Fr. Sean's Sunday preview
Dear friends in Christ,
This, That & the Other
… With Ash Wednesday behind us, I trust you’ve washed you face and removed the smudge from your forehead
(but kept the meaning of the ashes in your heart)
. Our journey of 40 days is officially underway as we celebrate the first Sunday of Lent this weekend. … I pray your Lenten penance and sacrifice will help you deepen your spiritual life, but don’t let it become a fixation. Be on guard to not obsess over what you are “giving up” or "taking up" for Lent. In doing so we run the risk of neglecting the inner renewal that needs to take place. That can only be accomplished by quiet
reflection on God’s will
in our lives. … That is at the heart of Jesus’ temptation in the desert that we read in this weekend’s Gospel. Be sure to take time over these holy days of Lent to listen for the voice of God calling you by name.
… Please keep foremost in your prayers our
15 Catechumens and 17 Candidates
who are in the “home stretch” for their entrance into full communion with the Church. We will celebrate the Rite of Sending for the Catechumens at the 9 a.m. Mass this Sunday, and later that night they will be received by Bishop Sheltz at the Rite of Election (one of four such services around the archdiocese). … We invite you to assist at the Rite of Election, too.
We’ll need some help with hospitality
starting right after the 5 p.m. Mass concludes to help welcome the more 1,100 visitors coming to our campus for the service at 7 p.m. Shouldn't take too long (maybe 30-45 minutes) and once we get them all seated in the church for the Rite of Election you're free to leave. Thanks for any time you can lend.
… The first
Lenten Fish Fry
of the season is tomorrow, Friday, March 8 beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The Knights of Columbus will be serving continuously until 7:30 p.m. It’s always one of the highlights of the year at CtR, and a bargain, too: only $8 for adults and $5 for kids, eat in or take out. Don't miss it! … Following the Fish Fry join us for
Stations of the Cross in the church every Friday at 7 p.m.
… We will once again participate in the
Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl
drive this year. Pick up your Rice Bowl at Mass this weekend and begin to collect your change – possibly adding to it the money you saved from “giving up” something in Lent. Each year CtR is one of the largest parish contributors to Operation Rice Bowl. I even got a call from the national office of CRS thanking me for our work in promoting Operation Rice Bowl. They were truly grateful for our help and even asked if we had any "secrets" that make it so successful here. "Just great people with generous hearts," is all I told them because that's the truth! All proceeds go to benefit the CRS outreach to those in need throughout the world. Thank for your support of it each year and remember to return your filled-up Rice Bowls after Easter.
… Registration for upcoming
Men’s ACTS Retreat
will take place this weekend after all Masses. The retreat is set for May 2-5 and it’s shaping up to be a good one. I highly encourage the men of the parish to block off that weekend and come experience the ACTS retreat. It’s a special weekend among brothers in Christ and a great aid to one’s spiritual journey. See any ACTS team member at Mass this weekend for more details.
Spring Break is next week
, but don’t take break from your spiritual life. Make time for Mass, especially now in Lent. We offer Mass daily at 9 a.m. save for Wednesday when it's at 7 p.m. On Wednesdays when school is in session we also have Mass at 8:30 a.m. with the students and you're welcome to join us for that, too. ... And don’t forget to “spring forward” one hour this Sunday for
Daylight Saving Time
. If you forget, don’t sweat it. You’ll just arrive at church one hour earlier which will give you plenty of time for prayer so it’s a win-win whatever way you look at it. … Lastly and most importantly,
God loves you!
… See ya’ at Mass!
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Fr. Sean Horrigan
on Thursday, March 7 at 1:23PM