As you recall, I had to temporarily stop offering our 1st Saturday Masses because I was scheduled to teach a couple of classes to the men of our diocese who are currently candidates for the permanent diaconate. Those classes were taught every first weekend of the month, so I had no way to provide the first Saturday Masses here at our parish for the last four months. Firstly, thank you for your patience during that time and for the sacrifice you made while I was giving my time to the diaconate candidates. Please say some prayers for them as they continue to make their way through their formation classes. Secondly, I am happy to remind everyone that my time teaching those same classes has finished for the current diaconate formation cohort. This means, of course, that we are now able to return to our practice of having the 1st Saturday Masses. Our next one will be on February 3, at 8:00 a.m. in Paulding, with confessions starting at 7:00.
Many thanks to everyone who offered feedback regarding the book, Beautiful Eucharist, published by Dynamic Catholic, which we made available to everyone at the beginning of Advent at no cost to parishioners. I have received many positive comments and I am grateful that the book has helped our parishioners pray and to enter more deeply into the great gift of the Eucharist, in which Jesus continues to come us daily. When I announced that the book was available for taking at the beginning of December, I asked that we start with one book per family, so as to ensure that everyone had a chance to take one. Having been over a month since I made that announcement, I think everyone has had a chance to take one. That being said, we still have a handful of copies available; please feel free to take a copy if you can use it, even if you already have one.
Kindly be reminded that Ash Wednesday is already one month away: February 14. I will be sure to remind everyone again, but our Lenten days of grace are Wednesday, March 13 in Paulding from 8:30-10:00 a.m., 12:00-2:00 p.m., and 5:00-8:00 p.m., and Wednesday, March 20 in Payne at the same times.