Pastor's Letter - February 18, 2018

The different seasons of the Church year present us with opportunities to express our faith in a variety of ways in accordance with our human nature. For example, this season of Lent is an occasion for disciplining our bodies and our spirits. Just as every athlete needs training to sharpen his skills and tone his muscles, so the Christian’s spiritual life needs training to “tone” his soul. Since God made us with a body and soul, it is natural and good that we discipline our bodies along with our souls. This is the benefit of ascetical practices (the “giving up” of certain good things which we enjoy, like sweets, television, etc.) Fasting, along with almsgiving and prayer, is the means to spiritual growth (as we heard in the Gospel on Ash Wednesday). Jesus spent forty days in the desert fasting and praying. The forty days of Lent are truly a Season of Grace, since we can become more like the Lord by following His example in prayer and fasting.

The special devotions during Lent help us to appreciate its penitential character. Please note that we have Stations of the Cross each Wednesday at 6:30pm, and the Novena of the Sorrowful Mother on Fridays at 5:00pm. We have an expanded schedule for the Sacrament of Penance during Lent (see bulletin and our parish Lenten Calendar) so that many more people might have the chance to receive the Graces of this Sacrament. Also, as we did during Advent, we will have a Holy Hour of Adoration from 4-5pm, with Solemn Evening Prayer (Vespers) each Sunday (concluding with Benediction). Have a Holy Lent!

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller