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  • Lenten Mass Schedule

    Mass will be celebrated at 8 am daily during Lent. Monday evenings mass is at 5:45 pm. Tuesday – Thursday, mass is at 6:00 pm. Stations of the Cross will be Friday evenings beginning at 5:30 pm followed by Mass.
    Mass  will be celebrated on Saturday
    mornings during Lent at 8:30 am

     

  • Lent - Are You Ready?

    Catholics focus on three things during the season of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
    The Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl is an excellent way for families to particiatpe in all three this Lent. Click here for details.

  •  Why We Worship    
         Lent 2018

    Sign up now for the Lenten series Why We Worship!
    Father Simon Peter will host a Why We Worship Session on Thursday evenings during the Lent. This will serve as the Lenten Mission! All are encouraged to attend one of the group sessions. Sessions will be held      
      
    o   Tuesday mornings at 9 am 

    o   Thursday evenings at 6:45 pm (after daily mass)
    o   Saturday morning at 9 am (after daily mass)

    Attention Youth in grades 9 and above. A special group session for you will be held on Tuesday evenings!
    All sessions are after mass.

  •  Why We Confess



    This three session series covers the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is excellent for the young and the young at heart. Click http://www.htdiocese.org/whyweconfess for more details and to view the videos.0

  •   Why We Believe 

    8 Week video series on our Catholic faith.
    Click here for more details and to view the videos.

    http://www.htdiocese.org/whywebelieve


     
  • Partners in Hope - Bishop's Appeal 2018

  •   Today's Readings

  •    Saint of the Day

    • Image: Chair of Saint Peter | photo by Lawrence OP | flickr. . Chair of Saint Peter Saint of the Day for February 22 https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SODFeb22.mp3  
  • Parish Organization News!

    The next Catholic Daughter meeting will be held in the Community Life Annex on Wednesday, March 8th at 7 pm. 

    The Knights of Columbus Founders Day Banquet is Saturday, March 24th in the Community Life Annex. Festivities begin at 6 pm.

  • CCD NEWS

    CCD Registration forms for 2018 - 2019 were issued Feb 19. Fees can be paid online. Contact the CCD office for more info. 

  • Father Simon Peter's Weekly Message!

    My Dear People of God,           
    Welcome to the holy season of Lent, a season of renewal and deepening our relationship with the Lord. Ash Wednesday ushered us into this holy season with that ancient and profound ritual of ashes. The opening prayer for Mass on Ash Wednesday probably sums up in a succinct manner, the purpose of this holy season: “Grant O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint…”. It is apparent from the opening prayer that holy fasting is not an option and that the purpose of the season is (spiritual) battle against spiritual evils. In this spiritual battle, the Church invites us in a special way to focus on three areas: Prayer, Fasting & Abstinence and Almsgiving.
    This past week in the days leading up to and after Ash Wednesday, the most common topic has probably been around what is being given up for Lent.  You may have been asked “What are you giving up for Lent” or you have heard someone say; “I am giving up ___ for Lent”. In some sense, Lent has been reduced to a season of merely giving up things and the result of this is that once Easter comes our lives are no more different on Easter Sunday than on Ash Wednesday! 
    In reality, Lent is much more than what we give up, it is about what God wants to do in our lives. It is about an Encounter with the living God.  It is said that “Our experience shapes our expectations and our expectations shape our experience”. Our past experience of Lent is what shapes our current expectations for this Lent and those expectations will influence our experience of this Lent. What has been our experience of Lent? Did we have an encounter with God? What are our expectations for this Lent? Do we expect a deeper and new experience of God? Do we expect a renewed relationship with God? In the opening prayer for this first Sunday of Lent, we pray as follows: “Grant almighty God, through the yearly observance of holy Lent, that we may grow in understanding the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects…” There is therefore an expectation of growth in understanding the riches hidden in Christ. What are these riches? The riches of the kingdom of God, the greatest of which is the gift of eternal life. This is what we celebrate at Easter- the gift of eternal life manifested for us in a concrete way in the resurrection.           
    My dear brothers and sisters, being Christian is about encounter with God in Christ Jesus. An Encounter “which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction towards eternal life. An encounter- and a Deep Personal encounter. When we have an encounter with God, we can never be and remain the same, it is Lifechanging encounter. A life-changing encounter that gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. For some of us, that’s not been your experience and so that’s nowhere on our radar as an expectation. However, what if it were? Would you want that? What if it were your experience? What could that look like for your life? What if this Lent were so personal that you landed at Easter with new horizon and a decisive direction for your life. Would you want that? What if this Lent everything changed? What if God were relevant, more relevant than ever? What if God was personal, more personal, what if God wanted that so much that He already gave you the key in today’s readings? Would you be willing to listen to find out?          
    The first verse of our Responsorial Psalm is very insightful in refocusing our expectations so that we may have a fruitful Lenten season in which we grow in our understanding of the riches hidden in Christ. “Your ways, O Lord make known to me; teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior”. I would like to invite each one of us to take those words to heart personally. To honestly and genuinely ask God to make known His ways to us and to teach us His paths. That entails a deliberate and intentional decision to surrender our ways and paths to His ways and paths. It entails a disposition of docility allowing Him to guide and teach us.
    As your pastor and one who loves you, I have spent long hours to prepare, so that this Lent will not be the same! Each one of you received on Ash Wednesday a resource for this Lenten Season. I would like to encourage and challenge each one of you to use it. I would like each one of us to develop our Lenten plan from that resource. Specifically, I would like to challenge each one to prayerfully and honestly undertake an Examination of Our Conscience based on the seven deadly sins; to commit to view the Why We Worship videos and to go to Mass at least once during the week throughout the Lenten Season. I look forward to the Lenten journey with you all.

    Fr Simon Peter