The Pastor’s Corner
The Glory of These Forty Days
Wednesday, March 1st, is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of our annual forty day period of preparation to renew our Baptismal promises at Easter. It is a time of the Church year that is both very personal and very communal. It is communal because it is something that we do together. It is personal because each of us will do something particular to us that will make us stronger followers of Christ.
Lent is a time to give something up. Many people choose to refrain from certain foods. Some groups pledge to give up alcohol entirely for Lent. Others will give up our heavy dependence on social media. We can also give up the political news on talk radio and cable television programs that excite emotions and division. There was a letter in the Winchester Star last week in which the writer remarked that the slightest political happening is characterized as BREAKING NEWS!!!!!! on cable news. It is so easy for the media to whip us up into a panic and a frenzy. Giving up the political talk programs can be very healthy for us emotionally and spiritually.
Lent is a time for more prayer. We can commit to time in the Adoration Chapel, daily Mass, Stations of the Cross – all ways of reviving our relationship with Jesus Christ through His Church. It is also a time to use the Augustine Institute’s FORMED program to which we subscribed as a parish to learn more about the Faith. Take a look at the programs they have and select one or more of them for your Lenten viewing.
Finally, Lent is a time for almsgiving. The most striking opportunity we have is, of course, the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal and all the good work it supports. But we can also see what charities we can support if we have been blessed to have the ability and opportunities to be in a position to help others. Sharing those advantages with others can turn what was a blessing to us into a blessing for others.
Lent is great time of renewal. It is like pressing a spiritual “reset button” to strengthen our commitment to Christ. This Ash Wednesday, you and I are given one more opportunity to become a new creation in Christ.
In our Lord
Father Stan Krempa
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ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES – 7:00 am, 8:30 am, 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm
HOLY WEEK SERVICES 2017
CONFESSIONS at SACRED HEART
- TUESDAY – April 11, Penance Service – 7:30pm (Novena Prayers in Private)
- WEDNESDAY – April 12, 9am and 6:30pm
- GOOD FRIDAY – April 14, 10:00am – 11:00am only (last opportunity for confessions at Sacred Heart)
MASSES at SACRED HEART
- HOLY THURSDAY, April 13, no morning Masses, 7:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
- Adoration at the Repository until Midnight
- WEDNESDAY, April 12, 7:00am and 8:30am
- TUESDAY, April 11, 7:00am and 8:30am
- MONDAY, April 10 , 7:00am and 8:30am
- GOOD FRIDAY, April 14, no morning Masses
- 3:00pm Living Stations of The Cross
- 5:00pm Stations of The Cross (Spanish)
- 7:30pm Good Friday Liturgy
- HOLY SATURDAY, April 15, 12:00pm Blessing of the Easter Food in the Church, 8:30pm Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter, (Baptism and Reception of Converts)
- EASTER SUNDAY, April 16, 7:30am, 9:15am, 11:15 am, 2:30pm Spanish mass (No 5:30pm Mass)
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To read about the bishop’s visit to Sacred Heart parish, click here.
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