Express Announcements ~ February 7, 2016

* This is Commitment Weekend for the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal: If we reflect on the mission that Jesus has given us, and the words of Pope Francis, the Church is uniquely placed by God to be his agent of mercy and change, to heal our world. Prayerfully respond to this call. Your generosity is what makes our Church’s response possible. “Go forth as heralds of God’s mercy!”

* Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. Masses will be at 6:30 and 9am, Noon, and 6 and 7:30pm. Also join us for Friday evenings in Lent for Soup and Stations of the Cross. You will find an entire pull-out section with schedules for Lent and Holy Week in the center of today’s bulletin.

* Host sign-ups are underway for our Lenten/Easter Small Groups Series, “The Face of Mercy.” Information may be found on page 7 today and our website, www.stmaryfred.org or visit www.Lentenfreinds.org

* Come to our School Open Houses today, February 7. Visit Saint Mary Preschool in the Parish Life Center from 9:30–Noon and Holy Cross Academy 1–3pm (250 Stafford Lakes Pkwy, behind Geico)

* We’re doing something special for confessions during the Year of Mercy: Parish Lent Mercy Penance Service, Wednesday, February 24. For details, see Fr. Don’s weekly letter (p. 4).