Dear Sacred Heart Family,
We all seek renewal. Whether it’s making time to relax, planning a vacation, working on our health, or just making a change, we strive to grow and improve. However, whether it is our New Year’s resolution or our Lenten sacrifice, we stumble and struggle and often give up. Flannery O’Conner summed up our struggle, “All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.” Change is painful. True growth is usually slow and we resist it. We even resist God’s grace.
To make this easier, the Lord remains with us in the Eucharist, in the Blessed Sacrament. When we come into His Presence, it is like getting a spiritual sun tan, or spiritual radiation treatment. Whether we read, meditate, speak one on one with Him, have devotions, or some combination of this, or even all of the above, we are in the Presence of Him Who loves us so much.
He longs for us to come and visit, to spend time with the best of friends.
To encourage this knowledge of His Love, and to continue growing our amazing Perpetual Adoration Chapel adorers, we are focusing on the Eucharist for our Lenten Mission.
From March 23-26, we will have a Lenten Mission. There will be more information in our bulletin, and coming in my corner next week, but a missionary is coming to Sacred Heart of Jesus to help renew us in our awareness, understanding, and appreciation of His Eucharistic Presence and the love of His Sacred Heart.
Please invite friends and loved ones for part or all of the parish mission. It is not a luxury but a necessity to work on our spiritual lives. The fireplace is a welcome sight on a cold day. When the house is freezing, an empty hearth is a sad sight. So is an empty heart. Do you know His Love for you? Do you realize He yearns to spend time with you, to come to you, to heal and forgive?
This Lent, take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate His Eucharistic Love for you.
The mission will also include the Solemnity of the Annunciation, so we will celebrate the Marian dimension of God’s dwelling among us. Ask Our Lady to remind you to come to the 2019 parish mission.
Speaking of Solemnity, this weekend, we begin our novena to Saint Joseph. Copies are in the narthex. The Solemnity and Bread Altar is Tuesday, March 19th. Last year’s celebration was amazing, and this year’s promises to be even more memorable. Our crowd last year in Muldowney Hall was so big that this year, we will process after Mass from the Church over to Krempa Gymn. We can ask Saint Joseph for many things - he is so powerful to help in any and every need.
Renewal this Lent can be blessed through participation in our Lenten Mission on the Eucharist, the celebration of the Annunciation, and the parish-wide celebration of Saint Joseph, our spiritual Father and earthly father of Our Lord. The Holy Family is interested in renewing you and your family. Ask Jesus, Mary and Joseph to help you dive into Lent this year, aware that He is always present in our hearts and by our sides, and most especially in the Most Holy Eucharist.
Jesus, we Trust in Thee!
In Our Lady's Immaculate Heart,
Rev. Bjorn Lundberg