Our New Gold Vessels are Here.
I understand there was a "by invitation only" mass for those secretly selected to donate our new GOLD vessels. Maybe we will be able to see them during the upcoming Easter services. I just can't help but think that this whole project could have been such a special opportunity for our entire church community to join together had the selection process not been so closed and secretive. I hear our Youth Group wanted to participate collectively, as did others, but their requests fell on deaf ears... Go figure!
Another healing opportunity lost... Maybe I am just too young to understand the interworking of church logic!
Washing of the Feet
From The Monitor, Sunday, March 20, 2005
BOSTON -Boston Archbishop Sean O'Malley has decided to wash the feet of both women and men during this year's Holy Thursday footwashing ritual, a year after angering Catholic women by washing only men's feet.
O'Malley's decision, which came after consulting with the Vatican, drew immediate praise from advocates of a greater role for women in the Catholic Church.
Would somebody please inform our pastor about this... instructions directly from Rome! Maybe we should stage an "angry women" protest here, too! We could make some posters and picket after services on Holy Thursday... Call Ch-4, Ch-5 and The Monitor! It worked for the women up in Boston!
Also see our previous post (and comments) of 3/10/05: "Holy Thursday".
Fundraiser Ticket Sales
What is going on within our parish?
It seems that there is no scheduling of food fundraisers by the various organizations. In the past month I have been approached 4 times to buy a Bar-B-Q plate for one group or another and last Sunday, March 13th, 2 different groups (the Middle School Youth and the Catholic Daughters) were selling Bar-B-Q plate tickets after mass.
How can either group expect to make their fundraising goal if they are in competition with other organizations? I also see that the ACTS ministry has a weekly Friday Fish Fry during Lent. I have heard a rumor that this coming Friday - Good Friday - a day of Fast and Abstinence - the ACTS group will be frying up their fishy wares again??
The over use of this type of fundraising has to change or no group will be able to have a successful food fundraiser because every one will get fed up with it all.
A Fed Up Parishioner.
Stations of the Cross
Our now disbanded Peace and Justice Commission will again sponsor its annual Way of the Cross through downtown McAllen. Official Parish sanction of this annual event has not been granted by our pastor, but we ask that you overlook that fact and participate anyway. This prayer event will begin at noon on Friday at Archer Park and will proceed through the downtown area for the 14 Stations, ending back at Archer Park at about 2:30.
This prayer offering brings to light the ways in which the sufferings of Jesus continues today in the poor and oppressed, reflecting on such issues as the death penalty, addictions, homelessness, unemployment, immigration, health care, and war and peace.This is a good way for the entire family to pray together on this holy day. Wear your walking shoes and bring drinking water! Also, rice, beans, canned food, etc. to drop off at the Food Pantry on the way.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Our New Gold Vessels are Here.