Schedule of Lent Events and Holy Week

Fish Fry Schedule

Dear Parish Family,

Last Monday, Bishop Roger Gries, O.S.B., confirmed our eighth graders. I thank God for their
willingness to say “Yes” to God. I am also thankful to their sponsors, catechists and families for guiding them to this important moment in their lives. May our newly confirmed always be open to the guidance and promptings of the Holy Spirit wherever life may take them.

The Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Lent (John 11:1-45) takes us to Bethany and the raising of Lazarus. Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” At the Lord’s command, Lazarus came out of his tomb, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in cloth. The Lord’s final words to the crowd were, “Untie him and let him go.”

The Lord wants to free us from bands of sin. As we reflect on the raising of Lazarus, we do well to ask ourselves what bands are wrapped around our hearts. Are we held bound by regrets or an unwillingness to forgive? Perhaps we cannot forgive ourselves or are unable to let go of longstanding resentments.

In these final two weeks of Lent, let’s allow Jesus to untie us and free us with his healing grace. Please take advantage of the opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. May God bless you and your loved ones with a truly blessed Holy Week.

God bless you.

Fr. Dan Redmond