OK, here we go...we have been preparing and now it is time to begin. Holy Week! This is what our faith is all about. This is like no other week in the year. I say this every year, but please do not do "business as usual". Please, make this week special.
After today, Passion Sunday, the priests of the diocese spend Monday on a day of retreat. For us, this is a time to make sure we are prepared for Holy Week. Please pray for us on Monday. Of course, Monday evening is the sacred Mass of Chrism, when Bishop Olmsted blesses the new holy oils used throughout the coming year and he invites the priests to renew their priestly promises. The Mass is at the Cathedral at 7pm, anyone can attend, but it is usually crowded so get there early.READ MORE
Next weekend we begin our most Holy Week of the year with the celebration of Passion Sunday. Remember that we begin our Masses outside with the blessing of the palms and then process, as the disciples did with Jesus, into the church, our Jerusalem. With this joyful entry, we then prepare ourselves for the week ahead.
If Lent has not been a special time for you, if you have not accomplished what you hoped for this Lent, do no give up and do nothing. Now is the time to spend a week, now just a week, preparing for Holy Week.
I always look forward to celebrating this special time with you; as a community we have always had wonderful celebrations. This year will be Fr. Keith's first time as a priest which will have special significance for him, and for us.
Let us intensify Lenten week ahead together.
Pax, Fr. MikeREAD MORE
Our Lenten penance service is this Monday at 7pm in the church. We have invited priests to help us in both English and Spanish. Remember, if you cannot make it you can check with parishes around us because our priests will be helping them.
Also, please remember our Charity and Development Appeal. If you have not made a pledge or contributed there are envelopes in the entry of the church to use. Just place the envelope in the regular collection and we will get it to the diocese. So far, we are over half way to our goal of $64,000; please help us to meet that goal and help so many in our diocese that depend on the Charity and Development Appeal for funding their programs.
Thank you also for your generosity to our St. Vincent de Paul collection.
Lent is such a busy time with so many special events to help us prepare to walk with our Lord in Holy Week, and yet, it is also a time to slow down and focus on our relationship with our God.
Pax, Fr. MikeREAD MORE
As we continue our Lenten journey, I hope that you are truly growing in relationship with the God who loves you...even to death. Are you prepared to go all the way with Jesus, through His Passion and Death to reach the promised Resurrection?
I wanted to share with you five key points that Bishop Olmsted recently gave us to consider; I shared these in a homily Ash Wednesday but I think they are important enough for you to have in writing. Bishop asked us to keep these five points in our minds and in our hearts, and they are great to guide us this Lent.
If we keep these in mind, I believe that we will find ourselves closer to our God, the God who loves us.
I hope you have a Holy Lent.
Fr. MikeREAD MORE