This weekend we celebrate the Third Sunday of Lent. Our Gospel passage is the familiar story of the woman at the well. It is called one of the Scrutiny Gospels because it is used every year that there are Elect preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation. In our own parish, Morgan Higgins is in the process of her immediate preparation for receiving those sacraments at the Easter Vigil. Part of her preparation is the celebration of the Rites of Scrutiny which take place for the next three weeks. Scrutinies are rites of self-searching and repentance. The first scrutiny is based on this week’s Gospel. The Elect reflect upon areas in their lives and in our broken world in which they, and all of us, thirst for the presence of God and call upon his compassion, mercy, and forgiveness. The Act of Penitence is omitted at a Mass in which a Rite of Scrutiny is celebrated because of its penitential character and our response, “Kyrie Eleison.” Please pray for Morgan and all the Elect of our diocese this Lenten Season and also for our parish that we may experience true conversion of heart as we prepare to renew our Baptismal promises this Easter.
Today is CSA Commitment Sunday. Hopefully you received the letter from the bishop along with mine which was included in the same mailing. I trust that you had time to read the brochure as well as pray about how you will be able to support the Catholic Services Appeal this year. Let us be generous in our response to Advance the Mission of Christ. Let us wholeheartedly say: Here I am, Lord!
There is a formation session for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Saint John Vianney Church at 2:00 PM this Sunday, March 19. If you have not yet attended a session by Father Jim Bessert and wish to be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion certified and deputed by the Bishop, please attend this session or the next one that will take place here in June.
Please join us in the celebration of Mass on Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM. Following Mass, I will present my second session on the Sacraments of Initiation, covering both Baptism (which I touched upon a bit last week in covering the RCIA process) and Confirmation.
Stations of the Cross this week on Friday at 6:30 PM will be done in a reflective and meditative style. They were used last Lent, and since we received favorable comments, the Worship Commission suggested we repeat them again this year. You will notice that each week we are using a different one of the many options available for Stations of the Cross. Next week, we will be praying the Scriptural Stations of the Cross given to us by Saint John Paul II when he was pope. The last week of Stations will be led by the youth of our parish.
Blessings on your Lenten Journey!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ