Our Lenten Journey Continues

Dear Friends,

Monday, March 25, is the solemnity of the Annunciation when the angel Gabriel visited Mary and shared God’s plan for her to become the Mother of God. I came across this beautiful quote from Mother Teresa, “If you ever feel distressed during your day, call upon our Lady, just say this simple prayer: ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.’ I must admit, this prayer has never failed me.”

Indeed, our Blessed Mother never fails those who call upon her. In this moment of time, we need her loving care ever so much more. Let us not fail to pray to our Lady daily, especially the rosary which holds so much wealth within it. Happy Feast Day!

Monday in Washington, DC is also the ordination of two new auxiliary Bishops for the Archdiocese for the Military Services. I mention this as one of the new Bishops is a priest from our Archdiocese, Bishop-elect Joseph Coffey, who has been serving as chaplain in the US Navy. We wish him every blessing as he begins his Episcopal ministry among all those who serve our nation in uniform.

Our Tabernacle is in the shop. The internal mechanisms and lock are getting the once over. We do not have a timeline but hope it will not be too long. Thanks for your interest and concern.

The original date for First Penance was cancelled due to the weather. Our celebration took place Saturday (March 23). We congratulate our youngsters on this important step in their spiritual journey. Please continue to pray for them and their families as they prepare for First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 4.

Our second Rise Against Hunger Lenten project was a wonderful success. Thank you to all who donated and who participated in the actual bagging of food for the hungry. Details will be shared about all the wonderful blessings achieved.

Thank you all for your kind reception of our Discipleship and Generosity 2019 effort. We are grateful to those who have returned your response cards sharing with us your intentions. Your response cards can still be returned either in the collection basket or to the parish office. God bless your kind generosity!!

This year’s 24 Hours for the Lord will be celebrated next weekend. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will continue until the Vigil Mass on Saturday. Additional times for Confessions will include Friday night after Stations of the Cross and after the weekend Masses ~ all in Chapel. This initiative of Pope Francis invites us to take the opportunity to enter into prayer and repentance during our Lenten journey.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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