Lent is Here

Dear Friends,

Wish to begin with a shout out to our parish family for the very generous response to the food drive and Hearts for Life collections last weekend. And a really big shout out to all our teens and Matt Kirsch who staffed the contactless drop off efforts over last weekend through the snow and Monday evening. How great that both 6ABC and Fox29 covered this event. God bless everyone for such a generous spirit to help those in need.

This week begins the holy season of Lent! On Ash Wednesday, we will have a full schedule of Masses and a Service for the distribution of Ashes. The schedule can be found in this bulletin and via our website and social media. Due to the pandemic, the distribution is being adjusted. We will use a separate Q-Tip for each person, which will be burned afterwards. And the prayer will be recited for everyone only once before the distribution begins.

There are many things being planned for Lent this year to help keep everyone engaged and connected. Be sure to check it all out. Beginning with Ash Wednesday, we will be livestreaming the 9 AM daily Mass, and this will be ongoing. It will be a simple, straight-forward live stream from our Church. We have several volunteers who are being trained in how to start and end the livestream daily. Anyone interested in this project, or interested in being trained in our livestreaming equipment, please let me know.

Once again, copies of the Word Among Us booklet for Lent are available for the taking at the Church exits. They offer beautiful reflections on the readings each day. The online opportunities are almost endless. Matthew Kelly and Dynamic Catholic are offering a daily reflection in Lent that can be sent to your inbox. Word on Fire provides many resources on their website, some of which can be sent to you as well. Formed also offers a daily reflection which you can receive directly. The parish has a subscription to Formed which allows you to access their vast amount of materials for free. Check elsewhere in the bulletin for the password. Ascension Press has many resources available as well. The list goes on.

Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are the time-tested tools to open ourselves up to God during Lent. There are multiple options to choose from for each. Be sure to reflect intentionally on what you will choose to do this year. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, as the saying goes ~ be deliberate, keep it simple and focused, and don’t be afraid to change it up during Lent, perhaps each week choosing something different. But do engage in a spiritual workout during this holy season. God will bless you abundantly

On this Valentine’s weekend, prayers and blessings to all husbands and wives and all engaged couples. Pray to Christ for courage, strength, and joy.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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