Palms will be blessed & distributed
at all the Masses.
Main Church masses will begin in
the north courtyard of the church,
Saturday, March 24
5:00 pm Mass
Sunday, March 25
9:30 am Mass
at St. Gertrude East;
11:00 am Combined Mass
Holy Thursday, March 29, 2018,
7:30 pm Mass
of the Lord’s Supper
Church will be open
for Eucharistic Adoration.
Good Friday, March 30, 2018,
Living Stations of the Cross
7:30 pm Service
of the Lord’s Passion
Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018
Blessing of Easter baskets;
7:30 pm Easter Vigil Mass
April 1, 2018
8:00 am Mass;
9:30 am Mass
at St. Gertrude East
10:00 am Mass;
10:30 am Gym Mass
11:30 am Mass
Lent is once again here! Our annual season of penance and conversion arrives every year, after the Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year holiday season, inviting us to rethink our behaviors and activities that we might more fully align with Our Lord. Every year the Season of Lent invites us to walk with the women and men who are entering their final stages of entering into the Catholic Church at the great Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. Originally created to help those candidates and catechumens in their final preparations, it soon became clear a season of penance and conversion was a very worthwhile gift for all members of the faith community.
The Church has always embraced three “strategies” to help us in this season of repentance and conversion: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. We might think of them as a three-legged stool. Each one has a certain value in itself, but collectively they provide us with the solid foundation we require to move forward.
Prayer always comes first because it focuses on our primary relationship to God.
Secondly comes the discipline of fasting.
Almsgiving is the ancient practice in which we share from our necessity with those who are in greater need.
Week One February 18, 2018
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days tempted by Satan.” ~ Opening sentence of today’s Gospel passage from St. Mark
As we begin this new season of Lent, we are invited to be led by the same Spirit into our own desert, our own quiet space, that we might come face to face with whatever leads us away from God. Once we know what those lures are, only then do we have the freedom to decide what we are going to do. Only then can we ask for God’s help to turn away from sin that we might be faithful to the Gospel.
Week Two February 25, 2018
“Jesus was transfigured before them….from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” ~ from today’s Gospel passage from St. Mark’s Gospel
It is as if the Church, knowing how easy it is for us to slide into some shadowy darkness, especially when we are focusing on our failings and need for repentance, makes sure we are given this startling reminder of who Jesus is and just what it is he has done for us.
Week Three March 4, 2018
"Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves as well as money changers seated there." From today's passage from St. John's Gospel
Everything seems too easy. Until we realize what is now a matter of convenience for the worshippers has also completely changed the tenor of the worship space, making it far less focused on giving God praise and worship, and much more focused on the various businesses now vying for temple space. Utility has replaced devotion.
Week Four March 11, 2018
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” From today's passage from St. John Gospel
And that extraordinary gift was given to us by Jesus willingly loving us to the point of giving up his life on the cross, dying, and being raised to new life by the Father. “Isn’t there an easier way?” The cross reminds us: Apparently not! Suffering in this life is not an option. Even if we wisely try to avoid suffering. Even if, in some cases, we easily slip into unhealthy patterns of addiction and compulsion to avoid suffering. Avoiding or escaping suffering is simply not an option.
Week Five March 18, 2018
" And when I am lifted up from the earth,' I will draw everyone to myself'. He said this indicating the kind of death he would die." From today's passage from St John Gospel
It isn’t that we get to choose one or the other, life is always about both suffering AND redemption. While it is understandable we would prefer only the joyous parts, that is not reality. Reality is that in every life there is suffering which can be an excellent teacher – if we are willing to learn. Then, instead of spending so much energy trying to avoid it, we realize it is only in going through the suffering we get to the glory
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