Dear Parishioners,

Depending upon which Mass you have participated in this weekend you will hear a Gospel story of a son. Both the story of the “prodigal” (Luke 15: 1-32) and of the one born blind (John 9:1-41) involves the interaction of at least one parent. In each instance, the son “is allowed” to go off on his own and each becomes, in some way, a beggar. The father in one story is held accountable by his eldest son and the parents in the other story are held accountable by the Pharisees. In each story, the child must find their way back home with a renewed and contrite heart and with sight given. For each of us, as children of God, we pray:

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

On each Friday of Lent, Stations of the Cross will take place at 6:00pm. In addition, on the Fridays of Lent there will be “Soup” Suppers in the Social Hall following the Stations of the Cross. “Soup Talks” will follow in Saint John Bosco Hall. On each Saturday of Lent, a Penance Service is celebrated at 2:30pm to provide all with the opportunity for the sacrament.

I would like to thank those who have thus far responded to Our Catholic Appeal. Thank you! As of last weekend, 500 households of the parish have pledged $183,913 toward of assessment of $298,181 and 25 households from Mission Santo Toribio Romo have pledged $4,837 toward the assessment of $11,095.

Lastly, just a reminder to those who participate in the seasonal 5:00pm Sunday evening Mass that winter’s end is upon us. The final Mass (until the First Sunday of Advent) will be on Palm Sunday, April 14, which is just two weeks away.

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

Father Bob


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