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From Fr. Paul 2-25-2018

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

Each year near the beginning of Lent, we hear the Gospel account of the Transfiguration – Jesus transfigured in radiant glory conversing with Moses and Elijah. This glimpse of heavenly glory is meant to encourage us in our Lenten journey. Eternal glory is the reason we take up penances, ... Read More »

Pray - Fast - Give 2-25-2018

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

Pillar of Lent: Almsgiving

During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on "almsgiving," which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. As one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, almsgiving is "a witness to fraternal charity" and "a work ... Read More »

Christian Service News 2-25-2018

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, lacking clothes…or a stranger and welcome you...?” (Matthew 25:35-40) Greetings to all, How is Lent going for you? Personally I’m finding it difficult to keep my Lenten sacrifice of giving up computer games. However I am determined to keep ... Read More »

Pray - Fast - Give 2-18-2018

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

One of the pillars of lent that we really make an effort to adhere to is the practice of fasting. The Church asks us to fast only two days, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Many of us learned as a child to “give up something for lent” It is ... Read More »

What Do I Have & How Do I Use It? 2-18-2018

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

In our daily lives we must constantly make decisions, acknowledging that we can’t have it all or do it all. We must make a decision as to which things are the most important to us, which leads us to the “B” word that so many of us fear—BUDGETING. We ... Read More »

Notes from Paula 2-18-2018

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

Two weeks ago I wrote about musical settings of the Mass Ordinary – the Gloria, Sanctus, and Lamb of God. Over the next few weeks, we’ll take a brief look at each of these sung prayers. Even a quick glance at the history of each, can further our awareness ... Read More »

Christian Service News 2-18-2018

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, lacking clothes…or a stranger and welcome you...?” (Matthew 25:35-40) Greetings to all, Welcome to Lent! For me, I consider today the beginning of Lent. Yes, I know, it really began Ash Wednesday but the first Sunday of Lent is ... Read More »

From Fr. Paul 2-11-2018

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

This week we begin the holy season of Lent with Ash Wednesday on February 14th. There have been some jokes among Catholics about Lent this year beginning on Valentine’s Day and Easter Sunday on April 1st or April Fools’ Day. In a way, I like to think it fitting ... Read More »

Ash Wednesday Stewards 2-11-2018

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

Ash Wednesday is a special day of devotion for Catholics. Churches are packed like no other day except Christmas and Easter. Even though the Church does not designate Ash Wednesday as a holy day of obligation, Catholics flock to receive ashes. Along with this outward sign of the beginning ... Read More »

Prayer - A Pillar of Lent 2-11-2018

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

Ash Wednesday will soon be here, and with it the very Catholic anxiety about what we are “giving up for Lent.” Many of us focus so much on what we give up - a practice not made mandatory by the Church - that we neglect the three pillars of ... Read More »