Lent: A Season of Renewal
People don’t often look forward to Lent. It can evoke childhood memories of giving up candy, going to weekly confession and sitting through stations of the cross. Words like “sacrifice,” “discipline,” and “self-denial” are frequently used in ways that suggest that Lent is something to be endured rather than a time of grace and spiritual growth.
Have you ever thought of Lent as a yearly second chance?
Each year the Church gives us six weeks to take a long, loving look at our lives to see if our values and priorities are in line with God’s desires for us. Since most of us find that we’ve wandered from God’s path, Lent becomes that second chance, or do-over, to “return to God with our whole heart.”
Pope Francis tells us that Lent is a new beginning, a path towards continual conversion of heart. Adoration of the Holy Eucharist is a powerful tool for conversion. Beginning at 5:00 pm on Ash Wednesday you will have the opportunity to stop by the Gathering Place for the first of our Celebrate 70 events, 70 hours of Perpetual Adoration continuing through 3:00 pm Saturday February 25.
In addition to 70 hours of Adoration, we have a full calendar of opportunities for you as you journey through this season of renewal. In March we will introduce Tuesdays Together, a time of Adoration, Reconciliation, and Evening Mass. On March 15 & 16, Jon Leonetti will lead this year’s Multi-parish Mission – Surge of the Heart. Two evenings you do not want to miss. We look forward to walking this journey with you through this season of renewal.
Deacon Peter LeTourneau
Director of Parish Ministry & Evangelization
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