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From the Pastor's Desk - February 12, 2015

Dear Parishioners,
This coming Wednesday, February 18, is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. There will be Masses at 8:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. on Ash Wednesday. In this week's bulletin, there is an insert that has the calendar for Masses, Confessions, and Stations of the Cross for Lent.

Besides fulfilling the Sunday Mass obligation, I encourage all to consider coming  to the daily 8:00 A.M. Mass on weekdays, if you are able, or to come for Mass at 6:00 P.M. on the Wednesdays of Lent. Consider coming for the Stations of the Cross at 5:30 P.M. on Fridays as well. Be sure to do something extra in the way of prayer during Lent.

Also, I encourage everyone to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. There will be ample opportunity during Lent to go to Confession. Archbishop Lucas has directed that every parish have the "Light Is On" Confessions again this Lent on Thursdays February 26 and March 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. Besides the regularly scheduled Confessions on Saturdays from 4:00 to 4:45 P.M., I have scheduled Confessions from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. on the Fridays of Lent. During Holy Week, as I have done in the past, there will be several Confession periods available. Since on Easter Sunday, we renew our Baptismal promises,  in which we say that we reject sin and Satan, the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent makes us sincerely ready to proclaim such to Our Lord.

While we should be doing penance on every Friday (unless it is a Solemnity like Christmas) throughout the year (Did you know that if we choose to eat meat on Fridays outside of Lent we are obliged to do some other type of penance on Fridays?), during Lent those 14 years and older are obliged to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and on Fridays. Those 18-59 years old are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday in addition to abstaining from eating meat. Fasting means eating one regular-sized meal and two smaller meals that do not add up to one regular meal while not eating in between meals.

Since Lent also involves alms giving, besides encouraging participation in the Rice Bowl collection, there will be some opportunities offered for helping the poor, so please be on the lookout for these.

If you would like to do some faith enrichment during Lent, I will offer three sessions on Thursday evenings March 12, 19, and 26 that will focus upon Fr. Robert Baron's DVD series "Priest, Prophet, King" that reflects upon who Jesus is as the Messiah. This will be at 7:15 to 8:30 P.M. on these Thursdays.

So, I wish you all a Happy Lent!
Have a grace-filled and wonderful week.

God bless you,   Fr. Gutowski

This Week

Prayer Intention for the Week
For the sick: Joyce Cockerill, Kathy Ewing, Harriet Green,  Ted Riha, Duane Poser, Sally Leyden, Chrissy Skinner, Jerry Martin.

ACTIVITIES IN THE PARISH
Tues., Oct. 17, Ladies Guild, 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 18, RE, 6:15 p.m.