Pastor's Message

Dear Parishioners,

Peace and blessings!

This weekend we will begin a Parish Mission. Fr. Patricio Lynch will be leading the Mission. Monday and Tuesday evening at 7:00 he will give the Mission in Spanish and on Wednesday and Thursday evening in English. The theme for the Mission will be: The original program of Jesus: The Kingdom of God. Action and Contemplation. Please plan to join us.

Next weekend at all the Masses we will have a group from Bethlehem selling religious articles. Much of the wood is olive wood from the Holy Land. This is the same group that donated the beautiful icon of the Holy Family hanging in church now. Please support them if you can.

This 5th Sunday of Lent we can help each other to grow in God's love by refusing to focus on one another's faults and sins. In this way, we can help one another to see ourselves as God sees us: with understanding and compassion. 

Have a blessed Lent.

In His peace,

Fr. Martin

 

 

 

Dear Parishioners,

Peace and blessings!

Monday, April 1st we will have our Lenten Penance Service at 7:00pm. This is a great opportunity to prepare for the feast of Easter, especially for those who have been away from the sacrament of confession for a long time. Jesus is asking… will you come?

April 6 and 7, we will begin a Parish Mission. Visiting us will be Fr. Patricio Lynch. He will preach at all Masses that weekend. Then on Monday and Tuesday evening at 7:00 he will give the Mission in Spanish and on Wednesday and Thursday evening in English. The theme for the Mission will be: The original program of Jesus: The Kingdom of God. Action and Contemplation. Please plan to join us.The Fourth Sunday of Lent is traditionally called Laetare Sunday. Joy is essentially a Christian characteristic, and in this liturgical season of lent the Church does not fail to remind us that it should be present at every moment of our lives.

Have a blessed Lent.

In His peace,

Fr. Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parishioners,

Peace and blessings!

There are two special dates for all to keep in mind this Lenten season. On Monday, April 1 we will have our Lenten Penance Service. This is a great opportunity to prepare for the feast of Easter, especially for those who have been away from the sacrament of confession for a long time. The following weekend, April 6 and 7, we will begin a Parish Mission. Visiting us will be Fr. Patricio Lynch. He will preach at all Masses that weekend. Then on Monday and Tuesday evening at 7:00 he will give the Mission in Spanish and on Wednesday and Thursday evening in English. What a great opportunity as we then enter Holy Week. Monday and Tuesday there will be no Spanish activities and Wednesday and Thursday no English activities so all can avail themselves of this graced time in Lent.

The Fourth Sunday of Lent is traditionally called Laetare Sunday. Laetare is a Latin word that means “rejoice.” Today's Gospel describes the reason for our joy: God's great love for us has been revealed in Jesus. Through his Passion, Death, and Resurrection, Christ has reconciled us with God and one another.

Have a blessed Lent.

In His peace,

Fr. Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parishioners,

Peace and blessings!

Next Saturday at noon, Bishop Peter Jugis will be here at Immaculate Conception to celebrate the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion. At this liturgy, those who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil as well as those who will come into full communion with the Catholic Church along with their sponsors, will be presented to Bishop Jugis, who in turn, will accept them and their intentions to become one with us. Catechumens and candidates from Western North Carolina will be coming to join in this Rite. After the Rite, catechumens will now be called the Elect as they near the sacrament of Baptism. It is a privilege for us to host this celebration. Let us pray for all of them, and in particular, our own catechumens and candidates, all part of the RCIA process.

This Sunday in the Transfiguration, we see an anticipation of the glory of Jesus' Resurrection. In each of the reports of the Transfiguration, the disciples keep secret what they have seen. In our hearing of it, we anticipate Jesus' Resurrection even as we prepare to remember Jesus' Passion and death.

Have a blessed Lent.

In His peace,

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners,

Peace and blessings!

Thank you all so very much for your prayers as we traveled on pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Please know that you were in our prayers as well. It was a very exciting and spiritual experience for all of us. I hope you have the opportunity to look at some, if not all our pictures that were posted to Facebook.

One day we visited Bethlehem Nativity Souvenirs. People had a chance to pick up some gifts for those at home or themselves. Before we began to shop, the owner called us all together, I offered a prayer, and the owner presented me with an icon of the Holy Family. It just arrived and will be placed on the wall in the church, opposite side from St. Francis. It is just beautiful and will be a reminder of the great experience we had.

This Gospel highlights for us one of the central themes of the Season of Lent. We are dependent upon God for all that we have and all that we are. Anything that leads us to reject this dependency or to distrust its sufficiency, is a temptation from the devil.

Have a blessed Lent.

In His peace,

Fr. Martin