The final Gospel passage (Luke 6:39-45) before the Season of Lent begins offers an introspective challenge to the disciples of the Jesus regarding the quality of our capacity to teach and to judge rightly. He questions peoples “blind spots” in terms of splinters and planks in one’s eye. Like this gospel, Lent offers us an extended period of time for self-examination, repentance and reform. this reform should be of a nature that enables us to reclaim, that Original Innocence which was lost by Original Sin, a reshaping of the inside that might lead to a reshaping of our external lives. Thus we pray:
Merciful God, you called us forth from the dust of the earth and you claimed us for Christ in the waters of Baptism. Look upon us as we enter these forty days bearing the mark of ashes, and bless our journey through the desert of Lent to the font of rebirth. May our fasting be a hunger for justice, our alms, a making of peace, and our prayer, the chant of humble and grateful hearts.
Ashes on Wednesday will be distributed at a 6:30am Liturgy of the Word, Mass at 8:30am, a Noon Liturgy of the Word and at Masses which will take place at 5:00pm and 7:00pm. I am grateful to the Ministers to the Sick who will visit the hospital (taking care of both the staff and the patients) and to all the nursing homes within our parish boundaries.
On each Friday of Lent Stations of the Cross will take place at 6:00pm. In addition, on March 15, March 22, March 29, April 5 and April 10 there will be Lenten “Soup” Suppers in the Social Hall following the Stations of the Cross. The five Lenten Suppers will be followed by “Soup Talks” in Saint John Bosco Hall.
I want to thank those who have thus far responded to Our Catholic Appeal. We are making good and steady progress! Thank you! As of last weekend, 272 households of the parish have pledged $98,135.27 toward of assessment of $298,181 and 9 households from Mission Santo Toribio Romo have pledged $982.00 toward the assessment of $11,095.
Thanks also to the many who volunteered and worked upon our parish picnic which occurred yesterday at Mission Santo Toribio. Thanks especially to Kaitlin Menner who was the chairperson and who brought many new and wonderful ideas to this event.
We welcome Bishop Noonan this weekend as he celebrates the 5:00pm Mass and administers the Sacrament of Confirmation to many of our young adults. Congratulations to these Confirmandi! We pray that your lives will be filled with the manifold gifts of the Holy Spirit and that you will manifest them well in your ministries within the Church!
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!