It seems impossible we have finished the first week of the Lenten Season. We also had a little taste of the weather that hopefully will be here soon.
I would like to take the opportunity to remind you of the Lenten Mission this coming week. We have been working for many months preparing and striving to make this a meaningful time for people in the parish. We waited until after the time change so more of the people who don't like to drive after darkness can be here.
Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Matthew Cathedral Father Emmanuel M. Katongole, Presider
In many parts of the world Christians, even at the risk of their own lives, do not cease to proclaim the Gospel of Christ’s peace. This strong, nonviolent witness of our brothers and sisters helps us to understand the meaning of the Cross of Jesus, of His Passion and Resurrection.
It was not only very disappointing, but horrifying, that the U.S. Senate recently failed to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Those who voted against this bill extended Roe v. Wade’s license for killing unborn children to killing newborn babies born alive following an attempted abortion.
Thank you to all those who attended the Week of Mission in the parish, and those who prayed for the success of the mission. Our speakers were wonderful and challenging and informative. The services were very prayerful and well prepared and the socials after were very well attended. Thanks to those who worked with the young children in the church basement during the presentations especially the grade and high school students who worked so hard. All in all I heard very positive feedback from the people who attended. It certainly helped move us to a deeper place in the Lenten Journey.
The Knights of Columbus Council 5521 will have a Lenten fish fry at the South Bend Francis Club, 61533 Ironwood Rd., on all Fridays during Lent, including Good Friday, from 5-7 p.m. Adults $9.50, children 5-12 $3.50, children under 5 free. Shrimp is also available for $9.50, and cheese pizza for $1.00 per slice.
A week from today we celebrate Palm Sunday. Our Blessed Lords arrival into Jerusalem greeted by the throng of people waving palm branches and singing “Hossanna in the Highest”. Next Sunday our Bishop will be here to celebrate the nine o’clock Mass and the Mass will begin (weather permitting) with a procession. The procession will begin on the South Side of the parish school and go around to the front doors of the Cathedral. I ask as many as can, attending the Mass, to greet us there to be part of the procession. I encourage you to take part in this most beautiful part of the Holy Week we begin this Sunday.
St. Matthew Cathedral Monday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Bishop Kevin Rhoades invites all priests, sisters, brothers, deacons and lay people of the diocese to attend this Mass. At this Mass the Holy Chrism is consecrated and the Oil of Catechumens and Oil of the Sick are blessed. This beautiful Mass manifests the communion of the priests with their bishop in the same priesthood and ministry of Christ.