HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY. This weekend we are selling Irish Bread at each of the Masses with the proceeds going to the Mission Outreach Program. I want to thank all of our bakers and in particular Brendan, who is a young man who baked 30 of the breads; he is a parishioner at Our Lady of the Assumption but often attends our Sunday 7:30 a.m. Mass. He is a quiet young man who is serious about the faith and is living out the gospel by sharing one of his gifts, cooking, with promoting the gospel in watching out for the poor. A big thanks all our bakers. The Irish bread will be available after each of the Masses.

Next week is Palm Sunday and the Knights are holding their ANNUAL SPAGHETTI DINNER after the 4:00pm Vigil Mass. This will be a great night with entertainment and dinner. I hope to see many of you folks at this event.

This Wed. at 6pm the ART & ENVIRNOMENT GROUP will be decorating for Palm Sunday. If you are not a member but would like to join please come as we can use the help. We need 3 men as we will be hanging banners and some heavy lifting.

We have our fourth Nor’easter coming into town on Tuesday and are making preparations. If there is no school for the kids I will be closing the parish office for that day. Regardless of the storm we will still have Wednesday 6:30-8:00pm Confessions and we will still be decorating the church. We had daily Mass last Tuesday and Wednesday (though they were private Masses given the storm, a few folks still attended) and I’ll do the same if this storm hits us. All I ask folks to do is use common sense on the issue of safety when coming to Mass or Confession.

I am happy to report that despite the last few Nor’easters we have been able to reschedule our PARISH MISSION to Monday night of Holy Week, March 26th at 7:00PM in the main church. Dr. Steven Ferrig will give the one night retreat and it is based on “Mercy and Forgiveness: lifelines for a holy life.” On Wednesday night the 28th we will have PARISH FAMILY PENANCE SERVICE at 7:00pm with scripture readings, meditation, and song. For those who have not been to this sacrament in a while, I placed small cards at each entrance with simple directions on how to prepare for confession which includes prayers including the Act of Contrition. Every night we should recite the Act of Contrition….what a lovely way to conclude the day by thanking God for our day and asking for his forgiveness for any transgressions that day.

Just a word of encouragement as we continue our journey through the 5 books of the Old Testament; Leviticus and Numbers, while not terribly exciting, continue to help give us greater perspective as it prefigures the New Testament. This, the 5th week of Lent, brings us to the Book of Deuteronomy…in it here we read of God giving Moses the 10 Commandments on Mt. Saini and the development of the Mosaic laws. As you have been reading these books you now begin to see the various scripture that Jesus quotes in the gospels, and you also see how frustrating humanity has been in its relationship with God, but how God always remains faithful to us. I hope this approach to encountering the discipline of PRAYER in Lent has been beneficial and I look forward to your feedback.

I continue to find joy in the generosity you have extended our Vets in the Lenten Almsgiving program. We have donated 700 socks, 70 toothpastes, 363 brushes, 40 floss, 82 men’s tee shirts, 27 women’s tee shirts, 113 pairs of underwear. Amidst all the havoc you have remain generous to others in need. Amazing!