Smith, K 2/11/18

The season of Lent begins this Wednesday as we are signed with a across of ashes on our foreheads.  We are physically marked with ashes to remind us that we are dust.  And from dust God has created each of us to be uniquely ourselves, each created for a purpose!

During this year’s Lenten journey, turn to God and allow Him to reveal more of yourself to you, more of who you are in him.  Take that time to fully understand our traditional practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving and allow God to transform you through them.

Our parish offers a wide array of Lenten study materials, small faith-sharing groups, Stations of the Cross, reconciliation, adoration…many opportunities for you to learn and grow in your Catholic faith.  Please take advantage of those things.

I also suggest the Best Lent Ever program, where you can sign up for free daily emails from Matthew Kelly of Dynamic Catholic.  This year, each of the emails focuses on a small excerpt from his book “Perfectly Yourself,” which Matthew says is the best book he has written.  Reading these short emails is a great way to check in with yourself and to uncover what purpose God has created for you.

I am studying this book with two wonderful friends—what a blessing!  And I am signed up for the emails.  What are your plans for the 40 days of Lent?  How will you turn to God and allow him to radically transform your life?  Be open to him.

REMINDER:  On Ash Wednesday, there will only be Mass at 7:00 a.m.  ONLY ASHES will be distributed at the 5:15 and 7:00 p.m. services.  There will be NO communion.

~ Kelley Smith, Music Liturgist

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