'Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum'
Whether or not you have the perfect pronunciation, how can you not just say this over and over again? "Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum" means "Make our hearts like yours" and is beautifully used in the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In preparation for this week's coming of Lent, Pope Francis said it is a perfect prayer: "In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference." So ask for His Sacred Heart and look for where it beats with such love in others around you.
As much as it may seem we have just finished taking down our Christmas trees and the weather doesn't seem to know what season it is, Lent's Ash Wednesday begins this week on February 10. Lately, we have witnessed the call for hearts to be like Jesus' all around our parish. Last weekend hundreds gathered in our annual Feast Day Dinner and Silent Auction to offer support for our school. Thank you all who donated, prepared or participated in this special night to raise over $47,000 (net) to help with the start up of our 1:1 technology program. Michelle and Todd Mellon (who have helped lead this event for the past eleven years) were thrilled to see the efforts and sacrifices of so many led to our biggest night ever! Thank you for your hearts!
The "Be The Match" gathering that is coming next weekend is perhaps one of the most beautiful ways I have heard to celebrate the Heart of Jesus during St. Valentine day (and Ss. Cyril & Methodius day. Please read more in this bulletin about a wonderful idea some parishioners are offering (in honor of my father) for you to help become a healing match for those in need. It would be a great tribute of sacrificial love if we have as many who are eligible come next weekend as we had at the auction last weekend.
Lent is all about our return to innocence, our return because of mercy, the return because of His love. Keep this bulletin around so that you know our Lenten schedule from Ash Wednesday through all the 40 Days. Please use these next few days to prepare well that you might be open to the beauty and adventure of Lent, that your heart may know His. The start up of our beloved Fr. Byrider's devotion of his 40 Day Club (coming to Mass every day of Lent) is about to begin. This year we are once again adding Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Mass so no one has to be short a few days. Good News for this Year of Mercy...Confessions will be celebrated throughout the week,and for the first time, we will offer God's mercy before the weekend 5p, 9a, 11a Masses! Stations of the Cross will be back on Fridays at 7:00 p.m.. Join our youth group for Compline (Night Prayer) before the Blessed
Sacrament every Sunday of Lent at 9:00 p.m.. The opportunities to realize Jesus' Sacred Heart are everywhere!
Pax, Fr. Bline