March 5-6, 2022
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We have started our 40-day period of prayer and discipline–our annual renewal before the great and glorious days of Holy Week. Our Lord sets the tone as He enters into the desert, led by the Holy Spirit, to prepare for the work of our redemption. In His humanity He needs to be fortified by prayer and fasting. By putting aside earthly concerns for the moment He draws ever nearer to the discernment of the Father’s will. Thus, He sets the example for our Lenten journey. We need to “construct” a desert for ourselves. Less food, less entertainment, less distractions are the order of the day for anyone serious about having a fruitful Lent. No doubt it is hard to do when so many things vie for our attention. Perhaps we can also take a lesson from the suffering people of Ukraine. One day their lives are uneventful, the next they are faced with horror. They went from self-sufficiency to dependence and desperation overnight. How can one understand the madness that brought this about except that the evil one has launched an attack of mega proportions once again? He went after the Son of God in the desert, he goes after the sons and daughters of God to this day.
In light of these tragic developments, we may discern the purpose of our Lenten disciplines. We fast, we pray, we sacrifice for those who are suffering the scourge of war. We leave our comfort zones and in solidarity spiritually share in the sufferings of the Ukrainian people. May God accept our humble sacrifices and quickly bring an end to the inhumanity against the innocent.
Because we did not receive our bulletins last week, I reiterate the announcement of some of our Lenten practices. Beginning on Tuesday, March 8th at 7:00pm in Holy Family Hall, We shall conduct our Bible study entitled; “The Bible and the Church Fathers”. We shall meet weekly with the exception of Holy Week and resume after Easter until completion. During this series you will learn who the early Church Fathers were, how very important they were for the growth of the Church and how they shaped the way we read the Sacred Scriptures. You will learn how the Bible took form, the powerful tools for reading It, and come to understand an indivisible relationship between the SAcred Scriptures, Sacred Tradition and the Seven Sacraments.
The study consists of a video (in person during our meetings or streaming for those who cannot attend in person) and a workbook (cost $25.) Each participant should have a workbook for taking notes, reading assignments and review and discussion questions. Please call the parish office to reserve your workbook and register for the study.
During Lent, beginning on March 6th and every Sunday during Lent, we shall have Sung Vespers in St. John’s Church begins at 4:00 P.M. During that time, we will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, time for quiet prayer and meditation and conclude by 5:00PM.
Stations of the Cross will be offered on Fridays: 11:20 AM and 7:00 PM in St Mary Magdalen; 5:30 PM in Joseph’s and 6:00 PM in St. Bernard’s.
Let us keep in pray Christine and LeeAnn who are preparing for entrance into the Faith at the Easter Vigil. They will participate in the Rite of Election at our Cathedral this Sunday afternoon.