Saturday Vigil - 4:30pm
Stations of the Cross will be in the Church every
Friday of Lent at 12:15pm & 7:00pm
Adult Catholicism Series by Father Robert Barron
This series started on February 25 and will continue each Wednesday at 8:45 am or 7:00 pm during Lent. Each week will bring a different topic. Attend whenever you can. Click here for details.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The season of Lent will soon be upon us, beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 18th. Now is the time for each of us to decide how we can best use this holy season to deepen our relationship with God and to prepare our hearts for the celebration of Easter. The traditional practices of Lent are Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.
Jesus calls each of us to spend time with him in prayer every day. Besides personal prayer, attendance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass should also be a priority. In addition to our celebration of Sunday Mass, I encourage you to consider attending daily Mass if you are able. We will also be offering the Stations of the Cross each Friday of Lent, at 12:15 and 7:00 pm in the church.
Besides the official fasting and abstinence required by the Church, Lent is traditionally a time to "give something up" as an act of self-denial. Each of us should try to deny ourselves some favorite food, drink, or pastime (such as TV, or unnecessary time spent on the computer). Moreover, we should try to "give up" our bad habits, trying a little harder to cooperate with God's grace.
Each Lent we are provided with "Rice Bowls" to collect our extra change and/or the money we did not spend because we "gave something up," or because we ate simple meals on the Fridays of Lent. Lent can also be a time to donate in a more sacrificial way to one's parish as well as to a favorite charity, and our Friends in Christ Food Pantry is always in need of additional funds during these tough economic times.
Another way to "give alms" is with our time. Visiting the sick, volunteering to help the elderly, or becoming part of the "Feed the Flock" ministry, are just a few of the ways we can share our most valuable treasure ... our time.
IN CONCLUSION ...
Some people might think that Lent has to be a somber or sad time. Nothing could be further from the truth. In one of the prayers of Lent, the Church thanks God saying: "Each year you give us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed." And again: "This great season of grace is your gift to your family to renew us in spirit." Although the decor and music in church might be sober, the purpose of this "wilderness" is to remind us to set distractions aside so that we see what is important: where we need spiritual growth, and how we can better serve God and our neighbor.
May God bless each of us with the grace we need to use this holy season in a way that will open us up to the action of God to whom the Church prays: "You teach us how to live in this passing world with our heart set on the world that will never end."
Peace to you all!
This series will start on February 25th & continue each Wednesday at 8:45 am or 7:00 pm during Lent. Each week will bring a different topic.
Feb. 25…... The Mystery of God
Attend whenever you can. If you have questions, please call the parish office at 769-1755.
We the people of Our Lady of Consolation Parish, called to faith and salvation in Jesus Christ in the Roman Catholic tradition, dedicate ourselves to living the Gospel by:
We commit ourselves to generosity and to the responsible use of our spiritual and material resources.