Sunday, March 1, 2015
Dear parishioners and friends in Christ,
One day it’s 50 degrees and the next day it’s 3 degrees! The weather this past month has been the talk of the town. We are all in need of "spring time." I pray your "spiritual springtime" this Lent is off to a good beginning. Faithful participation at Sunday and week-day Mass, Confession, Stations of the Cross, abstaining from meat and fasting from unnecessary pleasures, making financial sacrifices for worthy causes – all of these are traditional practices that make this a holy sea-son of "spring training for our souls."
We are planning a Lenten Soup Supper for Sat-urday, March 21st, @ 6:00 pm in the Father Behan Hall. This very simple meal and the proceeds collected from a free will offering will go to the Franciscan Breadline where the hungry poor are fed daily. Details will follow in next weekend’s bulletin.
Speaking of Gospel values, I encourage all parishioners to promote our on-going Parochial School Registration. Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Elemen-tary School celebrates academic excellence, affordable tuition, and most of all, a "Holy Spirit" filled atmos-phere where students, parents, and our wonderful teachers and staff experience a nurturing environment of love and joy. The best advertising is by way of mouth - so spread the good news! Phone 667-4044 ext. 131 for registration information.
Thank you so much for your support of the 2015 Catholic Ministries Appeal. As of the first three weeks we are at 34% of our Parish Goal. Your pledge or one time gift will assist Diocesan Catholic Charities and so many other essential ministries here on Long Island. Remember, "no Gift is too small, but no Gift at all." Perhaps your Gift to the CMA will be a part of your Lenten sacrifice. Wouldn’t it be great to go over goal by Easter? Thank you for whatever you can afford to do.
Remember that we have daily Masses for Lent at 7:00 am, 8:30 am and 12:15 pm. Lenten Confessions follow after the 12:15 pm Mass Monday – Friday. On Saturday afternoons confessions are heard from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. We walk the Stations of the Cross Fridays at 7:30 pm. See you at Sunday Mass!
Have a great week & God bless you this Lent
Msgr. "Father Bob" Clerkin