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A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY—I hope your Lenten spiritual plans include the compulsory confession of your sins in the sacrament of penance and reconciliation. The annual confession of ones sins is a precept of the Church. As such, every Catholic is obliged to confess their sins, receive absolution and do penance at least one time a year. No one word can adequately describe this sacrament. Confession, penance and reconciliation are all part of our sacramental encounter with the forgiving Jesus. TheCatechism of the Catholic Churchcalls this "the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation". It is described as the Sacrament of Conversion....Confession….Forgiveness….
Penance...and Reconciliation.
The sacrament is available on Saturday afternoon beginning at 4:00 p.m. until all are heard. Our communal Lenten Penance Service is on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. On Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm., our second grade students will celebrate the sacrament of penance and reconciliation for the first time. They will enter the reconciliation room with their parents who will introduce them to the priest. Then they will confess their sins, recite the Act of Contrition, receive a penance and absolution. Please pray for our parish's Second Grade students and their families as they celebrate the sacrament of first penance and reconciliation:
                                       
Benjamin Aaron                     Brinley Kiskadden
                                        Matthew Alston                     Rylee Lecker
                                        Sophie Babington                   Jason Megnin
                                        Sebastian Burkhart                 Lucas Mitrosky
                                        Natalie Durish                         Julie Roman
                                        Avery Faller                             Charlotte Schultz
                                        Noah Harrison                         Brooke Steinman
                                        Kameron Kerle                         Julianna Wilson
                                                                                         Dylan Yeany

 

MAY THE LENTEN SPRINGTIME . . .

  • Friday Evening Devotions - "The Way of the Cross According to Mark" at 7:00 p.m.
  • Faith Formation Penance Services for Families begin next Sunday morning in the Church:
    + Grade Three             March 8                     9:30 a.m.
    + Grade Four              March 8                     Noon
    + Grade Five             March 15                     9:30 a.m.
    + Grade Six                 March 15                   Noon
    + Grade Seven             March 22                 9:30 a.m.
    + Grade Eight               March 22                 Noon
  • Lenten Parish Penance Service – Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Operation Rice Bowl – Hungering for a Bountiful Earth. This week CRS Rice Bowl takes us to the coffee highlands of Nicaragua, where we’re called to protect both the goodness of creation and the livelihoods of struggling families. How will this week’s fast remind us of the sacredness of God’s creation and our duty to protect it? Learn more at www.orb.crs.org

. . . LEAD YOU TO AN EASTER OF UNENDING JOY!

Be a Reflection of Christ's Love through GivingThe 2015 Catholic Services Appeal is off to a great start. To date, we have received 269 gifts/pledges totaling $113,950.00.
We need all of you to contribute! If you have not yet made a gift to the CSA, please do so this week.

  • Our parish assessment for this annual appeal is $57,000.00.
  • Please consider a contribution of $200.00 to the appeal—$20.00 per month for ten months—from March-December 2015.
  • We are not asking for EQUAL GIFTS from each parishioner. Some will be able to offer a gift or pledge larger than $200.00 and some smaller. Good stewardship does not demand EQUAL GIFTS but does require EQUAL SACRIFICE from each member of the parish.
  • CSA pledge envelopes are available in the lobby of the church or from one of our ministers of hospitality.

MARCH COMMUNION CALLS-Father Monty and Eucharistic ministers will bring Holy Communion to parish shut-ins on Friday, March 6. If a member of your family is unable to get to Sunday Mass and would like a visit call the parish office by Noon on Wednesday, March 4.

EASTER FLOWERS—Please use the envelope in your March packet to make a contribution to the Easter flower fund. Make your gift in memory of a deceased loved one or in honor of a friend or family member who is celebrating a special birthday, anniversary, graduation or sacrament. Just fill in the "In Memory/Honor of" space on the back of the envelope.

FAMILY CENTERED FAITH FORMATION—Did you create your family's prayer center? Don't forget to read the Gospel for the second Sunday of Lent—Mark 9:2-10 and add a seed or packet of seeds to your Lenten Prayer Pot. If you buy a packet of seeds for your prayer center, you could plant them outside on Pentecost Sunday, May 24, the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend!

THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK-
Key Passage
"Then Peter said to Jesus, 'Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah'" (Mark 9:5).
Adult
How deeply do you believe that since God is for you, no one can destroy you?
Child
What would you like to ask God to do for you and your family?
WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I?
If you give according to God's principles, God will give back to you. If you pray "Make my heart like yours", God will do it.

SAVE THE DATE:

March 1 1st Reconciliation Family Retreat
March 25 Lenten Penance Service
March 29 Palm Sunday
April 2-5         Easter Triduum
April 5 Easter Sunday
April 19 1st Eucharist Retreat and Rehearsal
April 26 First Holy Communion
May 3 Blessing of Clarion University 2015
Graduates
April 11 “Purses & Bling” Ladies Night
November 7 Reverse Raffle

BEST OF ITALY AND SICILY PILGRIMAGE 
12 Days:  November 9 – 20, 2015 
$3689 Roundtrip (Air/land tour price is $3059 plus $630 government taxes
 and airline fuel surcharges) 
Hosted by 
Rev. Monty Sayers 

TOUR INCLUDES: 
Roundtrip Air fare from Cleveland, First Class/Select Hotels, 
Most Meals, Professional Driver/Guide and Comprehensive Sightseeing 
Visiting: 
Palermo * Agrigento * Siracusa * Taromina * Mount Etna
Amalfi Coast/Sorrento * Pompeii * and 3 nights in Rome with a Papal Audience 
 For a brochure and more information, contact 
Father Monty: 
Tel: (814) 226-8433 ext. 102 Email: montysayers@hotmail.com 

 

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