Our Lady of Sorrows Church February 21, 2010 From the Pastor’s Desk My Dear People: Lent started this

past Wednesday, and if we don’t get closer to God during Lent, we probably will never get closer to God. It is a holy season. God became much closer to us through Jesus’ dying for our sins; we get closer to Him by taking up some kind of cross during Lent. During Lent, with Mary and St. John we should look upon Jesus on the cross, crucified for our sins. He longs for our attention and love. He loves us so much and we can’t take His love and throw it back at Him and not appreciate His goodness to us. The greatest way to show our appreciation for God’s love is to celebrate the Lord’s Supper; it is an act of appreciation of His death for our sins and an act of appreciation of His resurrection which is His promise to us of a wonderful life after death. So, if possible, put an extra attendance at Mass during the week at the top of the list for Lent. The fruit of the Mass is in the Eucharist, and we have Jesus Himself, physically present in the Church and in the Chapel of Our Savior. For Lent we could make an extra visit. Another way we can show our appreciation of His love for us is by

praying the Stations of the Cross, with or without a booklet, with the community on Friday nights or privately. The third way we can show that we appreciate Him and His forgiveness is by reciting the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. I am sure each one of us is doing something personal and extra this holy season. The pope recently said we need to show extra kindness to others during Lent and we offer the suggestion of starting with members of our own families; then the people with whom we work, and the people next door. Some of us are so kind to others until we get into our automobiles. There are sins of dangerous driving--endangering ourselves and those we might hit with our automobiles. What about when we park the car in places reserved for the handicapped and elderly? The front handicapped parking lot is reserved (with all those blue lines) for the elderly and handicapped. If we can walk we need to use the back parking lot, or parking deck when coming to Mass. Just because the place is open, does not mean there is not an elderly person in back of us waiting to use the place reserved for them. We hear complaints from the elderly and handicapped so we must pass this on to those who rob them of their reserved parking places when they try

to come to Mass and there is no special “parking”. Please exercise kindness in this regard. Thanks! With prayers and blessing, Fr. Muller

MASS INTENTIONS Monday, February 22 Felisa Isla George Cantwell Special Intention of Nicholas Milan Tuesday, Feb. 23 Marion Yester Josephine Sicola Special Intention of Michael Milan Wednesday, Feb. 24 Special Int Fran Hines Special Intention of Sam Salerno Thursday, Feb. 25 Marion Yester Special Intention of Sam Salerno Special Intention of Forest Walls Friday, Feb. 26 Donors to the OLS School Foundation Marie Antonio Thomas Booth Saturday, Feb 27 Marion Yester Mark Tripp Special Intention of Sam Salerno Sunday, Feb. 28 People of the Parish Richard Jeffers Special Intention of Sam Salerno VIP Anointing Mass Come join your friends and neighbors on Tuesday, March 2, at 11:00 a.m. for Mass, lunch and bingo. Fr. Muller and Fr. Jaya will administer the Anointing of the Sick.

Please note new address for Rev.Msgr. Brian Egan: St. John Vianney Residence 2724 Hanover Circle, South Birmingham, AL 35205 ______________________________ Birmingham Cursillo Communitywill is having our Lenten Ultreya on Tuesday, February 23, starting at 6:00 p.m. (Note this is different from our normal 6:30 p.m. time!) We will proceed to the Parish Hall, where we will share dinner, fellowship, and our witness talk given by Doug Homann. All Cursillistas, new and old, are welcome to attend. Please bring a pot-luck dish or grocery store item to share. Looking forward to seeing you as we kick off our Lenten journey with God leading the way. DeColores! For more information please contact Patrick Crabtree at 205-930-3991 or at pcrabtree@crabtreecomputer.com Mark your calendars for our Lenten Mission. The mission will be March 1, 2, 3 and 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. Our Penance Service will be held on Wednesday, March 3, following the mission. Our presenters will be Deacon Glenn and Linda Harmon. Don’t miss this opportunity to strengthen your relationship with God, your Church and with one another

Learn more about the Sacraments this semester! High school PSR class will meet this Sunday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the youth room. High school youth group will meet this Sunday night from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Spring Break Mission Trip: All high school students are invited to participate in a spring break mission trip to Life Teen Covecrest, a Catholic youth retreat center and summer camp in the North Georgia Mountains. We will be building cabins, clearing trails and taking some time to pray in God’s territory. The trip will be Monday, March 15, through Friday, March 19. The cost is $75.00 per person. Forms are available at youth group. Call the office for more information. 30-HOUR FAMINE AND CARDBOARD CAMP-OUT All high school students are invited to participate in the annual diocesan 30hour Famine and Cardboard Campout. Help the homeless and hungry by learning what it is like to be homeless and hungry. Spend the day doing service and getting to know other Catholic high school students and the night sleeping in a cardboard box. Forms are available in the church office, the vestibule and at youth group and due back Wednesday, Feb. 24. The OLS Mother’s Day Out will have registration for the summer session

and the fall session on Friday, March 5, from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Mother’s Day Out is for children six weeks through four years of age. Please call the nursery at 871-3253 for more information. ______________________________ Thank You Lena Jo Carroll wants to thank everyone for their prayers while she was sick. Joyce Bromberg would like to thank the OLS Altar Sodality for the wonderful Valentine gift she received, and Sister Pat and the parishioners who delivered her a poinsettia at Christmas. ______________________________ Chapel of Our Savior The Chapel needs permanent Committed Adorers for: Thursday at 4:00 a.m. Friday at 3:00 a.m. Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Our goal is to have at least two people on each hour. These are the hours needed, but do select an hour that best fits your schedule. Please call Ida Wilker at 879-7040 or Mary Claire Brouillette at 871-2909. Adore and visit Jesus, abandoned and forsaken by men in His Sacrament of Love, Man has time for everything except for visits to His Lord and God, who is waiting and longing for us in the Blessed Sacrament. St. Peter Julian Eymard. BENEDICTINE SISTERS RETREAT “Sharpening Our Sacramental Vision: A Lenten Retreat,” will be held at the

Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center February 26-28. Please contact the Center at (256) 734-8302 or by e-mail at retreats@shmon.org HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Our Lady of Sorrows Apostles Build 2010 We will join with other faiths to build a house in partnership with deserving, low-income families. It is a tangible way for us to put our faith into action and reach beyond the walls of the church to serve. Our Lady of Sorrows Build Day is Saturday, March 6, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To get involved contact: Chris Alexander at calexander@bcbsal.org. ______________________________ OLS ANNULMENT EDUCATION AND SUPPORT would like to invite everyone interested in learning more about the Declaration of Nullity, commonly know as Annulments, to join us Thursday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Room 102 of the Family Life Center for Annulment Education. This event is open to everyone to learn more about the Declaration of Nullity. If you are a divorced Catholic, know a divorced Catholic or just want to learn more about what the Church teaches about Annulments, we encourage you to join us and learn more about the Declaration of Nullity. Anne Marie Verchot, RCIA Director at Our Lady of Sorrows and a Diocesan Trained Advocate on the Declaration of Nullity, will be leading the meeting For additional information, contact David Asbach at 383-5634 or

daa28@aol.com or Anne Marie Verchot 482-8627 or verchot@bellsouth.net. ______________________________ Attention Seniors: St. Francis Xavier Parish will hold its monthly activity for Catholic Senior Adults of the Birmingham area on Thursday, February 25. The day will begin with Mass in the main Church at 11:00 a.m., followed by a luncheon and bingo and concluding at 2:00 p.m. A donation of $6.00 is asked to defray cost. Please join us and share fellowship. Please call for reservations no later than noon on Wednesday, February 24, to the Parish Office at 871-1153. ______________________________ Life Cell- 40 Days for Life- 40 Days for Life Campaign From February 17March 28, our community will be participating in the 40 Days for Life Campaign which consists of: 40 Days of prayer and fasting, 40 days of peaceful vigil, 40 days of community outreach. The prayer vigil will take place at Planned Parenthood 1211 27th Place, Birmingham, Alabama 35205. You may go to this website to learn more at www.40daysforlife.com/birmingham. Birmingham meeting will be held in the OLS Family Life Center, Library Room 102 the last Monday night of each month beginning on Monday, February 22. The purpose of the MEV Life Cell is to seek to grow in the likeness of Christ as we build a Culture of Life. We are committed to the defense of the right to life. We will be studying

Humanae Vitae; the facillator will be Anita Beckwith, MEV. For more information you may contact her at 396-6560 ______________________________ THANK YOU Many thanks to all who helped with the Altar Sodality’s spring fling, “That’s Amore,” last weekend!!! We had a wonderful turnout despite the snow and cold weather. Our utmost thanks to Eighteenth-Street Orientals, Crown Jewelers and Donna Boettner who donated beautiful prizes for our raffles, Chuck Tortorice of Tortorice Electric who strung lights and helped decorate the Parish Hall before the snowfall. Louis Noto, the T-shirts were great, they were a big hit, Thank you for your generosity. John Gillespie, my sincere thanks to you for all you do to make the raffle proceed smoothly and for emceeing the event for more years than I can count. Thank you, ByteSize, for the tickets and postcards. Ladies of the Altar Sodality, your devotion to our OLS community is amazing! Thanks for the cookies, the food and drink, and your decorating skills. Melinda D’Amico, I appreciate your capable handling of the ticket sales, kudos to you for your hard work and organizational skills. Bartenders, you were terrific. Gaeton Lorino of St. Peter’s, thanks for cooking the Italian sausage. To all the guilds, thank you for the twelve $50.00 prizes. God bless each of you for your efforts in making this so successful. Here is a list of the winners: $3000.00-Pat & Ann Thornton $1500.00-Bill & India Askew

$500.00-Elizabeth Ritchey Pearls-Cathy Dent Aubusson Needlepoint pillow-Paula Fiore Cookie trays-Margie Lombardo, Gaethea Messina, and Cathy Dent. My deepest appreciation for all the support from those who worked and those who bought tickets. Fran Ross Robertson

PRAY FOR VOCATIONS During this time of fasting we may be tempted to go astray. Pray for the grace to follow the way that leads to life. (Matthew 4:1-11). For those who have dedicated their lives to God in marriage, through ordination, or profession, that they may be faithful to their commitment.