Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 27, 2022

“I give you a new commandment, love one another as I have loved you.” These are the words of Jesus to His disciples the night before He died for us. It is a radical commandment. No longer just love those who love you or those who belong to your group, but to love including those who are difficult to love – those who are different from us, even those who disagree with us. As we look at what is happening around the world, Jesus invites us to reflect on what LOVE means. Read More...

Read on for more information about what's happening at the parish and around the Diocese.

God Bless,
Fr. Ritche
Weekday: 8:30 AM (live-streamed)

Sunday: 9:30 AM (live-streamed), 11:30 AM, 6:00 PM

SaturdayConfession: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Vigil Mass: 5:00 PM

Stations of the Cross (during Lent):
Every Friday 7:00 PM, in the Church
Second Collection for March 26-27th

This weekend's second collection is for Catholic Relief Services. This collection provides funding for CRS in Ukraine and also 100+ other countries. You can contribute to this collection here - please select "Second Collection" and the specific subcategory.

Donations that will be used specifically for relief works in Ukraine and neighboring countries will also be accepted on CRS website. CRS and Caritas partners are preparing to provide safe shelter, hot meals, hygiene supplies, fuel to keep warm, transport to safe areas, counseling support and more across Ukraine and in bordering countries. You can support their good works directly here.
Why No "Alleluia" During Lent?

The word “Alleluia” comes to us from Hebrew and it means "praise Yahweh." Traditionally, it has been seen as the chief term of praise of the choirs of angels, as they worship around the throne of God in Heaven. Read More...
Thanks to all who have already responded with a gift to the 2022 Annual Diocesan Appeal. To date, we have pledged $209,914 -- that is 70% toward our goal. There is still plenty of time to respond with a gift - they can be made through our parish office or the Diocesan website. Thank you!
Renewing Your Mind

"Renewing your mind" is learning and practicing the art of resilient thinking. If that's you, think of yourself as a resilient artist. Like a painter needs their paintbrushes... every artist needs their tools to create a masterpiece... and resilient artists need their tools to do the same. Here is a simple resilient thinking tool within the "in Christ" faith experience. Read More...
New Altar Servers Training
Sunday, March 27th
2:30PM to 4:30PM

Altar Servers have a very important role during Mass and our parish is enriched through their dedication and service.

Who can become an altar server?
- Boys and girls (5th grade & older) with a desire to serve the Church
- Have received their First Communion
- Attend Mass regularly   

More information on this flyer. Ready to sign up? Register here!
Lector Training
Sunday, April 4th, 1:00 PM

Become a Lector who nourishes the gathered community by proclaiming the Sacred Scriptures at weekend and weekday Masses. This ministry is open to those with a good speaking voice, a willingness to study and pray the scriptures, as well as a comfort with professing the Word before the gathered community.
Those interested are invited to RSVP to Cynthia Shaw for the upcoming training inside the church. Please email Cynthia at
Reverse Collection

This is the last weekend to support our Reverse Collection for Sacred Heart. Bins for drop off will be placed outside of the church before and after all Masses. Click here to learn more.
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
June 13 - 17

Registration is now open! All incoming Kinder through 5th graders (2022-2023 school year) are invited to join us in person for a week of discovery in God’s Wonder Lab, where they will learn that God can make the impossible, possible! Space is limited. Click here to register attendees.

We are also looking for adults to assist as teacher's aide, to lead recreation activities, and assist with craft and science. Sign up to help here. Questions? Please contact Melissa at
Parish Renewal Initiative Report

Thank you, again, for the deeply, helpful communal discernment sessions in September and October of last year. Your views on the current state of the parish as well as what you’d like to see in the future were tremendously influential and have already affected parish life! What are we doing as we move forward? Learn more here.
Lenten Prayer Series

Let's do something different for Lent! We are offering 2 different sessions, one on Monday (praying with the psalm and gospel) and on Tuesday (share your prayer experience from using the Black Book, Give Us This Day book, and/or the Hallow App).

These are all stand-alone sessions, so register any time for the Zoom link.
Synod on Synodality

In response to the Pope’s call, we invite you to let your voice be heard. The process is similar to our Parish Renewal Initiative that started last September. The difference is that we are not just reflecting on our parish community, but rather we will be thinking of the Universal Church. Share your thoughts anonymously here.
3sixty is back this Sunday, March 27th after the 6 PM Mass. All high school youth are welcome to attend.

The next Edge gathering is this Wednesday, March 30th at 7 PM. All middle school youth are welcome to attend.
Confirmation Year 1
Registrations are now online for the Confirmation Year 1 retreat. The retreat will be on Saturday, May 7th. Please refer to the email communication Row sent out regarding the registration link.

Confirmation Year 2
Next weekend, the Year 2 Candidates will embark on their retreat. Please keep them in your prayers as they make their final preparation for the Sacrament.
Pope Francis's Worldwide Plea for Peace

In a worldwide plea for peace, Pope Francis is asked all bishops and their priests to join him in an Act of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on this past Friday, the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25th.

We pray to the Blessed Virgin, the Queen of Peace, in bringing conversion and peace.

To learn what the consecration means and why it matters: see this article by Father Johann Roten, S.M.
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