Dear Parishioners,

We welcome Paulist Father John Hurley to our parish this week as he leads us in a Lenten Parish Mission. As he reflects upon the impact and challenges of this Great Jubilee Year of Mercy, we pray that these days for us may be nourishing and I hope that many will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for enrichment right here at home! There will be services in the morning which will begin with daily Mass and an evening presentation at 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

As we enter the “middle Sundays of Lent” the twofold nature of this season will become more apparent as the Elect are lead through the Scrutinies in preparation for their baptism and the Faithful are prepared for Renewal of Baptismal Promises at Easter. In each cycle of readings, Moses is found at the center of the Exodus readings prescribed for this Sunday. The Elect hear of the “grumbling Israelites” who cry out in their hunger and thirst for relief (Exodus 17:3-7) and the Faithful are reminded of the “holy ground” that they walk upon and of how God has revealed His name to them (Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15). The Elect and the Faithful are called to acknowledge that the Lord is most certainly in our midst!

God of our salvation, we stand before you on holy ground, for your name is glorified and your mercy revealed wherever your mighty deeds are remembered. Since you are holy and forbearing, turn us from every rash and shallow judgement to seek the ways of repentance.

I would like to take a moment to give an update on Our Catholic Appeal following our second weekend:

  • Blessed Sacrament’s assessment is $268,241. As of last week, 366 households pledged $116,883. We have $151,358 left to attain our goal.
  • Santo Toribio’s assessment is $18,271. As of last week, 22 households pledged $3,642, leaving $14,629 left to attain the goal.

I am so very grateful for your support of the Bishop and of our cooperation with him in meeting the operational expenses of the Diocesan Office, of the Diocesan Schools and of Catholic Charities.

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

Fr. Bob

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