Bishop Hartmayer has given us permission to hire a contractor and an architect for our project. Our building committee has decided to hire Chris R. Sheridan as our contractor and Azar & Walsh as our architects. Sheridan and Azar & Walsh were the firms who constructed our church. We are now in the process of trying to tweak the project to fit our budget. This process will take several months. Thank you for your generosity and support.
Please look for further updates on our web site.
I pray that your Lent is going well. We are over halfway through Lent and are closing in on Easter. Today's Gospel speaks of the fact that God loves us so much that he sent his only son, Jesus, to bring us salvation. Jesus brings light into a dark world so that we may have eternal life. This gives us hope and encouragement as we continue to look at our lives during this Lent and continue to clear out those things that keep us from the Lord. And one way to help clean our lives of sin is to go to confession. This Tuesday, Mar 17, Sacred Heart will have its Lenten Penance Service. It is an opportunity to come together in prayer and go to the sacrament of Penance.
Some have asked how the seminary is going and what is ahead for me. The seminary is going well and I am looking forward to finishing of another year this spring. Starting in the fall I'll be taking a pastoral year. This year seminarians have a break in their studies and they spend the year at a parish within the Diocese of Savannah. I am looking forward to being back in the Diocese for that year. After that year I will only have two more years of seminary until I am ordained a priest.
Please take care and I look forward to seeing you during Holy Week and Easter. Please pray for me as I continue on this journey and as always, you remain in my prayers.
Some of us are wheeler dealers; some of us are not. Some of us look forward to negotiating with the salesman when we trade cars; some of would rather walk on burning colas without shoes than wheel or deal. The temple, in Jesus' time was a place for making deals. People had to buy animals for sacrifice and exchange their Roman coinage for the Jewish shekel. But the deal went beyond the buyers and the sellers preparing for worship. The danger was that people regarded God as part of the deal as well.
This weekend is the Third Sunday of Lent! Seems like it was just Ash Wednesday! So, how is your Lent going? Have you made the effort to spend more time in prayer? Have you fasted from something? Given alms? There is still time if you haven't made the kind of progress that you had hoped for way back on Ash Wednesday.
Who needs Lent? I do, you do, we all do. We need this holy season of "Spring Cleaning". Time to look behind the nooks and crannies of our hearts and see the dust balls of sinful habits that have gathered there. Time to get out the stringent cleanser of penance and fasting to clean up our act.