CONFIRMATION NEXT WEEKEND – NOON MASS

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PASTOR’S COLUMN
CONFIRMATION NEXT WEEKEND – NOON MASS
Bishop Richard Lennon will be the presider at the Noon Mass next weekend,
February 23. We will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation for our high
school parishioners who have been engaged in a process of preparation over these
past several months. (Please Note: All in the parish are invited to attend this
celebration at the Noon Mass. For those who regularly attend the Noon Mass, so
you can adjust your schedules accordingly, Mass may be a bit longer than usual.)
If you remember, the Diocese was implementing a pilot program regarding
Confirmation. St. Brendan was part of that program along with about ten other
parishes. The program was employed to restore the order of the Sacraments of
Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and then Eucharist. For several years our
second graders were celebrating Confirmation and First Eucharist together at the
same Mass. This is not unusual. Many Eastern Rite Catholic Churches (Byzantine,
etc.) celebrate all three Sacraments together at Baptism. Therefore, they are fully
initiated members of the Church as infants rather than separating the Sacraments
over time as we do in the Western Rite.
That pilot program came to a conclusion a few years ago. The age of
Confirmation has remained at the junior high/high school level. Since all of our
grade school and PSR children were Confirmed as second graders, we have not
had the need to have a parish celebration of Confirmation for some time now. We
are blessed to have the presence of Bishop Lennon with us and we look forward
with our Confirmandi to a wonderful celebration of God’s gifted Holy Spirit being
confirmed and affirmed in their lives.
LENTEN PREPARATIONS
The Season of Lent begins on Wednesday, March 5, which is only a bit over two
weeks away. Now is the time to prepare. How is this upcoming season going to be
a different, out-of-the-ordinary time for you? How is it going to be a time to
PRAY more and spend more time with God? How is it going to be a time to
FAST from putting our attention into unnecessary things? How is it going to be a
time to GIVE our attention to what is most important and perhaps has been taken
for granted or even neglected? Now is the time to prepare and make some
personal decisions and choices as to how you are going to make Lent work for you
this year.
Some dates/times to put on your calendar that may help in making this time helpful
and different:
• The daily Mass schedule, see the front of the bulletin
• Confession schedule: Diocesan Wide Celebration of Reconciliation from
5:00-8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 12; Cluster Communal Penance
hosted at St. Brendan at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 26; Holy Week
Confessions Noon-1:00 P.M. on Monday, April 14, or 7:00-8:00 P.M. on
Wednesday, April 16…and of course, every Saturday from 3:30-4:30 P.M.
• Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent in the church at 7:00 P.M.
• Elyria Catholic High School at St. Brendan leading the “Living Stations of the
Cross” on Sunday, April 6, at 7:00 P.M.