Holy Week

Hello LBH faithful,

All those charged with the task of making Love Begins Here possible are praying for you in the midst of this most holy week. Come this week, I for one get so excited for the start to the Easter Vigil liturgy and especially the proclamation that this is the night. The night when the exsultet reminds us…

This is the night
when Christians everywhere,
washed clean of sin and freed from all defilement,
are restored to grace and grow together in holiness.

This is the night
when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death
and rose triumphant from the grave.

While we have many exciting things to share and a funny video on its way, we’ll save that for the great feast we’ll find ourselves celebrating next week. In the meantime, enjoy a few HW treats to help aid you in your preparation for the coming of Easter, as we remember that it was not with out sacrifice and an abundance of God’s mercy that such a Sunday morning was made possible.

Also, Archbishop Dolan of New York had a great blog post on Holy Week last year, and I would encourage you all to check it out.
That’s all for today friends. Please continue to lift up the intentions of Love Begins Here during this week.

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Early April Update!

Where did March go? I was shocked to come on here today to give a little update only to find that it has been a full month since we last shared the good news happening in the LBH world.

Before we get going too deep into all of the good things related to LBH2011, we have some sad news to share in the event you aren’t a regular follower of our facebook page. On March 19, 2011, Our Lord called Madi from this earth. We place our hope in Him who come to earth to redeem us, as we are in the midst of remembering during this season of Lent. Please continue to pray for the repose of this dear young woman’s soul. As I wrote in our last post, I think our summer theme is going to pay fitting tribute to her life and especially the battle she fought the last nine months of her life on earth.

In the midst of preparing for this coming summer, I have perused many photographs of this past summer, looking back on great memories, hearts changed, weeds pulled and people we served. So many of these memories have brought laughter at first sight, and this is no exception. On this – the first night of our last week of LBH2010, we found ourselves engaging in some intense competition while getting to know one another. I cannot remember the exact details of what made me prone to judging the efforts of a rival team, but I do remember how half hearted my apology must have been. While I was trying to make amends with a fellow Core Team member, all I could hear was the laughter of the youth all around us. I love that you can see this laughter and joy on the faces of those around us. If you’re new to LBH or considering coming this summer, let this serve as an accurate reflection of how much fun we have with one another.
While taking this trip down memory lane, I also created a little promo video for this summer. I think it’s pretty cool, so take a few minutes and check it out! Special thanks to Danielle and Eric from Waunakee for sharing their thoughts about LBH with the world!
Good memories all! Let’s get excited to make a whole lot of new ones while committing ourselves to the service of the poor in our Diocese.
This month, please offer up some prayers for LBH lover and Madison Seminarian David Johannes. Next month, he will be ordained a deacon for the Church! We look forward to hearing his homilies this summer as they gear us up for work on the mission field. 
(This photo of David was taken while contemplating this item
and determining its worth at a yard sale last summer.)

Look forward to more frequent updates as the summer draws near!