Dear People of St. Patrick Parish,
This weekend, we pray to St. Patrick, our Patron Saint of the Parish, to continue to pray for all of us and to ask the Lord’s blessing upon all of us and ask that the Lord’s blessing be upon our parish.
Monday, March 19, is the Feast of St. Joseph. We ask St. Joseph to pray for all of us, not just the Italians who really celebrate his feast and the people of St. Joseph, Pinole, but for all of us. We especially pray for all those who are raising children.
As we sing Psalm 51, “Create a clean heart in me,” let us pray for the grace to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation during these next two weeks and to help us turn away from all our sins.
We hear the words of Jesus from the Gospel of John today: “And when I am, lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” Jesus was telling the people about His future death on the cross and that all who come to Him will be saved. When we profess to be a Christian, one who follows Jesus Christ, we put our faith and trust in these words of Jesus.
This week, we begin to think about Holy Week, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and of course Easter Sunday. Plan to attend these sacred days of spiritual benefit and reflect upon the mercy and love of God.
Let us pray for all those around the world who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil. And of course, we need to pray for our world.
Fr. Larry Young
Pastor of St. Patrick Church