Today we celebrate the Second Sunday of Lent. The Gospel passage is the story of the transfiguration of the Lord. Peter, James, and John witness Jesus in all his glory: “his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.” A bright cloud casts a shadow and from it, a voice says: “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” At times, we, too, get a glimpse of God’s majesty. It may occur when we are troubled, when we are in the midst of a serious illness, when we are enjoying God’s creation, or when we are with a friend. Whatever the experience, it gives us the strength and courage to carry on as faithful disciples because we know we are God’s beloved and he will take care of us. These Lenten days, let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. He may come to us, or speak to us in a powerful way, and we would not want to miss it.
The first of our Vicariate Lenten Penance Liturgies will take place Tuesday at 7:00 PM at Holy Spirit Church.
This week’s Lenten Soup Supper will take place on Thursday at 5:30 PM in the Education Center gym. The second presentation of the Lenten Scripture Series will follow at 6:30 PM in Church. Father Bill Taylor will give share some insights into John 4: 5-42.
The Catholic Services Appeal begins next week in our parish. This week, you will receive a letter from both Bishop Cistone and me along with a pamphlet regarding the CSA Appeal. This year’s theme is Advancing the Mission of Christ: Here I am, Lord. Next Sunday is Commitment Sunday. Please be prepared to bring your pledge card with you to Church and place it in the collection. I am very pleased to announce that our 2017 CSA Assessment is $46,716.00. This represents a decrease of $8,244.00 over last year’s target. Over the last two years our CSA assessment has decreased $17,943.00. That is significant. I am confident that if everyone does their part we should easily reach the assessment. I thank you in advance for the generosity you will show in Advancing the Mission of Christ.
Did you buy or sell any Big Raffle Tickets yet this year? The parish receives 50% of the proceeds of what we sell. Proceeds will go to the Education Center Kitchen. We need a new fire suppression system. It was reported by MCC (in connection with our insurance) that we did not have a current certificate. When we entered into the process of getting certification, we were told that we would not be granted a certificate unless we got a new fire suppression system. Bids are coming in at just below $3,000.00. We had no choice (per our insurance) but to take care of this situation. Won’t you please help us by raising some funds through the Big Raffle? Thank you!
Blessings on your Lenten Journey
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ