A Message from
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Peace and all Good!
We have now begun the Holy Season of Lent! This season calls us to repent of all that obscures Gods’ life within us and to believe in the Good News of the Gospel: the Good News of the forgiveness that is offered, the Good News of God’s love that is greater than anything we have done or failed to do, the Good News of the eternal life that has already begun for us through the Death and Resurrection of Jesus and in which share through Baptism. In other words: Lent calls us to life! During this Season we should become more and more aware of the reality of God’s life within us and the promise of glory to come! This is the main theme we will hear proclaimed in the scriptures for the Sundays for Lent in this Year A. Traditionally, there are three ways to observe Lent: By Fasting, by Prayer and by Almsgiving. I am convinced that if we give of ourselves to these three holy practices, we will have a beautiful and growth filled Lent. Fasting means that we cut down on food and perhaps some other pleasures of life in order to spend more time with the Lord. Our fasting from food should remind us of those in our world who go to bed hungry every night. To help put some special meaning to our fasting, our parish will be involved in almsgiving through “Operation Rice Bowl.” You may pick up your “rice bowl” in the vestibule or at the Welcome Booth. Assemble the bowl and place it on your table. As you save money from eating more simply during Lent, you place those savings in the bowl. We will than have a special procession of our almsgiving on the Fifth Sunday of Lent. All proceeds will go to Catholic Relief Services for the needs of the poor and victims of war and disaster throughout the world. I would also urge you to spend more time in prayer and devotion during Lent. We have several beautiful and inspiring liturgies offered each week during Lent: Sunday Evening Vespers, Centering Prayer, Holy Hour and Benediction of Blessed Sacrament and Stations of the Cross. We will also offer an inspiring Taize Prayer Service on the Friday evening before Palm Sunday to end our Lenten Season. Please mark your calendars for our special “Soup and Study of the Gospel of John” on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Wednesday evenings of Lent. We begin at 6 p.m. with delicious homemade soup and proceed with our study at 6:30 p.m. In all of this, let us keep in mind that Lent is not so much about what we do for God…as it is about what God wishes to do for us: re-creating us in his love and life. Happy Lent!I call your particular attention to our Lenten Sung Vespers at 5:00 p.m. Throughout the centuries, men and women in monasteries and lay people alike have prayed the Liturgy of the Hours. Along with the Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours is part of the Church’s official liturgy! By praying the hours, we consecrate the day to God. I would encourage us all to pray Sunday Vespers together this Lent. We will chant the psalms, hear a short reflection and sing the traditional Magnificat of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our choir will enhance the whole liturgy with beautiful music. Let us offer our prayerful thanksgiving to God at Solemn Vespers!
Finally, my brothers and sisters, Congratulations to all of you! We have reached our Charity and Development Appeal goal of $32,000! On behalf of all those ministries in our diocese which will benefit from your generosity, I say thank you and God’s manifold blessings upon you!
(from left to right) Fr. Luis Baldonado, Fr. Vincent J. Mesi, Fr. Micah Muhlen
and Brother Tito