Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I want to give a shout out to the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.  Don’t settle for a superficial faith.  We have received a treasure.  St. Patrick endured hardships to share that treasure with the people of Ireland.

By now there have probably been a few days when your Lenten penance was difficult.  That means you are beginning to work your spiritual muscles.

This Friday is the Lenten meal at St. Julie’s and Stations of the Cross led by families in our PREP program.  It is not too late to RSVP; you still have Monday.  On Saturday St. Peter in Chains school will host a spaghetti dinner.  It is a second opportunity to share a meal with other members of our pastoral region.

Tuesday night is a great opportunity to receive grace and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.  The Light is on for You.  All three parishes will be open for prayer and confession from 7-9pm.  I will begin hearing confessions at St. Julie’s at 6pm.  Confession is an important part of preparing our souls to receive God’s grace at Easter.

Next Sunday the Elect who are preparing for baptism will receive the first scrutiny during the 9:15 Mass at St. Julie Billiart.  Continue to pray for them as they prepare for baptism, confirmation, and Holy Communion.

Does anyone know why they chose March 21 (3/21) for Down Syndrome Awareness Day?  If you know someone with Down Syndrome, you probably recognize it as a lie from the devil when someone says persons with Downs will have a poor quality of life.  On the contrary, they teach us so much about what it means to love.

Let us persevere with Jesus in the desert.

In Christ,

Fr. Rob