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Baskets containing a sampling of Easter foods are brought to church to be blessed on Holy Saturday. The basket is traditionally lined with a white linen or lace napkin and decorated with sprigs of boxwood, the typical Eastern evergreen.

What do you put in an Easter basket blessing? Traditionally, the baskets are filled with decorated hardboiled eggs (representing Christ’s Resurrection); lamb-shaped butter or sugar (representing Christ as the “Lamb of God”); bread (reminding us that Jesus is the “Bread of Life”); and meats, such as ham (symbolic of great joy and abundance).

Blessing of the Baskets
Saturday • April 8, 2023
9:00 am
in front of the church

Fish frys are held each Friday during Lent (after Stations of the Cross) from 5:30-7:30 pm in the PLC, beginning February 24 and ending March 31. Choice of fried fish, baked fish or a slice of cheese pizza; choice of French fries or homemade macaroni & cheese; choice of Italian green beans, coleslaw or applesauce; all meals served with hush puppies and cookies; choice of iced tea or lemonade. 

Chowder and specialty desserts are available for $2.

Tickets Sold at the Door
$11 Adults/$5 Children Under 10
$30 Maximum per Immediate Family

Saturday, April 1, 2023 the carnival opens at 10:00 am!

Location:  Taylor Lodge

Join us for carnival games, food, face painting and music with PJ the DJ

The Easter Egg Hunt will be by ages:
1st Hunt begins at 10:30am (0-2 yrs)
2nd Hunt begins at 11:00am (3-5 yrs)
3rd Hunt begins at 11:30am (6-9 yrs)

$5 Hotdog, chips and a drink (cash only)

If your child is participating in the Egg Hunt please bring 12 plastic eggs filled with individually wrapped candy.  Eggs MUST be SEALED with TAPE. 

Please deliver the eggs to the Youth Minister’s office at the end of the Religious Education hallway no later than March 29, 2023

Event will be canceled if inclement weather is forecasted.  

We have a number of openings for our upcoming VIRTUS classes. There is no charge and the class will help us to better understand the horrors of child sex abuse and, more importantly, how to combat it. There is value for all of us and not just those who work with children.

· Learn the dangers of abuse and the lifelong effects of it

· How to protect children from abuse

· How to recognize warning signs of inappropriate adult behavior

· What to do if you suspect abuse

· How to support victims and protect them from future abuse

VIRTUS classes are held here at Saint Benedict
on the following dates and times:

Saturday • March 18: 9:00 AM – Noon (Parish Life Center)

Monday • March 27: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM  (Room 5/7)

Register at

What does reason have to do with God? The answers may surprise you.

If you would like to greatly improve your understanding of the faith, join Father Ben Tuesday nights in the PLC at 7:30 pm during Lent. Just drop in—no registration required.

Week 1 • February 28, 2023
Topic: Introduction to Philosophical thinking

No video this week due to a malfunction. 

Week 2 • March 7, 2023
Topic: Logical Proofs of God’s Existence

“Can God be proven logically?  What counts as a ‘good’ proof?  Come explore some of the logical proofs for God’s existence given throughout the Church’s history, with a particular focus on a less popular but very fascinating proof from St. Anselm.”

Week 3 • March 14, 2023
Topic: Knowing Knowledge

What is knowledge?  How can we know?  Do we even have it?  Come and explore a brief introduction to what reason can show us about knowledge in what is called “Epistemology” by philosophers.  

Week 4 • March 21, 2023
Topic: Divine Illumination Theory of Reason

“Hidden, unnoticed in plain thought, is the idea of God.  Though we do not see it directly, without it we could not have a single conscious thought.  Yet it does more than that.  It provides a source for how we can make objectively true judgment and escape intellectual skepticism.  Come explore the reason for supernatural capacity of human reason, in what once St. Bonaventure called the ‘opinion of all the doctors of the Church’: The theory of Divine Illumination.” 

Week 5 • March 28, 2023
Topic: Logic of Morals

“What makes an action good or evil? Is morality about being happy or being good? Come and see in an introduction to the basic logic of morality.”

Saturday • April 22, 2023
6:00 pm
$40 per Person (Adults Only)
in the Parish Life Center

Join us for an interactive mystery dinner theatre event in the Parish Life Center (PLC) on April 22! The price includes entertainment as well as a 3-course dinner!


Stations of the Cross are held each Friday during Lent in the Church at 5:00 pm.

You are always welcome to follow the stations on your own. In addition to the Stations of the Cross in the main Church, there is a hallway stations in the education wing and an outdoor stations of the cross behind Taylor Lodge. There are programs at both the education hallway stations and the outdoor stations. There is also a basket in the lobby for use on your own in the main church.

Dates: June 12-16
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

For ages 3 (must be potty trained) through children entering the 5th grade in August 2023.

Registration for Volunteers and Participants opens on April 10.

We need adult and teenage volunteers. There will be an adult informational meeting on Saturday, April 1 at 10:00 am in Classroom 1.  Contact Edith Berardi for more information at

Let’s Light Up the World!
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105)