Next Sunday is Palm Sunday. It is the beginning of what we call The Great Week or Holy Week. It is a time when we celebrate the wonderful events of our salvation – the Triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the redemption he won for us on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. We certainly want to invite every parishioner to join us for these sacred celebrations. Please see on page 7 of the bulletin a schedule of the various liturgies each night beginning Tuesday evening. Morning Prayer will take place at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning in the Huhn Center chapel of Holy Week.
Joe Farris was deeply touched by the participation of so many people in our recent parish mission. For a parish our size, Joe was well pleased with the tremendous turnout of parishioners. He was impressed by your hospitality and genuine desire for holiness of life. Joe wanted to thank you for the support you gave him in his effort to serve the Lord. The total amount collected for the Farris Family Missions was $1,791.00. Thank you for your warm welcome, participation, and generosity to Mr. Farris.
We are about one month away from the Annual Catholic Appeal. This important effort helps real people, some of whom are undergoing crises of various kinds: abuse, neglect, displacement, addiction, crisis pregnancy. Your donations bring them some relief, allow them to catch their breath, give them a safe place to land, until they can get on their feet. As we approach God’s victory over Sin and Death, please begin to pray about your contribution.
White House Retreat is a Jesuit retreat house in south St. Louis County based on The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. I strongly endorse this authentic expression of Ignatian spirituality and urge as many men of the parish (over the age of 18) to consider participating in our upcoming retreat in late April and early May.
Since 1922, the Jesuit fathers has been offering three-day preached retreats on their beautiful 80-acre campus located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River on Christopher Rd. On each retreat four or five priests are available for private conferences and the celebration of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. Mass is celebrated each day and, at night, there is Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Explore the beautiful campus, walk the Way of the Cross, and pray at the shrines of the Sacred Heart, the Holy Family, Our Lady and St. Joseph. If I have heard it said once, I have heard it said hundreds times by men who were reluctant to accept this invitation to retreat with the Lord, “The decision to go was the best thing I could have done.”
We will be accepting nominations for St. Dominic Savio School Board. You are eligible to serve if you are a parishioner or have a child in our school. Under normal circumstances, the terms last for three years. Members meet once a month and serve on various committees of the board (Budget, Communications, Marketing, Technology). The main purpose of the School Board is to advise the pastor and the principal in developing good policies for the operation of the parish school. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact Mike Hagerty, President of the School Board.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us,
Fr. Paul J. Rothschild