The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners,

The Prophet Jeremiah (31:31-34) urgently states that the days are coming for the establishment of a “new covenant,” not like those of the past but rather where God’s mighty hand will place into the hearts of those who have the ability to know Him and to adhere to his law. The stretch of God’s mighty hand has no limits and reaches into our graves shattering death! (Ez 37:12-14) God’s mighty hand is seen at work as Jesus calls Lazarus forth from the grave (Jn 11:1-45) and God’s mighty Word proclaims that “unless the grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat, but, if it dies, it produces much fruit.” (Jn 12:20-33) God’s mighty hand, which once formed life in the old creation, forms eternal life in the new creation!

With such hope and trust in the mighty hand of God, we enter upon the coming days in celebration of the new covenant in Christ Jesus. The words of Saint Paul should be etched in our hearts during these remaining days of Lent and the days of the Paschal Triduum:

We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life and resurrection; through him we are saved and made free.  (Galatians 6:14)

With the coming days of Holy Week, we will take a bit of a “breather” from “Our Catholic Appeal.”  We are making great progress toward the fulfillment of our assessment of $266,512.00. I will give this as a last update until we have celebrated the Octave of Easter. I thank those who have generously participated and ask those who have not yet participated to please consider doing so.  Last weekend the following pledges were made:

Blessed Sacrament

  • Last weekend 41 households pledged $10,292.00.
  • To date 715 households have pledged $200,550 toward our assessment and we have $65,962 left to meet our financial goal and 485 households left to meet our participation goal.

Santo Toribio Romo

  • Last weekend 10 households pledged $1,140.00.
  • To date 78 households have pledged $11,150 toward our assessment of $13,018.

May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!

Fr. Bob

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