This Week in Prayer, Service & Community

Dear All:

Christ's Peace.

Special Edition:  The Start of Our CL Year’s Second Part. 

Ash Wednesday marks the start of our Sesqui Year’s second part (of four). This is a good time to consider where we are and where we might go.  The renovated parish website invites you to consider:

The website also provides the new and improved “Affiliate” link that enables you to stay connected to the ministries and groups you value most. Go ahead and check off your connections.

This week in prayer: 

  • Sunday’s readings portrayed Isaiah, St. Paul and St. Peter receiving the same three-part message from God: “I know you mess up from time to time; I love you and I don’t love you less because you mess up; I really hope you will join and help my team.”  God sends the same message to each of us. Sometimes the message comes through loud and clear. Mostly it is barely audible. One inspired response is to try dialing down the mess-ups/sin while dialing up the discipleship. Can you think of one habitual mess-up/sin you might dialing down in the next forty days? How about one habit of discipleship you might dial up? 
  • This year’s “Little Black Prayer Books” for Lent will be available in the Gathering Space this weekend to enrich your prayer this Lent.
  • Calling all members of liturgical ministries! to Mass, some reflection and some food and conversation on Saturday morning. If you haven’t already RSVPd, email Suzanne Kral at

This week in service:

  • Starting Sunday, the gathering space will host the new “150 Point-of-Light Walls.” Think of them as first cousins to the Giving Trees. The walls provide 150 suggestions for your Point-of-Light projects. The ideas are simple and easily done. Take a star and sign the roster so we can proclaim YOUR good news when you complete your project. The Point-of-Light Project is all about us thanking God for all the great things God has been doing for us the last CL years.  What return can we make to the Lord?  “Love kindness” leads the pack of inspired responses. 
  • And the final tally is . . . .ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY NINE pounds of food delivered to the Franklin Food Bank.  Bravo for the Lew Family for sponsoring the Souper Bowl Food Drive and to the Lazarus Ministry for making the food drive its Point-of-Light Project.
  • Are you financially stressed or know someone who is?  You still have time to sign up for Financial Peace University, the nationally acclaimed course, taught right here at St. Joe’s by Rich Realbuto.

This week in community:

  • The calendar for the winter/spring Fellowship Programs has now been finalized.  It offers some extremely . . . noteworthy . . . events.

I hope your observances of Mardi Gras were sufficiently festive and your reception of ashes sufficiently reflective.   

All best blessings.

Fr. Hank SJ