Week of February 7, 2016

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Lent is already upon us. February 10th is Ash Wednesday. Masses will be at 8:00 a.m., 5:00 & 7:00 p.m. Weekday masses during Lent are: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday at 8:00 am and Tuesday & Thursday at 5:30 pm.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every Saturday from 4:00 – 4:30 pm. Our Communal Reconciliation Service will be Wednesday, March 9th at 7:00 pm. At least 8 priests will be there to help with the service. Lent is a great time to experience God’s mercy in this Sacrament.

We have begun sign-ups for small group discussions of the book given out at Christmas time, Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody. Groups meet at different times of the week. Hopefully you can find a time that will work for you and be part of this discussion.

Last weekend we began handing out Matthew Kelly’s book Rediscover Jesus. The books are available for the taking. If you can give a dollar for the book that will help us defray the cost, but the most important thing is that you take advantage of the opportunity to do some spiritual reading during Lent. The book has 40 short chapters. At the end of each chapter there is:

a point to ponder

a verse from scripture

a question to consider

and a very brief prayer for the day.

If you are interested there is a free email program where you will receive daily emails with a short video from Matthew Kelly and a member of the Dynamic Catholic Team that features content from Rediscover Jesus. If you are interested, sign up at: DynamicCatholic.com/Lent.

We also have available The Little Black Book that is a very useful tool for celebrating a meaningful Lent. This book gives short reflections for each day of Lent.

Of course it wouldn’t be Lent without the Knights of Columbus fish fry on Fridays. On the nights we have the fish fries we will also have Stations of the Cross at 5:30 in the church.

Lent is also a special time for our Catechumens & Candidates who will be preparing themselves to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. Remember to keep them in your prayers.

As you can see Lent is a busy time of the year. There are many opportunities for mass, confession, prayer, reflection. Keep your eyes on the bulletin. It will point out things I probably missed as I was writing my column. Take this season seriously. It can change your lives.

Blest Art sent an email expressing their gratitude at your response to their request to support Christians in the Holy Land. They raised $10,308.54.

I look forward to celebrating Lent with you.

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