With the kick-off of the Catholic Charities Appeal last weekend, Lent is not far behind. Ash Wednesday is February 26. This year we are offering to our parish family a Marian theme for our Lenten journey. Father Michael Shea, CM, Associate Director of the Miraculous Medal Shrine, Germantown, will preach a triduum, 3 days, March 9, 10, 11 (7:00 PM) focused on A Lenten Journey with Our Lady. He will be preaching at all the Masses on the weekend prior to the Triduum. We will also be offering a Marian focus for our other Lenten devotions as well. Stay tune for more information.
On Friday (January 31), we were having routine maintenance and service performed on our heaters in our various parish buildings. Late in the day, the technician discovered a major problem in the Chapel’s heater. We had to shut it down to prevent an even larger problem from happening. We are assessing the options for repairs or replacement and will make a decision quickly. However, there will be a time delay in getting the necessary equipment installed either way.
The unit is 19 years old and runs constantly to provide comfort for those visiting our Lord for Adoration. We will keep you informed on the progress and outcome. In the meantime, Adoration has been moved into the Main Church as well as the daily Masses [unless there is a Funeral]. Other adjustments for both Adoration and other groups will need to be worked out as they arise. I hope this will be resolved quickly.
You may remember that last week I attend the Pastors Orientation Conference hosted by Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) for The Next Generation Catholic Parish. It was an informationally intense two-and-a-half-day experience, very encouraging, hopeful and a little overwhelming. The folks from CLI will be offering a lot of help over the next two to three years as we seek intentionally to be missionary disciples in this local community. The maintenance model of parish life is not enough in the present set of historical circumstances we find ourselves in. Being disciples intentionally and being missionary disciples will allow us to engage not only one another but those who do not come and to engage our culture.
Given our involvement and work with the folks at Amazing Parish, we are a little ahead of the curve. This will do us well as we move forward and I believe it will also influence how we engage all the assistance which CLI will make available.
You can be sure much more will be coming along on this. In the meantime, please pray, especially pray the Parish Prayer, every day for all our efforts in discipleship. Thanks so much!!
Heavenly Father, You have gathered us together as a parish to be Your visible life in our world. Here we unite in worship, proclaim Your word, celebrate the Eucharist, and are sent forth to share Your love and make disciples. Lord we take your Great Commission seriously and long for our parish to be so on-fire that we draw people to you. Help us in that endeavor, as we strive to work together – ordained, religious and laity. Please make our parish amazing through Your power and Your grace. Amen!
God bless you, God love you,