Thank you to all our parishioners attending mass last weekend for their patience and understanding as we presented the in-pew appeal for the Diocese's Faith To Move Mountain endowment campaign. As the pledge totals are tabulated, we'll keep you posted on our progress as a parish.
It's never to late to make a new pledge...online or via a card available in the church or at the parish center.
Thank you for your generosity to the needs of the church!
By now you have probably heard about the Diocesan Campaign Faith to Move Mountains and have likely been contacted by a member of our parish staff or a fellow parishioner. This weekend will bring the final in-pew appeal for the campaign to our parish. We will hear a message from Bishop O'Connell about the appeal and be asked to complete pledge cards if we have not already done so.
Thank you for your courtesy to our campaign volunteers and for your anticipated generosity.
Work began today on installing additional lighting in and around the church. Individual spotlights will be focused on the marble statues of the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and the Sacred Heart. Two lighting bollards will be installed at the stairways on the southwest entry to illuminate the steps more clearly. A light will be installed at the main entryway just above the door to not only illuminate the portal but also the upper stairs leading to the door. Two additional lights will be installed on the exterior stairway to the basement.
We're very glad to begin this necessary work and anticipate that it will be completed shortly.
Today we observed the annual burning of blessed palm in anticipation of Ash Wednesday. Our school children gathered around the firepot which was stuffed with last year's palm branches and prayed as the palms were lit. We thought about Lent and the cycle of the liturgical year, especially the Easter Mysteries.
After the fire died down, we shouted "Alleluia" three times, in anticipation of our fast from that glorious word during Lent.
Next Wednesday, these ashes will be imposed on those marking the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday.
It's a perfect time to consider bringing your marriage into the Catholic Church if you have not been married by a Catholic priest or deacon. The process is not complicated and depending on whether or not prior marriage(s) need to be annulled, can be relatively quick.
Inviting Jesus Christ into your marriage brings abundant grace, enables the couple to celebrate Eucharist, accompany any children with the sacraments of initiation and above all to bring the love of Christ into the marriage.
There are brochures explaining the process at the entry of the church and online by clicking through to the Diocesan webpage. If you'd like to explore the process further, call the parish office or speak with Fr. Manning or one of our pastoral associates. You'll be glad you did!
Our first meeting of the Principal Search Committee was scheduled for the day of the snowstorm, so it has been postponed until the same time next week, Thursday, Feb. 16th. Advertisements for the position will be placed shortly thereafter in various media outlets.
Meantime the Committee has been forwarded a copy of the recently completed Faculty Survey outlining their opinions on what kind of candidate we should look for.
Once again this year, the parish will have copies of the Magnificat Lenten Companion available after all our masses beginning the Sunday before Ash Wednesday until the supply is depleted. If you would like to be sure to have one, they are also available for purchase from the Magnificat webpage and there is also an electronic version for Kindle, etc.
Many find the daily reflections helpful in cultivating a prayerful disposition during Lent.
Take a musical retreat during Lent! On April 2d at 3:00 PM at Holy Cross Church we will host a performance of Fauré's Requiem.
The choral-orchestral setting of the shortened Catholic Mass for the Dead in Latin, composed between 1887 - 1890, is the best-known of his large works. Its focus is on eternal rest and consolation. The composer himself noted that
Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest."
In place of the somber nature of many requiems that had gone before, Fauré’s is noted for its calm, serene and peaceful outlook. Anyone looking for morose themes is searching in the wrong place. Instead, here we find musical solace in a work that focuses not on the morbid, but on the supposedly restful and fear-free nature of death.(1) He described death as “a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than a painful experience”, and the Requiem encapsulates this feeling in a way that continues to hold audiences spellbound.(2)