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2 Dear Parishioners. Peace be with you. Will we ever forget how our hearts were filled with love, peace, joy, hope, and promises fulfilled as we watched and listened to Pope Francis during his visit to our Country, our Church, and our Government in September 2015? While each of us probably has a special speech that touched our soul we all seemed to conclude that he was speaking to each of us personally when he said and you, what will you do? Lent provides us with a time to focus on our response to this question. In a small booklet based 0n the Joy of the Gospel, Francis says: I invite all of you who follow Jesus wherever you are, to spend time everyday renewing your personal relationship with Jesus, letting him touch your heart. We pray that the pre-lent and Lenten Events we have planned for our Parish will provide each of you with an event through which you can let Jesus touch you heart. God s Blessings be with you. The Parish Lenten Program Committee

3 PRE-LENTEN EVENTS LENTEN RETREAT MORNING Presentation: The Mercy of God Sister Julie Keegan s message coincides with the Year of Mercy. In addition to her Presentation, Sister will provide time for prayer, reflection, and sharing. Father Walsh Center Saturday, February 6, :00 Light Refreshments 9:30 AM to 11L45 Am Retreat THE PASSION NARRATIVES Father Michael Connolly OSFS Father s Presentation will provide both a Theological and Spiritual approach to the Passion Narratives Father Walsh Center Sunday, February 7, :00 PM to 2:15 PM

4 ASH WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2016 Ashes provide a fitting entry into Lent. They remind us that we, like all other creatures, will return to the earth from which we came; they signify that we would do well to focus on Gospel values; they mark us with the sign of our crucified Lord so that we can re-commit ourselves to the way of the cross, that is, to the path of life. Author: Elizabeth Vanek Blessed Ashes will be distributed at: 6:30 AM Mass 8:30 AM Mass 10:30 AM Prayer Service for School + Parish 3:30 PM Prayer Service 7:00 PM Mass CONFESSION / STATIONS OF THE CROSS / EXPOSITION / BENEDICTION Confessions will be scheduled at 6:00 PM on Thursday Evenings: February 11 th, 19 th and 25 th March 3 rd, 10 th, and 17 th. Stations of the Cross will be scheduled on Thursday Evening at 7:00 PM following Confessions. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held on the Thursdays of Lent from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Benediction will follow the Stations of the Cross. Note: Confessions will also be scheduled at 4:30 on Saturdays and after the 3:00 Service on Good Friday.

5 SMALL GROUP LENTEN PROGRAM A Retreat with Pope Francis Presented by Father Anthony Ciorra Via: Video Cassette Father Anthony Ciorra is a leading expert on Catholic spirituality. He has graduate degrees in psychology, spirituality, and pastoral theology as well as a Ph.D. in Historical Theology. His experience has included parish life, teaching, administration, retreat work, preaching, and formation. He gives workshops and retreats throughout the world. In this retreat you will enjoy six conferences that delve into the heart of Pope Francis s message. Each conference begins with Scripture, and you will then interpret the passages through the lens of the Pope s writings. life stories, and personal example. Francis s words and style embody his Gospel message so we can find profound meaning in everything he says and does. By joining Pope Francis, you will experience the God who rejoices over you, bringing you peace and a joyful renewal of faith. Come join us at either of the following times: Tuesday Mornings at 9:00 AM in the Father Walsh Center Tuesday February 9, 16, 23 March, 8, 15, 2016 Facilitator: Philomena D Orzaio OR Wednesday Evenings at 7:00 PM in the Ryan Room Wednesday February 17, 24 March 2, 9, 16, 2016 Facilitator: Joanne Sunick

6 MID-DAY QUIET Take some time out of your day to enjoy quiet with each other in praying Mid-Day Prayer, reflecting on the Lenten Readings for each Sunday and listening to the heart of Pope Francis by sharing some of the articles of his encyclical: The Joy of the Gospel. Thursday afternoons at 12:30 PM 1:45 PM in the father Walsh Center February 11, 18, 25 March 3, 10, 17, 2016 Facilitator: Sister Betty BOOK CLUB FOR LENT The Book Club will hold its Lenten Series in the home of Sharon Kukawski, a parishioner of St. Francis De Sales Parish. The book for discussion: When the Heart Waits By Sue Monk Kidd Please call Sharon directly if you wish to register or Meeting Dates Mondays at 7:00 PM February 22 nd, and 29 th March 7 th and 14 th.

7 SEEING GOD IN OTHERS The gospel invites us to see God in others and to reach out beyond ourselves to seek the good of others. This is an invitation that cannot be ignored or obscured! Pope Francis (Joy and Gospel) I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. John 13:34 Prayer Sometimes, dear God, I feel that I have no room in my life for others. And yet Jesus clearly teaches that I should love others as he has loved me. Pope Francis tells me that the invitation to do good for others is essential for Jesus followers. Help me to understand and accept these teachings, that I might reach out beyond myself to think of others first. Amen ALMSGIVING If you are able to purchase an extra Food Gift Card please consider giving it to Sister Betty who, in turn, will send it to parishioners in need.

8 HOLY WEEK MARCH 19, 2016 VIGIL Confessions: 4:00 5:00 PM Church Vigil Mass 5:00 PM Church PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD MARCH 20, 2016 PARISH SYNOD DAY MARCH 20, 2016 Mass 7:00 AM Church MASS 10:00AM NEUMANN UNIVERSITY S MIRENDA CENTER All Parishioners are invited to attend this Mass. Lunch will be provided after Mass for those who registered to participate in the Synod Meeting. MONDAY AND TUESDAY MARCH 21 st And 22 nd 2016 Daily Mass at 8:30 AM WEDNESDAY MARCH 23 rd 2016 Communion Service at 8:30 AM

9 HOLY THURSDAY MARCH 24, 2016 Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM Mass of the Lord s Supper at 7:30 PM Visit to the Repository until 10:00 PM Night Prayer at 10:00 PM GOOD FRIDAY MARCH 25, 2016 Visits to the Repository 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM Midday Prayer at 12:30 PM Solemn Liturgy and Holy Communion at 3:00 PM Confessions immediately following 3:00 PM Service Stations of the Cross at 7:30 PM HOLY SATURDAY MARCH 26, 2016 Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM Easter Vigil at 7:30 PM EASTER SUNDAY MARCH 27, 2016 MASSES AT 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM

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