Pastor's Corner


THIS IS THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT: Some help is 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. Please read daily from the “Little Black Book.” And finally, please make some room in your life for daily prayer and meditation—at least by praying one Psalm each day of the week. Please remember that the three hallmarks of Lent are: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. These are traditional Lenten practices which have worked to make Catholics more holy down through the ages. Please try to make use of this Lenten time wisely. It will go very quickly.


STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Stations of the Cross are prayed every Friday of Lent (except Good Friday) at 7:00pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. This is a devotion in which I sincerely encourage you to participate. Parents, please bring your children. It is never too early for them to learn about the traditions of the Church. I hope that all of you will participate in this Lenten practice. (I’m sorry this was omitted from last week’s bulletin – K.)


STEUBENVILLE / WINTERSVILLE LENTEN SERIES: There is an insert in today’s bulletin about the Lenten Series sponsored by the Steubenville and Wintersville Parishes. This series has been a wonderful way for us to gain more for our spiritual lives during Lent. Please look at the series and consider attending. The first talk will be this Wednesday, March 13, at St. Peter Church.

It is a worthwhile way to spend an evening(s)!


LITTLE BLACK BOOKS: If you did not yet receive your “Little Black Book” to pray from during the Lenten season, they are at the entrances of the churches. Please make sure to pick one up and to use it each day of Lent.


REST IN PEACE: Please remember in your prayers the kind repose of the soul of Margaret Nemeth (OLL), mother of George Nemeth (OLL). May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.



                                                 (In the words of Pope Francis)

Fast from hurting words and say kind things.

Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.

Fast from anger and be filled with patience.

Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.

Fast from worries and have trust in God.

Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.

Fast from pressures and be prayerful.

Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.

Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.

Fast from grudges and be reconciled.

Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.