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Lent IV, Laetare Sunday

March 2, 2008 – Lent IV – Laetare
Today is Rose or Laetare Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Lent. The Rose vestments, flowers and organ are emblematic of joy at the closeness of Easter. Fr. Cekada and Fr. Saavedra will hear confessions today before and during the morning Masses. This Sunday is also the First Sunday of the Month. Our Special Second Collection is for: Seminary Support. The Blessing of Religious Articles follows all Masses.

Alter Christus
The “little church” is in the vestibule this morning. The ushers are collecting alms for the Alter Christus Confraternity to support priests who might not otherwise receive help. Please be generous.

Sorrowful Mother Novena
We are now in the seventh week of our Novena to the Sorrowful Mother with the Blessing of the Sick. This devotion takes place every Friday evening after the Stations of the Cross and Sermon. Call or mail in to the office the first names of those who are sick, and those for whom you would like us to pray.

First Friday
The intention of our All Night Adoration for the First Friday in Lent is: In Reparation to the Sacred Heart of the Holy Child Jesus, Doctor of the Sick, for the healing of both soul and body for all the members of our parish. Adoration Continues All Night.

Stations In Lent
At 3:00 PM on Wednesday, we offer the traditional Children’s Stations of the Cross and Holy Communion.
At 7:30 PM every Friday in Lent we offer the Stations of the Cross, Sermon, Sorrowful Mother Novena and Blessing of the Sick, Benediction and Holy Communion.

Next Sunday
Next Sunday is the Second Sunday of the Month. At approximately 12:45 PM a delicious Sunday Spaghetti Dinner will be offered as a little fund raiser – $5/adults; $3/children; $20/family – followed at 2:00 PM by the Medieval mystery play The Judgement, presented by the students, staff and volunteers of St. Gertrude the Great School.

Next Sunday is also Time Change Sunday – Daylight Savings Time Begins. Please remember “spring forward for Spring” and set your clocks one hour ahead before you go to bed Saturday night. If you forget, you could awaken too late to be at the Mass you normally would attend.

Set your missal: March 9th. Passion Sunday with the commemoration of St. Frances of Rome, W. Psalm 42 omitted at Prayers at the Foot of the Altar. Doxology (Glory Be) omitted. Pref: Holy Cross.

Requiescat in Pace
Our prayers and sympathy are extended to the family and friends of Mrs. Rita Brueggemann who died this past Wednesday morning and was buried from this church yesterday. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her, may she rest in peace. Amen.

Lenten Reading
As is our custom, all children are reminded to be reading a good book this Lent. During Easter, hand in your book report to Bishop Dolan. Adults, are welcome to do the same.

Volunteers Needed!!!
Saturday, March 8th: PLEASE NOTE: Next Saturday is the day we cover all the statues and pictures in church. We need a good crew of volunteers – both men and women – to get the job done. The covers will be ironed, marked and ready for hanging.

Spaghetti Dinner & A Play Sunday, March 9th
Join us at 12:45 PM for a delicious Spaghetti Dinner that is being offered as a little fund raiser: $5/adult; $3/children; $20/family. At 2:00 PM the students, staff and volunteers of St. Gertrude the Great School present The Judgement, a Medieval mystery play that’s a “You done it” not a “Who done it.” All parishioners are invited to enjoy this delicious, delightful and entertaining annual Lenten tradition. It makes for a great family afternoon at church. Please come and join us.