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We Must Have the Love of God in Our Hearts

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 14:46

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SAGINAW — The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption on February 10. He blessed the ashes and sprinkled them with holy water before the faithful came forward to receive the ashes on their foreheads. The ashes came from blessed palms that were distributed last year on Palm Sunday and later burned.

During his homily message, Bishop Cistone encouraged those present to allow God to refashion their hearts, to make their hearts like the heart of Jesus Christ. He said, “We all have areas in our lives that need to be sanctified, and if we are harboring sin in our hearts, it is impossible for our hearts to beat like the heart of Jesus.”

In the Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. While Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, all Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass on this day to mark the beginning of the Lenten Season. During the Mass, all are welcome to come forward to receive the ashes as a sign of repentance and mortality. The Sign of the Cross is traced on each person’s forehead and a blessing is said.

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St. John Paul II Parish Makes 7,000 Pączki as Lent Nears

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 10:53

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12711116 1008912922483898 1855812694558775589 oCARROLLTON — Volunteers from St. John Paul II Parish in Carrollton made approximately 7,000 pączki,a Polish pastry similar to a doughnut, on Monday, Feb. 8, for an annual parish fundraiser. The entire process takes three days: one to set up the kitchen, one to make the pączki and one to sell and clean.

A few parishioners arrived at the Parish Education Center at 3 a.m. to begin heating oil and mixing dough, and more than 60 volunteers will cycle through until all the pączki have been fried, cooled and coated in powdered sugar.

The pączki are sold from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday and from 6 a.m. Tuesday until they are gone. They are $10 per dozen with proceeds being used for the parish food pantry, Rosary Altar Society and other organizations and needs.

St. John Paul II parishioners pride themselves on making the original pączki; these do not have fruit or pudding fillings. The recipe was originally brought over from Poland by Ginger Michalski.

"It's a tradition that's there and everyone knows about it. It makes me feel good when I know I'm passing on something in my lifetime to other people," said Jim Szynwelski, the chairman for the parish's pączki-making team.

Pączki are traditionally made and eaten on Fat Tuesday before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Mass times and other Lenten event schedules from around the diocese can be found here

More photos are available here. 

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