February 10, 2019 – I begin by giving you an update on the work of the stained glass windows. We are on hold due to the fact that there is a back order on the new aluminum frames. These frames have to be custom made and that takes time. As you know, the old steel frames are going to be removed due to rust, etc. Once these are replaced, then we should solve our rust problem. I will keep you posted as to the ongoing process. How do you like the new glass at the front door? I think it looks great. We have realigned the doors to shut properly. Connie Harris, a fellow parishioner and artist has refurbished the front doors. Slowly but surely progress is being made. Years ago I read the following, “Through perseverance, even the snails made it to the Ark.”
I am grateful to those who have stepped forward and offered themselves as ministers in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The ranks of altar servers, Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors (proclaimers of God’s Word) and ushers/greeters are growing. Thank you. There is always room for more. Is the Holy Spirit nudging you to step forward? Do not say no or ignore the call. Please step up and contact me.
Unbelievable as it may be, the season of Lent is not that far away. Ash Wednesday is on March 6th. The Church reminds us that the three common Lenten practices are: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. I would recommend that we begin praying and thinking of how to incorporate these practices into our daily Lenten routines. We will have a mission this Lent beginning on Monday, March 25th thru Wednesday, March 27th. Rev. Gilbert Enderle, C.Ss.R, a Redemptorist will be conducting it.
The mission sessions will begin at 6:30 each evening and end at approximately 8:00. The first evening’s talk with center on the appreciation of the God of creation. The second evening’s talk with center on Jesus, the blessing of Redemption. The third evening’s talk will center on deepening our love for Jesus, the source of our redemption.
Someone just texted me the following prayer that I share with you:
“LORD, TAKE ME WHERE YOU WANT ME TO GO; LET ME MEET WHO YOU WANT ME TO MEET; TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT ME TO SAY; AND KEEP ME OUT OF YOUR WAY.”
This prayer was written by Father Mychal Judge, OFM. I offer this as a great prayer to pray in preparation for our Lenten mission.
God bless and have a great week.