The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners,

As Lent comes to its penultimate moment, we see a confrontation of the Lord Jesus with death itself. Jesus saves the adulterous woman from the death penalty (John 8:1-11) and the vengeful death-dealers by challenging them as to who should “cast the first stone.” He bids her to live in newness of life. Jesus stands before the tomb where the body of his friend Lazarus lies in the endless sleep of death (John 11:1-45). He pierces the silence of death by calling the name of Lazarus who walks forth from the tomb, eventually to die again, but now to live without fear of endless death. Jesus is the resurrection and the life who tells us to place our trust and hope in him.

Merciful God, you showed your glory to our fallen race by sending your Son to confound the powers of death. Call us forth from sin’s dark tomb. Break the bonds which hold us, that we may believe and proclaim Christ, the cause of our freedom and the source of life.

Following the fourth weekend of Our Catholic Appeal, we are now beginning to see our assessment goals in sight! I am most grateful to all who have thus far pledged and those that will pledge in the next few days. Our next update, following those of today, will be in the Second Sunday of Easter:

  • Blessed Sacrament’s assessment is $268,241. As of last week, 624 households pledged $200,177.88. We have $68,063.12 left to attain our goal.
  • Santo Toribio’s assessment is $18,271. As of last week, 52 households pledged $9,037, leaving $9,234 left to attain the goal.

Holy Week begins next weekend as we celebrate Passion (Palm) Sunday. My most ardent hope for each member of our parish family would be to break the routine of our “normal” weeks’ activity and set aside the time to do those things which are spiritually enriching for us all. Spend some time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament during the early days of the week. Plan on participating in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and the Service of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday. Instead of Mass on Easter Sunday morning, participate in the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday joyfully knowing that it is the longest and most beautiful Liturgy of the Year! Pray for the Elect who will be Baptized, Confirmed and receive First Communion at the Vigil. Holy Week is not just another week, it is an extraordinary week!  It may take some preplanning to make the time to make Holy Week an extraordinary experience for you and your family!

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

Fr. Bob

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