Voices of Faith

The Second Sunday of Lent

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Dear Friends:

The scriptures this weekend point to the great things God has done for us. We hear of God’s promise to Abram (who becomes Abraham) to make him the father of a great nation. St. Paul reminds us that our citizenship is in heaven, which gives us new perspective in our lives. And Jesus, taking his disciples to the mountaintop, reveals his future glory in his Transfiguration. Indeed God has done great things for us and is continuing to reveal something wonderful as he calls us to renewal in these Lenten days.

This week we celebrate the heritage of our parish community. Even though St. Patrick’s Day is not observed on our liturgical calendar (the Lenten Sunday takes precedence), we celebrate all things Irish this weekend, and many of us, myself included, give thanks for our ancestry from the Emerald Isle. Our parish was founded to care for the Irish immigrants who were working the quarries and the railroad. Today our parish continues to be a place of welcome to immigrants and newcomers to our land, and each person, each family and the culture they bring adds to the richness of our diverse parish community.

This Tuesday we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, our patronal feast day. St. Joseph is also the patron of Italy and is, therefore, a significant feast day for the Italians among us. All are invited to join us Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm for a special Mass as we give thanks for the example and prayers of St. Joseph as he intercedes for us and our parish community. A reception— wine and cheese and desserts— will be held in Joe’s Cafe immediately following the Mass. It is a nice respite from our Lenten sacrifices to have an occasional day to celebrate with a feast!

God’s blessings to all as we continue our Lenten commitments,

Fr. Rick