My Dear Parishioners,
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Although the liturgical feast is superseded by the Second Sunday of Lent, we can still honor this favorite saint of many. This week we honor two great saints in the Church’s canon. St. Patrick, the Patron saint of Ireland today (Sunday) and on Tuesday we honor our parish patron, St. Joseph, the husband of Mary. We will also we begin our Triduum to St. Joseph on Monday. Please join us for the 8:00 Morning Mass followed by some special prayers to St. Joseph on Monday March 18th, Tuesday March 19th, and Wednesday March 20th.
We are preparing to have the Memorial Plaques for the renovation of our church inscribed. I have posted in the back hallway 2 copies of the memorial inscriptions as we have them. Please take the opportunity to review the wording, and the spelling of your inscriptions. If you need to make a change, it must be submitted in writing. We also still have some items that have not yet been memorialized including 3 Stations of the Cross, the Pulpit, the Presider’s Chair, Candlestick sets, Processional Crucifix, Thurible, and Paschal Candle stand. If you are interested in memorializing any of these items, please see me as soon as possible. I would like to finalize any additions before we have the plaques made.
Next week our second collection will be for the Churches in Eastern Europe. Archbishop Chaput has asked that the following letter be published in connection with this collection.
God Bless You,
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
For many years, Catholics in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union have practiced their faith in the shadows for fear of persecution. Despite these obstacles, Catholics continue to grow in faith and in numbers. God’s perfect love has sustained and strengthened the people and the Church, creating a new generation of believers while sustaining those who have made it through the darkest of times.
Your participation in the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe will assist in the building of churches; training and educating of pastors and lay people; sustaining orphanages; evangelizing children, adults and seniors as well as providing scholarships to Catholic students.
This collection will be conducted in your parish on a weekend during Lent as determined by your Pastor. I am grateful, on behalf of our Catholic brothers and sisters in Central and Eastern Europe, for your generous sacrifice and prayers.
Gratefully and with best wishes in Jesus Christ,
+Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.