On-the-Move Musings from the Priest Administrator
Saint James Church, St. Augustine, FL
A Catholic Community of the Personal Ordinariate
of the Chair of Saint Peter

Got Ashes?

No? Well, tomorrow you'll have your chance (only not at St. James or the Mission Church of St. Ben's). The Cathedral has a noon service, probably also the Shrine church at the uptown mission. Et. al. However you do it, it's interesting to consider that very often non-Catholics, even non-Christians, like to receive ashes. The late Fr. Benedict Groeschel used to tell the story of the little Jewish lady in New York who would come to receive ashes. When he asked her what was her motivation, she simply said, "well, it can't hurt!" That always brings a smile to "me hart."

I'm kind of pressed for time today, so I'm just going to make mention of two attachments I'm sending along, which will provide enough material for reading and reflection for some time. The first contains the Proceedings of the Strategic Plan meeting we had this past Sunday after Mass - please do consider the topics discussed and the preliminary decisions that were made. Very important stuff. In particular, suggestions you may have for the mid-week prayer and study time would be welcome. I have some resources in mind, but would love to hear your own suggestions as well.

The second item is a Lectio Divina for Ash Wednesday straight from "the little Vatican" of the USCCB in Washington, D.C. which I commend to you for your prayer time tomorrow, especially if attending a Liturgy of the Word with Ashes doesn't pan out for you. Beyond that, everyone should know the disciplines for Lent that Mother Church commends to us for our spiritual betterment. Please Google them if you don't recall what they are, and take it from there.

One last item, very exciting - we're having Mary Ellen Lanzillo join us again this Sunday as our organ accompanist for the First Sunday of Lent, so please come out and allow her considerable musical talents to enrich your worship of our Eucharistic Lord this weekend.

Gotta run - St. Gerard Campus is calling, and a certain Physics class that demands my time and attention.

God bless and love you all!
Fr. Nicholas A. Marziani, Jr., D.Min.

Lectio Divina