Hearts on Fire: Encounter Jesus and Embrace God's Kingdom
St. Margaret Mary joins with the whole Church in celebrating the Lenten Season. We invite you to participate in the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Please join in our parish's various activities to aid us in our Lenten journey, as we prepare to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Please see our Lent 2017 Calendar, which lists our many parish events during Lent.Please also see our parish Lenten Practices, which offers many ideas to participate further in our journey together.
“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,” the psalmist implores God, “and cleanse me from my sin.” Yet, the task of washing or cleansing is not God's work alone. Christians know the difficulty of acknowledging personal sin, humbly seeking God's merciful forgiveness, and making the necessary changes to avoid sin in the future.
For this reason, you are invited to a communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Approximately one hour long, this service will include an examination of conscience, the opportunity for private confession, and a ritual with cleansing and life-giving water. Please join the parish community for this Lenten prayer and enter into the work of washing away the sins of everyday life.
During this whole year our parish is focusing on our call to encounter Jesus and let him light our hearts on fire. This is the very purpose of the Church’s Holy Week liturgy. Living in the paschal mystery is the very origin of liturgy. Once a year the whole Church puts everything else on hold and prayerfully accompanies Jesus as he willingly offers his life for others. The more we are in tune with the rich contents of our Holy Triduum ritual, the more we can live the mystery of our faith. The mysteries of our faith do not take suffering away but they do reveal the meaning in suffering and help us respond to it in a faithful, holy and life-affirming way.
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New Mass Schedule Begins in June
As most of you are aware, during the past several summers at St. Margaret Mary, we have dropped the 12:30 PM Mass because of the summer schedules and travel of our parishioners and the availability of priests to help on weekends. Over the past several months, with the consultation of the Pastoral Council, Liturgy development, The Christian Worship Commission and the pastoral staff, it has been decided to change our weekend Mass schedule, rather than just dropping the last Mass. Beginning on the first weekend of June, the new schedule will be 5 PM on Saturday, and 8 AM, 10 AM and 12 PM on Sunday. The new schedule is not just for the summer, but will continue in the fall.
As many of you know, it is getting more and more difficult to find priests available to help our parish on the weekends. Also, our attendance has dropped, like many parishes, so maintaining the current Mass schedule is not feasible. A number of our surrounding parishes have already, or are considering, reducing the number of weekend Masses they provide in response to Bishop Conlon's request that all parishes review their Mass schedules and discern if their current schedule is the best use of the their resources. All of this was considered in making this decision.
Any change can be a bit disruptive, but we hope you will find this new schedule provides for the needs of our parish, builds a stronger sense of community, and reduce the stress on our pastor and weekend assistants.
Come Encounter Jesus
Embrace His Kingdom
Parish Theme and Calling 2015-17
As a worshipping Roman Catholic parish family we are guided by a collegial partnership of laity, pastor, and ministerial staff. Together we seek to foster spiritual growth through the active practice of Christianity. By the sharing of our God-given talents and resources with all God's people we strive for peace and justice as the "Parish with Heart."