From the Pastor’s Desk – February 14, 2016

Lent literally means spring, or spring time, and the weather this week felt like spring, warm and inviting for walks, seeing plants sprouting new growth and more. As we enter into the season of Lent, it is a time to reset, refocus and re-prioritize our lives in living our faith, understanding better who we are and how we see ourselves in the light of Christ. Everyone loves a buffet, a line-up of favorite foods to choose from. Lent is not a buffet but we have a variety of prayer opportunities. What do you want to do?
WEEKDAY Mass: For those who can, come to weekday Mass to further unfold the mystery of our faith in preparation for Easter. Listen intently to the Word and take that word with you into the rest of your day – 8:15 AM – Tuesday through Friday
WEDNESDAYS: Beginning February 17th through Wednesday, March 23rd, we feature “The Light is On for You” from 6 to 8pm. Throughout the Diocese priests will be available in all the parishes for individual confessions in church. In the vestibule greeters will assist those who come, offer a light refreshment, and a guide to the sacrament of reconciliation if needed. As Pope Francis wrote in “Joy of the Gospel” “God never tires of forgiving us. We are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.”
STATIONS of the Cross and Lent Devotions: On the Fridays of Lent we offer Stations of the Cross, one night for Adoration, Benediction and Exposition of the Eucharist and one night for Taize prayer. Since we can’t all travel to Jerusalem to walk the Via Dolorosa, we can make this journey of faith, walk with Jesus to the cross in our own church, reflecting on the mystery of the cross that Jesus died out of love for us to save us. How does that love come alive in our lives?
ARISE small faith sharing groups: 93 people signed up for one of the eight groups meeting at different times and places throughout the week to experience Season Two: “Change our Hearts.” How is our life an ongoing conversion process, turning our hearts again and again to Jesus?
REDISCOVER JESUS: For those who want a personal retreat, pick up a copy of “Rediscover Jesus” by Matthew Kelly from the vestibule. We have enough for each adult who wishes one. Take ten minutes a day in the morning, in the afternoon or evening and read the short chapter, think about the questions and take those thoughts to prayer. Each of us can have a dynamic relationship with Jesus, and if we don’t have it right now, reading this book prayerfully may spark a new relationship with our friend and Savior.
These are just some suggestions on the many ways we can grow in faith, love, prayer and hope. Happy Lent!
Father Larry

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