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  • Notes from your Pastor

     

     

    We Can Do Better

     

    There is the story of two old friends who met on the street one day.  One friend heard about his friend’s fiancée, who was very demanding.  So, he asked his friend, “Last time we met didn’t you tell me that you stopped smoking because your fiancée asked you to stop smoking?”  “Yes, that’s right!” the other friend said.  “And you stopped drinking because she asked you to stop drinking?”  “Yes, that’s right” the friend answers.  “And you stopped swearing because she asked you?”  “Yes, that’s right,” the other friend said.  “And you also stopped gambling because she asked you?”  “Smartest thing I ever did,” the friend answered.  “And yet, I heard you never married her.  Why is that?”  The other friend, who was now a completely changed man said, “As soon as I reformed my life, I realized that I could do better!”

     

    Lent is here to invite all of us to do better.  We hear in the Gospel, “Repent and believe in the Good News.”  We heard those words when we were signed with ashes.  On our Stewardship Table in church we highlight Lent as a time for new beginnings.  During the first week we emphasize Jesus, A New Kind of Thinking.  The word repent does come from the Old English word to think again.

     

    Repentance involves a new kind of thinking.  In Greek, the word metanoia means a change of mind, to perceive things from a different perspective.  How does God see things?

     

    The second direction is “Believe the Gospel.”  Believe that God is good.  Believe that God is with you now.  Possibly, you need some help at this time or you know someone who does.  Lift your intentions up in prayer and when thoughts about that intention come to you, say God is working on that right now.   The Good News is that God wants to be involved in your life and in the lives of those whom you love.

     

    Lent invites all of us then to go on a forty-day retreat.  As part of our retreat we will have Communal Penance on Monday, February 26th at 7 pm.  We will also hear confessions on Wednesday evening, February 28th from 5 to 8 pm.  If you have not already done so, please pick up a Lenten black book and an Operation Rice Bowl packet at the entrances of our church when you come to Mass.  Also, please visit our Stewardship Table after Mass.

     

    On our church columns we see the words, Pray, Fast and Give Alms.  This is part of our Lenten retreat.  The Good News is that with God’s help we can all do better.  We can all be better.

     

     

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  • Sick & Hospitalized

     

    Let us remember in our prayers those who are sick.  May they and their caregivers receive comfort and strength, remembering especially Mary Adams, Greg Basco, Mary Ann Betliskey, Tony Betliskey,
    Pat Colburn,
    Donna Czyzynski, Corrine Dawe, Joseph Deccola,
    Carole Dlouhy,
    Jose Dybzinski, Kristin Hill, Millie Jasany,
    Suzanne Kilker, Tom Konkoly,

    Judy Landolph, Bishop Richard Lennon, Barbie Lister, Art Madsen, Rose Meadows, Jeanette Miller, Marguerite Miller, Geri Milton, Donna Murrin, Louis Novac,

    Art Novotny, John Pocius, Joel Rivera,

    Bob Schippling, Margaret Slechta,

    Elaine Stack, Rev. Edward Stafford,

    Rev. John Tezie, Aaron Thiem,
    Ed Vitigoj, Carole Walk, Ron Walk, Robert Wagner, and Vicky Yates.

     

                For the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish and their families.
     

                            May our Loved Ones who have died rest in eternal peace in heaven, remembering especially Rudy Malec, whose funeral was last week.