Dear Friends of our Pastorate,
There are two options for our readings on this Third Sunday of Lent. This is because the Church celebrates special rites called the Scrutinies during the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent. These rites are celebrated with those who are to be baptized at the Easter Vigil, although many parishes also celebrate them with those who are going to be confirmed or enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. The regular Gospel for this Sunday is John’s version of Jesus’ Cleansing of the Temple, while the Gospel for the Scrutinies is the Samaritan Woman Jesus encounters at the well. Both are powerful Gospels that tell us much about Jesus’ mission and ministry. I would encourage you read and reflect upon them both this week.
Please plan to join us this week for our Pastorate Lenten Mission being offered by Fr. Jim. The theme for the mission this year is “Time for God” and is based on Fr. Jacques Philippe’s international bestselling book of the same name. The first talk will be offered on Monday, March 4th, at 7:00pm at Our Lady of the Chesapeake. The second talk will be offered on Tuesday, March 5th, at 7:00pm at St. Jane Frances. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered on Wednesday, March 6th, starting at 6:30pm at Our Lady of the Chesapeake. Please plan to join us!
There is still time for the men of our Pastorate to sign up for the Catholic Men’s Fellowship conference being held at St. Philip Neri this Saturday, March 9th. To register, go to catholicmensfellowship.com.
Stations of the Cross and the Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fry Fridays continue this Friday, March 1st at St. Jane Frances. Stop by for a delicious Lenten appropriate seafood meal at St. Jane Hall from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, then attend Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm in the Church. Eucharistic Adoration will take place during Stations.
We are still looking for volunteers and donations for the St. Patrick’s Day Bazaar on Friday, March 15th at St. Jane Hall and School. Gift cards, wine and liquor, and silent auction items can be dropped off at the office at either St. Jane Frances or Our Lady of the Chesapeake. This is a great family friendly event! Thank you for your support!
Thank you for keeping our Pastorate in your daily prayers!