An Active Parish

Dear Friends,

These days have been extremely filled. There is much happening around the parish. Father Buck offered a smashing successful evening of music, Q&A and conviviality at the Trappe Inn. It was packed, so much so that some of us never made it into the place. I was one of those caught in the circling of the parking lot and even the neighborhood looking for parking ~ to no avail. It was disappointing for sure. Fortunately, some folks had short cell phone videos that I was able to watch and catch a little bit of it. Quite a talent! Next time, we need a larger venue. Thank you, Father Buck, for sharing your gifts with everyone!

Catholic Schools Week was most successful despite the complications of weather-related delayed starts and an early dismissal. Both Fox 29 and Action News visited the school and aired film highlighting our students and school. Also, two local newspapers, The Mercury and the Times Herald also highlighted our school. Thank you to our Principal, Mrs. Theresa Healy, the Faculty and Staff, our parents and students for all that they do to make Holy Cross such a shining example of Catholic education.

Our Discipleship and Generosity effort for 2019 is underway and many of you have already responded by returning your response card. Thank you most kindly for your consideration and all your efforts to live fully as a disciple of Jesus. Please return response cards by March 8, either in the collection basket or to the parish office.

In our first reading this weekend, the prophet Jeremiah tells us, “Thus says the LORD: Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the LORD. ...Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose hope is the LORD.”

Where do we find hope? Where do we place our hope? Is it in this world, in others, in ourselves, in things, power, influence, prestige? Or, is the Lord our hope? Jeremiah goes on to explain that having the Lord as our hope enables us to endure and thrive even in the midst of

struggles and darkness. All the things of this world will come to an end, will fade away. The Lord alone who has no beginning, no end gives us all that we need most. May we turn over and again to Jesus our Lord every day. He will lead us and guide us and strengthen us to grow in virtue and discipleship as we journey on the pilgrimage of life.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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