Thoughts From Fr. Tom

February 8, 2013

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THOUGHTS FROM FR. TOM  2-10-13

We hear a powerful story of conversion in the Gospel today, one which reminds us of our common call to follow Christ. Simon Peter, along with James and John, are called into service by Jesus after a night of fishing. After Jesus uses one of their boats to preach to the crowd, he instructs Simon Peter to lower their nets for a catch. After pointing out to Jesus that they have caught nothing all night, he follows the command and then is amazed at the catch. They even needed help from others to haul in the load of fish. Simon Peter falls to his knees and humbles himself before Jesus. They now leave their former life behind and begin the life of discipleship, inviting others to share in the bounty of the Lord.

Thanks to the Parish Community Committee for hosting the Family Game Night last Friday. We had a great turn out and everyone seemed to have fun with the variety of “Minute To Win It” games. We also thank the Knights of Columbus for hosting their annual Las Vegas Night last Saturday. The gym was filled to capacity and everyone enjoyed the evening in support of a good cause.

This Wednesday, February 13, we begin the season of Lent with our celebration of Masses for Ash Wednesday. We will have 4 Masses on Ash Wednesday, at 6:30 & 8:15am and 5:30 & 7:00pm. Please note that the 8:15am Mass will include the school students and the 7:00pm Mass will include some bi-lingual elements. We hope to see you as we begin our yearly journey of Lent together.

The season of Lent gives us an opportunity each year to get back to the basics of our faith. Here at Presentation we will be offering a number of ways for you to deepen your faith during this holy season in preparation for Christ’s Resurrection. The February newsletter includes the schedule of activities for Lent. We have also published a Lenten Guide that is available after all Masses this weekend. Please be sure to put these resources in a handy place so that you can join us during Lent. This weekend we are also passing out the Little Black Book of Prayer for you to use for daily meditation during Lent. This is a way for us to unite together in prayer even as we are praying at home. Please be sure to take a copy. The best advice we can all take during Lent is to find ways to simplify our lives and devote ourselves to the spiritual disciplines that will help us grow closer to Christ. Pick something you can commit to every day that will help you focus your efforts during these 40 days. Let us especially keep one another in prayer as we begin our journey. Many Blessings!