Pastoral Messages from Fr. Rick 2/4/21

Pastoral Messages from Fr. Rick – 2/4/21

THANK YOU for your kind donations to the 5th Sunday Charity Collection. This month we will send a donation of $500 to the Kanab Care and Share foodbank.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Starting on February 11 we will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each Thursday afternoon from 4:00 to 5:00.  This will be a time of silent prayer which ends with benediction.  Please bring your take-home missalettes which contain the order of service for Adoration.  You can stay for the whole hour or just a few minutes.  Let us join Jesus in His ongoing quest to find a quiet place to pray and find the regeneration that is especially needed in these stressful times.

ASH WEDNESDAY is February 17.  We will have Mass with ashes at 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM.  This year because of Covid-19 considerations and in order to minimize skin on skin contact, ashes will be sprinkled on top of each person’s head.  This has actually been the common practice in different places at different times in the history of the Church.  Recall also that Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence.  For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. No food between meals.  Abstinence means no meat and the norms are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.  All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence from meat.  Persons with medical conditions that make these norms unhealthy should concede to their doctors’ directives.

Virtual National Catholic Men’s Conference February 19-21.    Here is a great way for Catholic Men to get Lent off to a focused start.  Invite a younger man who may be inactive in the faith.  Journey together.

Genuinely PRO-LIFE!!  First comes love. Then comes marriage. And then what? If sex is natural, why are we so eager to make it artificial? 

Many of us strongly prolife Catholics may be legitimately concerned about some aspects of the pro-life stance of our new Catholic president and future legislation.  It’s important to remember that no matter who the president is, Catholics do not have the option of abrogating our teaching responsibilities to political leaders.  Here is a great way to hone our teaching abilities and really get to the root problem underlying abortion and all other life issues.  Be brave.  Be a student and teacher of Truth.

In this episode of “Lust is Boring,” find out how God’s plan for human sexuality is good for your body—and good for your soul. While many presentations about Natural Family Planning (NFP) focus on the harms of contraception, today we’ll focus on the truth, goodness, and beauty of God’s plan for the family.  If you’ve ever questioned the Church’s teaching on birth control or if you’re looking for a way to explain it to friends or family members who have different viewpoints, this episode is for you!

Interested in praying vespers as a group or individually?  Please contact Fr. Rick after Mass or leave a message at the office.  Vespers is the evening prayer portion of the 1500-year old Catholic tradition of Liturgy of the Hours