Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Jesus, draw me closer to you . . . . Jesus, draw me closer to you through your cross this Lent.  As we together embark upon our Lenten journey to remember who we are as God’s sons and daughters, let us invite Jesus to draw us closer to him.

Jesus, draw us closer to you through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Tonight (Sunday), Monday evening and Wednesday morning we will gather as a community to celebrate God’s love and mercy in our lives through Reconciliation.  Our taking part in this sacrament is a way in which we celebrate something that has already taken place in our hearts.  God has already forgiven us.  We seek the Sacrament of Reconciliation after becoming aware of the alienation in our lives and recognizing the need for healing.  Who among us is not in need of healing?  The introduction  to the Rite of Penance tells us that the church “possesses both water and tears: the water of baptism, the tears of penance.”  As baptism welcomes and cleanses us of sin, so too does the Sacrament of Reconciliation welcome us back into deeper relationship with our Savior and cleanse us of our sin.  I hope you will join us this week.

  • Sunday Evening Youth Reconciliation Service 7:00 pm
  • Monday Evening Parish Reconciliation Service 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday Morning Reconciliation Service 11:00 am

Last week in my homily I spoke about a dad who writes notes to his daughter.  If you’d like to see or hear the story first hand you can vivit Napkin Notes Dad.

At the Saturday evening Mass last week (March 2), videographer Eric Barstow filmed our Mass as a part of a documentary that is being produced by Ellen Shepherd entitled “Sitting at God’s Table”. The documentary invites five religious leaders (Catholic, Baptist, Episcopal, Jewish and Muslim) who all believe in the one God of Abraham to come together for a meal and respond to Ellen’s questions about the unity and diversity that exists among these leaders.  To see the trailer for the documentary, click here.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark

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