First Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners,

Lent begins with a rainbow in the sky (Genesis 9:8-15) and the Lord Jesus being tempted in the desert for 40 days (Mark 1:12-15). Covenants and signs “of old” are transformed into the “New Covenant” in Christ Jesus, the “ark” who carries us through the cleansing flood, “the baptismal bath” which leads us to salvation (1 Peter 3:18-22). These are faith-filled days of transformation and repurposing of our lives in Christ. These are hope-filled days of covenant renewal which enliven us in Christ! These are sight-filled days when the “signs of the covenant” surround us and encourage us to follow and serve God wholeheartedly! These are quiet days to ponder the Paschal Mystery.

Good Friday’s Solemn Intercession “For Holy Church” seems so fitting in light of today’s celebration:

Let us pray for the Holy Church of God, that our God and Lord be pleased to give her peace, to guard her and unite her throughout the whole world and grant that, leading our lives in tranquility and quiet, we may glorify God the Father Almighty.

Almighty ever-living God, who in Christ revealed your glory to all the nations, watch over the works of your mercy, that your Church, spread throughout the world, may persevere with steadfast faith in confessing your name.

Last weekend we began “Our Catholic Appeal.” Our assessments for this year are $266,512 for Blessed Sacrament and $13,018 for Santo Toribio. Toward these goals, the following pledges were made:

  •     Blessed Sacrament    133 households pledged $28,502
  •     Santo Toribio pledges weren’t available at the time of publishing.

I thank you, in the name of Bishop Noonan, for your support of the Pastoral Offices of the Diocese of Orlando, of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, and of the Diocesan Office of Schools.

May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!

Fr. Bob

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