This weekend we celebrate the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In these few short days before Lent begins, Jesus continues to teach the disciples, and all of us, what discipleship requires. In the Gospel passage, he emphasizes the reality that we cannot serve two masters. True disciples are devoted to God and all else balances out when we are able to see everything in the light of our relationship to Christ. Jesus also tells us not to worry; God will take care of us. If we simply “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,” all else will be given to us by him.
Lent begins this Wednesday. There are two liturgies on Ash Wednesday: 8:30 AM Eucharist (with Blessing and Distribution of Ashes) and 6:30 PM Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes. The Scriptures of these past several weeks dealing with discipleship have certainly given us much to think about regarding what God is asking of us this Lent. As we look into our own hearts, let us ask God to show us the areas of our life that need conversion of heart. There are several opportunities this Lenten Season for spiritual enrichment. Please see the ones highlighted below as well as those listed on the flyers in today’s bulletin I invite you to make this the Best Lent Ever for yourself.
Small group prayer and Scripture Sharing will take place each Tuesday morning at 11:00 AM in the Parish Office Center Library. Sessions will be led by two of our Lay Ministers: Margaret Gonzales and Ed Popielarz. The book Believe which will be used is available for purchase through the Parish Office.
Tuesday evening Mass at 6:30 PM on March 7, 21, and April 4 will be followed by half-hour sessions on RCIA, and the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. I will be teaching those sessions.
Thursday Mornings Outreach Ministry will take place at 10:00 AM. This consists in writing out cards (Thinking of You, Congratulations, Get Well, etc.) to parishioners. Amy Dupuis will be coordinating this ministry.
A Parish Eucharistic Day will take place on Friday, March 10, beginning with 8:30 AM Mass followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 6:30 PM with a Liturgy of the Word Closing Prayer, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Beginning March 1, you will be invited to sign up for times for Adoration as there must be 2 persons in church at all times during the day.
Blessings on the upcoming Lenten Season!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ