From Fr. Paul 2-25-2018

Each year near the beginning of Lent, we hear the Gospel account of the Transfiguration – Jesus transfigured in radiant glory conversing with Moses and Elijah. This glimpse of heavenly glory is meant to encourage us in our Lenten journey. Eternal glory is the reason we take up penances, commit to additional prayer, and give of our time and treasure to help those in need. The whole purpose of Lent is to focus on our relationship with Jesus Christ so that we one day share in His glory. It also reminds us that we share a glimpse of this glory in this life when we do the will of Jesus. It opens us up to the glory of freedom, peace, and generosity.

As a reminder, we will make the Stations of the Cross each Friday in Lent (with the exception of Good Friday) at 7pm in the church. From 4pm-6:45pm there will be an opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. I encourage you to take part in these Lenten opportunities.

This past Christmas the Mass schedule at St. Mary was adjusted. In my opinion, (and looking at attendance) it proved to be a good decision. Looking toward Easter, I would like to add an additional opportunity for Mass on Easter Sunday. The Solemn Easter Vigil is always celebrated after nightfall on Holy Saturday in place of the regular 4:30pm Mass. This Mass begins the great Easter feast with the lighting of a new fire from which the Easter candle and the candles in the church are lit. Water is blessed for the Sacrament of Baptism, and those who were preparing to become Catholic receive their sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist. This great Easter Vigil Mass is exceptionally beautiful and powerful, but also quite lengthy. On Easter Sunday itself we usually celebrated our two regular Sunday Masses at 9am and 11am. I would like to add another Mass at 1pm as well this year. My hope is that it will help alleviate overcrowding at the 9am and the 11am, and give families and additional option.

Please know of my prayers for all of you as you seek to grow closer to Christ this Lent. May the graces received from your Lenten plan transfigure you to be a more radiant follower of Jesus Christ!

God bless,

Fr. Paul