Second Sunday of Lent

03-08-2020Pastor's CornerRev. Robert J. Deehan, V.F.

Our parish offers several opportunities to help you grow spiritually during the season of Lent. There are online resources, like Best Lent Ever (with Journal) and the Rediscover the Saints book Facebook parish discussion group, or the daily Scripture reflection booklets available for personal prayer. You may find just the right book or CD on our media resource kiosk in the side narthex. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is offered more frequently during Lent (Wednesdays: 6:30-8:00pm) to provide a renewing and healing encounter with our merciful Lord, Jesus. Have you considered attending daily Mass for Lent? Several of our parishioners make this a Lenten practice. Consequently, we offer the 8:15am Mass in the main church to accommodate the larger number of people. Following daily Mass, we pray the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet in the chapel. (Free Rosary beads are available on the table outside the chapel.) Stations of the Cross is offered at 5:00pm on the Fridays of Lent. It's led by children of our parish and includes free pizza downstairs afterwards. All – young and old are most welcome! Also, there's Adoration/Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Fridays (9:00am-5:00pm) in our chapel and on First Friday's for 24 hours! Have you ever just sat gazing at Jesus displayed in the monstrance? This period of prayer ends with Evening Prayer and Benediction at 5:00pm. These ancient prayers of the Church are something to be experienced if you've never had the pleasure.

A special Evening of Reflection with the opportunity for individual Confessions with visiting priests will take place on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00pm in the main church. We've invited the new Director of Miramar Retreat Center, Fr, Mark Schramm, SVD to offer his insights on personal prayer. Next weekend after all the Masses, we have a unique kind of prayer for you to experience. We'll offer a 20 minute Lenten Guided Mediation to help you quiet down and reflect upon the true meaning of the season. Give yourself a spiritual gift by planning to take just a few minutes after Mass to be led into the encounter of Jesus with the Woman at the Well accompanied by peaceful music.

I hope you will spread the word about these offerings here at Holy Family, and come with family members and friends to be spiritually enriched. You will only get out of the season of Lent what you put into it. We're here to help provide the opportunities!

God bless you!
Fr. Bob