Week of March 26, 2017

This weekend we are mailing the bulletin to everyone in the parish.  We do this for a couple of reasons.  We try to reach out to all our parishioners a few times of the year to inform you on things coming up in the parish.  With Holy Week approaching we thought this was a good time to remind you of times for services.  It is also an opportunity for you to see other opportunities at the parish.  Below are a few I call your attention to:

  • Our Parish Penance Service is Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00 pm.
  • Our youth are giving a teen perspective on the Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 31 at 5:30 pm.  Afterwards you can stay for the fish fry.
  • Vacation Bible School coming in June.  It is always a big hit for the children.
  • Opportunities for Adult Faith Formation.

Don’t forget to take note of times for services for Holy Week.

These are a few of the things you will find in this bulletin.

In the Gospel story Jesus gives the gift of sight to a blind man.  But since we are not blind, we might think that the Gospel story has no relevance for us.  The question is: how well do we see?

To see well, good eyesight alone is not sufficient.  We must not think that blindness is an illness that affects the eyes only.  There are many forms of blindness besides physical blindness.  These can be just as crippling.  Some examples:

Selfishness blinds us to the needs of others.

Insensitivity blinds us to the hurt we’re causing to others.

Snobbery blinds us to the equal dignity of others.

Pride blinds us to our own faults.

Prejudice blinds us to the truth.

Hurry blinds us to the beauty of the world.

Materialism blinds us to spiritual values.

Superficiality blinds us to a person’s true worth and causes us to judge by appearances.

In his letter to the Ephesians Paul reminds us,

You were once darkness,

but now you are light in the Lord. 

Live as children of the light,

for light produces every kind of goodness

and righteousness and truth. 

Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.   (Ephesians 5:8-9)

In what ways are you blind?

How have you learned what is pleasing to God?  How has that learning changed your life?

(Flor McCarthy, SDB)

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