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DSC_0022It is our Lenten tradition to gather on four consecutive nights for a sort of mini-retreat. This year the theme was “Getting Connected … Staying Connected“.

The liturgy was calming, give us time to reflect and take a break from busy lives. A small ensemble choir, readings, talks, and lots of prayer were followed by some social time.
DSC_0016Near the end of the final evening, we were invited to come forward for prayer about any needs. There were sweet smiles (some trembling), an embrace or gentle touch, and heartfelt prayers. I was impressed by the affection and tenderness that our sisters and brothers in Christ have for one another.

Another hopeful sign about this parish family is that there’s a feeling of momentum toward building our Nixie and Pollynew parish hall and education center. After each Mass this coming weekend there will be a presentation to update everyone on design and timeline.

We’re heading into a busy time. On top of Holy Week and Easter, First Communions and Confirmations, a lot of work is going into construction details for a June groundbreaking. So perhaps the Lenten retreat was well timed, the calm before a flurry of activity.

Lord, quiet my mind that I may hear your voice.

You Welcomed Me


In Matthew 25, our Lord says “I was … a stranger and you welcomed me.” We are called to welcome all people, to serve them in hospitality, to invite and include all.

That’s why I am rejoicing today at a new video message of welcome Fr. Konopa has recorded for our parish websites. This is a crucial part of our outreach to young people and families, and I think he struck just the right note. Thank you, Father.

Source of Strength


This weekend the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is offered at all Masses. “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.”

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HSR Architects has given us our first glimpse of our new parish hall!  Details will be shared at parish meetings after Masses on the weekend of March 25-26.

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A Child Shall Lead them


I was glad and grateful when Fr. Konopa encouraged us lay Ministers of Holy Communion to pray “May God bless you” as a gesture of blessing to young children and infants.

Soon an item will appear in the bulletin, encouraging parents to teach their very young children to come forward with arms crossed, boldly, signaling their readiness to accept a blessing. Let the children come!
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A Trio of Baptisms


This weekend we are celebrating a Baptism at each and every Mass! Congratulations to:

  • Zach and May Nickelatti, parents of Jackson Benjamin (pictured below)
  • Justin and Kathryn Smith, parents of Tucker Stuart
  • Joseph and Kelly Holger, parents of Peter Joseph

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The Religious Education teachers (Catechists) of MMOC and Holy Trinity met last Wednesday evening for a dinner and mini-retreat. Let’s be thankful to and very supportive of these people, and grateful our Lord for calling them to devoted service. Thanks to Lisa Horman for this photo.
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