Friendship with God, Friendship with Our Spouse, In the Holy Spirit
The story of the wedding feast at Cana contains hope for all marriages, even the better ones. At Cana we see the enthusiasm and joy that happens at every wedding. But just like the wine at Cana, this initial enthusiasm runs out with the passage of time. Then, couples act only out of habit, not out of love and with joy. If we are not attentive and careful, sadness and boredom will descend upon the family. When this happens to a couple it must sadly be said of them, “They have no more wine.”
All are encouraged to attend a Town Hall meeting sponsored by Faith in Indiana, St. Joseph County at the Sinai Synagogue, South Bend. March 24, 4:00 p.m.
At the previous Town Hall meeting at Holy Cross Parish last August, 260 people gathered around the Families First agenda. That meeting dealt with such issues as the impact of violence, a broken immigration system, lead poisoning, incarceration, and lack of health care. The mayor, sheriff candidates, and members of the County Commissioners and Common Council attended. And the people got results.
As Lent starts this week, I’d like to offer an idea for your Lenten journey.
One percent of your day is 14 minutes and 24 seconds. Each hour is just over four percent of your day. So I think I sleep about 30% of my day, typically. Some more of our time is spent on food. Perhaps exercise and work.
A Haven for Healing offers spiritual renewal for those who have experienced the loss of a child from abortion. Do you suffer from carrying a secret that makes you feel isolated? Have you received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and yet cannot forgive yourself? Are you tired of carrying the burden of guilt and shame? A Haven for Healing can help. We use a Bible study and discussion to address many issues that arise after an abortion. We offer group or individual sessions.
In February, the Outreach Program provided $6,927.89 in assistance to 35 families for 37 accounts. First, the volunteers of the program are very grateful for the generosity of parishioners in your use of the green envelopes. We were able to reach out more in February because of the traditional uptick in donations over the past Christmas season. Yet, there are so many more we could not help.
Over the past months (and years), I have noticed some problems with receiving a complete list from the local hospitals for our parishioners. Many times our parishioners are in the hospitals but when we call to get the list from the hospital using our access code, the names do not add up. I think there is perhaps a change in policy or procedure at the hospital that must account for this. I've asked certain patients whether they were asked about their church affiliation (if they have a parish) and they have more than once told me they were never asked. So I think this is where the problem is arising. Perhaps there are some changes in policy due