My Dear Parishioners,
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 Tuesday, March 17th, Wednesday, March 18th, and Thursday, March 19th. By the way, since Thursday is a Solemnity for the entire Church, it is valid to forgo whatever you have been fasting from as part of your Lenten repentance and celebrate the Holy Day, as is permitted during the Sundays in Lent. So go ahead and enjoy your candy or your chocolate, just be sure to celebrate St. Joseph.
Next week there is a special collection for the church in Latin America. Archbishop Chaput asked that this letter be communicated through the parishes.
God Bless You,
March 8, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
For many living in Latin America and the Caribbean, a growing materialist culture, rural terrain, and a shortage of ministers make it hard for people to practice the faith.
Young people today are called by God, but they need help from the Church to recognize his voice. Last year, you helped youths in Jamaica to experience God and listen for his presence. By supporting the Collection for the Church in Latin America, your parish made possible a camp for young people centered on the gift of the Eucharist. More than 500 young persons attended the camp in the Archdiocese of Kingston, opening their hearts to God.
Because of your generosity, many young people are accepting the challenge to grow in in their Catholic faith. Please continue your support of the Collection for the Church in Latin America. The Christlike charity of you and your fellow parishioners is changing lives throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Our Archdiocese will take up this Collection the weekend of March 14 and 15, 2020. Please be as generous as possible in this Collection and take this opportunity to share your faith with the young of Latin America and the Caribbean. Your support will truly make a difference. Thank you and God bless you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.