Winter thoughts from Deacon John

Here in southern New England, we move quickly from worrying if the pipes are going to freeze to feeling like it is shirt sleeve weather. We are mindful of navigating the flu season, my hands are showing the signs of being washed so often.

Here are some observations of what is happening in our parish: we have had to order more copies of the bulletin to be delivered each week, as we are running out, especially at the Saint Agnes campus. This is only good news, as it means more and more of our neighbors are coming to Church. I hope you will all continue to be as warm and welcoming as you are so that any new member will feel welcome right from the start.

If you are new, you can register on our parish website as new parishioners. On the parish website, found on the cover of the bulletin, go to the parish life icon, and at the bottom, click on “Register as a New Parishioner”. Fill out the form, and email to the emails given on the website. You can sign up for envelopes this way as well.

Many of you use our on-line giving option, and it is available to anyone who wishes to sign up. Find the “Giving” icon in the upper right-hand corner of the website, click and then click on “Online Giving”. Follow the instructions to sign up. Thanks to all who constantly demonstrate their generosity to our parish.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which this year is March 6. Watch for the Lenten schedule which will be published in various media over the next several weeks. You may want to start thinking now of what Lenten practice you may choose this year. A positive practice of piety or service, such as adding daily Mass, more time for prayer, more generous giving to the poor are some of the ways you might consider. If you are thinking of what you might “give up” for Lent, and you’re not sure, ask someone who knows you well, they will not lack for good suggestions. God bless you all, and may God’s blessing increase in our parish.