Fr Ed's eNews: 2nd Friday of Lent
The other night someone asked me about the length of Lent. Are Sundays included in the 40 days? Do we count Ash Wednesday to the first Sunday of Lent in the 40 days? Here's some thoughts that might help.
The Lenten duration of 40 days is practiced in imitation of the 40 days Jesus was in the desert. "Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights and afterwards he was famished."
Our 40 days does not include Sundays, so there are actually 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.
In the Old Testament, we see 40 days, or even 40 years, as a time of either penitential preparation, or a time of punishment and affliction sent from God. The flood in Genesis lasted 40 days. Moses and the Hebrew people wandered the desert for forty years. For more examples, check out Jonah 3:4 or 1 Kings 19:8, or Ex 34:28.
"But in the New Testament, Jesus fasts for forty days and forty nights in the desert in preparation for the public ministry that would end in his redeeming death (Luke 5:35). He is the new Adam who overcomes the temptations of the devil and remains faithful to God; the new Israel, who reveals himself as God’s Servant by his total obedience to the divine will, in contrast to those who provoked God in the desert. The Church sets aside the forty days of Lent in order that we might imitate Our Lord by our fasting, prayer, self-denial and good works, and thereby prepare our hearts for an Easter renewal. “By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert.” (Catholic Catechism, #540)."
I hope this helps. BUT the point of Lent is to draw us closer to the Lord and the needs of the world around us. The three "pillars" of Lent are: Prayer, fasting and the giving of alms." May this time be one of great grace for all of us!
"The Word is a Gift. Other Persons are a Gift."
Through recounting the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man in his Lenten Message, Pope Francis reminds us that all individuals should be recognized and valued, and that Lent is a season for us to read, hear, and ponder the Scriptures more deeply.
"Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbor. The Lord, who overcame the deceptions of the Tempter during the forty days in the desert, shows us the path we must take. May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need.
Read Pope Francis' Lenten Message
Join us for Vespers (Evening Prayer) and Stations of the Cross at 7pm at either parish. Wednesdays at Resurrection & Fridays at Assumption.
Or make some free time in your schedule to spend in quiet prayer.
Daily Lenten Prayer
Today Lord, I choose life,
I choose your love and the challenge to live it and share it,
I choose hope, even in moments of darkness,
I choose faith, accepting you as Lord and God,
I choose to let go of some part of my burdens,
day by day handing them over to you,
I choose to take hold of your strength and power ever more deeply in my life.
May this truly be for me a time of new life, of change, challenge and growth.
May I come to Easter with a heart open to dying with you
and rising to your new life, day by day.
At the Church of
Vespers and Stations of the Cross, 7pm Wednesdays throughout Lent
continues on Monday, March 13. Contact Cathy Reitz at email@example.com or see the
flyer for details.
Registration is open for
taking place 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.
At the Church of
Friday Vespers at 7pm, followed by Stations of the Cross
Stations will be led by the Knights of Columbus & COTA Respects Life Ministry.
Pray for the 14 engaged couples journey with PreCana at Assumption this weekend!
Reminder for families
Don't forget our Lenten Coin and Sock collections!
Soup Mixes & Baked Goods Sale
after Masses this weekend, sponsored by Social Outreach Ministry.
Deacon Ron is collecting Easter Goodies
for Rochester city children in need from March 5-21.
as God Sees Them
7pm on Tuesday, March 14:
Dialogue & Reconciliation
Judy Toyer will speak about the four American's mentioned by Pope Francis when he addressed Congress in 2015 (Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr., Thomas Merton and Abraham Lincoln) and how they inspire us to work together to heal our divisions, in the hope of finding a path toward justice and peace.
Wednesday, 3/22: Charlsey Bickett
Wednesday, 3/29: Sr. Phyllis Tierney
More information on Mass times - parish activities see:
For questions about Flocknote, contact email@example.com.
on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 9:58AM