epidemic in our society and discuss ways which we as a community might respond to this problem.

Happy Lent. May we all prepare well to renew our baptismal promises at Easter and to welcome our Catechumens and Candidates into the Church.

Fr. Bill