Padre's Page - February 11

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL

This weekend, every family in our parish which has not already donated through the mail or online is being asked to complete a Bishop’s Lenten Appeal (BLA) pledge form at Mass.  Please support the crucial apostolates funded by the BLA, such as seminarian formation, Catholic Charities, crisis pregnancy assistance, youth ministry, and much more….  Our parish goal is 100% of our generous families participating, so please make a commitment:  every pledge counts!  I have every confidence that we will surpass our goal, as we did last year:

                     Year --------------------------------------- 2017 ----------------- 2018
                     Goal given by Diocese ---------------- $245,000 ---------- $265,000
                     Amount Parish Pledged -------------- $302,000
                     Percent of Goal Pledged ------------- 123% 

ASH WEDNESDAY & LENT

This week, on Ash Wednesday, we begin the discipline of Lent, a time for all of us to do greater penance (prayer, fasting and almsgiving) so as to become more detached from sin and more united to Jesus.  I encourage everyone to attend Mass on Ash Wednesday and to receive the ashes which are a sign of our need for repentance.  Our parish will do all it can to help you have a fruitful Lent:  please read carefully the purple Lenten bulletin insert, and make a plan to take advantage of the many Lenten activities–especially of Jesus’ merciful forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance, which we offer four times a week, and the moving prayer of the Stations of the Cross on Fridays.

ADULT FAITH FORMATION–TALK SERIES:  THE HUMAN PERSON

Our regular faith formation series for adults of all ages continues this Monday, February 12, at 8:00 P.M. with the second of a series of talks by Prof. Mary Stanford on the theology of the body.  For the full schedule see our parish website under “News & Events.”

FR. ANDREW GIAMPIETRO, RESIDENT PRIEST

Fr. Giampietro, of the Congregation of St. Basil, will be residing at St. Charles and assisting with Masses and with Confessions while doing scholarly work at Catholic U. this semester:  we are happy to welcome him!

FORUM

Adults of all ages are invited to join us this Friday, February 16, for a talk by Prof. John Cuddeback on “Friendship:  Presence in an Age of Absence.”  Happy hour begins at 7:30 P.M., with the talk and discussion following.  Check out forumarlington.org for information and for less expensive advance tickets.

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don