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        </font><span class="mm-14-yellow"> Alive in the Spirit ... 3/14/2010</span><span class="redHeading2"><br>
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              <p class="txt-black-large">Whether or not you were able to participate 
                in some or all of our 4-Paish WPCC retreat this Lent, I hope you 
                are able to find some quiet time for prayer so that you can &#129;\be 
                still. and allow the Lord to make his presence known in that stillness 
                so you, in turn, can come to better know God. I use the work &quot;know&quot; 
                here not in the sense of learning facts but as the word is used 
                in Scripture where it means cultivating a deep relationship such 
                as in a marriage where the husband and wife &quot;know&quot; each 
                other. Professor Kelly pointed out that making use of our opportunities 
                for &quot;Adoration&quot; is very helpful for this.<br>
                It has been a joy to have the respite from winter&#129;fs rigors 
                we enjoyed this past week. It certainly makes it easier to get 
                around. If good travel weather holds out, I have a suggestion. 
                The &quot;Acathist&quot; is an ancient and beautiful prayer to 
                Our Lady something like our Litanies. It consists of a number 
                of poetic meditations and invocations celebrating Mary&#129;fs 
                special role in Salvation History. Pope John Paul II encouraged 
                Western Christians to pray this gift from the East.<br>
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              <p class="txt-black-large">perhaps for one time (if you go regularly) 
                you could experience this special prayer. Actually, I cannot imagine 
                anyone devoted to Our Lady who would not try to experience this 
                at least once in your life, if physically able and you can get 
                transportation and it is available in your area. We are privileged 
                to be the ONLY place in New York State besides Utica (outside 
                New York City) where this is available in a Catholic church celebrated 
                in Greek style in English. So I am inviting you to St. Nicholas, 
                1492 Spencerport Road (near Elmgrove) in Gates at 7PM this Friday 
                the 19th of March for the singing of the full Acathist prayer 
                in preparation for the Feast of the Annunciation.<br>
                I do realize that the 19th is the Feast of St. Joseph which could 
                keep you from the Acathist if you are honoring this great saint 
                on his day. Remember, also, our St. Joseph&#129;fs table on Sunday, 
                the 21st after noon Mass. I hardly need mention Wednesday's famous 
                Feast,<font size="1" class="txt-black-sm"> <b><font color="#33FF33">St. 
                Patrick's Day</font></b>!</font> Monday, St. Louise de Marillac 
                who helped St. Vincent de Paul and co-founded the Daughters of 
                charity is remembered. As I move backward through the week we 
                come to today &quot;Laetare&quot; or Rejoice. Sunday, marking 
                the half way point of Lent. Now it moves fast.<br>
                I wish you many continued Blessings and graces during this Holy 
                Season. Let us not forget all those recovering from so many earthquakes 
                around the world. Peace,<br>
                <span class="title-small">Father Fred</span><br>
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