Friday, March 18, 2016

Holy Week/ Easter Schedule

Wednesday – March 23
-          Mass 7:00 PM – Immaculate Conception
-          Tenebrae 7:45 PM – Immaculate Conception
Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Passion
-          6:00 PM – English– Our Lady of Perpetual Help
-          7:00 PM – Spanish – Immaculate Conception
-          7:30 PM – Vietnamese – Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Altar of Repose available in Mattie and Hensen Halls
Good Friday
-          2:30 – Stations of the Cross – Our Lady of Perpetual Help
-          6:00 PM – English – Our Lady of Perpetual Help
-          7:00 PM – Spanish – Immaculate Conception
-          7:30 PM – Vietnamese – Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil
-           8:15 PM– English/ Vietnamese – Our Lady of Perpetual Help
-          8:15 PM – Spanish – Immaculate Conception
Easter Sunday
-          8:30 AM – Our Lady of Perpetual Help
-          10:00 AM – Immaculate Conception
-          11:30 AM – Our Lady of Perpetual Help
-          1:00 PM – Spanish – Immaculate Conception

-          2:30 PM – Vietnamese – Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Monday, March 7, 2016

Faith formation encompasses every age in our journey towards getting to know Christ.  I have the privilege at Immaculate Conception/Our Lady of Perpetual Help to walk that journey with the elementary faith formation program and the adults in Journey with Jesus and RCIA.  When I started in the position of Director of Religious Education almost 5 years ago, I had no idea the amazing stories I would hear or how I would feel at Easter Vigil or First Communion watching people get the grace of the Holy Spirit through the Sacraments.  Every day I thank God for the volunteers I have worked with throughout my years here at IC/OLPH. I am grateful for the families that have allowed me to catechize their children.  I am grateful for the adults that have joined the programming I have setup for them after much discussion and prayer. Throughout my contribution to the blog, I will be discussing the many joys of the faith formation program so that you can see the fruits that the Holy Spirit is bringing to our parish families. 

We have our Lenten Mission coming up March 14-16 with the sisters from the Apostles of the Interior Life. Please join us for the presentation at 7:00pm in Our Lady of Perpetual Help March 14-16.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Prodigal Son

The parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the most tender images that Jesus uses to describe the compassion of the Father.  The message Jesus is trying to convey is the Divine Love that the Father has for those who repent and return to Him with their whole heart.  It may seem to us at times that the Father’s love precludes justice with regard to the serious turning away that the young son committed.  It’s at times easier to identify with the older son in bringing a complaint against the Father for His overwhelming generosity.  But Jesus is adamant about His message, and does not back down from extending hope to those who have fallen away.  Let us ask Jesus to open our hearts to be able to grasp the extraordinary mercy Jesus brings to us, and to be converted in heart to share in the mission of Jesus to bring that wonderful mercy to all those we meet.