Father McDonald is a member of the United States Province of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. Father recently completed two six-year terms as the Superior General of his community. He is now residing at Sacred Heart Villa, in Central Valley, PA. As he begins a new stage of his priestly life Father McDonald will be focusing on retreat work. Father McDonald has a connection to our parish as he is a cousin of one of our parishioners, Shannon Williams, who this year is serving as the Chairperson of our Parish Pastoral Council. As we welcome Father McDonald I hope that you take the opportunity to participate in this retreat. We are fast approaching Holy Week, may we use these days of retreat to help prepare us to reflect on the sacred mysteries of our faith.
Below is the schedule for the retreat which will be held at St. Patrick Church in Moravia. Each evening a soup supper will be offered at 6:30p.m., in the parish hall, followed by the evening sessions that will begin in the church at 7:00p.m. If you cannot attend all four sessions please feel free to attend when you are able. The Tuesday evening session will be a Communal Penance Service. If you haven’t take an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Penance this Lent, this will be another opportunity to do so.
Next Sunday is Palm Sunday when we begin Holy Week during which time we celebrate the Triduum, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil, the most sacred days of the church year. If you have never participated in the church liturgy on those days, I encourage you and your families to do so this year. I remember as a young boy attending Holy Thursday and Good Friday services and they had a profound effect on my understanding of my faith. Like most youngsters I often had complained that the Mass was the same each week. Well I could not say the same about the Holy Thursday and Good Friday Liturgies, they were quite different and they helped to stir up my faith. To this day I look forward to these special liturgies that help usher in the new life that awaits us.
God’s blessing and peace, Father Bill