Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, marks the start of Lent, with our request of God that He, “create and make in us new and contrite hearts.” Obviously we who make that request of Him as we pray with the Church during these forty days must offer ourselves in cooperation with Him. And so, the importance of setting a discipline for ourselves in “keeping Lent.” The traditional invitation of the Church to the observance of a holy Lent is still worthy of our consideration in designing an appropriate “rule.” To begin, Ash Wednesday is a day for serious self examination and repentance. The ashes that mark us, while imposed as a sign of our mortality, remind us of this call to self examination and repentance; that of preparing for a sacramental confession. The creation of a “new and contrite heart” begins in the confessional.
Regular acts of prayer and intercession; fasting; and acts of charity through works of self-denial; along with reading and meditating on the Scriptures and their study should round out your rule for Lent. If assistance is needed in shaping a rule that is appropriate for your spiritual need in growing in God’s grace, in coming with joy to keep the Paschal feast, I’ll be ready to help. Pray for me as I will for you each day this Lent that the gift to be obtained from the God of all mercy is that perfect remission and forgiveness that sets us free through the Passion, Death and Resurrection of His Son.
LENTEN WORSHIP: SUNDAYS at 10:30 AM Solemn Mass
1st & 3rd SUNDAYS at 8:00 A M Said Mass
WEDNESDAYS at 10:00 A M Said Mass
FRIDAYS AT 6:30 P M Stations of the Cross and Benediction
SATURDAYS, February 28th & March 28th Rosary at 9:30 A M and Requiem Mass at 10:00 A M