►2018 Lenten Parish Retreat – Our parish Lenten Retreat will start on Friday, March 9, 2018 with the celebration of the Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:00PM and will end on Sunday, March 11, 2018. The retreat director this year will be Father IHOR KOLISNYK, C.Ss.R. (Redemptorist monk). The Lenten Retreat is a special opportunity to improve our personal spiritual life by renewing our relationship with God and our neighbours. I urge all our parishioners to attend the retreat and celebrate the Sacrament of Confession during this time and receive the Holy Eucharist. Please encourage and invite your family members and friends to join us during these three days of spiritual renewal.
Friday evening March 9, after the 6:00PM Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, Father Kolisnyk will present an introductory spiritual lesson about our Christian vocation, joys and struggles which we experience in our daily lives. For this reason I invite all of you to attend the Friday’s evening Liturgy and hear the first spiritual reflection, as well to attend one Liturgy on Sunday or Saturday to fulfill your Christian obligation in sanctifying the Lord’s Day.
I pray that we will all be granted the grace to offer our hearts to God during this year’s Lenten Retreat and allow God’s grace to work through us for our own spiritual good and the good of other people around us.
► Sower – The Eparchial monthly newspaper – Dear parishioners, the Communication Department of the Stamford Eparchy will be mailing the eparchial newspaper, “Sower” to many of you. The Eparchy has been urging all parishioners to keep this subscription and read the valuable information that reflects the life and activity of our Eparchy. If you do not receive the newspaper in the next month or so, or if you indeed are receiving it monthly, but feel that you are not reading it and would like to stop receiving it, please call the parish office and let me know. We will make changes according to your request. Thank you!
►When attending other local churches: Dear parishioners, I would like to invite you, when you have a conflict in your schedule, and you are unable to come to our church, but attend one of the local catholic churches, please use our own church envelope for your Sunday donation. There is a system and agreement among the churches, where we mail all the donations that are given in another church’s envelope to that respective church. In this way every parishioner, even if they go to another church once in awhile, in fact their donation goes back to their own parish. Some of our parishioners are following this principle and we are grateful to them for their support!
►The Sacred Heart Society will begin to make Easter Bread – Paska starting Monday, March 12 through Friday March 16, 2018 and possibly Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20.
No orders to be taken after Saturday, March 10th. Price: $ 8.50.
Call with orders: Helen Miskell (315) 253-0256; AnnMarie Coleman (315) 253-0469 and Joan Short (315) 252-0301. If no answer, please leave a message with your name and phone number.
►Divine Liturgy for children: Dear parents and catechists, as you well remember, in the recent past I tried to celebrate a separate Liturgy for children. This Liturgy, which had been celebrated once a month was well attended in the first year. In the second and third year it started to significantly decline for various reasons. The most obvious, was the conflict in the schedule of the children’s other Sunday activities, such as sports and others.
As we all realize, we have an obligation before God to help the children of our parish understand and live their faith. We live in a time of faith crisis that can be seen at various levels in people’s lives. But we have to accept the fact that it is impossible to live the faith truly and fruitfully if people do not go to church on a regular basis. It is important that we all openly reflect on this. A special concern that the Church has regards the families and their children. However, with a little bit of good will and cooperation between parents and parish, we can do something. We can help children and young people value their Christian faith and find strength in it in their lives. For this reason, and out of a sense of pastoral responsibility and concern for our parish’s future, I strongly urge the parents of our parish to come to church with their children every week. Also, I plan again to give special attention to families and their children. I will be celebrating the Divine Liturgy for children once a month on a Saturday, during our Vigil Liturgy at 4:00PM. During this Liturgy, which is well attended by our parishioners, I will be preaching to children on different spiritual topics with a methodology adapted to their own age and understanding. At the same time they will be involved in taking the readings, singing church songs, etc. Please, if you know families with children, invite them to join us! Our next Divine Liturgy for children will be celebrated on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 4:00PM. Blessings to all!
►FOOD COLLECTION: Dear parishioners we are invited to help out those who are less fortunate, especially during the Great Lent. We will continue to support the local food pantries and we need you to help by bringing non-perishable food. You can leave these items before or after the Liturgies in the church basement or in the entrance of the church. Thank you!

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