The Season of Lent is upon us. Ash Wednesday is Feb. 14. I hope you’ll join us that day for Holy Mass and the imposition of ashes. Also, make plans to take advantage of our numerous opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Our Lent will get off to a great start with a Lenten Parish Mission by Fr. Simeon Spitz, OSB, from St. Gregory’s Abbey in Shawnee. He’ll speak on Monday, Feb. 12, Tuesday, Feb. 13, and Thursday, Feb. 15. Come each night at 7 p.m. for a talk followed by a reception.
Before and during Lent, I encourage you to visit our Parish Library. Located between the Narthex and the Parish Hall, it contains over 500 titles on a variety of spiritual topics. Led by Sandy Soulek, the library ministry is a great service to our parish as they organize returns and add new books to the collection all the time. There are kids’ books too!
Finally, just a word of thanks for a wonderful 2023 Annual Stewardship Renewal. In this newsletter, you can see the results in time, talent, and treasure and the commitments made by so many of you. We’re already planning for the 2024 Renewal.
I wish you all a blessed February and a great start to Lent. Let’s continue to pray for one another.
Very Rev. Brian O’Brien
Pastor, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church