Haiti Bowls will be available again this Lenten Season on Ash Wednesday. Please take a bowl & prayer leaflet. Your Lenten sacrifices and use of the Haiti Bowls remain the major source of funding for the projects we support at St. Eugene de Mazenod Parish in LeCayes. The bowls may be returned during Holy Week or during the week after Easter. Direct donations are welcomed at any time during the year by marking them “for Haiti” and placing them in the offertory baskets at any Mass. Remember a little goes a long way in Haiti!
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Hello again to all, I write to you this week about the Sacrament of Penance, Reconciliation, or Confession. The names are many but the purpose is the same as all of the Sacraments: to enable us to receive the great gift that God gives us so freely and lovingly, his forgiveness and our salvation. This Sacrament is probably one of the most misunderstood of all of the seven. It is frequently avoided by us in our day and age because we fear the judgement of God and humans. The reality is that the Sacrament is meant to convey not God's judgement, but rather God's mercy.
Dear fellow Pilgrims, I use that word “pilgrim” in its original meaning, not those fellows who came over on the Mayflower. The word pilgrim means traveler. We as Catholics use it whenever we speak of journeying to a holy place i.e. pilgrimages to Rome, Fatima or Jerusalem. The folks who go on those pilgrimages are pilgrims. We as Christians frequently refer to our spiritual Life as a pilgrimage or journey. We are moving towards the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven or to spiritual and physical union with the Body of Christ and with the person(s) of God.
Happy New Year to All! Here we are in a whole new Year some 2015 years after Jesus the Nazarene walked the earth. It is amazing. One of the reasons that I find it amazing is that at the time after Jesus’ Ascension one of the first crises the young Christian Church faced was that people were losing faith because the second coming was delayed. They expected Jesus to come very soon after the Ascension. He was to come defeat all evil and injustice and his followers would reign with him forever.
Hello to All of you, we again are quite near the end of the year or (if you prefer) the beginning of the new year. Whichever your preference, this time of year is always one of reflection and expectation. Many businesses will count inventories at the new year. It is a good thing for all of us to do as well.
As a reminder, all checks written to the new Parish must be made payable to St. Joseph-St. Pius X starting immediately. Thank you.
Last weekend the Parish Budget was circulated. Within that budget was a target for Weekly Collections in the current fiscal year (FY-2015) covering the period 9/1/2014 to 8/31/2015. That estimate of $5,915 was established with the following in mind;
That average weekly Offertory Collections of $5,377, which was the 52 week average of last year, would continue at the same level over the first four months of this fiscal year (Sep to Dec for 18 weeks), and
Each year the Diocese invoices all its parishes for a variety of things and these invoices are commonly referred to as the "Diocesan Bill". They are for a set of fixed expenses which have not varied very much from year to year. The largest two of these bills for our Parish are insurance and an assessment known as the Cathidraticum.
The day has come upon us! We will be reunited as one Parish today! This is the day we have been waiting for for some twenty years: the day when 1 + 1 = 1. Our day of reunification. While all of the details (i.e. paperwork) may not have been worked out precisely yet, we are still one parish again. In order to fully appreciate this moment in history I think it best to turn back the clock a bit and look at what has happened. In 1855 the first Catholic Church in Leicester was dedicated to St. Polycarp.
Hello Again, We ended our Liturgical year with a bang last weekend. It was sad and we left with full bellies and certainly a bit nostalgic. It was an important moment in our parish’s life. Today is also an important moment in our life as parish. It is the beginning, the actual official beginning, of our life as the Parish of Saint Joseph-Saint Pius X. Beginnings are moments of tremendous hope for us. When we begin something we look straight into nothing except our hopes, our dreams and our great expectations. These dreams, hopes and expectations are not experienced in a vacuum.