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Today a handout from the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation will be coming home in your oldest child’s backpack. I am urging all parents to look closely at the forms this year since many changes have been made. In the past all of the scholarships offered have gone to lower income families. One significant change this year is, with the addition of the Beyond Sunday scholarships, the foundation is now targeting middle income families who may be struggling to afford a Catholic education for their children. Another notable change is that the Beyond Sunday Fellows Program offers scholarships to students attending Catholic high schools (even private Catholic high schools.)
All of the scholarships listed on the form require that you fill out an online application, but this one form covers all nine possible scholarships. The online application will become available on February 1, 2016 at www.ttef-stl.org. To qualify for the Beyond Sunday scholarships, you must complete the application by February 29, 2016.Read More
This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season. (We will celebrate Mass and distribute ashes at four parish masses: 6:15 and 8:15 a.m., 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m.) While there are several different ways to count the days of Lent, traditionally we have set aside forty days, the same number of days Jesus spent in the desert preparing for His public ministry. The practice of observing Lent emerged in the early church as a time of purification and enlightenment for the candidates who were preparing for the reception of Easter sacraments at the Easter Vigil. The whole church came to recognize the value and importance of preparing worthily for the renewal of her baptismal promises, and so the disciplines of Lent came to be practiced by all. We are very familiar with those disciplines: Prayer, fasting and charity. These are not an end in themselves but a way of pricking our conscience, urging us onto perfection and denying ourselves so that we would come to appreciate better our need for God’s mercy. Many of the faithful take up the beautiful practice of attending daily mass, pondering those specially chosen readings that deepen and broaden the spiritual life. Some embrace a habit of sacrifice, either giving up some prized practice or possession or devoting a specific time to serve those who are poor. The church calls all to repentance by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. (There will be two extra opportunities for our parishioners during the season.) Children enjoy making their own sacrifices, offering their own special prayers by using at home “The Rice Bowl” (available at the doors of church.). We will also pray the Stations of the Cross on the Saturday mornings of Lent at 8:00, which is a lovely way to meditate on the sufferings and passion of Christ. Whatever way you choose to observe the season, try to remember its purpose: To grow in us the compassion and mercy of God.
Saturday Vigil: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Weekday: M-F 6:15 & 8:15 a.m.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:
Saturday: 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Holy Redeemer Parish School of Religion (grades 1-8) acts as a support for the students and families of the parish as they live out their Baptismal call and give witness to the Good News in word and deed. It is the desire of the program to incorporate the students and their families into the faith life of the parish community.