Our Lenten Schedule

Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Ashes will be distributed at following:
Mass - 8:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Morning Prayer - 7:15 AM
Noon Prayer - 12:05 PM

Lenten Weekday Masses
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday - 8:00 AM
Wednesday - 6:30 PM
Saturday - 8:30 AM

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Each Wednesday - 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM
followed by Vespers and Benediction

Stations of the Cross and Benediction
Fridays - 6:30 PM
followed by Soup and Sandwiches in the Notre Dame Room

Reconciliation (Confession)
Ash Wednesday following Noon Prayer
Saturdays - 3:30 PM
Penance Service, March 27th - 7:15 PM
Anytime by appointment

Lenten Note From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners, Alumni, and Friends,

I can hardly believe that it is almost Lent. We have just finished taking the Christmas decorations down in Church and here we are on the doorstep of Ash Wednesday. In preparation for Ash Wednesday, we will be burning old palms on Sunday, February 11th.

Lent is linked by two themes, the baptismal and the penitential. It is a time of purification and enlightenment, a time for the parish to join a spirit of repentance and conversion. We who are baptized, even if we do not remember our baptism, can prepare to renew the baptismal promises made for us by our parents. This season shakes us out of our baptismal complacency to remember our ongoing conversion journey, the already and the not yet.

Mary's complete confidence in Jesus was rewarded that day when he turned water into wine. What must the servants have thought when Jesus instructed them to fill the water jugs to the brim? After all, what was needed was wine, not more water. But with Mary's confidence in Jesus combined with the servant's obedience to a puzzling command, a miracle happened.

Isn't that what we hope for this Lent: more faith in Jesus and obedience to his Word so that our lives can be transformed? The words of Jesus were sometimes spoken to a crowd of people and sometimes to individuals. But the miracle of scripture is that, in these words, Jesus is also talking to us, right now. Sometimes His words are comforting; reminding us how much God loves us. Sometimes His words are challenging, reminding us that we are to take up our cross and live the Gospel in our lives. Either way, the words of Jesus will bring us to eternal life.

This Lent, gather as a family to listen to the words fo scripture, reflect on them together. Your daily Lenten prayer will strengthen you to follow Jesus in all that you do. May Jesus take the water of our daily lives in this holy season and change it into the wine of eternal life.

Wishing you a grace filled and prayerful Lenten Season,

Father Paschal A. Morlino, O.S.B.
Pastor

Advent Notes from the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

In just a few days, we will be ending the present church year and beginning a new one. This upcoming church year will mark our 125th Anniversary as a parish, and we are planning several different celebrations. A committee has begun planning for this momentous event in our parish history.

We begin this new year with Advent, that sacred season of Anticipation and expectation in which we come to terms with the deepest yearning of our soul - a yearning fulfilled only in Jesus Christ. As we wait for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas, let us turn over to him all the false satisfaction - the compromises - of our life. To live Advent is to live in awareness of a Presence that changes us. Our Advent preparation is marked by vigilance - custody of the heart, in which we keep our soul fixed on the Lord. For what we see incarnate in the infant Jesus we desire for ourselves: purity, innocence, and child-likeness restored.  In the birth of this Child, we know the promises of our own spiritual rebirth. 

As always,
In Christ and St. Benedict,

Fr. Paschal Morlino, O.S.B.
Pastor

2018 Calendar Coming Soon!

Saint Benedict Parish is working with Printing Center USA to print our 125th Anniversary calendar for 2018. The calendar will make a great gift! 

Please consider Printing Center USA for your printing needs. They offer great tools and support to help with your projects. Click here to visit their website or below for your project needs.

Benedictine Annual Appeal - Thank You!

The Benedictine monks of SaintVincent Archabbey wish to express their deepest gratitude for the parish's generous response to their Annual Appeal. With such a benevolent response, the parishioners of Saint Benedict have joined the Benedictine community in serving the Church through the monks' various pastoral, educational, and missionary endeavors locally and throughout the world. Thank you for your generous support! 

Benedict's Pantry Thanks You!

Our Pantry would like to take a moment to thank the parishioners who generously donated school supplies (and sent prayers) to this year's Back Pack Distribution. We successfully distributed 125 backpacks to children who live in the community. With these supplies, the children will begin their school year with some of the basic tools they need to help them succeed.

A Message From Fr. Paschal

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Benedict,

Time is here again for us to announce the upcoming events of the fall and winter, as well as to bring you up to date on some things going on in and around the parish.

At present the gardens around the parish are quite lush and in full bloom, the veggies are beginning to produce abundantly, tomatoes, squash, pepper, eggplants, and cucumbers all surrounded by crepe myrtles in various shades. It is a most welcoming sight to behold.

Our radio station: WVTO 92.7 FM is now broadcasting 24 hours a day. It is beamed from atop the bell tower of the church with a 6 mile radius, mainly Relevant Radio programming, very fine Catholic Talk Radio. We make announcements and breaks for local news and information. It is sponsored by tax deductible donations made out to WVTO at our address.

The ten-year project of replacing the windows in the Parish Center is now 90% complete. The monies from the Window Fund Raffle have accomplished this major undertaking. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE BOUGHT TICKETS OVER THE YEARS. 

Our next major undertaking will be the installation of a drainage system and the resurfacing of the parking areas in and around the Parish Center and the Church, all of which are badly needed.

In the neighborhood, we will soon be seeing the opening of the Frederick Elementary School in September which will be hi-tech and up to date in every way; it will also be a charter school with many special features made available to the local students. It has been a tremendous undertaking by the City to bring education up to par. 

During this 100th Anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, there have been special prayer events at the grotto and in Church. I will be remembering all of you in my prayers when I am in Fatima with our pilgrimage group on the 13th of October.

At the end of June, we had the good fortune to have a visiting priest move into the rectory with us. Rev. Agapitus Businge from Uganda. He will be here for approximately two years working on his dissertation for his PhD from Catholic University in DC. Fr. Agapitus has been a great asset to the parish since his arrival.

Our Friday Night free movies this summer have been excellent with such a great variety of films and very good ones too. Everyone who has attended has truly enjoyed them. This is an effort of our evangelization team to reach out to the neighborhood.

Yours in Christ and St. Benedict,

Fr. Paschal Morlino, O.S.B.
Pastor

St. Agnes Hospital Volunteers

Saint Agnes Hospital is looking for parish Eucharistic Ministers to bring Holy Communion to Catholics at our hospital. We will work with your schedule.  Please consider bringing the gift of peace and comfort found in the Eucharist to those who yearn for such hope.  For an application packet call or email Michelle Slafkosky, Manager of Volunteer Services, at 667-234-2817 or mslafkos@stagnes.org.