Bulletin: 1st Sunday of Lent
Saint Francis' Prayer Before the Crucifix
Most High, glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me
true faith, certain hope, and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge, Lord, that I may carry out
Your holy and true command. Amen.
Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s – Regular $372; Loose $67.40; Paper & Books $43; Renovations $5; In Memoriam $65
St. Faustina’s – No collections - cancellation of Mass due to weather.
Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2015 has been released. His message is based on the theme: “Make firm your hearts.” (Jas 5:8) invites Catholics around the world to consider our “globalization of indifference” as he states in his opening paragraphs of his message: When the people of God are converted to his love, they find answers to the questions that history continually raises. One of the most urgent challenges which I would like to address in this Message is precisely the globalization of indifference.
Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience. God is not indifferent to our world; he so loves it that he gave his Son for our salvation. In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son of God, the gate between God and man, between heaven and earth, opens once for all. The Church is like the hand holding open this gate, thanks to her proclamation of God’s word, her celebration of the sacraments and her witness of the faith which works through love (cf. Gal 5:6). But the world tends to withdraw into itself and shut that door through which God comes into the world and the world comes to him. Hence the hand, which is the Church, must never be surprised if it is rejected, crushed and wounded.
God’s people, then, need this interior renewal, lest we become indifferent and withdraw into ourselves.
Country Time Show: Last Sunday’s show was cancelled due to the weather and rescheduled for this Sunday, February 22th at 7:00pm ~ admission is $6. Master of Ceremonies is Al Hollingsworth with back-up band Grover Country featuring: Brooklyn Blackmore, Diane Gould, Darrin Lively, Melanie MacNeil, Darlene MacNeil, and Art MacNeil. We hope to see you there!
Prayer Community: This Tuesday, February 24th at 7:00pm in the boardroom. Everyone is welcome to join us.
Way of the Cross: We will have Way of the Cross every Thursday (except March 12th) during Lent starting at 6:30pm followed by Adoration until 8:00pm.
Income Tax Receipts: Are available on the table near the main entrance (in a box in alphabetical order).
St. Vincent de Paul Society: Item of the month for February is macaroni and cheese. The donation box is located near the entrance of the church. Thank you!
Recylables: Please continue to drop off your recyclables before or after Mass. All proceeds go towards our Outreach Program. Please see Rupert Lewis (902.466.6788) or for monetary donations, please see Joanne Nelson (902.464.1981). Thanks!