The winter portion of Ordinary Time comes to a conclusion this week as Ash Wednesday begins our annual observance of Lent. Today’s Gospel (Matthew 6:24-34) calls the disciple of the Lord Jesus to undivided loyalty and absolute trust. Christ Jesus encourages a freedom that allows us to live and move without excessive care or anxiety. The true disciple and the mature apostle truly know that seeking first God’s Kingdom allows the true priority of life to emerge and bear much fruit to the glory of God! Interestingly enough, this Gospel passage is a perfect prelude to the coming days of penitence and abstinence.
We welcome Bishop Noonan who will confirm 90 members of our parish community at the 5:00pm Mass today. We congratulate the newly confirmed who will deepen their commitment to the faith by accepting the role of being apostles of the Lord Jesus and His Holy Church. May the manifold Gifts of the Holy Spirit be upon them and be revealed in their lives in vibrant ways to the glory and honor of God!
We are in the “home stretch” of the annual diocesan Our Catholic Appeal. Our parish assessment this year is $278,146 to assist Bishop Noonan in the administration of the diocesan offices and ministries. To date, 752 households have pledged $223,752.25 toward this assessment, leaving us $54,393.75 and 242 household to meet this goal. Thank you so very much for your kindness and generosity.
Now that the formal kick-off to “Project HOPE: Helping our Parish Expand” has taken place, I am so very grateful to the many who picked up their information packets and have begun the process of discernment as to how they may participate. As Phase 1 of this very special campaign has begun, we look forward eagerly to the fruits of this campaign both tangible and intangible. It is so nice to see so many cars around town proudly displaying membership in this most special Catholic Community by placing their magnets on the back of their cars! It is also incredible to witness that many have already pledged and some have even completed their pledges! And so, we continue our prayer for Project HOPE:
Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! There is no power for good which does not come from your covenant, and no promise to hope in, that your love has not offered. Strengthen our faith to accept your covenant, and give us a loving and generous spirit to carry out what faith and hope demands.
May the week ahead be filled with many blessings!