Happy 1st Anniversary of Priestly Ordination Sun, Jan 25th.
and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Wed, Jan 28th!
LAST YEAR’S PALMS
Please bring in your old palms to be burned for this year’s ashes.
There will be a marked box in the vestibule for this purpose.
2014 TAX RECEIPTS
2014 tax receipt(s) will be available to be picked up in the entrance to the Church NEXT WEEKEND!
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper…Tues, Feb 17
At St. Monica Church (Hall)
As we prepare for Lent…
Please remember these dates: more details to come!
Ash Wed, February 18, Mass at 9:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Station of the Cross: Feb 20, 27, Mar 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Parish Mission: Feb 23, 24 & 25 Mass at 7:00 p.m. (talk to follow)
Parish Penance Service: Thurs, Feb 26, 7:00 p.m.
To welcome the Kingdom and share in its liberating power, we first make room for it by rejecting whatever is opposed to God’s love.
In the Scriptures, we hear of people whose lives are saved from destruction because they repented and sought to change their ways. We see that those called by Jesus were able to respond to his offer of life because they had already taken seriously the message of John the Baptist. We are reminded that growing in freedom, growing in our ability to love, includes putting aside behavior and attitudes that hurt us. Since these things can have deep roots, we have to examine our lives carefully and honestly. putting them aside must be an action from the depths of our heart - repentance. Then we are able to live in the freedom meant for God’s children.
Repentance Frees Us
While the word ‘repentance’ brings to mind many different feelings and ideas, one is first. Repentance is about choosing to live in God’s love. It is about turning to God and away from things that destroy us.
What are the safe, secure things that we might be willing to give up in hope of something better? What would it take to make the risk seem worthwhile? When have we done this?
Prayers for Peace
In these days of increased terrorism, of war and turmoil in the Middle East, the Ukraine and other places, it is important that we conınue to pray for peace. Our prayers will help those who are caught in conflict. They also are needed wherever there are hopeful but fragile negoıaıons.
May we always choose to live in God’s love.