One of my favorite things to do is to go to the movies and one night last week I went to the RaleighGrande, with its assigned, reclining, I-may-fall-asleep-if-this-chair-tilts-backeven-further seating, to see a new movie called “Hostiles.” It’s set in the American West in 1892 in New Mexico, Colorado, Montana and all those wide open spaces; it’s the story of an American captain who is ordered to escort a Cheyenne Indian and his family to Montana. He doesn’t want to do it because they share a violent past with each other. The story of their
journey north and what they encounter along the way asks, in some way, who really are the hostiles? In what way are we asked to look inside our own souls at our actions and motives? And when we encounter someone else, someone different, along the way, what possibilities of reconciliation and peace might emerge?
Franciscan, in that sense. Well worth seeing!

And a beautiful story in the newspaper last week written by a professor at Duke University named Kate Bowler, who writes about what it’s like to receive a cancer diagnosis, how to go about one’s life after receiving that news, and how difficult it is sometimes for people to know what to say. She writes, “a lot of Christians like to remind me that heaven is my true home, which makes me want to ask them, would you like to go home before me? Maybe now?” She goes on to write about what her sister says to her on one particularly hard day,“Yes, the world is changed, dear one, but do not be afraid. You will not disappear. I am here. You are loved,you are loved.” Her sister, along with others she writes about, “hold her to the present” – a genuine ministry of presence, a mirroring of the presence of Jesus among the many people He encounters throughout the gospels. A reminder that we are in the midst of our 2018 Bishop’s Annual Appeal, and thank you to all who have responded with donations. This weekend we welcome Rick Miller-Harraway from Catholic Charities who speaks about the importance of the BAA for the ongoing work of Catholic Charities. Many thanks as well to all who brought supplies for our migrant ministry. Migrants are often invisible in our midst, doing the hard work of harvesting in our fields and we are grateful for the response from our parish.

Thank you as well to all who have contributed toward our new church roof. The estimate for having the work done is just over $100,000 and we have received well over $80,000 to this point. The money we raise for the new roof allows us to preserve funds in our overall Reserve Maintenance fund for other projects on our campus.

Lent begins this week.

Check the bulletin for the Ash Wednesday service schedule. Also, please note that on
Thursday, February 22 we will be hosting a Town Hall meeting to discuss the results of our recent parish survey. One morning session at 9:30, one evening session at 7:00pm. Details to come.

Blessings on your week!

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