|Pastors Desk |
A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY – The liturgies for the season of Lent follow a
particular design. The first two Sundays in the Lectionary for Mass, the focal
point is two events in the life of Jesus—the Temptation (Mathew 4:1-11) and the
Transfiguration (17:1-9). One author describes the theme of the Lenten
lectionary like this.
“Lent calls us to repent of all that obscures God’s 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 we share through
Baptism. Lent calls us to life: to become more and more in touch with the
reality of God’s life within us, to awaken to the glorious destiny that is ours
and to hasten toward it. This is the pre-eminent theme we hear in the Sunday
Lectionary for Year A.”
On the Third Sunday of Lent, March 23, we hear the beautiful story of Jesus’
encounter with a Samaritan woman at a well and his invitation to eternal life.
The Fourth Sunday, Jesus restores the sight of a man born blind and on the Fifth
Sunday we hear the powerful account of the raising of Lazarus. (Sundays 3-5 in
Year A all feature readings from the gospel of John.)
I hope these Lenten gospels lead you to become more aware of the tenderness of
God’s love. Jesus shows us the way to deeper faith, to bring life out of death,
to have the abundance of life eternal.
You become more aware of the tenderness of God’s love by your prayer—private and
public—by fasting, and by almsgiving. When you pray at home or at Mass, you make
yourself aware of God and available for God to work through you. When you fast,
you deprive yourself of one thing to create a hunger for something greater. When
we give alms you give part of your life so that another may live.
In his Lenten message for 2014, Pope Francis offers “some helpful thoughts on
our path of conversion as individuals and as a community…(and an)…invitation
to…a life of evangelical poverty”. Conversion and charity flow
from our Lenten practice of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
MAY THE LENTEN SPRINGTIME . . .
- Read the Holy Father’s 2014 Lenten Letter: www.news.va/.../popes-lenten-message-2014
- TRANSFORM US, O LORD! - Reflections for the Season of Lent is a series of Sunday bulletin inserts that begin this week.
- Wednesday Evening Devotions - “The Way of the Cross According to Matthew” begin Wednesday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.
- First Penance Family Retreat – Our Second Grade students and their families will celebrate this sacrament for the first time on Sunday, March 16.
- Operation Rice Bowl – This week, CRS Rice Bowl invites us to enter into solidarity with the people of Kenya. We are encouraged to reflect on the Catholic social teaching principle, Sacredness and Dignity of the Human Person, and reminded that our inherent dignity comes from our creation as children of God and not from any of our own actions. Let us pray this week for our brothers and sisters in Kenya and all around the world, that we may respect and uphold the sacredness of life and dignity of all people. Learn more at www.orb.crs.org
. . . LEAD YOU TO AN EASTER OF UNENDING JOY!
THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK – Please refer to the Lenten Reflection
on the TRANSFORM US, O LORD!- Reflections for the Season of Lent
WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? Stewardship of treasure asks only a
percentage of income. Many people find that when they trust God and return a
certain percentage of their income to the Church and other charities, they can
live adequately on the rest of their income.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
For more information call 226-8433 or visit
SAVE THE DATE:
April 5 “Purses & Bling” Ladies Night
April 9 Lenten Penance Service
April 13 Palm Sunday
April 17-20 Easter Triduum
April 20 Easter Sunday
Sept. 7 Confirmation at 11:00am Mass
November 1 Reverse Raffle
Nov. 3-13 “Best of Ireland” Parish Pilgrimage
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