March 19, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

We have reached the 4th Sunday of Lent, also known as Laetare Sunday, from the Þrst word of the Latin translation of the entrance antiphon. The antiphon is taken from Isaiah 66:10, Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her...Priests and deacons are allowed the option of rose-colored vestments today in place of the seasonal purple.

All are invited and encouraged to attend our two-night Lenten Mission led by Father Stephen Kramer, SJ, on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, March 21 & 22, beginning at 6:45 p.m. each night. The themes for his talks are Sin and Gratitudeon Tuesday evening, and Christian Self-Masteryon Wednesday evening. We look forward to his visit to our parish and the opportunity to strengthen our faith and deepen our love for God.

Preparations are underway for our 26th annual Good Friday Pilgrimage. The pilgrimage begins at 5:00 a.m. with breakfast followed by the Þrst station here at church, then proceeds to St. Anne Church where lunch will be served, and Þnally back to Holy Rosary in time for our 3:00 p.m. Good Friday service. Please see the sign-up link elsewhere in the bulletin or on our website page
for more information.

Next Saturday, March 25, is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, observed exactly nine months before the celebration of Christmas. Even though Mary had been prepared by God for her special role in salvation history, she could not have known ahead of time the exact nature of her vocation.

The visit by Gabriel startled and confused her, but she was reassured by an abundance of grace. She freely submitted to Gods will and offered herself as the handmaid of the Lord. Thus, she provides a model for how to respond in faith to lifes challenges.

The famous American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe was not Catholic and perhaps not even very religious, but late in life he developed a friendship with the Jesuits of St. Johns College (the future Fordham University). Catholic prayers and beliefs must have touched him because he composed a poem entitled Hymnbased on the Angelus:

At morn - at noon - at twilight dim -
Maria, thou hast heard my hymn!
In joy and woe - in good and ill -
Mother of God, be with me still!
When the hours flew brightly by,
And not a cloud obscured the sky,
My soul, lest it should truant be,
Thy grace did guide to thine and thee;
Now, when the storms of fate oercast
Darkly my present and my past,
Let my future radiant shine
With sweet hopes of thee and thine.

In Christ,
Father Matt