It is hard to believe we are already at the 3rd Sunday of Lent; we are closing in on the halfway point in this season soon! Since I have been gone for the last week in Florida, I thought I’d give you a few reflections on that time away from here. First of all, I certainly missed all of you and I missed the parish! I know everything here was running smoothly because you are fortunate to have one of finest parish staffs in the Diocese available for your needs/concerns. Second, I know at this point we have already exceeded our Bishop’s Appeal goal, which happened in only five weeks! Thank you so very much for your generosity and promptness! The only goal we need to accomplish yet is to get to 500 gifts. This should not be difficult, based on the number of registered parishioners we have here at Prince of Peace. More importantly, whenever there is a task to be done here, we all need to be a part of it; waiting for someone else to “take care of things” – especially financially – is not what God asks of us. God asks for us to share our blessings with others, so if you have not yet donated, please consider giving to the Appeal today!
While we were on vacation, Mary and I attended Mass at St. Leo the Great in Bonita Springs, FL. This is a very impressive structure that seats well over a thousand people. The Mass we attended was almost at capacity! I realize they have many visitors attending Mass there, but I couldn’t help but picture Prince of Peace with every seat taken. The Mass IS Heaven coming to earth, and if we can understand and comprehend this, every seat should be taken on the weekend!
How so very blessed each one of us is to be here! Thank you for blessing me with your presence!
- Deacon Jeff