Just looked at the Pope’s Twitter account, @Pontifex, and instead of Benedict XVI it says “Sede Vacante” or Seat Vacant. Reminder: We will have a Mass of Thanksgiving for our Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at 5:15 p.m. today.


lentOn March 1 we will celebrate First Friday. This monthly devotional includes the following:

  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 10:30 a.m.
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 10:30-11:20 a.m.
  • Confessions are heard from 11:15-11:40 a.m.
  • The Rosary is prayed, followed by a Litany for Vocations at 11:20 a.m.
  • Benediction is held at 11:45 a.m.
  • Daily Mass follows at 12:05 p.m.

In the evening you can complete the day by participating in the Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m.

popemugThe Knights of Columbus have created a prayer of gratitude for the service of Pope Benedict XVI and to pray for the Church and it’s future leader. Feel free to share!

“O Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme Pastor of Your Church, we thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI and the selfless care with which he has led us as Successor of Peter, and Your Vicar on earth.

Good Shepherd, who founded Your Church on the rock of Peter’s faith and have never left Your flock untended, look with love upon us now, and sustain Your Church in faith, hope, and charity.

Grant, Lord Jesus, in Your boundless love for us, a new Pope for Your Church who will please You by his holiness and lead us faithfully to You, who are the same yesterday, today, and forever.


Did you know we offer a Scripture Study Group every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. in Msgr. Carey Hall? The nice thing about this group is that you can join at any time. The focus is on the coming weekend’s scripture readings, especially the Gospel. Why not consider spending an hour of your time each week contemplating the Word of bibleGod? The group is led by Deacon Tom Picciano.

Photo of the week

ashesburn2013White smoke rises from palms burning on Friday, Feb. 9, evocative of the announcement on Monday, Feb. 11 by Pope Benedict XVI that he would retire from the papacy at month’s end. When the papal conclave in the Sistine Chapel elects a new pope, white smoke from their burning ballots will announce that a decision has been made. These palms were collected from last year and their ashes were used for Ash Wednesday last week. The stove used was  courtesy of parishioner Dominic Fata of Brother’s Two. Photo by Deacon Tom Picciano.

crucifix1Busted Halo, a website designed for young adult Catholics but with good food for thought for all, offers daily suggestions to Fast, Pray & Give on its days of Lent calendar.

Haven’t been to Confession on a while and feel nervous about it? Watch these videos, Confession 101 Part One & Part Two. On those pages you can also download a pdf file, How To Go To Confession.

Here is another video about a young woman who has not been since she was confirmed and decides to go to Confession at World Youth Day.

Online Lenten resources

lent-mainHere are a few websites that can enhance your Lenten journey:

Sacred Space, run by the Jesuits in Ireland, has a Retreat for Lent.

Loyola Press has a page of Lenten Offerings  as well as its daily 3-Minute Retreats.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers a list of Saints for the Lenten Season and Daily Reflections Videos.

At American Catholic.org, you can follow St. Thèrése’s Little Way  guide through Lent.



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