5th Week of Ordinary Time

Published on Feb 9th, 2012 by Austin Keith | 0

This Sunday we embark on the process of our new census so that we may better serve our
parishioners. You will find the new registration form to be very straight forward and easy to fill
out. I appreciate your patience in the process and trust that this will be as pain free as possible.

Fr. Peter left on this past Wednesday for his family home in Nigeria. Let us pray that he will
return to us well rested and rejuvenated. He will return on February 20th just in time for Ash
Wednesday which begins our Lenten Season.

Our Readings today reminds each of us about the importance of prayer and the need for some
quiet time in our individual lives. Even fatigue affected Jesus after the throngs of people kept
seeking him out. St. Mark’s Gospel tells us of Jesus returning home to familiar people, yet,
still inundated with the needs of the vast number of strangers seeking healing and remedy for
various ailments. With His strength zapped, He goes to a “deserted place”. We are told: “Rising
very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.”

Let us not let this year slip by without our recognizing the need to take care of ourselves;
spiritually, physically, and mentally. Just remember, even Jesus took some time away from the
noise of the crowds to be alone with His God, His Father.

God Bless,
Fr. John

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