A couple things as we approach the Holiest Week of the Year
1) On Palm Sunday we will begin our celebration for the 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses in the GATHERING SPACE. If you plan to attend either of these Masses, I’m just giving you a heads up that we will have a procession into the Church beginning in the Gathering Space. This is to better symbolize and place us in solidarity with those who journeyed into Jerusalem with our Lord waving palms and singing “Hosanna”!
2) As with many decisions that are made here at our parishes, I can’t please everybody. I know that this has been the case with the omission of the Sign of Peace during Mass. For a time we have omitted the Sign of Peace under the guidance and advice of our Bishop and health care professionals to avoid the spread of any influenza or sickness. I just wanted to let you know that we will resume the Sign of Peace at Mass at Easter. Now that the more risky days of sickness are behind us, I think it will add to that great Easter celebration by once again taking part in that beautiful and communal expression of peace with our loved ones and neighbors.
One of the things I hope to continue to do here at our wonderful parishes is to have different events and activities outside of our regular liturgical gatherings.
I’m currently planning a big Summer Party here at St. John’s and will give you those details in the future.
I have also been approached by a number of young families who have expressed some desire to have opportunities to connect with other young families. I’m currently planning some gatherings to help connect these young families.
In light of this, if you are a young family or a family who has some interest in these communal gatherings please let me know! You could call the office (724-6332) or just let me know after Mass or whenever you run into me.
I’m very excited about some of the things we are currently planning. I have always had a passion for this because I think it’s so important and helpful to surround ourselves with other good Catholic people and families. I know in my own life that is definitely the case.
The Pivotal Players series was a huge success & is now over for this season.Thomas Aquinas.
Father Drew’s News This Week: March 23 & 24
The last two Mondays I have shown the first two episodes of Bishop Barron’s Pivotal Players. The first week was St. Francis of Assisi and most recently G. K. Chesterton.
I have enjoyed these episodes, and I thank everyone who has attended. I hope you’ve enjoyed them as well and have been inspired by these great figures while you sipped on some wine or beer or perhaps just some water.
G. K. Chesterton reminds us to never lose a sense of wonder and appreciation for everything around us: there are “no dreary sights, but only dreary sightseers.”
Chesterton was someone who would be startled and excited by “the wetness of water, the fieriness of fire, the steeliness of steel, the unutterable muddiness of mud.” All should be appreciated. All should cause us to wonder.
He continues, “The whole object of real art, of real romance – and, above all, of real religion – is to prevent people from losing the humility and gratitude which are thankful for daylight and daily bread; to prevent them from regarding daily life as dull or domestic life as narrow; to teach them to feel in the sunlight the song of Apollo and in the bread the epic of the plough.
What is needed most is intensive imagination. I mean the power to turn our imagination inwards, on the things we already have, and to make these things live. It is not merely seeking new experiences. It is really learning how to experience our experiences. It is learning how to enjoy our enjoyments.”
Wonder a little more today. Be grateful.
Next episode: St. Catherine of Siena!!
Fr. Drew’s News
Ash Wednesday and Lent are coming quickly. As we prepare to begin our journey through Lent, I just wanted to point out a few things that will be happening at St. John’s that you may want to take advantage of during this Lenten season.
1) Every Monday during Lent at 6:30 pm in the Gathering Space, I will be showing an episode of a series on the saints! At least most of them are saints. The series is titled “Pivotal Players”. It is a work of Bishop Robert Baron’s Word on Fire ministry.
I’ve personally already watched each episode and found them extremely informative and inspiring. So come, be inspired by these “Pivotal Players” this Lent. We will enjoy some beverages and have a very brief discussion after each episode.
2) Every Wednesday during Lent, I will have some additional time available for confessions followed by Stations of the Cross.
So every Wednesday the schedule will be: 5:00-6:00 pm – Confessions
6:00 pm – Stations of the Cross
3) And finally, also note that we will have Friday Fish Suppers on March 8th, 15th, 29th and April 5th.
I look forward to my first Lenten journey with you as pastor of these wonderful parishes.
Abstinence (not eating meat) obliges Catholics who are 14 years of age and older. …Fasting (one full meal and two smaller ones with nothing in between) obliges those between 18 & 60 years of age. Liquids between meals are allowed. …Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Grave inconvenience or sickness excuses persons from observing the laws of fast and abstinence. In such cases, they are urged to practice others forms of self denial appropriate to their condition.