During this season of Lent, we strive to become more aware of the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ through our own penitential acts. The “minimum standard” of abstaining from meat on the Fridays of Lent and fasting on Good Friday should be exactly that – the minimum that we do. Our leisure and recreational activities should be traded for a more sincere prayer life and our willingness to offer ourselves in service to others. The three pillars of Lent – Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving should be manifested in our daily lives as we journey through these 40 days.
You are reminded that confessions are heard 1/2 hour before the daily Masses Monday through Friday. Beginning this 3rd week of Lent, 2 priests will be hearing confessions before the 12:15 p.m. Mass in St. Mary’s. The usual confessions on Saturdays at 2:30 generally have 4 priests hearing. Please take the opportunity to enrich your spiritual life by being reconciled with God and neighbor through this holy sacrament.
Receiving Holy Communion is the epitome of who we are as Catholic Christians. We embrace Jesus, body, blood, soul and divinity when we receive him into ourselves through Holy Communion. Make time to assist at daily Mass as often as possible – after these 40 days, it may become a wonderful habit!
We must embrace the cross before we can realize the Resurrection. Join in praying the Stations of the Cross each Friday at 7:00 p.m. in St. Mary’s Church (English) or Holy Family Church (Spanish) or join our GMC students at 2:15 p.m. in St. Mary’s Church. When we suffer with Jesus through his “Via Dolorosa” we open our hearts to the suffering of others as he opened his heart to redeem us from sin.
We are blessed as Catholics to have ample opportunities to truly immerse ourselves in this penitential season. Don’t let another Lent pass by without experiencing life-changing encounters.