Lent & Holy Week 2020

Dear Friends,

     Included in this newsletter is a list of all the Masses and Reconciliation services that are being offered in our parish during this Lenten season. Please consider any and all of these as an open invitation for you to spend time with our Lord and renew your spiritual batteries as it were.
     When we reflect on all that Christ has done for us, we cannot help but take some time for ourselves and reflect on how blessed we are.  We have a God who loves us.  A God we can turn to when in need of forgiveness and know we will never be rejected.
     There is such great value in taking advantage of a season like Lent in our faith journey.  Especially when we think about where it leads us; the joy of Easter Resurrection!  So hard to believe at times, yet so real. 
     It is the basis of our faith.  The biggest struggle may be that we do not take it for granted.  All the more reason for us enter into Lent with a purpose; to give something up so as to remind ourselves of Christ's death and resurrection in our lives.  Instead of giving something up perhaps we can consider taking something on; a ministry of reaching out to others who have less or have a need of some sort.
    Or perhaps it may be something as simple as noting something in the list of things offered by our parish this Lent and your deciding to commit yourself to it.
    Whatever you decide, I wish you many blessings along your Lenten journey and may it lead you to the joy of our Risen Lord.

God bless,

Fr. John Hayes, Pastor

 

Click here to print a copy of the Lenten schedule
for 2020 or see it larger. 

 

On Ash Wednesday and following each Mass, we will be reciting the healing prayer below for victims of abuse. You will be able to find these laminated prayer cards in your pew.

 

Healing Prayer for Victims of Abuse

God of endless love, source of all consolation and hope who is ever caring, always present, and always just. You gave your only Son to save us by the blood of his cross.

Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace, join to your own suffering the pain of all who have been sexually abused in body, mind, and spirit by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.

Hear our prayers as we agonize over the harm done to our brothers and sisters in our Catholic Churches, in our schools, in our society as a whole. Breathe wisdom into our prayers, as we continue to pray for the healing for those whose spirit is broken.

Soothe the wounded hearts of all who have had their innocence stolen from them. Show us the way to justice and wholeness in ways enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.

Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts, heal your people’s wounds and transform our brokenness. Grant us courage and wisdom, forgiveness, humility and grace so that we may act with justice and find wholeness in you.