02/07/2016 Pastor’s Message

February 24th, 2016 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive 2016

From the Desk of Fr. Dennis

 

GET READY FOR THE JOURNEY

 

That journey, of course, is Lent.  How will Lent 2016 be different than any other Lent?  It should be different, since we are different people.  We have had a year of prayer, a year of reflection on the Paschal Mystery, a new liturgical year to guide us to a deeper relationship with Jesus.

 

Watch the bulletin for guidance on fast and abstinence and guidelines for a successful journey.  Also, coming soon in the mail will be a Lenten Mission schedule.  Put it on your refrigerator or tape it to your mirror.  All I can say is:  join us, join us, join us…

 

In the fifth century, Peter Chrysologus wrote:  “Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting.  If we have not all three together, we have nothing.”  What do we need to fast from this Lent?  How will I respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit?

 

It’s not just about getting a smudge of ashes on our foreheads, and then “doing Lent” the same as always.  Let this Lent be vibrant, ever new.

 

Your brother on the Lenten journey together,

 

Reverend Dennis J. Vincenzo

 

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