I look forward to seeing you at the Knights of Columbus Annual Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday, February 29th!

Just a reminder to folks who lose their hats, gloves or mittens – should you leave them behind at Church we will place the missing items by the exit nearest your bench. We normally save them for a few weeks, after which they are donated to the St. Vincent DePaul box. We do our best to make sure they get back to their owners.  On various occasions folks also forget their glasses – should you lose your glasses check with our office; we have a growing supply of cheaters!

This weekend after each Mass, we will be selling tickets to the Knights of Columbus Annual Spaghetti Dinner, to be held Saturday, February 29th in the Parish Hall. Last year dinner featured Jim McLaughlin’s amazing meatballs! We’ll be  selling tickets next week after the Masses.  This is a great way to shake off the winter doldrums and spend time with your neighbors.  I’m looking forward to the dinner.

I met with the Parish Pastoral Council this past week and we had a good meeting. We are working on the 75th Anniversary events, and we also received a briefing from the Safety Committee. Six months ago I received a copy of the  Archdiocese Office of Risk Management safety protocol guidelines. The manual encourages parishes to develop a safety plan in case of an active threat during our worship times. I have asked this group to work along with the Marshfield Police Department to establish this plan. It is my hope that we will complete this plan by the end of the Spring season, so that we might present it to the parish.

We are sending out invitations to our 75th Anniversary Volunteers Party which will be held on Saturday, March 14th in the Elks Hall.    Please mark this date in your book. The party will run from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.  We are serving dinner & desserts and there will be a cash bar along with a DJ for dancing. This is a great opportunity for me and the parish to thank you for the many ways you contribute to the work of the parish. The 4:00pm Mass that evening has been intentioned as a Mass of Thanksgiving for our Volunteers.  I  look forward to this event.

We will be celebrating Ash Wednesday this week (February 26th). We will have a 7:30am Mass in the Church with distribution of ashes after the homily; at Noon time we will have a quick prayer service along with distribution of ashes; at 4:00pm we will celebrate Mass with distribution of ashes after the homily; we conclude the day at 6:00-7:00pm with the Sacrament of Confession and distribution of ashes throughout the hour in the Chapel.  Please also be aware that a 7pm Mass is being offered by each of the surrounding parishes.  The Lenten daily reflection books will be placed at each of the entrances this weekend.

This year we will also be participating in the “The Light Is On For You” Program, holding the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday (with the exception of March 4th and 11th);  March 18, and 25th; April 1st and 8th. Each week I hear Confessions from 3:00pm-3:30pm or later if needed.

This is a great opportunity to come before the Lord, act in a humble way, express our contrition and beg God’s forgiveness and gifts of grace. I hope this Lent you might get to Confession and keep me busy!

During Holy Week we will again have the Living Stations of the Cross and Tenebrae (an ancient religious service and is characterized by gradual extinguishing of candles, coinciding with readings, hymns and concluding with a loud noise which takes place when the sacred space reaches total darkness, the final reading having been proclaimed). We will also hold a Parish Penance Service and a Lenten Mission. Also, don’t forget our daily homilies on Face Book and Instagram!

I look forward to seeing you at the Spaghetti Dinner!