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Pastor’s Perspective

Published on February 8th, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

On Sunday afternoon, we will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time with eleven of our young parishioners and their families.  You can probably remember your first confession and the nervousness you experienced at that time.  Please remember these young folks in your prayers today.  We want to offer them a good and positive experience of God’s love in this Sacrament.

And, speaking of the Sacrament of Penance, every parish in the diocese will be offering confession on the Wednesday nights of Lent.  This is a program called “The Light is on for You.”   Fr. Brandon or I will be in the confessional after the evening Mass on Ash Wednesday, and Fr. Lou Caporiccio will be available following his Mission talk on February 20th.   We will have the “Light” on the remaining Wednesday’s of Lent as well, from 6:30-8:00pm.  Our parish communal penance service is scheduled for March 17th at 3:00pm.

On Ash Wednesday, every parish in the diocese will receive a special collection for our sister diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica.  You have been generous to this collection in the past and, as one who has been there, I can assure you that our brothers and sisters there are in great need of whatever assistance we can provide.

Last week’s Our Sunday Visitor (which is still in the Church) had an editorial (page 2) and an article to which I draw your attention. The article is titled “In Defense of Beauty – Understanding the purpose and importance of the Catholic Church’s artistic and cultural tradition.” (In Focus, page 9ff) I think the article will lead one to a renewed appreciation of the restoration and renewal of our Cathedral. Read it and let me know what you think.

Note the rules for Lenten fast and abstinence elsewhere in the bulletin and have a grace-filled Lent.

Love, Fr. John

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