Pastor’s Letter, February 26th, 2017: Lent, 40 Day Journey
Lent is upon us. This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. It is the beginning of that annual 40 day journey to Holy Week and Easter. Holy Week and Easter are the most solemn holy days on the Christian calendar and the Church in her wisdom from ancient times has observed Lent. Lent is a time of penance, fasting and prayer to prepare our hearts to receive again the gift of Salvation made available to us through the Paschal Mystery: the passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus.
I encourage everyone to make this Lent like no other. It can be the same old, same old or we can try something new and different. The goal is to create an opening, a space, for Christ to meet us and love us in a way that perhaps he never has. There are two things we really need in this life and those are love and truth – and Jesus gives us both.
There are many opportunities to meet our Lord during this time of Lent. Perhaps you might consider coming to a daily mass once a week. Lent is the appropriate time to approach our Lord in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confessions are offered 3:30pm every Saturday as well as a Lenten Penance Service with individual confessions on March 28th at 7PM. As we did in Advent, we will have many priests on hand for individual confessions. And in remembrance of our Lord’s Passion, we will have Stations of the Cross every Friday of Lent at 7pm followed by Eucharistic Exposition and Rosary.
Please keep in prayer our Catechumens and Candidates who are entering their final preparation for their entrance into the Catholic Church at Easter. Our little flock this year consists of five people. Also please keep in mind family or friends who may be interested in the RCIA process for next year. After Easter we will be beginning Inquiry sessions. The Inquiry meetings are informal sessions for those who may be interested in joining the Catholic Church. After Easter we will also be offering adult confirmation sessions for adult Catholics who have not been confirmed.