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St. Mary's Catholic Church

Building on prior comments regarding preparing for Lent, please consider how God is calling you to observe Lent this year.
A good observance of Lent should include all three practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
In the coming Sundays I will discuss opportunities for almsgiving, and additional opportunities for prayer and confession is published.
In terms of fasting, I would like to invite you to join me in actually fasting (one main meal with two smaller meals that are just enough to maintain strength until the main meal} and
abstaining from meat on all Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent (not just Ash Wednesday and Good Friday}, Fasting helps to raise our hands to God in prayer and atone for and resist
sin. Having a common practice among ourselves makes it easier to persevere when we don't feel like it, knowing that our fellow parishioners are doing the same. I hope you will join

May God bless you and keep you in His care, and may the Blessed Mother intercede for you,
Father Cibelli

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Dear Friends in Christ, 

Over the past few months several parishioners have donated their time and talent to the beautification of our campus and our church.

I am cautious about identifying these individuals because they prefer not to have attention drawn to themselves, and I’m also concerned that I will accidently leave someone off a list that should be on there. With that in mind, however, I would like to try to highlight some of these contributions.

Just in terms of people who have directly used their talents to beautify our campus in the past few months:

  • Dave Moats has provided designs for many renovation projects, including the brick wall, the gym at Pangborn Hall and the Msgr. Passarelli Dining Hall.
  • Jimmy McCarter hand crafted the pedestals that the statues in our windows sit on as well as the credenzas in the back of church.
  • Dan Taylor hand crafted the prayer intention bookstand underneath the St. Michael statue as well as the prayer card holders underneath each of the pictures of the Lord, the Blessed Mother, and saints.
  • Ron Eyler upholstered the new kneeling cushions at the Communion Rail as well as the new pads in the hymnal pockets in the pews and tabletop in the sacristy.
  • Maria Axline sewed the tabernacle veils and garments for the Infant of Prague.
  • Marcia Williams and Donna Kelly decorate the altar specially at Christmas and Easter.
  • Mary Beth Hackett, Mary McNeil, Paula Bowers, and Larry Milihram – with the help of their spouses and families, have beautifully tended to our gardens.

If we went back even farther, the list would be much longer!

And we now have another parishioner stepping forward to offer her talents to beautify our church.

Saskia Smith has offered to donate much of her time and talent to clean  and paint the statues of Mary and Joseph in the niches above their altars. Saskia has worked with me to select colors that will complement the beauty of our church. She has provided a color board and samples of other similar projects for you to see in the back of the church.

Saskia writes: “I want you to know that throughout the cleaning process and in every brush stroke, I will spiritually brush in your intentions and needs, first onto our Lady of Lourdes, then eventually St. Joseph. So PLEASE pray for me too that I may serve you well. Let’s do this project together in the Spirit! So that together, when completed, we may experience answered prayers and behold a glimpse of the beautiful majesty & creative renewing power of God!”

For several weeks, Saskia will put all her other projects and work on hold to do this; therefore, I ask that we take up a collection when each statue is finished to thank her for the sacrifice she has made.

Finally, please note that this work can’t be done where the statues are now, so we will have to take them down. If we have a smaller statue of the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph that we can put in their place temporarily, we will do so. Saskia will also provide pictures to be posted on our Facebook feed.

We all have a role to play here, many of them behind the scenes. Thank you to everyone for your contribution. If there’s a contribution you think you can make, please let me know. Please take a moment to say a prayer of thanksgiving for Saskia and everyone who contributes to the beatification of our church and campus, seen and unseen.

May God bless you and keep you in His care, and may the
Blessed Mother intercede for you,
Father Cibelli 

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