My Dear Friends in Christ:
In our Scripture Readings this weekend, the call to be “perfect” and “holy” seems to be a recurring theme. The Church is encouraging us to strive for holiness and Christian perfection. Sounds like a tall order to fill, doesn’t it? But indeed, holiness is our goal, which simply put, means that we are called to strive to be like Christ – not only when we are at Mass – not only
when others are watching, but in all circumstances and situations in our lives – at home, at work, with our spouse and family members.
In just a few days, the season of Lent will be upon us. Although not a holy day of obligation, Ash Wednesday is a powerful opportunity to begin the discipline of Lent in a most powerful way. There will be three opportunities to receive the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday, February 26th; two Liturgy of the Word Services, and a full Mass with the imposition of ashes offered in the evening as follows:
7:00 am – 9:00 am – 7:00 pm -Liturgy of the Word with Imposition of Ashes Liturgy of the Word with Imposition of Ashes Mass with Imposition of Ashes
A Lenten/Easter Schedule is also included in our Sunday bulletins during this holy season. We will have many opportunities to deepen our faith life. I want to encourage attendance at our Lenten Speaker Series: “Journey Through the Passion” that will occur on designated Wednesday evenings of Lent and will seek to deepen our understanding of the Passion Narratives of the Four Evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Each one of these Wednesday presentations are preceded by a Soup & Bread Supper. I have invited several wonderful speakers to present. Please don’t hesitate in calling the Parish Office to RSVP at 419-472-2288! Also, there are numerous opportunities to celebrate the healing Sacrament of Reconciliation. And of course, don’t forget our wonderful Fish Fries! Let us pray for each other as we commit ourselves to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in this healing season of Lent.
Lent is still a few days away, so this Sunday following the 11:00 am Mass – we enjoy our own little version of “Fat Sunday” by celebrating at our first-ever International Food Festival! I hope to see you there!
It is a joy and blessing to serve you as your Pastor.