First Sunday of Lent

Lent has begun.  We have received ashes, begun to read our Little Black Books, and determined how we will enter into the disciplines of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving this Lenten Season.  Today we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent.  The Gospel passage relates the experience of Jesus being led into the desert by the Spirit.  After forty days and forty nights of prayer and fasting he is tempted by the devil.  He overcomes those temptations by spiritually outwitting the tempter.  Just as the Spirit led Jesus into the desert, so, too, does that same Spirit lead us into the “desert” these forty days. We can be sure that if Jesus was tempted, we also will face temptation.  If we are aware of our weaknesses, we may not be so apt to be caught off guard and give into temptation.  Let us pray for the courage honestly to look within ourselves and for the grace to overcome whatever temptation may come our way.     

Did you notice all the opportunities for spiritual enrichment this Lent noted in last week’s bulletin?  I hope you saved the flyers and took some time to discern which of the “spiritual exercises” you are drawn to undertake this Lent.  There is something taking place nearly every day of the week related to prayer, fasting, or almsgiving.  So, hopefully, you are able to choose the day that is best for you and do something extra for Lent this year.  Let’s make this the Best Lent Ever.       

This week I would like to highlight the first of the soup suppers which will take place at Saint Andrew Church (Christ the Good Shepherd Parish) on Thursday at 5:30 PM followed by a presentation on this Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 17: 1-9) at 6:30 PM by Father Andy Booms.

Please note that our parish Eucharistic Day will take place this Friday, March 10, beginning with 8:30 AM Mass followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place from 9:30 AM until 6:30 PM.   At least two people need to be present in church praying each hour until the Closing of the Eucharistic Day at 6:30 PM.  A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board at the side entrance near the organ.  If you are unable to be present for a whole hour, please do come and pray any time during the day.  Father Jim will preside and preach at the Closing of the Eucharistic Day (6:30 PM) which will conclude with Benediction and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Please see the full page of Opportunities for Spiritual Enrichment for the First Week of Lent in today’s bulletin.


Blessings on your Lenten Journey!

Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ