St. Francis Weekly Update - February 16th and 17th
"Pursuing Jesus and Forming Disciples"
This week you will receive a brochure detailing a new program, titled "Pursuing Jesus and Forming Disciples" that our parish will be participating in over the next few works. It's intended to communication how we want to advance our mission and how we serve God's people. Commitment Weekend for this program is
February 23rd and 24th
. We encourage all to spend time in prayer and discussion to reflect on how you are able to help us! We hope to see you all at Mass for this important Commitment Weekend. Questions can be directed to Tara at (765) 288-6180.
Parish Lenten Retreat
Parish Retreat: EncounterMark your calendars for our Lenten Parish Retreat, March 13, 14, and 15th from 7:00 – 8:00pm. Encounter Christ in a deeper way through three nights of reflection, prayer and the Sacrament of Confession. Free babysitting will be available. Questions? Contact Anthony Feola firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mass on Campus
This Thursday is our Second Mass on Campus for the semester. The Thursday 8pm Mass will again take place in HP 200 (Rec Center). All St. Francis parishioners are welcome to attend!
Haiti Change Can Collection
Lenten Cans for Haiti are still available in the Narthex! We are asking each family to take home a can to fill with loose change (or bills!) during this Lenten season to be used to purchase medicine for the medical clinic at our sister parish, St. Michael, in Plaisance, Haiti. Thank you so much for your generosity!
Drivers & Food Donations Needed! --
Next month, the Newman Center will be hosting its 10th Koinonia Retreat! Being held in Alexandria, IN, we will need parishioner drivers to help take students to the center and back here to BSU on the dates of
February 23rd and February 25th
. Your service will be deeply appreciated! If you are interested or for more information, please contact Kelli Reutman at
Likewise, if you have any food donations in order to help cover the food costs for the retreat, all would be appreciated! They are looking for any crackers, granola bars, chips, cookies, and other similar snack foods. Please bring all donations to Sarah Wallace at the Newman Center by
12pm on February 23rd
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thoughts for the Weekend:
It's the first Sunday of Lent, a time for self-reflection and self-sacrifice! It is here to we learn time and time again the importance of giving up one's self in order to recognize the glory of Christ's death and resurrection-- the ultimate sacrifice He made for
so that we may live with
in eternal glory.
But with that being said, self-sacrifice is, again, helps us recognize the glory of Christ. For some, it can be a difficult task-- giving up screen time or specific food groups helps us realize how much time we spend looking away at God and towards other worldly things. For others, it can be working towards changing things about ourselves, such as working on gratuity, kindness, or charity.
For Lent, what are you sacrificing? What are you doing in order to keep your eyes towards God and His Salvation? For this season, keep in mind
you are sacrificing. Continue to encourage yourself and others to keep your eyes and thoughts towards God.
Sent by Taylor Townsend on Friday, February 16 at 5:00PM