From Father Walsh…
WAS LENT WHAT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN?
This period of 40 days was given as a gift to us to ask the vital questions: am I going in the right direction? Am I living out my baptismal promises to live as Christ did? Are the relationships in my life – with those with whom I live, and with God, what they ought to be? If I have failed in any or all of those areas we have an opportunity to start out again by admitting our failures and calling on God to be our helper for the future. We have a golden opportunity this Holy Week to make that fearless and moral inventory of our life in the Sacrament of Penance, or Confession. Be sure to look at the times scheduled for this sacrament elsewhere in this bulletin. And for Pope Francis’ Examination of Conscience, be sure to read it in the parish newsletter you will receive this week.
From Father Walsh…
THE LAY PERSON’S SPIRITUAL LIFE: We are doing something we should have done long ago, namely, acknowledging the spiritual journeys of men and women in our parishes. I am deeply impressed with the deep spiritual life of many, and we’re using the weekends of Lent to invite them to tell about their journey to God in a meditation piece after Communion. Many thanks to those who have volunteered to share their journey.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR LENT? Quitting smoking or alcohol, cutting down on TV time, etc. All are fine and we’ll benefit.
But how about a complete change of attitude about why you go to work every day, prepare meals, clean the house, etc.? If you’re doing all these things to support your family, impress the boss, nothing wrong with that. But how about a completely different reason for doing these things? Our family won’t always appreciate our hard work, and the boss might not be that impressed and give the promotion to someone else. Paul in his letter to the Church in Corinth that we read last Sunday says: “Brothers and sisters, Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” That attitude made all the difference for Paul.
Knowing that he was working for God made all the disappointments he had with his church so much easier to bear. And so it will be also for you and me when God is the one we work for. He will always be aware of what we’re doing and won’t take us for granted as so often happens with the people in our lives.
From Father Walsh… I’VE CHANGED MY MIND about how to deal with the flu season at our liturgies. I spoke to the head of nursing at our hospital and she told me that we pick up far more bacteria, germs etc. from handshaking, touching door handles and pews than we do from the chalice at Communion. Therefore, the Precious Blood will be offered to all who wish to receive It during Mass. And we’ll still invite the congregation to exchange the Sign of Peace – but not with a handshake, hug or kiss, but with a smile or wave of the hand until the flu season has ended.
WE’RE DESPERATE!: With many of our snowbirds already enjoying better weather than we are here, and others leaving by Christmas or shortly thereafter, we are really short of people to usher and be Eucharistic Ministers. For example, we have 20 Eucharistic Ministers on our roster, but seven have already left town, or will be leaving shortly. And of those who will be staying, many of them are often out of town for the weekend they are scheduled. And the same is true for our ushers – especially for Saturday evenings. We have 17, but six have left, or will be leaving shortly for the winter. If you’re with us pretty much year round, we’d love if you
From Father Walsh… GLUTEN FREE: More and more we are becoming aware of the number of people with celiac disease, and so have an allergic reaction to gluten They must avoid anything that has gluten in it. Our communion hosts contain gluten, and for that reason those with this condition often can’t come to the Eucharist.
We will now be able to provide a gluten-free host to anyone with this condition at St. John’s and Holy Rosary. To receive a gluten-free host, be sure to speak to Deacon Peter or myself before Mass, and then come up in the Communion line on my side, and I will be able to offer you the Eucharist in a gluten-free host.
Holy Rosary UCA Dollar for Dollar Match—A generous parishioner has again come forward to match dollar for dollar toward Holy Rosary’s UCA goal. This is a great opportunity to contribute if you already have not or want to donate an additional gift.