Rev. William Luciano
Rev. Biju Peter, C.M.I
Rev. George Obeng-Yeboah-Asuamah
Deacon Francis B. Orlando
Deacon Angel Camacho
PARISH OFFICE MANAGER
Ms. Teresa Larkin
Deacon Francis B. Orlando
MUSIC & ORGANIST
Mr. John Wolfe
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OFFICE MANAGER
Mrs. Gladis Kann
HOLY SEPULCHRE CEMETERY
Mrs. Noreen Orlando
Good Friday is a day of fast and also, of abstinence from meat. In addition, all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat. What does it mean to fast? It means that only one full meal (either: breakfast, lunch or dinner) is eaten. There can be two smaller meals eaten, at the other times, but together they cannot equal another full meal. Remember, even a snack between meals, on Good Friday, would be to break the fast. Fasting is done by everyone between the ages of 18 and 60. Abstaining from meat means no meat (beef, chicken, pork, lamb or any other meat) can be eaten on any Friday during the Season of Lent. All who are 14 years or older are obligated to follow this Lenten directive of no meat.
Lent is a great time to get it right with God. During the Season of Lent we will have, here at Blessed Sacrament, over two thousand one hundred minutes dedicated to the Sacrament of Confession. That is like having thirty-five hours in which the Sacrament of Confession will be heard. Of course, these minutes and hours will be spread, over the next five weeks, but with such an abundance of time, there is really no excuse for not going to Confession before Easter. Of course the greatest excuse, that people use, is that they really don't do anything wrong. It seems as though some people might have brain freeze. If anyone would think that they really don't do anything wrong, they have to run to the Sacrament of Confession because the devil has seduced them into thinking they don't need God’s Sacramental forgiveness. That person, with this wrong thinking, is doomed.
The Stations of the Cross will begin on Friday, March 10th at 3:00pm (and on every subsequent Friday during Lent). It is at the 3:00 o’clock hour when the Church remembers the death of the Lord.
We had to submit this bulletin early because of the impending snow storm on Tuesday so, we were not able to update our numbers. However, we are repeating our numbers from last week just to show you what great progress we are making in our parish campaign. Also, please remember that you can make a one time gift or a five year pledge. If you need a pledge card, they can be found at the entrances of the Church. While no major work is going to be done during this calendar year; we will be having some work done to prepare for the major work that will happen. We have been telling those who want to schedule weddings next year and the year after (the major work will be done in stages as the pledges are paid), there probably will be scaffolding, in the Church during that time, but we can’t give exact dates yet.
We have raised, so far, over $650,000, which is 85% of our goal. In order to make our goal, we need your help. You can fill out a pledge card and drop it in the collection basket. You will be billed by the New York Catholic Foundation, who is helping us with the Campaign. Also, for those who were mailed pledge forms, you can mail them back to the address listed on the form or bring it to the Rectory. Whatever you are able to do is greatly appreciated and will help us to Renew + Rebuild your Parish Church. Everyone wants a beautiful, clean and fitting place for the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the worship of God. Help us to make your Church such a place.
Pope Benedict XVI, said: "Lent is like a long 'retreat' during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One. It is a period of spiritual 'combat' which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way, we will be able to celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism."
Saint Teresa of Calcutta, said: "As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus' thirst...'Repent and believe' Jesus tells us. What are we to repent: our indifference, our hardness of heart. Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor -- He knows your weakness. He wants only your love and the chance to love you."
Saint John of the Cross, said: “The Lord measures out perfection neither by the multitude nor the magnitude of our deeds, but by the manner in which we perform them.”