The Fourth Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners,

Often there are things that are right under our noses that we don’t notice. In the Parable of the “prodigal Son” (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32) we hear the story of one who is so “blinded” by bright lights and questionable amusements that he fails to see the value of the substantial relationships that challenge him to healthy and fruitful life. One might presume that one “born blind” (John 9:1-41) might be oblivious to that world that surrounds him, BUT this man HEARS everything and his blindness is limited only to a physical infirmity which was apparent from birth. In each case, the principal figure in the story NOTICES what is lacking and a rebirth occurs. The Elect among us will come to rebirth through the Easter Sacraments of Initiation. The Faithful, will come to rebirth through the Sacrament of Penance.

God of compassion, you await the sinner’s return and spread a feast to welcome home the lost. Save us from the temptations that lead us away from you, and draw us back by the constancy of your love, that we may take our place in your household and gladly share our inheritance with others.

We pray for the women of our parish who are on retreat this weekend and for the men of our parish who will be on retreat next weekend. I am especially grateful for the “teams” from our parish who have lead these first series of retreats that will occur in the fall and the winter of each year.

Following the third weekend of Our Catholic Appeal, the following is how we stand:

  • Blessed Sacrament’s assessment is $268,241. As of last week, 435 households pledged $171,023.53. We have $97,217.47 left to attain our goal.
  • Santo Toribio’s assessment is $18,271. As of last week, 25 households pledged $4,367, leaving $13,904 left to attain the goal.

I am so very grateful for your generous 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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