Pastor's Column

March 31, 2019 Pastor's column

     We have more people signing up to bring up Offertory gifts at our Masses, and I am grateful.  When we have volunteers ready to bring up the bread and wine, our ushers are free to start the collection.    We can use two or more people at 7:30 Masses and Sunday evening Masses, and four or more people at the other Masses.  This is a service to the parish.  It can also be a great way to involve children.

     At many Masses in Lent we have been singing the Latin chant Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy).  I was surprised to find that this isn’t familiar in our parish.  The common Latin chant has been used for centuries and is used in countries around the world.  In a way, it is a connection with Catholics in time and around the globe.  The diocese has strongly recommended that each parish learn this so that we will be able to sing in common at big events.  While our school children are learning it, it will take some time to become familiar.  For those who would like to follow, it is found in the blue Gather books at #308B.  It is found in the red Worship books at #304B.

     While many of our families are gone this week for Spring Break vacations, Fr. Dennis will be away on retreat, praying in a monastery.  He will be back next weekend.

     An early reminder:  our parish Lenten penance service will be on Monday evening, April 8.  We also have confessions on weekdays from 7:30 until 8:00 a.m., on Saturdays from 2:30 to 4:30 and on Thursday evenings at 7:00.  Lent is above all a time to be cleansed of our sin.