Pastor’s Desk: February 18 1st Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

A few days ago we may have been told, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel,” as ashes were placed on our foreheads. We hear these words again in today’s Gospel. Lent is an appropriate occasion to consider our sins, promise to turn back to God, and place our trust in the One who has power over sin and death. As we begin the first week of Lent, let us take these words to heart.

Last weekend we distributed reflection booklets for Lent called “The Little Black Books.”  It is an excellent and practical “tool” for making the season of Lent more reflective and spiritual.  If you didn’t have a chance to take one last weekend, please take one booklet per family today. Please, do the same with the Rice Bowl. You may find both at the entrances of the church.

At all masses this weekend, we are inviting everyone for our Parish Lenten Mission.  It will take place from Monday, February 19th to Wednesday, February 21st. We will meet in the church at 7:00 P.M. It is my privilege and great joy to welcome Father William T. Corcoran, pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Orland Hills. Please keep Fr. Corcoran in your prayers.

Soup For The Soul will take place on Thursday (3/8) and Tuesdays (3/13 and 3/20) at 7:00 P.M. in Fearon Hall.  On Wednesday, March 21st will be our Lenten Reconciliation Service. Every Friday we will have Stations of the Cross at 7:00 P.M.

The bi-annual Financial Report for the first half of the 2017/2018 Fiscal Year is in this week’s Bulletin.  Please take the time to look it over.  Overall, our parish is doing very well.  We have made some necessary and some cosmetic repairs to the church and school building without “breaking the bank.”  Of note is the $44,683 spent on Building/Service and Repairs.  As indicated in the report, these repairs, outlined in the To Teach Who Christ Is (TTWCI) campaign, were paid from our local bank account as the repairs were completed.  We have requested and received $39,000.00 from the TTWCI fund, which was deposited into our local bank in January.  If you have any questions regarding this report, please call the rectory office.

May God bless us for this season of Lent that supported by his grace we may stay away from our sins and be faithful to the Gospel.

Fr. Stan

February 18 Chimes

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