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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2017-03-05

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1. Where will our Pastor be?: There will be Communion Services Thursday evening March 9th, and Friday morning March 10th. Father announced at the 8:30 AM Mass today that there would be Confessions available every Thursday evening during Lent. (Of course, everywhere else in the Diocese there are Confessions available  during Lent on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.) We have a question. If there is only a Communion Service this coming Thursday, will there be a priest there to hear confessions?

2. Ecumenical Lenten Services: The flyer in this week’s bulletin gives us the full schedule for “Ecumenical Lenten Services”, probably organized by the Rappahannock Clergy Association. If you are so inclined, you may go to a number of venues in Rappahannock County this Lent and hear non-Catholics tell you the incomplete and perhaps slightly unorthodox meaning of the “Fruits of the Holy Spirit”. What possible gain can there be for the orthodox Catholic who is trying to come to a fuller understanding of his/her faith? – We here at the Sheep of Kephas blog just don’t get it.

Last evening at St. John the Baptist Parish in Front Royal one could see the type of ecumenical service that the Church should be striving for. The first three rows of the church were reserved for the “confirmandi” from the neighboring Methodist church and their pastor. Before the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Fr. Fasano explained all that they would see. He cut no corners, the Mass was thoroughly and faithfully 100% Roman Catholic. By the questions they asked Fr. Fasano after Mass, it was apparent that they had been paying attention and were impressed. That, my dear readers, is Catholic ecumenism!

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