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msgrfetscherDear Family,
A co-worker of mine had a great insight: “I can hardly stand watching what is happening in Ukraine, but I feel guilty if I turn it off.” (Annie has the brilliance in this operation.)

Boy, did that strike a chord with me. You feel helpless, but you know you can’t simply tune it out. Once again, we find ourselves on our knees, or as close to that as you can get when you are 80.

Does prayer work? Well, I guess if rockets are flying into your apartment building you might wonder. On the most basic level, standing at a distance from the Ukraine horrors, I find myself appealing to God for the people who may not even be able to think straight, much less pray. However, the more I see of the Ukrainians, the greater my admiration.

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Last Saturday, I had a first. It was the first time in my eleven years as your Pastor that no one came for 4:00 p.m. Saturday Reconciliation (good old confession). As I think about it, the people who do come are a few regulars. So, in reality the vast majority of you are not here.

Of course, we have been unable to do the communal Penance services for a while. Another thing we can blame on COVID.

So, I would like to correct that by inviting you to our Communal Celebration of Reconciliation on April 7th, the Thursday before Palm Sunday, at 6:30 p.m.

msgrfetscherDear Family,
By the second Sunday of Lent I am usually asking myself where did the first week go and how could I have missed doing the things I wanted to do, and “giving up” the things I wanted to give up.

Good news: that’s what the second week of Lent is for, to get it right.

In reality, isn’t that what our lives, especially our spiritual lives, are all about? Each day follows the previous with the hope that the direction of our journey is getting easier to see, if not always smoother to negotiate.

The following story is not told for sympathy. As some of you know, last week I got an attack of “flare arthritis” in my right wrist. Powerful throbbing unremitting pain. (Remember, I said no sympathy. Well, maybe a little...)

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Our hearts continue to ache with gnawing feelings of helplessness as we ponder and pray about the crises in Ukraine. We pray that the Lord will bind up and cast out the spirits of evil that chain hearts. We ask in our best sense of Catholic tradition that St. Michael the Archangel defend the good and just. How many pictures of children freezing in shelters will it take?

On this First Sunday of Lent, we bring out our banners with the special letters. PFA means we begin a time of Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. These are the special challenges we accept as we journey through Lent.

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