Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Thanks to Fr. Bill’s inspiring homily last week, and the urging of the Holy Spirit many have signed up to participate in Small Christian Communities.  There is still room for plenty more to be a part of this worthwhile way to deepen our faith in Jesus.  What a great way to give yourself the gift of Jesus this Lent.

I ask for your prayers for healing.  On Wednesday evening, February 1 as I was rushing to get to a pastoral council meeting, I twisted my ankle and came down with the force of my weight on my foot, severely dislocating the ankle and breaking my foot in several places.  Thanks to the good care of EMT’s, doctors, nurses, caregivers and especially my surgeon Dr. Paul Kerner (who I had the privilege of baptizing here a few years ago through RCIA) I have completed two surgeries and am beginning the process of healing.  I expect to be walking again without crutches by Easter.  Though I am not one to naturally sit still, this has forced me to slow down and take time to be attentive to so much that I previously have taken for granted.  I am especially grateful to the friars and pastoral staff who are so capably fulfilling my responsibilities.  As soon as I am able to stand long enough to celebrate the Eucharist, I look forward to being back in Church with you.  As the Season of Lent approaches, it is a natural time of retreat and renewal for us as a Church, and will be for me in a particular way as I get back on my feet again.



The mosaics of Sts. Francis and Clare on façade of St. Mary of the Angels Chapel were blessed by Bishop Burbidge on Tuesday, January 31.  They were made possible by parishioners who wanted to do something special in addition to their generous GIFT pledge.  The inspiration for the design of Francis and Clare comes from renderings in the basilica of St. Francis in Assisi by the artist Cimabue.  The mosaics were created exclusively by hand without the use of machinery or computer processes in a little town called Pietrasanta, located in the Tuscan region of Italy.  The Favret family has been making mosaics there since 1933.  Today two brothers, Fabiano and Paolo, run the family business and were responsible for creating our mosaics.  The Favret brothers’ enthusiastic, active desire to carry on this thousand year old art with dedication gives them justifiable pride for this long family tradition.  We are fortunate to be beneficiaries of their fine craftsmanship, today and for many generations to come.











In the peace of Christ,
Fr. Mark

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