And Lent begins....A Word From Your Pastor
19 February 2021
A Word From Your Pastor
Please recall that beginning this week, on Tuesday, February 23, we will have an in-person celebration of the Stations of the Cross in the church on every Tuesday of Lent at 7 PM. A virtual celebration of the Stations of the Cross, prepared by Paul Radkowski, will be available on-line throughout the entire Lenten season. Join us there.
The reflection below, from Alice Camille on the season of Lent, is beautifully done. May it help us all to make a good beginning to the season.
Last year Lent exploded on us. We’d just settled into our seasonal practices – reinvigorated prayer, deeper charity, fasting and making space – when the world was rocked by crisis. Driven inward, deprived of sacraments, isolated and uncertain, the Lenten landscape became a real desert, maybe for the first time.
Some of us got sick. Some of us lost people whose absence can never be filled. Some of us lost jobs or had them reinvented in ways that were strange, burdensome, or dangerous. The penitential season stretched longer than 40 days. Spring came anyway, with many of us watching from our windows. Each flower seemed achingly lovely, a promise that hope does not disappoint those brave enough to hold onto it.
Our world will continue to be broken for a while. There remains peril in proximity, especially for the physically vulnerable. The struggle to make ends meet continues to be a challenge for those who can’t easily reinvent themselves for the new reality. But as we’ve learned in a long year of soul-searching, for too many of us, these things were true before. Equality in health care, housing, education, and economic opportunity slumbers in the fantasy stage of the American Dream.
So, we enter this new season of repentance with a lot on our minds and in our hearts. Let’s mend our world together, committing to the common good as we seek to heal body and soul. Let’s reimagine community through the benevolent eyes of Jesus.
URGENT APPEAL FROM MSGR ENKE
I ran into a parishioner today who I have not seen for a great while. In speaking to her I discoverd that they had been absent, not out of fear of the virus, but because they had just gotten into a new habit of not coming to Mass.
She promised they woould be back and so I would like for others of you who find yourselves in the same boat to return to Mass.
We keep the place safe. We want you and need you back at Mass. Thanks for considering my appeal.
I look forward to seeing you!
Msgr. Paul P Enke
ADORATION AT ST. EDWARD CHURCH
Mondays and Friday 9:30 a.m. until noon
~ Come pray ~
St. Edward the Confessor Parish will participate in a parish survey about discipleship conducted by the Catholic Leadership Institute! We need your help!
Please help us by participating in a 10-15-minute survey
. The survey can be accessed now through March 21, 2021. Please use
the online link below (or above) or from red button on our Parish website.
The surveywill ask you to reflect on your own spiritual growth and provide feedback on our parish’s efforts to help you grow in faith. All responses will be confidential, and the parish will only receive information about the community as whole.
We are trying to get the highest response rate possible. This information will be invaluable to Msgr. Paul P. Enke as we plan for the future and strive to be the best disciples we can be. We will receive the results this spring/summer at which time we will share what we have learned with the entire parish.
If you prefer a paper copy you may pick up a paper copy of the survey after daily and Sunday Masses after February 17th. Check the table in the Gathering Space.
To submit the completed paper survey, please drop off in the basket in the Gathering Spaceor bring to glass doors by Parish Office
To make special arrangements for getting a paper copy, please contact Cheryl Boggess at 740-587-3254
How is your Lenten journey beginning...
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An Lenten/Easter Gift to our Parishioners -
Copies now available in the Gathering Space beginning this weekend
Please take one while supplies last!
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First Sunday of Lent, Cycle B
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Jesus is tempted in the desert by Satan.
The announcement that Jesus makes as he begins his preaching in today’s Gospel is recalled on Ash Wednesday at the signing with ashes: “Repent and believe in the gospel.” This is our challenge for Lent; indeed, it is the challenge of our entire life. During Lent, we are invited to strengthen and to renew the promises that we made at our Baptism, to reject Satan and sin so as to live as children of God. Through the grace of God that we received at Baptism, we follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit and know that with Jesus’ help, we will be victorious over sin.
As you gather as a family, talk about the importance of Baptism. At our Baptism, our sins were forgiven, and we promised to live as children of God. As part of the Rite of Baptism, we rejected sin and Satan. Read today’s Gospel, Mark 1:12-15. During Lent, we renew the promises of our Baptism, turning again from sin and promising to follow God. Light a candle, perhaps a candle used at one of your family member’s Baptisms, and pray together the
Act of Contrition
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Please renew subscriptions directly through The Catholic Times office. This is new this year.
Ways to subscribe:
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your $17 check (
to Diocese of
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) to Diocese of Columbus-Catholic Times 197 E. Gay St., Columbus, OH 43215.
, use your parish envelope. Mark
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Catholic Men's Conference - Called to be Saints
Even though we cannot all gather together in one place this year, we will be gathered together in one spirit.
Join us as we come together in faith and brotherhood!
Don't miss this amazing event!
for more information about the
Conference Viewing Sites
Saturday morning, February 27th you can view the program from from your home...
in-person in the St. Edward Church Parish Hall. Reserve your seat today before the Hall is filled:
Catholic Mens Conference Register Here
Food Pantry Items... TP and PT needed
We hear... that
are a always needed. For this weekend's Lenten giving to the Food Pantry, lets supply them with needed paper products! Please leave your donation in the box in the Gathering space at Mass times or bring to Parish Office doors during office hours.
Note: Any canned or boxed food items are appreciated too
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Rice Bowls are available beginning Ash Wednesday - Please pick one up from the table in the Gathering Space and take home to fill. Rice bowl contributions can also be made through Online Giving or returned with your Rice bowl.
s, Preschool Director
2021-22 ST. EDWARD’S PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION - NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
St. Edward’s Preschool is now accepting applications!
Please see the Enrollment tab on the
on our parish website.
Weekend Mass Schedule
SATURDAY 5:00 p.m.
SUNDAY 8:15 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
St. Edward Church
on Friday, February 19 at 11:21AM