Our council will be sponsoring one of the soup suppers taking place on Fridays during Lent. This will be in Unity Place on Friday, March 16 from 5:00-6:30pm. The cost is a donation amount of your choice corresponding to what you would have spent on a dinner otherwise. 100% of the donations will benefit CRS Rice Bowl. There will be several meatless soups, bread, and coffee. You may bring your own bowls if you like.
If you are on the mailing list, you should have received mail requesting anyone that can assist us contact our church coordinator Jim McQuarrie. Please do so if you are able, we need a few more volunteers.
Also be sure to stick around afterwards and participate in Stations of the Cross in the church, following at 7pm. Stations takes about thirty minutes. A plenary indulgence is granted for making the way of the cross and praying for the Holy Father’s intentions.
There is now a small basket in the vestibule of the church of basic brown scapulars for Lent. These are provided by our council and are free of charge. Please take as many as you would like for yourself or others and wear the scapular. If you are unfamiliar with this sacramental, it has been approved by the church for over seven centuries and represents a miniature habit of the Carmelite order. It is a physical sign of special devotion to the Blessed Virgin. Read about it here.
If you would like to receive the priestly blessing and entrance into the Confraternity of the Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, you can use this included prayer. This is encouraged, but even without the blessing the scapular is a powerful reminder of our faith.
Karol Wojtyła, as a young factory worker, wearing his brown scapular. When Pope John Paul II was shot and operated on in 1981, he told doctors not to remove the brown scapular he was wearing.
Our biggest event of the year has now come to pass and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended and made it a fun and meaningful event. Whether it is in the kitchen, serving, or securing donations for the raffle, the efforts of our members and our helpers are noticed and appreciated. We hope you had a good time and that we will see you again next year. We will likely need more help next year to keep the dinner running quickly and to prevent long lines in the kitchen.
We would also like to thank the students from the school who drew the placemats for tables. Each one was unique and was a colorful reminder of our parish community.
The dinner this year brought in over four thousand dollars. The total was slightly less than 2017, but considering that we had a smaller crew this time around the result was still good. Pictures can be viewed in the gallery.
You may have seen the flyer with contact information of our seminarians in the Sunday bulletin and on the dining tables. We urge you to engage in correspondence with them. They need your encouragement and support on their journey to the priesthood and every letter is important. Please consider sending even a brief email when you can and remind them that we are with them. See the page for contact information, or the flyer, available here if you do not have a copy.