LENT a spiritual shower!!!
Lent means spring and so the spring showers that will bring growth and green to our beautiful part of the Commonwealth remind us of the cleansing shower of God's grace that brings us to growth. The opportunities for growing abound:
ASH WEDNESDAY: The day that begins the season of Lent begins a 40 day journey to Easter. It is marked by the taking on a of ashes made of the palms from last Passion/Palm Sunday. The greens we waved announcing the arrival of the King have grown dry and brittle. Perhaps our Easter resolve has as well. For this reason we repent our lukewarm-ness and are publicly marked with ashes.
ASH WEDNESDAY AND GOOD FRIDAY, AS WELL AS the Fridays of Lent are also days of Abstinence from all meat and foods made with meat. Unless there is a medical reason not to do so. This is a public witness of the faith. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are also days of Fast. That is, there is to be only one meal these days with the other two meals combined not equalling the larger meal taken.
FASTING, PRAYER, ALMSGIVING: This trinity of Lenten practices are how we "mine" the spiritual riches of the season. Lent is NOT a spectator sport. Iw ill bear fruit only for those who work it. These practices are always other centered. If we fast, the monies saved from the food not taken are given to the hungry. If we pray, we seek to pray for others, if we give, we give to the needy.
THE PARISH MISSION: St Thomas More is hosting a Lenten parish mission from Sunday March 16th through Tuesday the 18th. Fr Eric Hollas, OSB, of St John's Abbey Collegeville, Minnesota will lead us with a Sunday evening session, and two sessions on Monday and Tuesday. The morning session will be at 10 a.m. and the evening session, set in the context of evening prayer, will be at 7 p.m. Please come and bring some friends! Pray the Holy Spirit's outpouring on Fr Eric and all who are present! On St Patrick's Day, we will have a Corned beef and cabbage dinner prior to the session to celebrate the feast!
DAILY MASS AND THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION! Throughout Lent these usual opportunities for grace take on renewed power. Daily Mass at St Thomas More is on Wednesdays at 5:15 and Thursdays and Fridays at 12:05. RECONCILIATION is celebrated every Saturday from 4 to 4:40 p.m. Mass and reconciliation are in the minor chapel. PLEASE NOTE, if Fr. Eric is able, there will be daily Masses on the Monday and Tuesday of the mission as well.
LENTEN MATERIALS: "The Little Black Book" and other lenten materials are available to assist us in our lenten journey. Please use them daily. also the following books are good for Lent:
- All of the New Testament, especially the Passion Accounts.
- "A Holy Longing" by Ronald Rolheiser
- "A Passion for Pilgrimage" by Allan Long
- "Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce and The Chronicles of Narnia", all by C S Lewis
- "The Joy of the Gospel" by Pope Francis
- "And the Angels were Silent" by evangelical author Max Lucado
THE RCIA: The season of Lent is actually our attempt to journey alongside our catechumens and candidates as they travel the road to initiation. Remember to keep them in your prayers. They are to be Elected and selected, they will wear distinctive grab to remind us of their important place in our family of faith. Roman Catholics, although not fully initiated until the Easter Vigil, they will come before each of the parish Eucharistic communities for the Scrutinies, and will serve in various capacities throughout the season. The Wednesday sessions at 7 p.m. are open to all in the parish. Please check the bulletin for details each week. please remember them in your prayers!
There are more of course! Ask Msgr Michael if you needs more suggestions
May the season be full, rich and wondrous!!! Happy Lent!
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every Saturday at 4:30pm.
HOLY LAND TRIP: April 2014
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