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2nd Sunday of Lent

Mar 9, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020

For 66+ years, Audrey Capper has faithfully and diligently volunteered in the Holy Family parish office. Among her many volunteered office duties has been assisting in the maintenance of parishioner records, including weekly entry of donations. When you received your annual donations letter for tax purposes in January, you can thank Audrey for her attention to detail all year long. After all these many years, Audrey has decided it’s time to hang up her pencil, calculator, and adding tape. She stepped down from her responsibilities a couple of weeks ago from her weekly visits to the office to keep us all on track after training some new volunteers. She has worked under all five pastors of Holy Family, starting here with Fr Marchino, before he was a Monsignor or the parish was even built! She began Holy Family’s first kindergarten many years ago, and she has been and continues to be a spry and engaged parishioner. She has seen every stage of the growth and development of the parish and school. Audrey we will miss your service, but are certainly grateful for all you’ve done to make Holy Family Catholic Parish the wonderful, family-friendly, Christ-centered parish it is. Thank you and God Bless you.

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For several weeks, I’ve been inviting everyone to a Lenten Parish Mission to be hosted here at Holy Family from Monday to Thursday, March 30 to April 2, 2020. Talks start at 7p each night with Confessions available before.

But what is a Parish Mission? A Parish Mission is plain and simply an opportunity to have your faith enlivened or stirred into full flame by quality preaching, sound catechesis, enthusiastic engagement, and holy liturgy. God is indeed Holy and Perfect, and a parish mission will help you to say ‘yes’ to God’s wonderful invitation into that holiness. During a mission, the people of the parish gather each evening in the church for a series of conferences on the fundamental truths of the Catholic Faith, including the Ten Commandments, the Real Presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, devotion to our Blessed Mother, and the forgiveness of sins in the Sacrament of Penance. While the Mission is not a class, you will learn about our beautiful Catholic Faith. During the course of the mission, you will encounter the living Jesus Christ and the Good News of the Gospel.

Why should I come? You should consider coming to the Mission (and inviting friends and family to join) to experience a renewal of the Christian life in your heart, your mind, and your soul. While the mission is free, there will be a free will offering taken on the last night to support the Fathers of Mercy apostolate (https://fathersofmercy.com).

Do I need to come every night? Like so much in life, you will get out of the Mission what you put into it, so attending each night will greatly benefit you. Each night the presentation will be different and may build upon previous material. However, the nightly conferences will be sufficiently self-contained that you will benefit even if you had to miss a single night. I promise you, however, that after you participate in one night, you will want to be there every night.

Who is presenting the parish mission? Fr Wade Menezes, CPM has been giving missions since his ordination in the Jubilee Year 2000 and is a regular contributor on various ETWN programs. Fr. Wade has served as the Chaplain-in-Residence at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. Fr. Wade is currently the Assistant General of the Fathers of Mercy religious order. Holy Family is blessed to have this opportunity. Please join me in taking full advantage.

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Pray for us. ~ Fr. Gries

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