We are almost finished reviewing the November in-pew survey. This weekend I have a few words to say about #7, the question about singing. You were asked whether you a) sing, b) sing only the songs you like, c) don't sing, or d) can't sing. The majority of you sing! A resounding 375 responded by saying that you join in the singing.
I can see from the altar how many music books are in your hands, and I can hear from the altar the beautiful sound of many blended voices. Although the Lenten season calls for less singing, the mass is always made more reverent when the people join in the songs. By the way, visitors notice and comment on your readiness to open the hymnal and raise your voice in song.
It was good to visit with those of you who attended the first Lenten fish fry last Friday. Thanks to the Mens Club and the other volunteers to make this tradition available to our parishioners and our visitors.
From Pope Francis: " Meanwhile, the Gospel tells us constantly to run the risk of a face-to-face encounter with others, with their physical presence which challenges us, with their pain and their pleas, with their joy which infects us in our close and continuous interaction. True faith in the incarnate Son of God is inseparable from self-giving, from membership in the community, from service, from reconciliation with others. The Son of God, by becoming flesh, summoned us to the revolution of tenderness." [par. 88]