Pastor's Column for March 18, 2018

Jerry Bresnahan and his wife Gail were married for 53 years, had 5 children & 20 grandchildren. I visited with them at their home and anointed them about 3 years ago and found them to be delightful people. I have since learned that they both worked in our school for several years as they wanted their children to attend Catholic school, and they were both active parishioners in other ways as well. Jerry, whose funeral Mass took place last Monday, was a Eucharistic Minister for 26 years so it was fitting that we would remember him and pray for him while celebrating the Eucharist that he both distributed and received when he was healthy and when he was ill. We extend our sympathies to Gail and to their chil- dren.

I have been having Mass at Mount Alverna on Tuesday mornings, substituting for Fr. Vesely while he is in rehab there, and he was able to concelebrate this past Tuesday. He is doing very well but the rehab is taking longer than what we originally thought (isn’t that always the case?). So please keep praying for him that he may return to us soon.

Once again Lent seems to be flying by so fast. Next Sunday is Palm or Passion Sunday and that begins Holy Week. Please be sure to pick up some palms as you enter the church. We will bless them at the beginning of Mass & then you can take them home. You usually see them behind a crucifix on the wall. And according to ancient tradition, we have a wonderful Pancake breakfast in Lux Hall on Palm Sunday every year so please plan on joining us for that as well. Our last Fish Fry will be this Friday, March 23rd as we do not have a Fish Fry on Good Friday which will be March 30th.

Remember our other wonderful tradition of collecting items for children through our Have a Heart, Lend a Hand Lenten opportunity. You can bring the items to the School Cafeteria next weekend.

One last call for our Trip to Italy this October. The registrations are due in April so if you would like to join the 10 people from our parish who are already registered, please be sure to see or call me for more information.

We’re hoping to give the church floor a good cleaning before Easter. You’ve heard the expression, “This floor is so clean you can eat off of it!” Well, we know many of you will be bringing Easter baskets of food to be blessed on Holy Saturday. You’ll probably be tempted to eat it off the church floor it will be so clean. But don’t do that. We want to keep it clean for Easter Day.