The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Through its twofold theme of repentance and baptism, the season of Lent disposes all the faithful to the celebration of the Dying and Rising of Jesus – the Paschal Mystery. The People of God listen more intently to the word of God and by devoting themselves to prayer, are prepared through a spirit of repentance to renew their baptismal promises on Easter Sunday. Please consider daily Mass attendance, fasting for the poor with Operation Rice Bowl, reciting the rosary with family, the Stations of the Cross on Fridays among other spiritual exercises this Lent.
We have scheduled a Parish Mission for 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 ~ 7:00 p.m. with Mission Talk.
Monday, March 9, ~ Feast of St. Dominic Savio:
Mostaccioli supper ~ 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.
Mass ~ 7:00 p.m.
Mission Talk ~ 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10: 7:00 p.m. ~ Adoration, Mission Talk, Benediction
The Office of Sacred Worship is hosting a Parish Ministry Day on Saturday, March 7, 2015. This liturgical ministry day will begin at 9:00 a.m. in Boland Hall in the Cathedral Basilica school with a keynote presentation by Fr. Nicholas Smith, Director of the Office of Sacred Worship. Following the keynote, several sessions will be offered for training or further education in the various liturgical ministries: Sacristans, Musicians, Lecturing, Eucharistic Ministers, Parish Usher and Greeters. The workshop will conclude at 12:00 noon. For more information, including registration information, you can check the following archdiocesan website: http://archstl.org/worship/page/parish-ministries.
When it became clear that we were not going to be able to retire our 2009 Capital Campaign debt within that five-year pledge period, Fr. Meier and the parish finance committee decided to change the monthly envelope for “Parish Maintenance” to a “Debt Reduction” envelope. The hope was that the parish would be able to meet its obligations on time with a little extra help. When that did not materialize, we decided to extend the campaign one year, as you know. It is now time to switch back the “Debt Reduction” envelope to the “Parish Maintenance” envelope. You will see this change taking place in the beginning of March. The “Parish Maintenance” envelope helps defray the cost of broken boilers, clogged downspouts and parking lot repairs to name just a few long-term maintenance items.
“Do you realize that Jesus is there in the Blessed Sacrament expressly for you, for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart!” (St. Therese of Lisieux) “I beg you to show the greatest possible reverence for the Eucharist through whom all things have been brought to peace and reconciled with Almighty God.” (St. Francis of Assisi)
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us,
Fr. Paul J. Rothschild