Pastor’s Message 02/26/2017

March 8th, 2017 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive

From the Desk of Father Dennis


It is soon upon us—Ash Wednesday is just a few days away! That’s right – the premier day of fasting and abstinence, ushering in the forty days of Lent, has arrived. We all have our rituals, such as “giving up” our favorite food, TV show, smoking.   Perhaps we might give up our most prized video game, which jumps out of our phone every time we sign on. The Catholic Bishops of the United States have strongly urged a “NO TEXT” Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. We can quiet ourselves down, shut out the noise of our surroundings. Is this humanly possible? Is it too way out there? Can we do it? Think about it.

Below this column are the Lenten regulations, giving us the guidelines to follow to strengthen ourselves spiritually for this sacred season. Giving up meat for Friday may seem a little outdated (“Who does that anymore?” “I want my burger or a grinder!”) Prayerfully approach them, thinking about what their purpose might be. I grew up eating fish sticks (Does anyone eat these anymore? Inviting the Gorton fisherman into your home?) or tuna casserole on Fridays. My father, God rest his soul, was not fond of tuna casserole. He ate it begrudgingly, but not too often. He preferred garlic and oil (!!!) with linguini.

I have an invitation, a challenge, for you. Dynamic Catholic, the organization founded by Matthew Kelly, has a wonderful gift this Lent:

It invites us to receive a short video each day in your e-mail, as well as much information and practical Lenten tips. I invite you to join me in this endeavor. Try it, you might like it. It’s better than eating fish sticks!

Your companion on the Lenten journey,

Reverend Dennis J. Vincenzo

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