Fr Ed's eNews: 3rd Friday of Lent
Snow! It seems this has been the last grasp of Winter...or at least we hope so. When I awoke this morning with the sun shining brightly I was reminded of the Scripture "though your sins be as crimson, I will make them as white as snow!" God's promise of forgiveness is all around us today as we continue to dig out from the storm! I hope your Lent is going well! And today as we celebrate faith and commitment of St . Patrick, don't forget to thank God for the little things that remind you of God's faith in you!
Why do we give up certain foods?
In the middle ages, meat, eggs, and milk were forbidden during all of Lent, not only by ecclesiastical law, but by civil statues as well. Believe it or not, this rule was enforced until the reign of King William III (England, 1689).
Why do we give up certain types of food for Lent? What good does that do? Giving up a sensual pleasure (food) helps ensure that our lives do not become overly comfortable and without suffering. Fasting from pleasures of this life help us to realize that his is not what we are made for - we are made for a higher good, to serve Christ in this life and be with him in paradise!
LENTEN CHALLENGE OF THE DAY:
Ask Christ what you need to give up in your life to grow closer to him --
and then do it!
I hear your invitation,
"Come back to me,"
and I am filled with such a longing
to return to you.
Show me the way to return.
Lead me this day in good works I do
in your name
and send your Spirit
to guide me and strengthen my faith.
I ask only to feel your love in my life
At the Church of the
Shadow Stations of the Cross with Teen Narrative--
This Sunday at 7pm, and again on Monday at 7pm.
Vespers and Stations of the Cross,
7pm Wednesdays throughout Lent
Our Resisting Happiness Book Discussion
will resume on April 10. Contact Cathy Reitz at email@example.com or
see the flyer
Registration is open for
Lent...Be Transformed, taking place next Friday evening & Saturday, March 24-25. This small group retreat will meet in homes on Friday evening, and then gather at Resurrection from 9am-3pm on Saturday. Cost is $10 (free for home hosts) and includes snacks and lunch on Saturday. Please be sure to register. We could use a few more "host homes"; please contact Cathy Reitz at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can volunteer.
See flyer for details.
Day of Penance & Mercy
is coming up next Tuesday, March 28. Accept the invitation! Join the Diocese of Rochester to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. Find prayers and information about the Sacrament at
. We look forward to celebrating with you.
At the Church of the
Friday Vespers at 7pm, followed by Stations of the Cross
Tonight's Stations will be led by the Liturgical Ministry.
Reminder for families
: Don't forget our Lenten Coin and Sock collections!
1st Communion Candidates and their families
will make bread this Sunday
Keep our young ones in prayer as they get ready to receive Christ in the Holy Eucharist this spring.
with praise and worship music following the 6pm LifeTeen Mass this Sunday. All are welcome to this special Eucharistic Adoration.
Lenten Speaker Series:
as God Sees Them
Wednesday, March 22, at 7pm:
will speak about refugees at St. Mary's Place
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Did you know that Bishop Matano has granted Catholics in the Diocese of Rochester dispensation from the obligation to abstain from meat today? He asks us to make another sacrifice instead.
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on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 10:00AM