Welcome to Lent: Updates and Reflection by Fr. Bill
We have many updates and reflections for you to begin your Lenten Season. Ash Wednesday was a success with our three Masses full and our informal Ash distribution from the Sacred Heart parking lot was equally a success as those who couldn't make it into our Masses received ashes. It was great to see so many faces coming out to begin the Holy Season of Lent!
Stations of Cross
Stations of the Cross will be live-streamed every Friday Evening on our Facebook page. For those who will attend or who want to follow along, here is the link to the text we will be using.
A New Blog!
We have started a new blog on our website where we will post reflections beginning with Holly's weekly column and Fr. Bill's reflections.
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A LENTEN REFLECTION FROM FATHER BILL
Recently, as I was searching for a nearby location that is offering the corona virus vaccine, I came across The Big Y, a supermarket in Kingston. I had never heard of the place before. It got me thinking about “the big WHY” of Lent. Why is Lent so important? Why are the Lenten disciplines of fasting, prayer, and good works so important?
I was reminded of a Lenten homily I preached some years ago in which I spoke of Lent as the season of RE for all Christians. Yes, Lent is a time to RE…..
RE PENT: Turn away from sin and believe in the gospel.
RE MEMBER that you are dust. You are vulnerable and you need Jesus.
RE EVALUATE your relationship with the Lord. Am I closer to Jesus today than I was a year ago?
RE FORM your life in the spirit of Jesus. Fast from whatever distractions or preoccupations stand between you and the Lord.
RE THINK the importance of prayer. Spend some quiet time listening for the soft, still voice of the Lord. Know that He is always with you.
RE DISCOVER the satisfaction of giving your time, your talent, and your treasure to those in need. Explore possibilities of doing charitable work for others.
RE CONSIDER your attitude toward those whom you have a hard time loving? Are you Christ-like in your attitude? Do you need to make amends with someone during this season?
RE COMMIT to being a disciple of Jesus, not just an admirer.
RE JOICE! Lent leads to Easter. Death to selfishness and sin leads to new life in Christ. Dare I say: HAPPY LENT!
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A bit of Humor: Since the weather has turned colder, a man decided to install a temporary enclosure in his back yard with some funky music and flashing lights. To paraphrase Shakespeare, now is the winter of our disco tent.
A CHANGE TO THE CONCLUDING DOXOLOGY OF THE ORATIONS
EFFECTIVE ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2021
“One God, for ever and ever” becomes “God, for ever and ever.”
In May of 2020 the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments wrote to the English-speaking Conferences of Bishops regarding the concluding doxology of the Collects in the Roman Missal which found the word “one” does not appear in the Latin text of the Mass. Therefore, to correspond more closely to the Latin text of the Mass the word “one” will be eliminated. For those wishing more about this change may download the USCCB document attached below.
Change to Conclusion of Doxology FDLC.pdf
St. Isidore, Pray for Us!
on Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30PM