Fourth Sunday of Lent

Can you believe it is the Fourth Sunday of Lent already?  This Sunday is called Laetare Sunday.  Laetare is a Latin word which means “rejoice.”  The Entrance Antiphon for today’s Mass is: “Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her.  Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast.”  On this Sunday, rose vestments may be worn and flowers may be present in the sanctuary.  It is the Sunday when we celebrate the Second Scrutiny with the Elect and reflect upon the areas of blindness in our own lives as we hear the story of the Man Born Blind from John’s Gospel.  We are joyful for many reasons.  There are only 18 days until we enter into the great celebration of the Easter Triduum.  If we have embraced the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, hopefully our relationship with Christ has deepened.  We have entered into this Season of Lent “willing to repent and believe in the Gospel;” willing to embrace conversion, change, and transformation within our lives; willing to reflect upon our baptism and how faithfully we are living out our call to discipleship; willing to face the areas of thirst and blindness in our lives; willing to seek repentance in the sacrament of Penance; and, thus, willing to choose that which leads to life.  If we have really taken all of this seriously, we have reason to rejoice today because we have been spiritually enriched and have, no doubt, experienced some grace-filled moments these Lenten days.  In these days ahead, between now and the Easter Triduum, let us make the most of the opportunities presented to us


This week, I would like to highlight the Lenten Penance Liturgy on Tuesday at 7:00 PM at Saint Helen Church (Christ the Good Shepherd Parish) and the Rosary Altar Society Lenten Evening of Reflection on Thursday beginning with 5:30 PM Mass.


Please note the Triduum schedule in today’s bulletin.  If you are willing to serve as a liturgical minister on any of those days, please call Alex or Sister Chris at 755-0828 to let us know of your availability. The Triduum liturgical minister schedule will be prepared this coming week.  You may be receiving a phone call requesting your assistance (even if we don’t hear from you) because we need several liturgical ministers to cover all those liturgies.


Thank you to all who are selling and/or buying Big Raffle tickets.  That raffle is sponsored by the Catholic Community Foundation which graciously shares 50% of the proceeds of our sales with the parish.  Our proceeds have been designated for the Education Center Kitchen.


Blessings on your Lenten journey!

Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ