Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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March 1, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

        On this First Sunday of Lent each year, a national 2nd collection is taken up to help support ministries among the parishes of our Black, Native American and Hispanic brothers and sisters, especially in impoverished areas of our country.  Our prayerful and financial support has (since 1884) enabled a vital ongoing presence of these parishes which otherwise would cease to be.  Please, place any offering toward our monthly 1st Sunday Buildings & Grounds collection in the 1st collection along with your regular weekly support.  Thanks, too, for your gifts of groceries at our St. John and St. Ambrose sites (St. James is next weekend).  Note, too, that Communion will be distributed only under one form until Easter for the double purpose of getting us past the flu/coronavirus season and to allow us to get our communion cups refinished.  Here in the parish today, Family Gathering is at 11:00 A.M. in St. John’s Hall and the Year 2 Confirmation meeting is at 12:00 Noon in Dailey Hall.  Tonight at 7:00 P.M. is the Rite of Election at Sacred Heart Cathedral for our catechumens:  Josephine Feltner, Adryanna Baez Elmendorf, Anastasia Hall, and Riley Burek.

Monday is Clean Monday (Google it).  Here at Peace of Christ, our Facilities Committee meets at 3:30 P.M. in the parish office conference room, and the Rosary is at 7:00 P.M. in the chapel at St. Ambrose.

Tuesday, our monthly Mass at Brighton Manor is at 10:30 A.M., Liturgy Committee meets in the parish office conference room at 1:30 P.M., and School Council meets at 3:30 P.M. in the Alumni Room of the school.  We’ve had several register for our school mid-year, and continue to accept registrations both for this year and next.  If you have no one to register, think about sponsoring a child for the year.  This has helped greatly at other schools and would help greatly at ours as well.  Our Bell Choir rehearses at St. Ambrose at 6:00 P.M. tonight, Stations are prayed at 6:30 P.M. at St. John’s, and Six Weeks with the Bible #1 meets at 7:00 P.M. in the parish office conference room.

Ember Wednesday, our Mary and Martha Group meets at 10:00 A.M. in the parish office conference room, the POC Combined Choir rehearses at 7:00 P.M. at St. Ambrose, Coffee Hour is at St. James from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M., and this year’s CYO Tournament is at 7:00 P.M. in Dailey Hall tonight through Saturday.

Thursday, the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre, our Bereavement Group meets in the conference room at 3:30 P.M. and our Lenten Retreat Meeting #3 is there at 6:30 P.M.  A Lenten Taize Prayer Service is at 7:00 P.M. in St. Ambrose Church.

Ember Friday, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon Benediction at St. Ambrose, followed by 12:15 Mass and Stations afterward.  This is a good day to pray, as it is World Day of Prayer.  Our school is open only half day due to “Data Day.”

Ember Saturday, our St. Patrick’s Day Dinner is at 6:00 P.M. in St. James Hall for all who have procured a ticket.

Next Sunday, don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed the night before or you’ll be late for Mass.  Girl Scout Sunday will be marked at St. John’s 9:00 A.M. Mass, Family Faith is at 11:00 in our school classrooms, 1st Communion Youth Workshop is at 11:00 A.M. in Dailey Hall, and Bell Choir plays at the 5:00.  Pax!

—Father Schrader