DEAR PEOPLE OF GOD,

Lenten Random Thoughts

*Remember that all the Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence from meat and meat products. Other acts of penance are also encouraged to remember the day Jesus died for us on the Cross.

*The Sundays during Lent are not part of Lent since Sunday always celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus.

*While there are 14 Stations of the Cross, we conclude that service with a 15th Station—Jesus’ resurrection—in the Rite of Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

*The large Crucifix in the Narthex (near the Baptismal Font) helps to focus our Lenten gaze as we enter the Church (the Nave) for worship. Take a moment before that cross to center our minds and hearts to pray the sacrifice of the Mass. Perhaps, touch that Cross as token of our veneration for Him who hangs upon it.

*Plan to come to Confession on a Lenten Saturday at 4:00 PM in the Main Church.

*Save the date for our Lenten Mission, April 7, 8, 9.

* On the weekend of March 23/24, every Mass will be an Instructed Eucharist—a Teaching Mass. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the details of our Worship leading us to fuller participation at Mass.

*Try coming to Mass early on these Lenten weekends to prepare your hearts for worship. All the Ministers are asked to be in their places 10 minutes before Mass begins. The Clergy will be in their places as well preparing for Mass.

In Christ our Brother,
Fr. Merold