My Dear Parishioners,
We welcome Bishop Michael Fitzgerald this week to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on our young people. We are very grateful that he is able to be with us and call down the Holy Spirit upon them. This sacrament is essential to living life fully as a Catholic. Please pray for our young people that they will remain open to the Holy Spirit as they continue their journey. While God gives His grace to us freely, we need to be open or disposed to receiving that grace. This is why it is good to make regular use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Next week we will be celebrating our annual Triduum to St. Joseph. We invite all to join us for the 8:00 Morning Mass followed by some special prayers to St. Joseph on Monday, March 19th, Tuesday, March 20th, and Wednesday, March 21st. Monday is the actual Feast of St. Joseph and so it is our patronal feast. By the way, it is a Solemnity for the entire Church and a good time to honor the foster father of Jesus. Because it is a Solemnity, the church recognizes that it is valid to forgo whatever you have been fasting from as part of your Lenten repentance and celebrate the Holy Day, much as we do during the Sunday’s in Lent. So go ahead and enjoy your candy or your chocolate, just be sure to celebrate St. Joseph. It seems every year I get questions about this during Lent. Some people were taught that if they gave something up for Lent, then they were not to have it for the entire period of Lent. I don’t want to trouble anyone’s conscience, but the Church does teach that Sunday is the Lord’s Day and it is the Day of Resurrection, even during the Sundays of Lent. We should not be focusing on our penitential practices, but rather rejoicing in the resurrection and for that reason it is valid to partake of whatever you may have given up on Sundays and other Solemnities during Lent, such as the Feast of St. Joseph.
I received word from the North Wales Water Authority that they would like to dig up our parking lot again. They already have an easement and therefore can do as they wish, but because they are looking to add another meter pit on our property, they are seeking an amendment to the current easement. This is all so that the water authority can help address some of the issues of contaminated water in the area. While our parking lot is sorely in need of resurfacing, I am hesitant to complete it, and then have the water authority dig it up to lay additional pipe and install a new pit.
Our RCIA is hosting its annual scone sale next weekend. We are need of bakers. Drop off your baked goods on Saturday. All proceeds benefit St. Francis Inn. Thank you for your support!
God Bless You,