Looking back, we just celebrated National Catholic Schools Week. After so many decades of having a Catholic school as part of the parish, perhaps we take it for granted. Nonetheless, Parents, School and Parish are meant to work together to shape and form our young people into saints. Knowing that we are not perfect, it definitely requires the efforts of all three to make an impact on our young people. Keep our school in your prayers.

 Looking forward, we have Lent coming up. Maybe this year listen and see what God wants you to do for the season of Lent. Doing what you always do for the season may not take you to where God wants to take you. Pray and reflect on it in the coming days. Lent can be a powerful season of conversion if we allow the Holy Spirit room to work. Perhaps this year we simply need to get out of the way for great things to happen.

Before Lent begins, we have a special healing Mass on Friday, Feb. 9th at 10:30 am. During the Mass, the Anointing of the Sick will be offered. If you are suffering from ongoing illness or know of an upcoming surgery or perhaps a recent diagnosis; I truly encourage you to be a part of this celebration.

Going back to the Surrender Novena we are on Day 5. “And when I must lead you on a path different from the one you see, I will prepare you; I will carry you in My arms; I will let you find yourself, like children who have fallen asleep in their mother’s arms, on the other bank of the river. What troubles you and hurts you immensely are your reason, your thoughts and worry, and your desire at all costs to deal with what afflicts you.” (After that prayer say 10 times) O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything!