Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In less than two weeks we begin the Holy Season of Lent! Hard to believe, isn’t it? But this forewarning gives us ample time to make preparations for how we will journey together through this time of repentance and sanctification. Our Lenten disciplines of fasting, more ardent prayer and works of charity have a purpose. That is, to renew our baptismal discipleship. To proclaim evermore boldly: “I belong to Jesus Christ!”
If then we truly belong to the Lord, we begin that journey of abandoning sin and changing to virtue. A good confession is how to begin the journey. Availing ourselves to the prayerful and liturgical life of the Mystical Body of Christ makes us all-the-more aware of our discipleship. We ask ourselves: Does my daily schedule resemble Jesus’ balance of serious prayer and compassionate work on behalf of others? Lent gives us the opportunity to make that assessment of our lives and act accordingly.
This week the Church joins in the celebration of World Marriage Day – February 8, as we recognize the beauty and sanctity of married love — the covenant of commitment and exclusivity between a man and a woman and also the World Day of Prayer for the Sick, always celebrated on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. February 11. Married life and those bearing sickness give witness to the world of God’s Presence in committed love and in bearing the cross. Let us pray for God’s blessing on those who give such fine witness.
Finally, it has been a joy and blessing to have Father Desam with us during these, unfortunately, frigid months. He returns to his parish in India on February 25. Before he leaves us, let us show our appreciation twofold. On the weekend of February 21– 22 we will have a second collection for the good work Father Desam is doing in our sister parish, and a reception following the 10:30 am Sunday Mass in Holy Family Hall. Please make every effort to come and express our thanks and appreciation to Father.