Sunday, February 23, 2014
Dear parishioners and friends in Christ,
This Wednesday, March 5th we enter into the holy Season of Lent. During these 40 days leading up to Easter we are challenged to spend more time in personal prayer and contemplation, reading the Bible and spiritual books, almsgiving to the poor and needy, disciplining our bodies by fasting and abstaining, making the Stations of the Cross, participating at Sunday (and daily) Mass, and going to Confession. Lent is our annual "Spiritual Spring Training".
We officially begin our Lenten observance with the imposition of Ashes this Wednesday. Please join us at one of the opportunities listed on Page Six (p.6) of this bulletin. And remember, Ash Wednesday is a day of Fast & Abstinence. Lenten Regulations are also printed on Page 6.
When you practice fasting and abstinence, please remember those who are in need right here on Long Island every day, and consider sharing your gifts with them.
For example, our annual Baby Bottle Fundraiser begins Ash Wednesday to benefit the good work of the Life Center of Long Island. Your spare change can make a difference in supporting the Pro Life effort. What a meaningful opportunity to give alms to a truly worthy cause.
Another way of Lenten sacrificial giving is making a gift to the Catholic Ministries Appeal, which supports essential programs such as Diocesan Catholic Charities, seminarian formation, and many more.
Finally, this week we have brought back the St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Donation Box which is now located on our own Parish grounds in the N/W corner of the parking lot. Together with your weekly food donations at the church doors, we feed the hungry and clothe the needy as Jesus taught us.
God bless you on your journey
from Ashes to Easter!
Msgr. "Father Bob" Clerkin