Newsletter to our Elderly Homebound

To everyone,

And now it’s February!  So far, we have had some very cold days but now…if I may say so…Spring is on the horizon…we just have to be patient.  I have seen some tiny green sprouts popping up in the convent garden!  (I think they may be confused!)

The Spring Bereavement Support Group began on Wednesday, Feb. 7th.  Please keep all of the group, both facilitators and participants, in your prayers!  As many of you know, grieving has no time limit, and we all grieve in our own way!  Thanks for your prayers for those who are sad and missing loved ones!

Ash Wednesday begins on February 14th and yes, it is also Valentine’s Day!! Perhaps it might be worthwhile to consider that the most important part of the Lenten season is the growth that can take place in our relationship with Jesus.  There is a great website for those of you who are comfortable with the computer.  It is full of wonderful readings and prayer experiences for you to use during these 40 holy days.  Perhaps your family members could help to find the site on the computer and print out some parts of it that you may be interested in reading.  The location is Creighton Online Ministries–Praying Lent.

http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/

On the weekend of Feb. 3-4, St. Ephrem’s Parishioners had their throats blessed.  This blessing of throats is a sacramental—a sacred sign that includes a prayer, usually a gesture such as the sign of the cross or the sprinkling of holy water.  This traditionally happened on the feastday of St. Blaise on Feb. 3.  The blessing of the throats is offered at the weekend Sunday Mass these days so that many more can take advantage of this special blessing.

While we invoke St. Blaise for his protection against any physical ailment of the throat, we should also ask his protection against any spiritual ailment—unkind remarks, gossip, untruths, etc.  Therefore, may St. Blaise protect us from all evil, physical and spiritual, which may attack the throat!

Blessing of St. Blaise–  “Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from all ailments of the throat and every other evil.  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

Please know that you are remembered in prayer each day.  Please do pray also for me!  May this Lent be a time of grace for each of you!

God bless you!  Sister Mary Jane