Padre's Page - April 8

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

NEW BROTHERS & SISTERS IN THE FAITH

Congratulations and welcome to those who entered the Church at the Easter Vigil:  Anick Chaipraditkul, Nathali Cisneros-Mejia, Thair Cisneros, Arthur Garner, Floricela Gonzalez, Catalina Nuñez-Breceda, D. Edward Rafter, Charlotte Rohr, Johannes Rohr, Kelly Rohr, Sean Schmergel, Liam Watkins, Rebecca Albright, Courtney Bradley, Christine Frantz, Ashley Harvey, Lucas Koach, Jennifer Nearhood, Michael Scheeler, Kimberly Sisk and Kathryn Miles.  May we all persevere together in faith and in Easter joy!

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

Let us live the ABC’s of mercy:  A, Ask for mercy (ask for God’s merciful, forgiving, healing, love); B, Be merciful (show mercy and forgiving love to others); and, C, Complete trust (have confidence in God’s merciful providence, praying often, “Jesus, I trust in you!”).  May we experience and help to bring God’s merciful love to the world.

BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL

 Congratulations:  we reached our goal!  Still, many parishioners did not have a chance to give, which you can still do even though Lent is over:  our parish goal is 100% of our parishioners participating.  You may do so easily online at our parish website or on the diocesan website:  arlingtondiocese.org  Here’s an update on our progress toward our goal:

                                        Goal given by Diocese ---------------$265,000

                                        Amount Parish Pledged -------------$268,000

                                        Percent of Goal -----------------------101%

                                        Number of Pledges ------------------558

ADULT FAITH FORMATION–TALK SERIES:  THE HUMAN PERSON

 This Monday, April 9, Professor Mary Stanford speaks on “Hope for Humanity,” how Christ's plan for marriage, though perceived as foolish to the world, responds to man's deepest identity.  Join us in Benedict Hall at 8:00 P.M.  For the full schedule see our parish website under “News & Events.”

FAREWELL AND WELCOME

While I am happy for her new opportunity working at a parish in South Carolina, I am sad to say that Madelaine Beckford, our excellent Director of Sacred Liturgy and Music for the past three years, is moving on.  Join us to bid her farewell at receptions after the 10:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. Masses next Sunday, April 15.  At the same time, we welcome Patrick Jekanowski, who has just obtained his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Catholic U., as our new director; I’m sure he will do a fine job!

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don