Here is Bulletin_2017-04-02
When “Ecumenical Lenten Services” Endanger the Sheep: On Wednesday March 8th, one of our fellow parishioners, one of the sheep of St. Peter’s was “greatly saddened” by Rev. Russ Savage of the Unitarian Universalists of the Blue Ridge (UUBRidge) here in Rappahannock County. Our reading of the parishioner’s letter “Blessed by Aidan” published in the March 30th edition of the Rappahannock News suggests that our fellow parishioner was not only “greatly saddened” but possibly also hurt and offended.
Although it is not stated directly, it would appear that the parishioner learned of the “Ecumenical Lenten Services” in the St. Peter’s Bulletin_2017-03-05. Our Pastor recommended the services under the banner – GREAT THINGS TO DO FOR LENT!! In retrospect perhaps the “Ecumenical Lenten Services” are not such “GREAT THINGS”.
It is interesting to note that of all the letters to the editor published in the Rappahannock News on March 30th, the only one that currently cannot be accessed by a link on the Internet is our fellow parishioner’s letter. So, if you don’t get the paper, you can’t read that particular letter. Perhaps it will be accessible later this week.
But, right next to the parishioner’s letter was a letter telling us a little bit about UUBRidge and, by inference, their pastor Russ Savage. You can read the letter at Undoing homophobia. One might ask at this point, “Is our Pastor leading in the same way as the shepherd described below?
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep. But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and flieth: and the wolf catcheth, and scattereth the sheep: And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know mine, and mine know me. As the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father: and I lay down my life for my sheep. John 10: 11-15
As my wife reminds me – “How many souls are being saved?”
Some Lenten Studies: If you have the spare time and would like to add some new dimensions to your Lenten studies you can read an article by our own former pastor Fr. Jerry Pokorsky – The Patron Saint of Stubborn Facts.
For your Lenten viewing you might want to check out the Archbishop Lecture Series featuring Fr. Paul Scalia. This was a very interesting talk by Reverend Paul Scalia from the Diocese of Arlington – The Word of the Lord Came to Me… A consideration of the increasing importance of prophetic Catholic witness in the culture today; how our society both needs and desires to encounter such witness.