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Parish Daily Update 2/18/21

Dear Parish Family,

“Even now says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God.”     ~Joel 2:12-13

Due to the fact that we have not been able to be in the office for phone calls this week, we will have Mass without reservations this Sunday.  You will be seated on a first-come-first-served basis and we are hopeful that we will be able to accommodate everyone who comes.  As always, thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we navigate these crazy times!!

Our parking lot is still a thick, solid sheet of ice!  I am hopeful that this afternoon and tomorrow the temperatures will rise enough to thaw it out!  I will keep you posted!!!

Stay warm and dry! 

God bless,


Friday after Ash Wednesday 

First Reading:  Isaiah 58:1-9 

Thus says the Lord GOD:
Cry out full-throated and unsparingly, lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness, and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day, and desire to know my ways, Like a nation that has done what is just and not abandoned the law of their God;
They ask me to declare what is due them, pleased to gain access to God. “Why do we fast, and you do not see it? afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?” Lo, on your fast day you carry out your own pursuits, and drive all your laborers. Yes, your fast ends in quarreling and fighting,
    striking with wicked claw. Would that today you might fast so as to make your voice heard on high! Is this the manner of fasting I wish, of keeping a day of penance: That a man bow his head like a reed and lie in sackcloth and ashes? Do you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?
This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; Sharing your bread with the hungry,
    sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed; Your vindication shall go before you, and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer, you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am!

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 51:3-4, 5-6, 18-19 

R.  A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
 and of my sin cleanse me.
R.    A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
 and done what is evil in your sight.”
R.    A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
For you are not pleased with sacrifices;
should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
R.    A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn. 

Gospel:  Mathew 9:14-15 

The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast much,
but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.” 


“Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?”  Matthew 9: 14-15 

A little boy and his father are sitting on the fence in their backyard one afternoon in early spring. The snowman they had made a few weeks before was now little more than a puddle. The little boy wonders where the snowman went. Dad offers this imaginative explanation: 

“When one part of the world has summer, another part has winter. So a snowman melts, evaporates and rides the wind to someplace else. He then turns into a snowman again and floats to the ground. And kids in another part of the world put him back together!” 

The little boy is delighted with the explanation; he thinks it’s neat that some little boy in another part of the world will put together his snowman – and Dad is pretty impressed with his creative explanation. 

“Yessir,” he says as he and his son walk back to the house together, “you can see the world for free if you know how to do it!” [“Rose is Rose” by Pat Brady.] 

Like the ever-present snowman, Christ the “Bridegroom” is always in our midst: Christ is in our midst as the troubled student, the struggling coworker, the sick parent; and Christ is present in the generosity we extend, the healing and kindness we offer, the justice we put ourselves on the line for. Christ’s presence is not confined to Scripture or churches; he is present in everyone and everything that is good.  

Let’s begin our Lenten journey then, not with a sense of gloom or sorrow, but with the joyful anticipation of the great wedding feast to which God has invited us. 

Lord Jesus, the Bridegroom of God’s wedding feast, give us the vision of faith and charity of heart to recognize your presence among us and to see your face in one another. May we honor you in our compassion and love for each other: in our washing one another’s feet, in helping each other bear our crosses of sorrow and pain, in lifting one another up from our graves of hopelessness and despair. May your presence among us be the light that guides us to your wedding banquet in the Kingdom of your Father.   

An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present
in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
I ask You to come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You, trusting that you are already there and I unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.