Since the next to the last post, we as a parish have had many wonderful experiences of Church. We have travelled through a great season of grace called LENT, which ends on Holy Thursday at sunset, when the Triduum of the Lord begins. This Lent saw opportunities for prayer and spiritual growth in our lives, of repentance of sin and conversion of heart, and of works of charity and outreach that describe our love of the Lord. I hope that your Lent was profitable for your soul. To those who went the extra mile during Lent and remembered the parish in prayer, a sincere thank you.
We also had the opportunity to share a particular time of prayer in our parish Lenten Retreat held from March 30 through April 2. Many set extra time aside to be uplifted and even challenged, and the Retreat Team gifted us in many ways. They were good retreat masters – coming in like all retreat masters as prophets to share the Word of God, inviting us to expand our vision of Church as it is found in Vatican II, and giving us much to think on and to discuss in their answers to our questions. We are grateful for their ministry. We are also most grateful for the many people who provided hospitality, publicity, set up and coordination on many levels, and to those who prayed and participated. Check out the notes on the Retreat on this website, and the pictures there and in our photo gallery. Despite the “cold” that the team left with me, I count the many blessings that I have seen take place in our parish.
And we have also had the gift to the parish and to the community of our Annual Lenten Fish Fry Dinners (with one more this Good Friday). Under the leadership of Debbie Pazehoski and Julie McNamara, with excellent, hard-working and dedicated chefs and waiters and bakers and helpers of every sort, this year, like the multitude of years past, was a great community builder and important fund-raiser. It was also THE BEST Fish Dinner around. Again, deep and abiding gratitude to all!