From the Desk of Father Mike
“Come back to me, with all your heart, don’t let fear keep us apart.
Long have I waited for your coming home to me
and living deeply a new life…”
My Dear Friends in Christ –
And so goes the lyric to a hymn entitled “Hosea”which is one of my favorite Lenten hymns. The human heart is mysterious, and we never fully understand its motivations. If we find our hearts – and our lives–veering off track, then Jesus is calling to us back to Him. Our merciful Christ is calling us to put aside fear and anxiety and all those temptations that keep us locked in our sin and suffering, and turn our all to Him. The Greek word for this profound change of heart is known as “Metanoia”, and this radical change of heart is what Lent calls us to do.
As you know, the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA)is upon us again. Your generosity to the ACA supports the various ministries of Bishop Thomas and of the Diocese of Toledo. Our parish goal this year has been raised slightly to $34,500. I am so proud of our Most Blessed Sacrament Parish because in recent years we have exceeded our goal. Every dollar that exceeds our goal will be returned back to our parish! Please consider and discern prayerfully as to what you are able to give to the Annual Catholic Appeal.
This Lent, allow His power to change your heart. Hear His powerful invitation to not let fear keep you apart from Him. He is waiting for you, patiently and persistently. Please be assured of my prayers for you and your family for a grace-filled, “heart-changing” season of Lent. It’s a joy and blessing to serve you as your Pastor –
Father Mike +JMJ+
P.S. See you all at the Fish Fry!