Dear Brothers & Sisters in the Lord,

PARISH LENTEN MISSION:  Last Monday we completed the third week of our Parish Mission with a challenging homily by Dcn. Rick. He wondered with us if we were “all in” with our commitment to Jesus in the spreading of the Gospel message. In other words, are we fulfilling our Baptismal Promises? Whether or not you believe that you are “all in”, the most important thing is to realize that you can recommit yourself to this through your practice of prayer, fasting, almsgiving and works of charity. Then on Easter Sunday you will join others in the Renewal of our Baptismal Promises.

Please join us for the next two Mondays, at 7:30 PM, in the church for our remaining two sessions of our Parish Lenten Mission, being given by the priests and deacons of our parish.

THE CELEBRATION OF FIRST RECONCILIATION: Last Monday we also celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation with some of the second graders
preparing for the reception of their First Holy Communion. They were able to go to one of five priests who were available to assist that day. Besides our parish priests we were joined by Msgr. Peter Pflomm and Fr. Stan Choragwicki. We look forward to celebrating First Reconciliation with two other groups of children in the next two weeks.

BLESSING OF THE EASTER FOOD: Fr. Mariusz will be blessing baskets of your Easter food on Holy Saturday, immediately after morning prayer which takes place in the church at 9:00 AM. Additional information about this special practice will be in next week’s bulletin. We hope that many of our parishioners will be part of this extraordinary occasion.

ANNUAL EASTER MAILING:  This coming week our special Easter mailing will be sent out to all our parishioners. If you do not usually receive our mailings, and you wish to, please call the parish office or email Julie Rodetis at jrodetis@stjamesrcchurch.org to request being placed on this mailing list. The Easter Mailing contains a letter from me and a brochure listing the times and dates for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the beautiful and uplifting Liturgies of Holy Week. I hope that you will be able to join is for each of these celebrations as we recall the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus.