Pastor's Corner



THIS IS HOLY WEEK!: It is the holiest week of the year. Please take time during this week to participate in the three holiest of days – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. A schedule of services was sent out to you and is also printed in today’s bulletin. Remember the “good old days” when everything was put on hold in celebration of these three days? If we, as Catholics, do not hold onto our traditions by participating in what the church offers us, how are we to expect the world to change and be a better place for our children and our future? Parents, please bring your children to these services. They are never too young to experience the richness of the Catholic faith. One of my fondest memories is attending these services with my family when I was growing up. It could be a fond memory for your children, also, if you took the time to do so and a tradition that they will want to pass on to their children. I invite and encourage every parishioner to attend the services on these days. And to those who have never experienced the joy of the Easter Vigil, PLEASE consider attending – it is 8:00pm Saturday at BLS. It will be a night you will never forget and one that will change your life forever. Please do not be like the people in today’s “Passion” reading who hailed Jesus by crying “Hosanna” on one day and then “Crucify him” shortly thereafter. Please keep your hearts and minds fixed on him this entire week.

WONDERFUL TRADITION: I remind you of a Catholic tradition that is (more or less) not remembered any more. On Good Friday, people would spend time in the repository where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved (we use the cry room at BLS). It will be open from after morning prayer at 9:30am up until the Good Friday service at 6:00pm. I urge you to spend some time with the Lord on this very special day.

DECORATING CHURCHES FOR EASTER: We will decorate Blessed Sacrament this coming Saturday, March 31, at 11:00am. We will decorate Our Lady of Lourdes this coming Friday, March 30, after the 3:00pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion. Please come and help. The more hands we have the easier the work will be. Students can receive service hours for helping their church!



PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR RCIA CANDIDATES: The following will be fully initiated into the Catholic Church at this year’s Easter Vigil: (Catechumens): Allison Latynski, Joslynn Latynski, Deanna Mathieu, Michael McGuire and Jeremy Presley (Candidates): Ryan Galvin, Rob Malcolm and Londy Marracino. Please remember them in your daily prayers throughout this Holy Week.

LITTLE WHITE BOOKS FOR EASTER: The little white books (that follow the little black books that were for Lent) are available to be picked up at the parish office. These are wonderful short reflections and “tidbits” of stories and information beginning the Monday after Easter and going up to Pentecost Sunday.

MORE WORKERS FOR BINGO: We are in need of more workers to work the floor at bingo. Although we will not have bingo this week because of Good Friday, please try to make an effort after Easter to come and help. Our crowds have been very good lately. The more people we have to sell, the more profit we make. Thanks so much.

REMINDER: Easter Lily memorials are due by Monday, March 26, because the bulletin will be printed on Wednesday, March 28, due to the parish office closing for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Monday after Easter.