Greetings and salutations!
Our first evening of the Divine Mercy Mission Renewal on Monday, March 14th was a huge success! We had a great turnout of people who came to listen to the message of Divine Mercy as explained by our guest speaker, Mr. Rick Paolini…thank you so much, Rick, for sharing your faith with us! I know many people appreciated the thorough reflection, as well as the chance for fellowship afterwards, and how Rick’s message can enhance our Lenten journey.
Be sure to come back for each of the remaining Mondays…Monday, March 21st and Monday, March 28th, both at 7:00 PM, to continue to hear more about the message of Divine Mercy. We truly hope that these Monday evenings of our mini mission will be fruitful for you and allow each one of you to delve deeper into the mystery of God’s mercy during this most holy time of year.
A special reminder to everyone…this weekend is the Altar and Rosary Society Lenten Bread Sale! Please stop by Fr. Cotter Hall after each of the weekend Masses (Saturday and Sunday) and see what delicious items the ladies have prepared! The Altar and Rosary Society does so much good work for our parish…everything from the upkeep of the church and its liturgical decorations, to inspiring a profound love for the rosary among its members and in the parish, to always being available to help out with whatever event or fundraiser we have. I am so grateful for the great devotion of these women to Blessed Sacrament Parish, and I strongly urge everyone to support them with this Lenten Bread Sale!
Beginning on Friday, March 25th, our parish begins its Spiritual Adoption Program for unborn children and their mothers, which will continue for the next 9 months, until December 25th (Christmas Day). This program begins on the feast day of Our Lord’s conception in the womb of the most Blessed Virgin Mary (the Feast of the Annunciation) and will continue through the year. Please consider participating in this important program, as we pray for mothers, their unborn children, and for an end to abortion in this country and throughout the world.
The annual appeal for Catholic Charities is well underway and our parish of Blessed Sacrament is making good progress towards our goal…however, we still need your help! You have many options to get your contribution in, either by mailing the personal envelope in yourself, dropping it off at the parish office, or by placing that personalized envelope in the collection basket at the weekend Mass. Please consider the important work of Catholic Charities and be generous, if you can.
Last, but not least, the Disciple Maker Index Survey, sponsored by the Catholic Leadership Institute is happening right now. The diocese is asking for each parish to have a significant level of participation by parishioners to take this survey. Can you help us out? This survey will only take 10 minutes and is best to complete online…but hard copies are available in the sacristy. Stop by to pick one up, or drop it off once completed.
~Fr. Martin Gallagher