Destroy this Temple and in Three Days I will raise it up! (Jn 2:19)

 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

      On this Third Sunday of Lent we reflect on God’s forming His covenant with ancient Israel.  The world will come to know the true and living God because the people He has redeemed from slavery will live according to the Ten Commandments which bring order and dignity and true freedom to the human spirit.  Ancient Israel would be preachers of this liberating moral code by putting them into practice.  What was true for them, is indeed, true for us.  All of our moral principles and true justice are founded upon these laws of righteousness.  Our Lord, of course, magnified them by His Sermon on the Mount and the giving of the Eight Beatitudes.  Christ, the new Moses, entrusts this law of charity to us disciples and so like ancient Israel we are called to be preachers of the Kingdom by our practice of the Commandments and the Beatitudes.  During Lent we constantly ask ourselves: “How am I living the divine law personally entrusted to me as a disciple?  How have I lived it or how have I failed it?”  This is the way we examine our conscience in order to make a good confession.

      In less than two months a major event of great significance is taking place in our parish: The 25th Anniversary of our Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel on Sunday, May 3rd.  Already plans are underway and now is the time to mark your calendars and plan on participating in these days of grace.

      First, Fr. Bill Garrott, O.P., a priest of the Order of Preachers – Dominicans will be here to conduct a Parish Mission in preparation for the May 3 event.  Father will speak at all the Masses on the weekend of April 25-26 as a preclude to the Mission.  The Mission begins Sunday evening April 26th at 7:00 PM in St. Mary Magdalen Church and continues on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 27 to 29, also at St. Mary Magdalen Church at 7:00 PM.  Father’s talks are all family orientated – children from grade 2 on will be able to enjoy his presentations.  Confessions will be available, as well as Mass and Eucharistic Adoration.  Please plan oncoming to all or any of the Mission sessions for spiritual growth and development and please invite friends, family and neighbors to attend as well.

     The following Sunday, May 3rd, Bishop Bambera will be the main celebrant for the 10:30 AM Mass.  Following the Mass at St. John’s we will have a grand procession to the Perpetual Eucharistic Chapel.  Let us give a great witness to our Faith by gathering as many as possible to accompany Our Lord.  Immediately following, at 1:00 PM we will gather at Lukan’s Farm Resort for a beef and chicken dinner.  Cost per person is $32.00.  Please call the Parish Office, 570-253-4561, to make your reservations and purchase dinner tickets.  We are limited to approximately 150.

      To mark this most important milestone in our parish life a book entitled, “Testimonies of Grace” from our Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is being compiled.  We ask you to submit on a 81/2 x 11 sheet – typed or written – your personal testimony of grace.  You may or may not sign it.  This book will be included in an album for the Bishop’s blessing and permanently displayed in the chapel.  Please contact Claire Harvey to submit your testimony.  Remember in less than two months much will be taking place.  Make plans now to be with your Bishop, priests and fellow parishioners for this momentous celebration.

      With Blessings,

      Fr. Langan