Dear parishioners:

I hope Lent has gotten off to a prayerful start for you and your families. As we continue our journey in the desert of the 40 days of Lent, we recognize that sacrifice is the way to Heaven, and during Lent we seek to practice sacrifice in imitation of the sufferings of Jesus Christ. We sacrifice out of love for God and for one another in following the Greatest Commandment. It is certainly not easy to sacrifice and suffer, but when we do it out of love for God and for one another, we start to see the wisdom of Jesus’ Greatest Commandment.

Our newly formed Stewardship Committee seeks to build exactly that culture in our Parish, as we seek to give of our time, talent and treasure in gratitude to God for all He has given us. Stewardship is a spiritual way of life, a conversion process based not on the Church’s need to receive, but rather on the individual’s need to give out of love for God and for one another.

You will start to hear more from our Stewardship Committee in the coming months, as we all seek to put God first in our lives, as we come to trust in God’s will in all things, and seek to become more proactive in growing a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

Part of our sacrifice this past year, which continues into this Lenten season, has been doing our part to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus; again, our sacrifice out of love for others has not been easy, but it has been what God has asked of us, and we must trust in His will. As the trend of the virus seems to be stabilizing in North Carolina, the State is easing some of its restrictions.

While we must remain cautious, and continue to socially distance, wear masks, wash our hands, and sanitize our public spaces to ensure that trends continue in a positive direction, we too can carefully and gradually expand our activities. We will slowly increase the number of weekend Mass signup slots available in the coming weeks, increase capacity in our Chapel for daily prayer (Mon. - Thur.), and we will have two public weekday Masses in the main church at 9:00am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning March 9, 2021 (no signup required, unless it later becomes necessary; masks and distancing of 6 feet required).

As we enter our third week of Lent, let us give our first fruits - of time, talent and treasure - to God in gratitude, building in us a deeper trust in God’s Divine Providence in all things … even a pandemic! I assure you of my prayers for you and your family.

In Christ, through Mary the Immaculate Conception,
Fr. Cook