From the Pastor's Desk

Weekly thoughts and announcements from our Pastor, Fr. Tom Lewandowski.

The Season of Lent Begins!

The Season of Lent has begun and our theme: “For Love Like This We Celebrate” invites each of us to participate in the spiritual journey of conversion, transformation and new life.  Lent challenges us to rid ourselves of those things that have kept us spiritually dead.  It is time to grow, experience new life and allow the penetrating creative light of Christ to touch us and appreciate more fully “the love like this that we celebrate.”

SPIRITUAL PARTICIPATION:

Colored Prayer Cards:  Each week, you will be able to take home a colored “meditation card” to help make the week meaningful and be able to reflect on what we do in church, at home or the workplace.

Plastic Prayer Tag:  These are designed to be carried with you to help you pay attention to the presence of Jesus especially when things get stressful, hectic or anxious. 

Spiritual Readings:  For adults, we have “The Word Among Us,” “Little Black Books,” and “40 Days of Hope and Healing (daily reflections and meditations.  For children:  “Little Purple Books” & “Learn to Love the Lent.”

Celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick:   We will celebrate this healing sacrament at all the weekend Masses on March 29/30.  This sacrament is for anyone with a mental, physical or spiritual illness. The Scripture readings for that weekend tie in perfectly with the celebration of this sacrament.

Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation:  To be celebrated after all the weekend Masses on April 5/6.  We will celebrate communally  in a guilt free, non-judgmental way.  Fr. Tom Dansak will be here to help.  Anyone wishing a private confession should call Fr. Dennis.

OUTREACH PARTICIPATION:

Reachout to our shutins:  attached to this bulletin is a listing of all of our shutins (nursing home, personal care home, assisted living, and home centered elderly residents.)  Write them a card or note during Lent/Easter.  Help make them feel connected to our parish and that they are not forgotten.

Feed the Hungry (with dignity & ease):  Instead of bringing food, we are asking for food gift cards.  Those who receive can get what they need.  Everyone young and old can participate.  Drop in the collection or mail to the rectory. If you want to make a monetary donation, do the same.  Mark the envelope “Feed the Hungry.”

Coin Collection: Save those coins to be offered on Holy Thursday for the needy and poor.