Memo from Msgr. Raun- Tuesday March 16th, 2021

My dear family,

We had another fine weekend in the parish, with very good attendance at all the Masses except for 7 am (and with Daylight Savings Time that is understandable!)

On Friday of this week is the Feast of St. Joseph. I'm sure many of you remember that the Holy Father has dedicated this year in honor of the great Guardian of the Holy Family.

This Sunday we begin Passiontide, those final two weeks of Lent, when we focus on our Lord's suffering and Death. The symbol of Passiontide is the veiled statues, the saints hiding their glory in the presence of the sufferings of their Lord.

Thank God that the virus is decreasing, and pray that our county will soon be classified "green" by the State - then we will be able to have 500 people present at Mass.

HOLY WEEK : We are now less than three weeks from Easter, so I want to share with you the schedule so that you can plan ahead. We are trying to keep all the times as we have done in the past.
March 27-28 : Palm Sunday
Normal Sunday schedule of Confessions and Masses.

March 29-31 : Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week
Normal weekday schedule of Confessions and Masses.
Extra Lenten Confessions at 7 pm

April 1 - Holy Thursday
Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7 pm
Confessions after Mass
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until Midnight

April 2 - Good Friday
Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at 12 noon
Confessions after the Liturgy
Living Stations of the Cross at 7 pm

April 3 - Holy Saturday
Confessions at 9 am
Easter Vigil Mass at 8:30 pm

April 4 - Easter Sunday
Holy Mass at
7 am
9 am
9:30 am in the Hall
11 am
11:30 am in the Hall
1 pm

No 6 pm Mass

All of the Holy Week services will be much shorter this year. We will be omitting the optional things like the washing of the feet, the kissing of the Cross, the baptisms, and so forth. Next year!

We wanted to have the extra Easter Masses outdoors, but the city would let us have only 80 people attend. So - we are this year having them in the Hall.

SPECIAL PRAYER INTENTION: As we all painfully know, the Archdiocese has for several years been going through bankruptcy proceedings to settle the child abuse cases. (This, of course, is what has held up our building of the new church). At last there is light at the end of the tunnel - we hope. But this is all dependent on many things coming together. So, Archbishop Wester has asked that we all pray for a speedy resolution of the bankruptcy proceedings, with justice for the victims and the Church being able to continue her work. He is asking that we ask this of God through the intercession of our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Joseph, and the Servant of God, Sister Blandina. (Sister Blandina was a nun who worked in our Archdiocese in the 1800's whose cause is up for canonization.) I suggest we all join in prayer with our Archbishop for this important intention.

Every Friday during Lent is a day of abstinence from eating meat.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS AND BENEDICTION will be every Friday of Lent at 3 pm and 7 pm. They will also be lived-streamed on our website each Friday.

In addition to the usual times, there will be a priest in church every Friday at 7 pm to hear confessions during the Stations.

The Knights of Columbus are having Lenten Curbside Delivery Pickup fish or shrimp Dinner this Friday 4:00 PM – 7:00 pm. See Parish website for call-in number. All Covid safety rules will be followed.

Just go to the parish website or the app next Monday at 7 pm.

REMEMBER: every Mass you can either attend inside, or listen to the Mass in your car at 106.5 FM, and then receive Holy Communion outside at the doors of the church at the end of Mass.


QUOTES FROM THE SAINTS to give you peace, hope, and strength...
“Take God for your friend and walk with Him continually, and you will not sin and will learn to love, and the things you must do will work out prosperously for you.”-St. John of the Cross

I send you my fatherly blessing, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen!
Msgr. Doug Raun

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