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Dear Parishioners:

Goodbye to the Alleluias, the Gloria and the green vestments and hello to the Penitential Purple of Lent!

Lent began last Wednesday with the ashes and will continue for five Lenten Sundays followed by Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Sunday which is April 5 this year.  The Council of Nicea in 325 AD decided that Easter would always be the first Sunday after the first full moon following the March equinox. The earliest possible Easter is March 22 and the latest possible April 25.  We follow the Gregorian calendar while Eastern Christianity uses the Julian calendar leading to different dates for Easter.

No matter how we calculate it, Lent is an extraordinary opportunity for us.  It’s our time to focus on Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.  The Gospel tells us how to do these practices – quietly, privately and without fanfare.  We are to change ourselves from the inside out.  This means that our thoughts, prayers, attitudes, intentions, desires, goals etc. etc. all are to be examined.  Then, we are to change if necessary to reflect the life change Jesus calls us to.  Lent is to purge us of our selfishness.  I am always delighted to see an uptick in the number coming to daily Mass.  We are a community on the journey.

Be sure to pick up the free booklet at the back of church.  “Returning to God” is the title by Henry Nouwen and it has a short meditation for each day of Lent.

It looks like we are off to a great start with the Together in Mission annual appeal that helps the financially struggling parishes and schools of our diocese.  Our goal is $119,700.00 Thanks to all who pledged last week and we hope to wrap up the pledges this weekend.

A blessed forty days of Lent to each one of you.

Father McNamara


View the photos from Father Dan Fox farewell liturgy on June 29, 2014.


Coming up
@ St. B's

Food Gathering:
March 14-15

Please bring your non-perishable items to benefit the Guadalupe Center food pantry.

Adult Faith Enrichment

Thursday March 5 @ 7:30pm:Lent with Fr. Martin

Bible Study Groups

 Parish Forms


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Prayer For Priestly Vocations
Prayed at the Ordination of
Fr. Eben McDonald and Fr. Nabor Rios
on June 3, 2012

Father, in every generation you provide ministers of Christ and the Church. We come before you now, asking that you call forth more men to serve our Archdiocese in the ministerial priesthood.
Give us priests who will lead and guide your holy people gathered by Word and Sacrament. Bless us with priestly vocations so that we can continue to be a truly Eucharistic Church, strengthened in our discipleship of Jesus Christ, your Only Son.
Raise up, we pray, men who are generous in their service, willing to offer their lives and all their gifts for your greater glory and for the good of your people.
We make our prayer in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, through Christ, Our Lord.



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