January 20-21, 2024
Kindly be reminded that there will be no weekday Masses this week as I will be out for some time away. The weekend Masses will follow the usual schedule.
As Lent is not far away, I am happy to share with you that we will be hosting another Lenten day of reflection as we did last year. On Sunday, February 25, we will be hosting Patricia Oedy-Murray, who will be delivering a reflection on “The Eucharist and the Cross.” This theme will not only help us enter more deeply into the Lenten season, but will also provide some spiritual food for thought as we continue through the National Eucharistic Revival. Patricia is an adjunct professor of theology at Lourdes University in Toledo, she hosts “The Virtuous
Life” on Annunciation Radio, and is on the leadership team for Toledo diocese’s participation in the National Eucharistic Revival. In the coming weeks, we will be releasing a more detailed schedule of the day, but I wanted to make everyone aware that this event will be happening so that you can mark your calendar if you would like to attend.
Also not too far away is the Confirmation Mass for our 7th and 8th grade parishioners. Please continue your prayers for them as they finish up their preparation to receive this sacrament on March 3rd at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo. As I have mentioned in the past, I think it is a special opportunity for the Confirmation candidates and their families to be at the cathedral, that is why I choose to have us join other parishes there for this special occasion. Firstly, being present with the bishop or his delegate, along with other parishes, helps our Confirmation candidates to experience in a tangible way that, by receiving this sacrament, they are entering more deeply into the life of faith that the entire Church shares. Put another way, this experience will hopefully help them to understand that Confirmation is more than a private commitment or a coming-of-age ceremony. Instead, Confirmation is a tremendous gift that comes with responsibilities before God, which are lived out as active members of the Church within our diocese and our parish. Secondly, the beauty of our cathedral in Toledo is something that everyone should see! The ornateness of the church itself helps to add solemnity to the celebration of this sacrament and is therefore meant to help us appreciate and contemplate the love that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit pour out into us when we receive the sacraments. As I mentioned, please continue your prayers for our candidates for Confirmation as their special day approaches!
January 20-21, 2024