Dear Parishioners,

Ash Wednesday, February 18, is the start of Lent. The Masses are at 6:30 and 8:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m. (school children) and 7:00 p.m. (All Masses are in Church.)

We have scheduled a Parish Mission for March, specifically March 8-10. The mission will center around our patronal feast day of St. Dominic Savio on Monday, March 9th. Joe Farris (and his family) are full-time missionaries through the LifeTeen ministry program. It is my intention to cancel all parish meetings those nights so we can gather together for prayer and self-reflection. Please make plans to attend and bring a neighbor. Confession will be available each evening and this will take the place of a Lenten penance service.

Sunday, March 8: Vespers at 7:00 p.m. with Mission Talk.
Monday, March 9, the Feast of St. Dominic Savio:
Chili supper 6:00 to 6:45 p.m.
Mass at 7:00 p.m.
Mission Talk at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10: 7:00 p.m. Adoration, Mission Talk, Benediction

During Lent, we are going to offer a five-week DVD program on the basics of The Spiritual Life. Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, Vocation Director from Diocese of Charleston, will answer the question, “What does it mean to be close to God?” He will teach us the some of the keys to an authentic prayer life from the treasury of the Church’s spiritual patrimony. Whether or not a person feels like praying, Fr. Kirby discusses the importance of prayer and the practice of virtue, addressing the common stages people go through on their spiritual journey. The format is what you have come to expect from past experiences like this one. Groups will be formed according to a person’s particular preference of day and time. There will be input from a DVD by Fr. Kirby and a discussion to follow. The sessions will last approximately 90 minutes.

As we provide your contribution statements for 2014, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your sacrificial offerings. Without your sustained financial commitment, we will not be able to maintain our school, our property, our music ministry, our care for the elderly, sick, poor and so on. Thank you.

This Saturday, February 14, is Valentine’s Day and, as such, is an appropriate day for us to celebrate the gift and the blessing of marriage. As in years past, we are giving thanks to God for the couples in our parish who have been married 25, 40, 50, 60 and more years during the 4:30 p.m. Mass. The love of husbands and wives give witness to Jesus Christ and make Him alive in our world. What a joy it is for us to commemorate the vocation of Marriage and the vocation of married couples to be fiery icons of Jesus Christ’s love for the Church! Congratulations!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us,

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Fr. Paul J. Rothschild