This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and another Lent begins.
Lent for us Catholics is our best annual time for spiritual growth and I hope you will have an amazing Lent this year. I’m hoping you will think about it now and make plans. Your plans should involve three simple changes in behavior in the three traditional areas of our lives. Here they are:
1) PRAYER: Best practice is daily Mass and we have a 6:30 & 8:30 AM weekday Mass. If you cannot make if every day, pick some days you can make. With the fast pace of our lives, especially you school parents – I particularly urge you to consider Mass. Get a group together and support each other. Other practices include the Rosary, the Stations and using the free booklet with daily prayers we will hand out on Ash Wednesday.
2) FASTING: Obviously some foods and drink are great starting places. But how about fasting from TV or shopping or gossip – or whatever it is that pulls us away from time with prayer and family. Be creative.
3) ALMSGIVING: Could you put $1 a day in a jar, or $5 or $10 and bring it to Guadalupe Center for Easter? Could you give some time to visit the elderly? How about some ‘pro bono’ time using your talents? Almsgiving need to be some type of giving over and above our ‘normal’. And if it hurts a bit – you are in the zone!
Open house in our grammar school and preschool last week were wonderful despite the rain. Many came and, of course, were very impressed. As well as superior academics and character development, our parish schools emphasize growing in faith and that’s what sets us apart as the best school around. Invite your neighbors and friends to consider our schools for their children.
The Together in Mission appeal, even after last week’s follow up weekend, is $25,000 short of our $115,000.00 goal so I’m praying that in the next couple of weeks a great spirit of generosity will inspire those who have not yet made a pledge. To those who have pledged, thank you so so much. God bless you all.
Find a mass when you are away: www.masstimes.org