Dear Family of St. Matthias,
Lenten Greetings! I hope that you will continue your participation in our Lenten Parish Mission directed by Fr. Tom Donaldson. Your further participation can involve attending the evening Mission at 7 PM in church on Monday and Tuesday or coming to the 7:15 morning Mass followed by hospitality and discussion in our Convent chapel. It goes without saying that coming in the morning as well as in the evening is absolutely fine and is encouraged. A third possibility for participation is to make an appointment with Fr. Tom to discuss any personal issues that might be on your mind or in your heart. As I mentioned last week, Fr. Tom will be staying here in our rectory from Saturday night up until the conclusion of our Mission on Tuesday night. If you want to spend some time with a familiar face, meaning me, I will be available on Tuesday from 1 PM until the start of our Mission at 7 PM. Please call the Rectory to schedule your appointment with Fr. Tom or myself. Let us keep both our Mission Director, Fr. Tom Donaldson, and the success of our Parish Mission in our prayers.
The delicate work on our four murals is moving right along. I am getting raves of positive feedback on how good they are looking. I am also really liking the colorful and vibrant look. A minimal amount of water damage was found on the southeast mural which was easily fixed. However, necessary repairs to the mural on the opposite side will cost us some additional funds. I will be given the "work-order change" as it is called in the business and it will be taken care of in a timely and hopefully inexpensive manner.
Last week our RCIA candidates were at Holy Name Cathedral for the Rite of Election as well as at home with us at our 10:30 AM Mass. This week and next week, we will be praying the Scrutinies for and with our RCIA members, now called "Elect." Basically a scrutiny is defined as a prayerful reflection on how to better turn away from sin and grow in holiness. The Scrutinies also help our Elect to further reflect on their commitment to be active members of the church. A couple of the Elect have already spoken to me about being a Lector or a Eucharistic Minister for our weekend Masses. As these Scrutinies help the Elect grow into a better understanding of the ways of our faith, it gives us also an opportunity to scrutinize holiness in our own lives this Lenten season. And once again, Christian-Catholic holiness means a threefold balance of personal prayer, weekend Mass, and words and deeds of charity. As Holy Saturday (April 15) nears and we get closer to when our Elect will celebrate the Easter Sacraments, let us keep them in our prayers.
Stations of the Cross will be celebrated this Friday at 7 PM. Reconciliation starts at 4 PM on Saturdays. Please know that I am always available for a one on one Reconciliation during the week. Please just call me at (773) 506-2191 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set that up quite easily.
Due to the request of Paluch Bulletin Company, we are going to press early due to the 'Holy Day' of St. Patrick. Therefore there is no Offertory collection summary this weekend. I will update the summary next week. In the meantime, on behalf of our Finance Committee and myself, I thank you for your generosity in our Offertory collection program. I thank you for ALL that you do for our Family of St. Matthias in sharing your talents and gifts that cut down on our costs. THANK YOU!
I pray for you every day.
The HEINZ company continues in their quest to get the day after the Super Bowl as a day off with pay for all United States workers. I don't think corporate America 'relishes' that idea.
Have a good and holy third week of Lent. See you at our parish Mission.