Welcome to the
annual season of Lent! Beginning with Ash Wednesday, we are
reminded through the Ashes on our forehead to “turn away from
sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” The season of Lent is for us
not for God. Through our prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we are
to develop an even deeper relationship with the Lord. We pray
that this Lent will help us — ” to
see you more clearly, love you more dearly, follow you more
Since you might be
stuck in the house more because of the snow and cold, you may
have the opportunity to spend more time in prayer — provided you
turn off the TV and the computer. Why not pray for the Pope’s
March Intentions — His Universal Intention is “that all cultures
may respect the rights and dignity of women.” And His
Evangelization Intention is “that many young people may accept
the Lord’s invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming
our parishioners — Tim and Kathy Matchen, who quietly, recently
celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary. We are grateful
for their commitment to Christ and to each other in the
Sacrament of Marriage. We celebrate with them and for them. If
you are also celebrating a special wedding anniversary or
birthday, be sure you reserve a Mass for your intention. We all
need the prayers and celebration!
You may have seen
some tired puppies at Mass today. Saturday night was our annual
big fundraiser — St. Pat’s / St. Joe’s Dinner, Dance and
Auction. The Committee worked hard for months to provide for a
fun evening for our parishioners. I will give you a report on
the event next weekend.
Please keep Fr.
Wojciech and his entire family in your prayers as they grieve
the death of his sister — Dagmara Ciarach — in Poland. Dagmara
passed away last week after a short but courageous battle with
cancer. Dagmara is the mother of two small children ages 5 and
7. Please keep her husband, Daniel, and their children in your
prayers during this season of Lent. Father Wojciech will return
from Poland as soon as he feels he can. I have promised him, his
parents and his family, your loving thoughts and consoling
I want to thank
all of you who so graciously remembered me on my birthday with
the gifts of prayers, wishes and goodies. Most of all, thank you
for your love, friendship and support! God is so good and
generous to all of us.
Rev. Thomas R. Rzepiela
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P.P.S. Spread the Gospel, and not the gossip.
P.P.P.S. Did you sign up for the Men’s upcoming CRHP retreat?