Pastor's Corner



THIS IS THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT: Today’s Gospel is about the Transfiguration of our Lord. Sometimes in our lives, we need to look beyond the trials and difficulties to our ultimate goal in life: HEAVEN. Jesus wanted to show Peter, James and John that there would be something beyond the cross so that they had the hope and strength to endure life’s tragedies. This Gospel should remind us all to set our minds on what is beyond. Some helps are available this Lent. I encourage you to attend daily Mass at 8:00am at BLS, if not every day, at least a few days, during the week. Stations of the Cross are prayed on Fridays at 7:00pm at OLL. And finally, please make some room in your life for daily prayer and meditation—just sitting quietly with God. Please take this time of Lent seriously. May it be a time of growing closer to the Lord in this life so that we can live with him eternally in the next.

LENTEN ABSTINENCE: All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat. No meat may be eaten for those 14 years and older. Fasting on Good Friday binds those between ages 18 and 60.

PARISH YOUTH GROUP: The kickoff pizza and bowling night last Tuesday for our parish youth group was a success. We had a larger than anticipated turnout. If you missed it, come to our next meeting on Tuesday, March 14, from 6:45 to 8:15pm, in Sargus Hall where we will have food, fellowship, worship, Scripture study, small group discussion and fun! See you there!

JOSEPH TABLE: Our St. Vincent de Paul is once again sponsoring a collection of nonperishable food items in celebration of St. Joseph’s feast day. Please place your items in the designated area in the main entrance of each church. On March 19, the feast of St. Joseph, the food will be blessed and given to our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry for distribution. What a wonderful way to help those in need!



CALL FOR DEACON CANDIDATES: If any man between the ages of 30 and 55 feels called to be a deacon, please contact Deacon Mark, Fr. Michael or me.

WE NEED MORE SERVERS: We need more Mass servers for both our parishes, especially those in the 8th grade and above. Please consider being an altar server and call the rectory with your name. It is a privilege to serve God in such a way.

MEN’S LENTEN DAY OF RENEWAL: The Diocesan Men’s Day of Renewal will be held on Saturday March 18from 9 am to 3:30 pmat St. Stephen’s Church in Caldwell.  The conference will open with a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament.  The featured speaker is Capt. Guy Gruters, nationally known author and dynamic speaker. Bishop Monforton will give a talk and preside at Mass.  Confession with a penance service is also offered.  A bag lunch will be served.  This is a hard sell for many men, but the Lord will help us.  If we can mobilize an average of 10 men from every parish in the diocese, this event would be a smashing success! Registration forms can be picked up at the rectory.

FLU SEASON: During this season of flu and other infirmities, if you do not shake the hand of the person(s) near to you at Mass, please just wave or more in line with the Scripture, say: “Peace be with you.” If someone does this at the sign of peace, please do not be offended. They are trying to save you from the suffering of possibly getting the germs of this “different” winter. God knows, I know what it can do to you.