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Pope Francis’ Message for Lent

“Lent summons us,
and enables us,
to come back to the Lord
and in every aspect of our life.” Pope Francis

To read Pope Francis’ entire message for Lent 2018, go to:

Lent Begins Next Week

Be sure to check out your religion publishers for Lenten Ideas. OEC also has ideas on Pinterest (just go to our Facebook page and click on the link). Try “liking” Sadlier for ideas for family during Lent. Loyola, Our Sunday Visitor, RCL Benziger and Plaum also have websites to check out.

National Marriage Week 2018

National Marriage Week is February 7-14, 2018.  “The upcoming observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, Feb. 11) are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family.”  For more information go to:

Prayers for Kathy Kelley and her family .

Please join the OEC in praying for the Kelley family and the repose of the soul of Sean.  Sean Michael Kelley, 41, of Cypress, Texas passed away outside of Seattle, Washington on January 31, 2018. Sean is survived by the love of his life, Michelle, his beautiful daughters Kate (11) and Anna (8), his loving and devoted parents, John and Kathy Kelley, his younger sisters and biggest fans, Lauren Scott, Claire Klein, Julia Spurr and his seven (soon to be nine) crazy and adorable nieces and nephews, all of whom adored their Uncle Sean. Born April 30, 1976, in Houston, Texas. . .

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The Josephites

The St. Joseph Society of the Sacred Heart (The Josephites) is a congregation of priests and brothers whose exclusive mission is to serve the African-American community. Founded after the Civil War to minister to newly freed slaves, the organization has served the African American community since 1871. The Society supports in parishes and special ministries, spanning across the East and West Coast.  To learn more about this African-American ministry go to

National Day of Prayer for the African American/African Family

The National Day of Prayer for the African American and African Family was created by Fr. James Goode, OFM in 1989. It is a day set aside to give special thanks to God for our families and place our every care in the arms of Jesus.  Please keep our African American families in your prayers, especially during the month of February.


Pope Francis calls for respecting silence during Mass

ROME – Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Holy Eucharist by encouraging priests not to be in a hurry and neglect the moment of silence following the Mass’s opening prayer.

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Dominican sisters help educate Iraqi children returning home

.- When Iraqi residents fled their homes during the Islamic State invasion, they left behind their houses, neighbors, and day-to-day lives.

While some refugee camps offer classes for children, challenges abound and students often fall behind.

Now, a group of Dominican sisters in one Iraqi town is working to help educate displaced children as their families return to their homes and work to rebuild their lives.

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