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February 21, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

        This weekend is World Day of Social Justice, and thus our Social Ministry Committee has this month's Ministry Minute at Mass.  Ours is truly one of the busiest Social Ministry Committees that I know.  I am grateful to Marty Moynihan, Carol Reed, and Bob Insull for sharing a bit about this caring arm of the parish.  This being the First Sunday of Lent, it is automatically the weekend of the annual national collection for Black, Native American and Hispanic parishes, our one time each year to help support churches with bigger hurdles than most congregations financially in bringing the Gospel message to their corners of our country.  Ironically, also being the 3rd Sunday of February, it is the 4th and Final Winter Fuel collection of the season.  With the temps being what they have been the past few weeks, you know the need is great.  Thank you for supporting these two causes in addition to your normal weekly offering for the parish as this pandemic year continues to bring deficits to are already-challenged budget.

Monday is the beginning of Lent for those who follow the Julian Calendar.  It is also a day honoring our first Pope and our first President:  it’s the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle, and it’s also George Washington’s 289th birthday.  Here in the parish, we begin Part 1 of our delving into our Lenten Retreat book, I Heard God Laugh, at 6:30 P.M. in St. John’s Hall  Whether or not you can join us for that, we hope you are enjoying the book and finding the guide helpful in making it a meaningful way to do a Lent retreat.  Our Finance Council meets tonight as well at 7:00 P.M. by Zoom.

Tuesday is the Quasquicentennial (125th anniversary) of the introduction of the Tootsie Roll.  Here in the parish, Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 6:30 P.M. at St. James.  All are welcome, and it will be livestreamed.  I think you’ll find the new lights on the Stations to add greater dimension to our prayers.  Then at 7:15 P.M., the K of C Ladies Auxiliary meets in the church hall at St. James.

Wednesday is an old Ember Day.  Our Staff meets at 1:00 P.M. in the parish office.  Then at 6:30 P.M., the Rosary will be prayed in St. James Church.  Again, this will be livestreamed.  The web address for it:   

Thursday, thanks for prepping your envelopes for the weekend.  Also, since this coming weekend is the end of the month, please know that our payments of our Catholic Ministries Appeal pledges for this year are due three months from right now.  Gifts received through this coming weekend will be posted in the bulletin of March 14th.

Friday, another old Ember Day, is the Quasquibicentennial (225th anniversary) of Buffalo Bill’s birth in 1846.  It is also a day of abstaining from meat for those 14 years of age or older.  Stations are prayed today and each Friday at St. Ambrose at 12:45 P.M., immediately after the 12:15 P.M. Mass

Saturday, yet another Ember Day, note the Full “Snow” Moon at 3:17 A.M.  It ushers in February’s Welcome Weekend, and we do welcome all who are visiting with us this weekend.

Next Sunday, the Year 2 Confirmation Retreat is at 12:00 Noon by Zoom.  If you rise early, you’ll see low in the Eastern sky Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury just before dawn.  In the evening, the asteroid Vesta is in the tail of Leo, viewable with your binoculars.  Remember to use your The Word Among Us, your 2021 issue of the Little Black Book, and your Operation Rice Bowl containers for Lent.  Blessings, all!

—Father Schrader