From the Pastor 3/3/19:
Lent starts this Wednesday, March 6th. I challenge you to wisely plan to use the 40 days to change your lives forever. To use your tools of prayer, fasting, and alms giving to make a holy difference in your life.
For example, in prayer, might we be more diligent in terms of daily rosary or daily Mass? Do you know that we have daily Mass at 6:45 a.m., at the Grand site, and there is also a Mass at noon at Holy Family Hospital?
Another opportunity is that of our Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, located in the Waldo Site rectory. Exposition & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament happens Monday 5:00 a.m. through Thursday 12:00 midnight. Are you able to spend one hour a week with our Lord in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament? I encourage you to try it out and then consider signing up for an hour each week.
We are all busy people setting priorities for how we use our time. We have many service opportunities in our parish and more available in our community. Thank you for what you have helped with in our parish in the past, and are currently doing. I suggest that these days leading into Lent be an opportunity to review what your service has been the past year and is currently. Then ask yourself, “what am I called to do now?” Maybe you are already doing it and that is great. Perhaps there is an opportunity right before you and you need to take it. For example, shovel your neighbor's walk.
The third area is that of alms giving. There are many, many opportunities at the parish and in the community to donate. But are we? Thank you for what you are giving to the parish and to the many needs in our area. Use these days leading into Lent to review your tithe, your alms giving. We will again be doing the Coins of Compassion at the beginning of Mass during Lent and welcome your donation.
In preparation for Ash Wednesday, do a little personal assessment. How is your prayer, service, and alms giving? Where might the Lord be inviting us to do more?
P.S. I wonder what the PFA level talked about in the Lenten newsletter is all about. Come to Mass on Ash Wednesday and find out!