We are off to a great start with the pledges for the Together in Mission annual collection that helps the poorer 37 parishes and 57 schools of our diocese. Thank you so much to all who made a pledge. Our goal is $114,000.00 and I hope many more pledges will come in today, or next week, to put us over the top. I appreciate those too, who would pledge if only they could – you are not forgotten in my prayers. Indeed the Lord calls us all to have generous hearts and that is one of the signs of our holiness.
Lent is almost upon us. Our local McDonalds already has “Fish Fridays” on their sign! It’s nice to see that our Catholic tradition is having an effect on our culture! I’m not advertising the golden arches here, I’m hoping you will plan on being at St. B’s for your Friday evening meal followed by Stations of the Cross.
So what will you do for Lent? This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. Morning Masses are 6:30, 8:30 & 11:00. Then there is an evening Mass at 7:30 PM. Ashes will be distributed at all the Masses.
I love a new idea and at the beginning of this year I heard of a new idea about new years resolutions. I think it may be helpful to some of us for Lent. Naturally I encourage the traditional practices of Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving and you may have your own practices that you do each Lent. I recommend daily Mass and daily scripture reading.
This new idea? Here it is. As well as making your usual resolutions – pick a word! Find a word that speaks to you about your journey. Choose a word that captures your personal goal. Christian virtues would all make good words – Honesty! Kindness! Courage! Forgiveness! Patience! Truth! Etc. One word taken seriously can change our lives. Put it on a ‘post it’ on the bathroom mirror as a reminder and read it aloud to yourself daily. Have a ‘post it’ for every family member. Other words may work better for you like – Listen! Slow! Abstain! Notice! Etc. Better again, go to your room, sit upright in a chair, hands on your knees, eyes closed, relax ready to listen and say “Dear Lord Jesus, give me a word for Lent”.
The bottom line is that Lent is a great opportunity for us. These forty days of purple vestments and no Alleluias is an annual gift that can dispel boredom and renew our lives. A good Lent makes for a great Easter. Let’s not let this Lent slide by like a movie we did not get to see.
God bless you.
@ St. B's
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