Season of Lent
We began the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday by imposing ashes on our foreheads as a reminder that our lives on this earth are only for a short while. We strive to become closer to God and to be good stewards of our souls. Lent gives us opportunities through its services to focus on our relationship with God, and spend more time with our Creator. Let us look for ways to put our faith into practice through our community service projects. If you need examples or ideas, please contact us.
The Future Direction model of our Church recommends having a retreat in Lent to gather the faithful together. The following retreats have been scheduled - Cental Seniorate on March 2, Western Seniorate (Milwaukee parishes) on March 9, and Eastern Seniorate on March 16. Parishes that are remote can consider having a retreat within their parish. May we gather in an atmosphere where we can withdraw from the distractions of the world around us and focus on our spirituality, if only for a little while.
Chrism Mass / Blessing of Oils
This year’s Mass of Chrism will be held on Holy Tuesday, March 26 at 4pm (eastern time) at Holy Cross Parish in Hamtramck, Michigan. Prime Bishop Anthony will be the celebrant with the priests of our diocese as con-celebrants. Clergy who would like to attend are asked to let me know by March 12, so that we can adequately prepare.
Mission and Evangelism Workshop
This year’s Mission and Evangelism Workshop will be held at St. Barbara Parish in Houtzdale, PA April 12 - 14. The theme is The Ambassador’s Toolbox, with an emphasis on equipping the faithful to have the “tools” they need to be ambassadors for our parishes. Information about this event is now available. Please contact us so that it can be emailed to you!
Clergy Retreat and Conference
This year’s clergy retreat and conference will be held at the Joseph and Mary Retreat House in Mundelein, IL May 13 to 15. All pastors and administrators within driving distance are asked to attend at least on May 14. Reserve clergy and deacons are also invited to attend, though not required. Registration materials will be sent out in March. Please reserve the dates and I hope we will be able to see each other there!
God’s Field Easter Ads
Our national Newsletter God’s Field is seeking ads for its Easter issue. A request was sent to each parish. Please take an opportunity to submit an ad. If you need help or cannot locate the ad request, please contact us.
Our diocesan Synod will be held October 15 and 16 at All Saints Cathedral in Chicago. We are planning our Synod to be efficient and affordable for the participants, where it will be possible to stay just one night at a hotel, for those who wish. The theme for this year’s Synod is “Built on the Rock.” More information will follow.
In case you haven't seen it, a presentation about the beliefs of our church is on YouTube and can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vUfb9PWgzE . It is well done and objective, by a group that examines the beliefs of churches. After looking at it, please feel free to share it with your parishioners, and place the link on your website and facebook pages!
Central Seniorate Lent Retreat
Western Seniorate Lent Retreat
March 12 and 13
PNCC Doctrine Commission meeting in Scranton, PA
Eastern Seniorate Lent Retreat
April 8 to 10
PNCC National Liturgy Commission meeting in Scranton, PA
Nat. Mission & Evangelism Workshop
in Houtsdale, PA
PNCC Scholars Conference
Diocesan Clergy Retreat / Conference
PNC / RC Dialogue meeting
St. Louis, MO
YMSR Men's Spiritual Retreat
June 21-23, 2024, 2024
Diocesan United Circle Choirs
Convention and Concert in the Milwaukee area
July 1-7, 2024
Kurs Camp in Waymart, PA
July 8-12, 2024
National Youth Convocation
October 15 & 16, 2024
Diocesan Synod at All Saints Cathedral