As I write this column, it is the day after yet another snowstorm. I have lost count of how many, but it seems that Mother Nature is trying to make up for the past four or five years of relatively mild winters we enjoyed. This has been a huge hit to the parish budget, and the school budget, as you can image. So far, the cost has reached $49,176 and winter is not yet over. We have a huge parking lot and extensive sidewalks. Fortunately, our contractor, DiGinto Landscaping, has been right on top of each snow/winter event. The one Sunday morning storm was the weekend of the Food and Baby Collections. They managed to keep everything safe and manageable in very trying conditions.
Given this situation, the lower Sunday collections in the pandemic, and now a few snowy weekends, I pray that those who are able will consider giving an additional donation to assist the parish at this time. Thank you most sincerely.
Our parish staff prepared special Lenten bags for our parish family this Lenten season. It includes items to assist you in engaging the habits of Lent in the area of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. If you haven’t picked up your bag, they are still available in the narthex. The far, left side door of the main entrance is open from about 6 am to 9 pm daily. Stop by and pick up your bag for home.
This week we will celebrate the Sacrament of Penance, Reconciliation, Confession for our young ones receiving this awesome Sacrament of forgiveness and healing for the first time. This is a special step in their spiritual journey. Please keep them and their families in your kind prayers.
Remember that throughout the holy season of Lent, we are hearing Confessions after the Sunday Masses in addition to our usual Confession times. We will have additional priests to hear Confessions on Thursday, March 25 at 7 pm in Church as well.
Our Gospel today is Mark’s account of our Lord’s Transfiguration before Peter, James, and John. Jesus reveals His divine glory in His human body and God the Father urges them, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Through our reception of the Sacraments, especially Confession and Holy Communion, God’s grace and power transforms, renews, forgives, heals, strengthens us according to His divine plan. As you plan your Lenten sacrifices and efforts in the areas of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, do not neglect the infallible encounters with Jesus in Confession and Communion.
The Sacraments are God’s plan, part of His divine GPS for us, as Saint Paul says, “He [God] who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him?” Indeed, how blessed are we because of Jesus’ Blood! How graced are we because of the Father’s unfathomable love! Your faith, your spirit, your kindnesses throughout this past year, navigating such unusual and unexpected circumstances is deeply inspiring. Our parish family is truly amazing!
God bless you, God love you,