From the Pastor’s Desk – February 18, 2018

St. Genevieve Parish Lenten Opportunities

I invite all of you to take advantage of the varied Lenten prayer and worship opportunities offered to our parish community this year, including the Sacrament of Penance and Stations of the Cross on Wednesday nights, and I’m adding weekly Stations of the Cross on Fridays at noon for those who wish to walk with Christ in prayer over your lunch break.

A new highlight of our Lenten opportunities this year is an “Evening of Lenten Reflection” on Wed. Feb 28 with Rev. Anthony Hangholt, of St. Philip Neri Parish, as a guest homilist. Please consider joining us for this solemn evening of personal reflection to help prepare us more deeply for our approach to Holy Week. We are blessed to have Fr. Anthony join us to lead us in this beautiful night of reflection!

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A reminder that the Stations of the Cross offer us an opportunity to gain a plenary indulgence (freeing us from the temporal punishment of sin).

The conditions for a receiving a plenary indulgence are as follows:

*Have the intention of gaining the indulgence.

*Receive the Sacrament of Penance (within several days before or after)

*Receive the Eucharist (within several days before or after, though best if same day) –

*Pray six Our Fathers, six Hail Marys, and six Glory Be prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father (within several days before or after, best if same day).

*Be free from all attachment to venial sin

Those who are ill or physically unable to attend the Way of the Cross in person can gain the same indulgence by spending at least one half an hour in pious reading and meditation on the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Calling all Dads, Grandads, Single Men and High School and College men!

To join Catholic Men from throughout the Archdiocese for the 10th Annual Archdiocesan Catholic Men’s Conference – Christ Crucified – the Power and Wisdom of God. The keynote speaker will be Seth Joyner, former Philadelphia Eagle and Pro Bowler. Welcome back Jim Towey, President of Ave Marie University who served as personal attorney to
St. Teresa of Calcutta parish, Don Saleski, Stanley Cup Champion with the Philadelphia Flyers, and Brian Gail, author of the trilogy FatherlessMotherless, and Childless. Acclaimed Irish tenor, Mark Forrest, will again provide inspirational accompaniment during a special Eucharistic Adoration. Marty Rotella, singer and evangelist will provide musical accompaniment for the conference.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered, and the Conference will conclude with Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Archbishop Charles Chaput. Lunch is included.

Register at ManupPhilly.com now. Any parish men interested in going together via a bus provided by Father Kevin, please register online and sign up in the Narthex.

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Next weekend our parish will welcome Father Charles Kennedy, who has spent his years as a retired archdiocesan priest serving the poorest of the poor through “Food for the Poor” as a minister of Fr. Chuck’s Challenge. Fr Kennedy will speak to us of archdiocesan efforts to feed, build homes and show love to the people of Haiti and Nicaragua in continued memory of Fr. Chuck Pfeffer, a Class of 1977 archdiocesan priest who served the poor until his death in Dec. 2004. A second collection will be gathered on March 3-4.

Have a beautiful and blessed Lent, my friends!

 Father Kevin