Okay. So here we go; winter in Western New York. As any veteran of these parts will tell you we’re in for four months of cold and snow. The exact severity of these is unknown at this point, although some reports tell us of a milder winter due to our friend El Nino.
If you’re planning a trip South for warmer climates – good for you. Safe trip. If you’re like the rest of us …pull up your collar and let’s soldier on.
Here are some thoughts about the next four months at Holy Trinity and how we might spend them growing in God’s grace.
+ Join us Saturday, January 16, for Christ On The Fringe. The usual pot luck supper will be followed by a discussion of Finding Christ in Sickness. Special presentations by a doctor and a Catholic Chaplain will explore the physical and spiritual difficulties of those seriously ill. Help for their caregivers will be discussed as well.
+ On Saturday, January 23, from 10 am. to 8 pm., all couples to be married are invited to our Pre-Cana Conference. We’ll talk and laugh and eat together as these couples prepare for their married life.
+ Calling all Teenagers. On Sunday, January 24 at 5 pm there will be a special Mass for Young People. Parents, teens get to sleep in that morning, but only if they join Fr. Tim for mass that evening. It will be a special liturgy using youth lectors, servers, Eucharistic ministers. The homily will be for teens with an opportunity for them to share their own thoughts on the readings. Pizza and youth group planning will follow in the Gathering Space. (Parents get your teens there!)
+ Saturday, February 6, will be a fun night in the gym. We’re calling it “Catholics Can Be Funny . . . Sometimes.” Pot Luck Supper at 5 pm. followed by Sr. Pat Schoelles who will help us see the lighter side of our faith and gather comments from us about how we want to learn more about living the faith.
+ Strong Catholic Families/Strong Catholic Youth. Sunday, February 28, (noon to 3 pm.), parents of school age children (grade school through high school) are strongly encouraged to join us to hear how they can share their own faith with their children. Learn what the latest studies show us about what our young people hunger for. You’ll be surprised! They want to hear about God! So often parents get “tongue tied” when talking about their own faith. The heart is willing but the words just don’t come. This one is for you!!
+ Then of course there’s Lent (Ash Wednesday is Feb. 10) leading to Holy Week and Easter (March 20 – 27).
So stay with us. Help us through these winter months. We need you. You need us.
God bless you as we begin our winter journey.
“We constantly need to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends upon it.”
(Pope Francis, MV.2)