A Lenten Message from Bishop Gainer

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In my visits throughout the Diocese, especially around Lent, I have sometimes heard it said that, “This Lent, I’m giving up ‘giving up.’” While this may be said humorously by Catholics and our Christian brothers and sisters this time of year, there may be some truth in these words. What if we give up on giving up? As we read in the words from Pope Francis, even through all the challenges and difficulties we face, the promise of Christ’s love and our salvation are sure to come if we are faithful and persevere. In essence, if we don’t give up.

Bishop Gainer’s Christmas Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Another year has come and gone, and we find ourselves navigating the hustle and bustle leading up to Christmas. Recently, our Diocesan Center staff gathered for our annual Advent Mass and Christmas Lunch. A favorite activity during the lunch is singing Christmas Carols, especially the 12 Days of Christmas. Each table takes on one of the days and is encouraged to be creative in how they portray that day. Along with many traditions in our families, we had to forgo our singing again this year.