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Rev. Mark Watson/Pastor

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On Wednesday, March 6 we will begin our celebration of Lent.  We will begin this holy Season by turning to God through prayer, fasting, almsgiving and by turning from sin. Lent offers us the opportunity to take stock of our lives, to turn from sin and to live in a new way.

In the history of the Church, Lent has had a twofold meaning.  First, Lent was the final period during which catechumens prepared for Baptism.  Today it is the time of final preparation for those who will be fully initiated through Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.  For baptized Catholics, it is the time of reflecting on the meaning of our Baptism.  Second, Lent is the Season of penance during which we turn from sin in order to turn back to God.

The parish offers parishioners various ways to grow spiritually.  In order to enter the Season of Lent, I invite parishioners to attend daily Mass.  In order to help parishioners enter into prayer, the parish will offer Little Black Books.  Please take advantage of these resources.  To assist with both fasting and almsgiving we will participate in  Operation Rice Bowl of Catholic Relief Services (CRS).  Operation Rice Bowl offers an opportunity to fast and pray during Lent and to give the money saved to the work of CRS.  CRS assists those most in need throughout our world.

As well, Fr. Louie Arceneaux will offer a mission to our parish on Monday, March 11; Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13.  The Mission is entitled “What is Lent Really All About?”  Fr. Rev. Louis Arceneaux, C.M. comes from New Orleans and has been a priest in the Congregation of the Mission of St. Vincent DePaul since 1966. He has been preaching parish missions throughout his ministry but especially in the past thirty years. Previously he taught sacramental and liturgical theology in seminaries and served in parish ministry. After twelve years on the staff of the Jesuit Spirituality  Center in Grand Coteau, La, he moved to New Orleans in 2006 to live and minister with his fellow Vincentians. He continues to give retreats, parish missions, spiritual direction and promotes peace and justice in the Catholic Tradition.

I hope you will be able to attend these various programs during the Season of Lent.

Fr. Mark