Monday, March 23, 2009

Announcements: 5th Sunday of Lent

Dear Holy Rosary Parishioners, here are a few announcements:

Gospel Message: Jesus says in the Gospel for this weekend, “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” To be lifted up is a central theme that runs throughout the gospels. Have you ever been so happy to see a friend that you hugged them tightly and actually lifted them off of their feet? Being lifted up is a great sensation of love, comfort, and happiness. What are all of the ways Jesus lifts us up?

Prayers for Pat: Speaking of “lifting up,” please keep Pat Durbin in your prayers. He is currently in Dillingham at his home. The doctors told him that he has had two heart attacks and they believed a shunt was not a good remedy. The doctors decided to put Pat on medication for a couple months to help relieve clogging around his hear and in his legs. He needs to go back to Anchorage in June for possible/probable surgery, depending on well the pills work.

Prayers: Please “lift up” William Tennyson as well in your prayers. William continues to struggle with cancer. Additionally, let’s plan to pray a rosary together one Sunday for all those who are struggling with cancer and for the families and friends who care for them.

Prayers: Please keep Judy George and Aimee Belleque in your prayers. Judy will be confirmed and Aimee baptized during the Easter Vigil.

Rosary: We pray the rosary the first Sunday of the month after mass. The next rosary will be prayed after the Palm Sunday Mass.

Holy Week: Join Fr. Bill Hanrahan for Holy Week. All celebrations will begin at 6:00 PM. Do you remember that Holy Thursday (Lord’s Supper), Good Friday (Veneration of Cross), and Easter vigil are not three separate masses, but meant to be one continuous mass?

Chrism Mass: I will be going to Anchorage March 31 to celebrate the Chrism Mass and renew my priestly vows. If you are in Anchorage on that Tuesday and would like to receive the oils for Holy Rosary, please let me know! The Sacred Oils will presented during our Holy Thursday celebration.

Below are two pictures. One is of, well, it could be the Easter Bunny taken out the window of the rectory, and the second is of a Silver Chalice that was donated to the Holy Rosary Mission by Abbot Justin, OSB when I became a paster. I just had it re-finished.

Have a fantastic week and God bless you…Fr. Scott

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