I am grateful for the many volunteers helping to host a family at the Dorothy (Dot) Stang House this week.  Family Promise of Butler County is a wonderful way of providing a hand up for families trying to set things in order.  During the day the students go to school and the parents learn life skills, parenting skills, and prepare for employment.  In the evening they stay with organizations (often churches) that host them for a week at a time.  It’s beautiful to see members of our pastoral region respond to God’s call in this ministry: “This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering to oppressed and the homeless.”  (Isaiah 58: 6,7)

Our model for Lent is Jesus’s 40 days of fasting in the desert before his public ministry.  Our aim during Lent is to draw nearer to Him.  As Catholics we’re are fortunate to have Jesus truly present to us in the Eucharist.  We can visit Him in the tabernacle or during times of exposition (see next week’s bulletin).  What a beautiful Lenten gift: to visit with our Lord in His house for 15 minutes!  The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in all three churches during The Light is on for You, which will take place this Tuesday from 7-9pm.  We are also praying the Stations of the Cross on Wednesday and Friday evenings (and Friday afternoon) – see inside for locations.

Many parishioners are looking forward to a Night at the Races next Saturday.  Bet on the (video) horses and enjoy the company of others.  This year it will take place at the Badin PFAC.