Here Comes Lent!

02-23-2020From Fr. John's DeskFr. John Barbella

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Holy Season of Lent. Masses will be offered in our Church that day at 6:45, 8:00am and at 12:10, 5:00 and 7:00pm. Ashes will be blessed and distributed at all those Masses.

There are several ways of looking at Lent. Some people see it simply as a time of penance. We give up treats we like to show that we are sorry for our sins and want to do better in the future. This is a good way of looking at Lent.

Other people look at Lent as a time to do something extra for God. They go to Daily Mass, or practice extra charity as a way of going the extra mile for God during this holy season. This is also a good way of looking at Lent.

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Fr. John's Column

02-16-2020From Fr. John's DeskFr. John Barbella

Last Sunday afternoon I had the pleasure of spending some time with the RELIT group’s movie presentation in Mercy Hall. They, and some other parishioner’s, watched a movie about our Blessed Mother, Mary. For those who may not know, RELIT is a group of parishioner’s dedicated to growing their own faith, and helping others do the same. I appreciate their effort, and encourage everyone to join in some of their events.

Speaking of helping people grow their faith, our parish is blessed by the presence of some very special women who have truly dedicated their lives to this. They are the religious sisters who minister in our community: Sr. Clare, SJH, Sr. Ellen, SJH, and Sr. Michaelita, RSM.

Sr. Ellen and Sr. Clare are members of the Sisters of Jesus, Our Hope. They teach in our parish school and are a great witness to the students and faculty. Their community also hosts our faculty for annual Days of Recollection-which helps all our teachers to deepen and enrich their faith.

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Lots of Congratulations

02-09-2020AllFr. John Barbella

Today we have whole bunch of people to congratulate. Last Saturday almost 60 children-mostly-second graders, made their First Confessions. It was a pleasure for me; and I’m sure for Fr. Pat and Fr. Wojciech, as well to help them experience God’s healing mercy in this Sacrament.

Thanks to our Religious Education Director! Mrs. JoAnn Scott, our Principal, Mrs. Donna Kucinski, and the CCD and Catholic School teachers who helped the children get ready for their First Confession. Thanks also to those parents who first shared their Faith with their children. Let’s pray for the children as they intensify their preparation to receive Jesus in First Holy Communion this spring.

Congratulation are also due to the nearly ninety 8 th grade & high school students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday evening. I had the pleasure of teaching a number of them in class, and leading the retreat for even more of them. It was a pleasure to do so. They are a fine group of young Christian men and women, and our parish has reason to be proud of them!

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Let your light shine in the darkness!

02-02-2020From Fr. John's DeskFr. John Barbella

Today (Sunday) is one of those special times when an important Feast of the Church falls on a Sunday. The Feast of the Presentation, which we celebrate on February 2nd, marks the 40th day since Christmas. This feast recalls how Mary and Joseph brought the infant Jesus to the Temple to present Him to the Lord. While they were there, a holy man named Simeon-who had been promised by God that he would not die until he saw the Savior-and a holy woman named Anna both rejoiced and told all those present the Good News about Jesus.

We celebrate the Feast of the Presentation by blessing candles-and carrying them in procession at the major Masses that day. The candles remind us that Jesus is the Light of the World. We are also reminded that when we live by His teaching, we let His Light shine through us in this world. Our charity towards the poor, forgiveness of enemies, honesty and integrity should all shine against the darkness of sin.

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