Message from Msgr. Schwanger


Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,

Happy Lent!

Lent, lived well, sets us free to live wholly for the Lord and so is an open door to happiness. I invite you to give yourselves to this season of preparation and to celebrate fully Holy Week and Easter when it arrives. Included with this bulletin is a full-page version of our Lent schedule so that you can easily remove it and keep it on your bulletin board or refrigerator and refer to it often. I’ll send along the Holy Week and Easter schedule as they get closer.

As we do each year, we will have the Stations of the Cross each Friday of Lent: in English at 7:00 p.m. and in Spanish at 7:45 p.m. The Knights of Columbus will also have their annual Fish Fry. Remember, as well, that Confessions are available every weekday beginning one hour before Mass and on Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.

We had the blessing of a beautiful Rosary Candlelight Procession following the Healing Mass on our Feast Day and for Lent we will have a beautiful Eucharistic Procession and Benediction of the Sick on the 11th of March.

CRS Helping Hands has become a Lenten tradition here at Our Lady of Lourdes. We will pack the food for Burkina Faso on the weekend of Palm Sunday but please go on the CRS website now to sign up for the day and hour you would like to pack. We ask each person packing to donate at least $15 to help cover the cost of the food.

Finally, the North American Volunteers will be with us this year to present the Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience. This year, the Experience will be in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish and French.

Taking advantage of all that is happening at the parish during Lent, the Resurrection of Christ will shine even more brightly for us and through us. Again, happy Lent.

Msgr. Schwanger