Today’s gospel reading contains a famous passage from John’s gospel — John 3:16 — which many know by heart. It is part of a larger narrative in which Jesus tells Nicodemus about his saving mission. This gospel warns those who think they can believe but persist in doing wrong. Our faith should not stay in our head. It should be reflected in our hearts, arms, legs, fingers, and toes as we do works that proceed from love of God and love of neighbor. The Church is indeed a hospital for sinners, and we must come with a desire to become well, not merely to reflect on our symptoms.
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for all involved in preparation of our decoration for St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The float was decorated very well, and I think our presence as a parish in the parade was a good message sent to all who attended it. Big thanks to Kathy and Kevin Jankun, Mira and Antonette Raza, Jack Brooker, Tim Lock, Dan and Becky Scollard, Nina Bavone, Nancy and George Isdale and members of our Youth Group. Thanks to Larry Moskos from H&R towing for helping us. Well done, thanks!
Last Thursday we attended the first session of Soup for The Soul. We have two more sessions to go on Tuesdays (3/13 and 3/20) at 7:00 p.m. in Fearon Hall. Excellent speakers are invited not to mention tasty soups. Please join me in this special event.
Our Lenten Reconciliation Service will be on Wednesday, March 21st.
Again, this year we will have a bus trip to visit seven churches on Holy Thursday, after Mass. There is a sign-up sheet in the vestibule of the church this weekend and the next one (March 18th.) If you are interested, please sign up as soon as possible, as the bus can only accommodate 46 people. This year’s itinerary is: Divine Infant and Divine Providence, Westchester, St. John of the Cross, Western Springs, St. Cletus & St. Francis Xavier, LaGrange, St. Barbara, Brookfield and St. Mary, Riverside.
Every Friday during the Lent we will gather in the Church for the Stations of the Cross. Please find time and join me in this beautiful devotion. Stations of the Cross will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m.
May God bless us in the season of Lent for our turning away from our sins and being faithful to the Gospel.