A few weeks ago several people approached me concerning the 4:30 Mass on Saturday evening.
They explained that it was difficult for them to attend as it is dark when Mass is over and difficult to drive especially in snow or rain. Would I ever consider changing the time making it a half hour earlier.
St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mishawaka will host a festival of Advent Lessons and Carols on Friday, December 21, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. This event with readings from the salvation history of mankind - original sin, the promise of the coming savior, and his birth - will feature both the St. Joseph Adult Choir and the St. Joseph Gregorian Chant Schola, and will provide ample opportunity for congregational singing.
This is a wonderful opportunity for the parish to come together to give voice to our longing for the coming of Christ as we hear about our history - salvation history, the history of the people of God - and enter into it and make it our own through our singing and responses. Light refreshments will follow.
There will be Masses Interpreted for the Deaf during Holy Week and Easter at St. Matthew Cathedral: April 15, Chrism Mass at 7:30 PM April 19, Good Friday Service at 1:00 pm April 21. Easter Sunday Mass at 11:00 am.
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You and your family are invited to an ecumenical prayer service of song and story in celebration of Black History Month of Friday, February 8, at 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish, 1050 Wilber Street, South Bend, featuring internationally-known, Christian recording artist Amanda Vernon. She will share her original music and give the faith-filled stories behind the songs. For more info, visit amandavernon.com.
As we enter the Ordinary time of the Church calendar we look back over the past few weeks in gratitude for the great gift God has bestowed on us. It is also an opportunity for me to thank so many of you for all you did over the Seasons of Advent and Christmas. The Giving Tree this year set a record for the number of gifts donated, our food collection was good, and many people were so generous in helping families in need.
This week we celebrate Catholic Schools. Most especially we celebrate Saint Matthew School, our faith, the traditions, the academics, and most of all the thousands of students who have gone to school here all these years. Many things have changed and yet if you go in the building you can get that feeling of just being there yesterday. The spirit of the building and school remains the same year after year. Some of my fondest memories are of working here as a teacher in the school. The years I taught here before going to the seminary were some of the best.