The season of Lent started on Ash Wednesday, February 26. The flowers around the altar in church were replace with a cactus. The cactus reminds us of the desert with John the Baptist preaching repentance and where Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days.
During his pilgrimage to St. Joseph’s Oratory the week of Feb. 3, Fr. Paul visited the tomb of St. André Bessette, a miracle worker during his lifetime. Fr. Paul was accompanied by Jackie Saretsky, diocesan hospital chaplain. They are shown in the crypt church, offering lots of petitions for people who requested prayers.