Goodbye to the Alleluias, the Gloria and the green vestments and hello to the Penitential Purple of Lent!
Lent began last Wednesday with the ashes and will continue for five Lenten Sundays followed by Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Sunday which is April 5 this year. The Council of Nicea in 325 AD decided that Easter would always be the first Sunday after the first full moon following the March equinox. The earliest possible Easter is March 22 and the latest possible April 25. We follow the Gregorian calendar while Eastern Christianity uses the Julian calendar leading to different dates for Easter.
No matter how we calculate it, Lent is an extraordinary opportunity for us. It’s our time to focus on Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. The Gospel tells us how to do these practices – quietly, privately and without fanfare. We are to change ourselves from the inside out. This means that our thoughts, prayers, attitudes, intentions, desires, goals etc. etc. all are to be examined. Then, we are to change if necessary to reflect the life change Jesus calls us to. Lent is to purge us of our selfishness. I am always delighted to see an uptick in the number coming to daily Mass. We are a community on the journey.
Be sure to pick up the free booklet at the back of church. “Returning to God” is the title by Henry Nouwen and it has a short meditation for each day of Lent.
It looks like we are off to a great start with the Together in Mission annual appeal that helps the financially struggling parishes and schools of our diocese. Our goal is $119,700.00 Thanks to all who pledged last week and we hope to wrap up the pledges this weekend.
A blessed forty days of Lent to each one of you.
View the photos from Father Dan Fox farewell liturgy on June 29, 2014.
@ St. B's
Please bring your non-perishable items to benefit the
Guadalupe Center food pantry.
Adult Faith Enrichment
Thursday March 5 @ 7:30pm:Lent with Fr. Martin
Bible Study Groups