Thanks to everyone who purchased one of our Irish Breads, the proceeds raised will go toward our trip to Long Branch, New Jersey for the ST. BERNARD PROGRAM. Our teens will be heading down to the Keansburg area, which is a poor section that got hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The houses we are working on belong to working class families who have never been able to recover but who are being made whole by the volunteers of the St. Bernard Project. As we approach the April 14th trip we are still accepting youth and adults; so speak with Will Rein or another member of the pastoral staff after Mass.

I am pleased and filled with joy to announce that our Mission Director, WILL REIN, has accepted a position on the pastoral staff of HOLY NAME in West Roxbury.

In the new position he will be charged with their Confirmation program, Youth Ministry program and perhaps work towards accreditation as a Pastoral Associate. He will be taking the blueprint for our Mission Outreach program and bring it to a much larger parish. I am happy for Will, it has always been my hope that we would send him forth to another parish to bring his love for the poor to a bigger venue where he could broaden the missionary work of the Church in Boston. Our program will continue to meet and carry on our trips. We’ll have a parish celebration to mark this important passage and I will get back with further information including a date and time. In the meantime, I hope you will take the time to congratulate him and wish him well.

This weekend we celebrate PALM SUNDAY and enter into HOLY WEEK. I am so pleased that we will be able to squeeze in a PARISH LENTEN RETREAT this Monday night. I hope you can join us as the night will be ninety minutes long and the talk is entitled, “Mercy and Forgiveness: Lifelines for a Holy Life.” I know many of you were disappointed that we had to cancel a few weeks ago, but Professor Fahrig was kind enough to squeeze us into his busy Lenten schedule. Two nights later we will have a PARISH FAMILY PENANCE SERVICE at 6:30-8:00pm and will include a program which will include Adoration, Scripture and Sacred Music. I hope to make this a kind of relaxed schedule allowing folks to come in and either stay through the evening or just jump in quickly and have your Confession heard….this will be the last time in Holy Week that we will have scheduled hours for Confession. We will not have Confessions on Holy Saturday as we will be preparing for the EASTER VIGIL celebration. I can also hear confessions after the 7:30 am daily Mass on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Just a reminder that we are still collecting contributions for the EASTER FLOWERS. If you are able please get the donations in by Monday at 9:00am in order that we might have your loved one’s name placed in the bulletin for Easter. Last Advent I did not make a great deal reminding folks about the CHRISTMAS ENVELOPE collection and we ended up a thousand dollars off from the previous year, and that is because folks simply forgot. I hope we are able to raise enough for our Easter and Spring flower beds. This year we have ordered from a different supplier and will have an ample amount of white lilies and orange Asiatic Lillie…I have also ordered larger tubs of the while lilies.

Holy Thursday, the Mass of the last Supper is at 7pm, Good Friday Service is at 3pm preceded by noontime Stations of the Cross and the Saturday night Vigil is at 7pm (no 4pm Mass).

Lastly thanks to everyone who has participated in the CATHOLIC APPEAL, and a reminder that you can still make a pledge and put it in the collection basket. See you Holy Week.