- Saturday, February 28th: Join us tomorrow at Services of Hope to help with their food pantry ministry. Meet at the church for Morning Prayer and Mass at 10:00, or meet at Services of Hope (6540 Victoria Ave.) at noon.
- Friday evenings throughout Lent we will have Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament here at the church at 7:00 pm. The service is followed by a light, vegetarian supper in the parish hall, and reading and discussing CS Lewis’s “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” Bring a copy of the book and bring a friend!
- In deference to our Friday evening Lenten program, the regular Friday mass will be at noon throughout Lent.
We need cooks! There is a signup sheet for Friday Lenten suppers on the bulletin board in the narthex.
Sunday, March 8th: Next Sunday we will recommence our adult Bible Study at 9:30 a.m. in the parish hall. Next week’s topic is “the Church’s ministry and mission.” All are welcome.
March 2: Chad
The date of Chad’s birth is uncertain, but he died in the year 672. He was from a Northumbrian English family given to devotion. As evidenced by two of his brothers having become priests, and another St. Cedd, who was abbot of Lastingham and Bishop of the East Saxons. Having been educated under St. Aidan at the “Holy Isle” – the monastery of Lindisfarne – Chad received the monastic tonsure, and succeeded his brother, St. Cedd, as abbot of Lastingham. Chad was elected Archbishop of York. Because the See of Canterbury was vacant at the time, Chad was consecrated by the bishop of Worcester and two Celtic bishops, who apparently used the Celtic rites of consecration. Chad preached the Gospel throughout his diocese, and visited the various churches on foot rather than horseback, in a spirit of humility. When Theodore of Tarsus became Archbishop of Canterbury, he declared that Chad’s consecration had been irregular, because it was not accomplished with Catholic rites, to which Chad replied, in his characteristic spirit of obedience and humility, “If you decide that I have not rightly received the episcopal character, I willingly lay down the office; for I have never thought myself worthy of it, but under obedience, I, though unworthy, consented to undertake it.” Theodore, recognizing Chad’s sanctity and effectiveness, re-consecrated Chad, eventually calling him to become Bishop of the Mercians. Chad built a church and a monastery at Lichfield, and conscientiously ministered to those under his charge, living with seven or eight monks, and giving what time he could spare to prayer and study. He foresaw his own death in a vision, and died in 672. The shrine where his body reposed was honored by many miracles, and was moved in the 12th century to the cathedral at Lichfield. At the time of the Reformation, faithful Catholics saved his relics from profanation and destruction by hiding them. They were subsequently placed in a shrine at the Catholic Cathedral at Birmingham, where they remain to this day. Our knowledge of St. Chad’s life comes from the Venerable St. Bede, who was a student of a monk named Trumberct, himself a disciple of St. Chad.