Monday morning, we had our healing Mass and 188 celebrated the Sacrament of the Sick. Thanks to all who transported family and/or friends. It was a beautiful celebration.
On Friday, March 31st Grace Lutheran Church will join us for the Stations of the Cross at 5:00, followed by our fish fry. This is all part of our covenant with Grace Lutheran. All are invited to attend.
Update on Fr. Basant…he is still in India. What was to be a short visit with family and friars has been extended as he awaits his visa to be renewed. It is taking much longer than expected. His goal is to come back, but he does not know when. Next Saturday evening, April 1, we will once again welcome Wingate University Choral for a concert. Last year they performed an exciting concert. This is a free concert and all are invited. It will be held in the main church.
Monday evening at 7:00 will be our Lenten Penance Service. Please avail yourself of this beautiful sacrament. Congratulations to the men and women in our RCIA process who were presented to Bishop Jugis at last Saturday’s Rite of Election. We anxiously await you becoming one with us at the Easter Vigil.
Update on Jose Conejo. First, thanks to all of you who donated for his burial. His family is most grateful. Unfortunately, Jose’s body could not be sent to Mexico; he was buried at Oakdale Cemetery. His parents were able to make arrangements to be here for his burial along with over 200 of his family and friends. The remaining money not used for the burial will go to his wife for other expenses she is now being met with. Dulce is most grateful for your outpouring of support.
I will use this space for an update on FFHL from Jim Meersman, our chair.
In His peace,
In August of 2013, The Diocese began its Capital Campaign, “Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love.” This would be the only Diocesan and Parish Capital Campaign for 5 years. In February of this year, we received an update on the $1,500,700 in pledges made by 425 Immaculate Conception parishioners – an outstanding effort by our parish! Of these pledges collected, our parish receives 25% to be used to address our parish needs.
So far, the Diocese has received $1,098.000 from ICC parishioners. $496,700 of this amount is from 199 parishioners who have completed their pledges! On plan to complete their pledges are 182 parishioners who have thus far paid $521,000! We are grateful to those parishioners who have completed or on plan to complete their pledges.
There are 74 parishioners who have paid $95,200 but are currently delinquent in making their pledge payments. We encourage those parishioners to start making payments toward fulfilling their pledges.
As of December 31, 2016, our parish has received $250,065 from the pledges collected. These funds have been used to complete projects such as the T-Coil in church to assist the hearing impaired, improvement in the lighting of the main sanctuary, audiovisual improvements in the Immaculata School gym and St. Francis Room, and audiovisual screens on both sides of the main sanctuary.
We are very proud of and thankful for the support from our parishioners, our Friars, and the Campaign Committee for the FFHL Capital Campaign!
If you have any questions, please call Jim Meersman, 698-6586.
We have together entered this beautiful season of Lent. Words like fasting and sacrifice come to many as negative. On the contrary, they are very positive words for they lead us into a closer relationship with God and his beautiful people.
Find a focus point for yourself that will help enrich you during this Lent. Prayer, almsgiving, fasting are given to us in scripture to give us direction. Using them perhaps, how can they enrich your spiritual life, or choose something like Good Samaritan ministry, or even the school or church. What can you do with any of these to better you this Lent. How about family time for those who have children, or even couples. Enhance your time together and maybe start by talking at meals and putting the electronics aside.
Don’t forget our Friday Stations of the Cross and our fish fries in the school. Combining these two can bring prayer and community together.
May it be a season of grace for you and your loved ones.
Wednesday, we will enter the season of Lent. It is a real time of grace and blessing for each of us if we take serious the call to conversion, to make some positive changes in our life along with some sacrifices. Avail yourself of the sacraments, especially reconciliation, as well as the Stations of the Cross, daily Mass, quiet time for prayer and even join us on Fridays for our fish fries. Ash Wednesday is NOT as holy day of obligation but attending Mass that day is a great way to begin this season of grace.
Thank you all for your generous support of the Conejo family. Jose will be returned to Mexico for burial. His widow Dulce and children are most grateful for your outpouring of support at this difficult time. Once again, as a parish, you stepped forward where there was a need. God bless you.