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Ash Wednesday Schedule: Masses at 8:30am & 7:00pm; Distribution of ashes at noon.
Two weeks ago we experienced the GREAT ICE STORM of 2016. Our main concern was and is the safety of our parishioners. We are very grateful to God that no one who came to Mass was injured. We spent a considerable sum having professionals de-ice our parking lot and sidewalks. Volunteers also helped for which we are very grateful. Many of our parishioners could not make it to Mass because of the bad roads, which is perfectly understandable. Because of the extra expense of de-icing, and the lost revenue from low Mass attendance, our budget took a major hit that weekend. Therefore, we are asking everyone who could not make it to Mass to mail in or bring in your offertory contribution for that week. This would be a tremendous help to your parish and we thank you for your consideration.
The Bull will be posted here in parts every week.
To see the enire Bull click on the following Diocese of Raleigh link
BULL OF INDICTION
OF THE EXTRAORDINARY
JUBILEE OF MERCY
BISHOP OF ROME
SERVANT OF THE SERVANTS OF GOD
TO ALL WHO READ THIS LETTER
GRACE, MERCY, AND PEACE
3. At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.
The Holy Year will open on 8 December 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This liturgical feast day recalls God’s action from the very beginning of the history of mankind. After the sin of Adam and Eve, God did not wish to leave humanity alone in the throes of evil. And so he turned his gaze to Mary, holy and immaculate in love (cf. Eph 1:4), choosing her to be the Mother of man’s Redeemer. When faced with the gravity of sin, God responds with the fullness of mercy. Mercy will always be greater than any sin, and no one can place limits on the love of God who is ever ready to forgive. I will have the joy of opening the Holy Door on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. On that day, the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instils hope.
On the following Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, the Holy Door of the Cathedral of Rome – that is, the Basilica of Saint John Lateran – will be opened. In the following weeks, the Holy Doors of the other Papal Basilicas will be opened. On the same Sunday, I will announce that in every local church, at the cathedral – the mother church of the faithful in any particular area – or, alternatively, at the co-cathedral or another church of special significance, a Door of Mercy will be opened for the duration of the Holy Year. At the discretion of the local ordinary, a similar door may be opened at any shrine frequented by large groups of pilgrims, since visits to these holy sites are so often grace-filled moments, as people discover a path to conversion. Every Particular Church, therefore, will be directly involved in living out this Holy Year as an extraordinary moment of grace and spiritual renewal. Thus the Jubilee will be celebrated both in Rome and in the Particular Churches as a visible sign of the Church’s universal communion.
If you haven't completed the questions for St. Luke's Gospel the questions are on the Faith Formation page of this website - click here.