Dear People of St. Patrick Parish,
On this First Sunday of Lent, we gather as the people of God who have come to pray together and to share in the Eucharist.
Jesus spent 40 days and nights in prayer and fasting in preparation for the start of his founding the Catholic Church and his ministry of salvation. During those days, Jesus was tempted not to fulfill his mission set forth by his heavenly Father.
During these 40 days of Lent, we will be tempted to give up on our Lenten practices and to treat ourselves. Let us use these 40 days to draw closer to God, to be faith-filled and happy people of God, praying for one another.
Rice Bowls are available to take home and use during Lent in order to help the poor around the world. The money we would spend on a meal, a treat or a large coffee can be put in the Rice Bowl, then at the end of Lent, all that we have saved will be given to the poor.
Are You Ready to Commit?
As a parish today, we make our commitment to the annual Bishop’s Appeal. Each one of us needs to participate. Our parish goal is $42,400.00.
We could be the first parish to reach goal and then, you will not have to hear Fr. Michael or myself talk about the Appeal again until 2019. Thank you for your prayerful consideration and for your gift to this year’s Bishop Appeal.
Fr. Larry Young
Pastor of St. Patrick Church