My Dear Parishioners,
This past Tuesday we welcomed Bishop Fitzgerald as he confirmed 28 of our young people. Please keep these young people and their families in your prayers. We pray that they will remain open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit and that they will be strengthened in their faith as they live out their baptismal commitment as young Catholic Christians. If you want to be specific in your prayers for them then you can pray for the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit to remain with them. They are: Wisdom which helps us recognize the importance of others and the importance of keeping God central in our lives; Understanding which is the ability to comprehend the meaning of God’s message; Knowledge is the ability to think about and explore God’s revelation, and also to recognize there are mysteries of faith beyond us; Counsel is the ability to see the best way to follow God’s plan when we have choices that relate to him; Fortitude is the courage to do what one knows is right; Piety helps us pray to God in true devotion; and Fear of the Lord is the feeling of amazement before God, who is all-present, and whose friendship we do not want to lose. If you know one of these young people, please encourage them on their journey of faith.
On Monday, March 19th we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, the Husband of Mary, our patronal feast. We will also be offering special prayers after the morning Masses on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We take this time to offer our special prayers and intentions through the intercession of St. Joseph. These three days are called a Triduum to St. Joseph. The word Triduum simply refers to three special days set aside for a particular purpose. Usually it is used when speaking of Easter, for example, the Paschal Triduum refers to Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Our St. Joseph Triduum sets aside some extra time to pray to our patron. St. Joseph is a great model for all people of faith, but especially for men, husbands, and fathers. While we all know that Joseph was married to the Blessed Mother and the foster father of Jesus, he is venerated for multiple reasons. The following are some of the titles attributed to St. Joseph: Light of the patriarchs, Spouse of the Mother of God, Chaste guardian of the Virgin, Foster-father of the Son of God, Watchful defender of Christ, Head of the Holy Family, Joseph most just, Joseph most chaste, Joseph most prudent, Joseph most valiant, Joseph most obedient, Joseph most faithful, Mirror of patience, Lover of poverty, Model of workmen, Glory of domestic life, Guardian of virgins, Pillar of families, Solace of the afflicted, Hope of the sick, Patron of the dying, Terror of demons, and Protector of Holy Church. We turn to St. Joseph and ask him to intercede on our behalf. The triduum envelopes which represent your intentions for St. Joseph will remain on the reredos (back altar) for the entire Triduum.
Easter is almost here. This week a group of young adults from our CCD program are presenting the Living Stations of the Cross, accompanied by music from our Contemporary Music Group, led by Mr. Bill Monaghan.
The Living Stations help us to remember that Jesus truly suffered in his humanity. We have a tendency to treat the way of the cross as “a necessary evil on the way to our salvation.” We take this opportunity to recall that Jesus was not acting out some part of a Divine Play, he was a real human being and he responded to his suffering and those around him in a truly unique way, a way that has something to teach us. Our musicians and students worked hard on this presentation and I recommend making it a part of your Lenten spiritual preparation; it is a nice way to put yourself in the footsteps of Christ. The Living Stations will be on Friday, March 23rd at 7:30 p.m.
God Bless You,