"Together in Christ"

Incarnation Family Newsletter
March 2009

Dear Family,

The beautiful season of Lent is a time when we try to see and appreciate anew the many signs of God’s love. As we yearn to welcome the dawn of springtime, we also look to this time of Lent as a time to ready ourselves for growth. It is a time to reflect on the mystery of God’s presence in our lives. It is a time that challenges us to experience times of prayer and feel its comfort and nourishment. Lent calls us to look deep within, beyond all the hustle and bustle of family life and focus on the journey of Jesus: His days of prayer and fasting in the desert and the long, painful journey to Calvary. Perhaps it is a call for change, a call for repentance, a call to forgiveness. Let us look at the root of our souls and call forth the blossom of creation in ourselves and one another.

There are many opportunities during this Holy season to join others in worship and prayer. At each entrance to the Church you will find a Lenten bulletin entitled “God is Rich in Mercy.” It is a wonderful resource for the family. The Sacrament of Reconciliation can become a family outing. It is a time to pause and seek the healing graces offered to us through this beautiful sacrament. Daily Mass takes place at 9:00am. Stop and pay a visit to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel for a time of quiet reflection. Make a special effort to worship each week. Parents lead by example and it is a true statement when I say that family life needs Christ at its center. Booklets for the Stations of the Cross will be available in the church for your private devotion. The children will be educated in the Liturgies of Holy Week. Please attend these most beautiful liturgies. (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday). Come, be refreshed, and be renewed. Children truly learn about the center of their faith through these beautiful liturgies.

Let Us Become a People of Hope!

Noranne Wamester
Pastoral Associate

The Sacrament of Reconciliation was celebrated on January 24th . It was a celebration of forgiveness and healing. Thank you to Father Moran and our visiting priests, our awesome catechists and our parent community for preparing the children so well. Continue the practice of receiving this sacrament.

The Sacrament of First Eucharist will be celebrated on Saturday, April 25th at 10:00am and Saturday, May 2nd at 10:00am.

Retreat for First Eucharist: Saturday, March 7, 2009 Noon-2:00pm Father Crawford Hall
The children who are receiving First Communion will gather for a special retreat to prepare for this most beautiful sacrament.

Family Pizza Supper Families and First Communion children will gather together to break bread and celebrate on Friday evening, March 13th at 5:30pm in Father Crawford Hall. The Catholic Book Store will open up a mini-store on stage for your convenience. Beautiful gifts for First Communion can be purchased. Each family will receive a 20% coupon that may be used for one item.

Third and Fourth Grade Retreats have been cancelled. There are many reasons for this decision. The St. Patrick’s Day parade is on March 14th and that event is hard to compete with. There was also a time conflict with Bret Nichols. So, next year the retreats will be for Grade 2 and grades 5-8 only. Next year, grades 3 and 4 will have a special segment in their regular curriculum on Healthy Choices for the Young Christian. Many in grade 5 missed their wonderful retreat. Remember, this modality is part of our curriculum. Parents, please be mindful that you must call the Formation Office to tell us that your child is going to be absent from a religious formation class or a retreat.

Soup for the Children will be hosted by our Confirmation candidates on Sunday evening March 1st at 5:00pm in Father Crawford Hall. This year it will benefit for Kid’s Café, an adjunct of the House of Bread for children. Please support this outreach. Sister Kristin, a sister of St. Joseph prepares 300 meals daily for the children in Hartford. All proceeds will benefit her ministry to the children.

Incarnation Website: The website will officially launched on March 15th. (YEAH) We are very grateful to Marco Pace for his incredible guidance and wisdom to make this a reality. We also thank Jeff McBride for working with Marco. This will be an excellent resource for our parish family. The website address will be in the bulletin on March 15th.

Is there a ministry for you? There are many beautiful ministries in our parish. Check out our new website and please look at the ministries that may interest you. It would be wonderful to see younger people (adults) and altar servers (children) involved in our faith community. Pray about becoming more involved in our parish life.