Thoughts From Fr. Tom

February 22, 2013



The Gospel for the Second Sunday of Lent is always the story of Jesus going up the mountain to pray with his chosen disciples and being Transfigured before their eyes. The mountain is an important image throughout scripture of where one goes to encounter God. Peter, John, and James get a glimpse of who Jesus is when the voice from the cloud says: This is my chosen Son; listen to him. Our journey of Lent is described as climbing the holy mountain of faith so that we can experience the fullness of Christ’s Resurrection. We are called to spend this sacred time listening to Jesus and spending time with him in prayer. As we do, we recognize that our lives are changed and that we are different because of our encounter with Christ.

Our Lenten Parish Mission begins this Thursday, February 28, at 7:00pm and continues Friday, March 1, at 7:00pm and then ends on Saturday, March 2 with a session from 9:00am – Noon. The Mission will be led by Fr. Joseph Nassal who is a priest of the Precious Blood Order. He has given many retreats and missions around the country, so we look forward to the experience and insight he will bring to our Mission. I hope you will set aside time to participate in the Mission and use this opportunity to deepen your faith during Lent. The purpose of a Parish Mission is to bring renewal to the community, so let’s use this time together to strengthen our parish. Please come to all the sessions you are able to attend. Childcare is available for younger children by calling the Parish Office to reserve a spot. Youth in middle school and above are welcome to attend the Mission. Please be sure to invite your family and friends to join us. All are welcome.

I read an article recently titled Make Your Lent More Meaningful. It included some good ideas to practice during Lent. I’ve included a couple below that you might find helpful. • Give up negative thinking. Work on a patient, positive attitude toward others. Catch yourself when you mentally berate someone and turn it into a prayer for that person. • Give up some of your “screen time” each day, whether it’s watching TV, constantly checking your phone, or surfing the Web. Put the extra time to use by reading some scripture, praying or visiting a lonely relative or friend.

This weekend our parish school begins enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year. If you or anyone you know is interested in finding out more about our school, please call to schedule a tour or pick up a registration packet. Please share the good news of our school with your family and friends. Many Blessings!