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Lenten Message

posted Mar 1, 2014, 3:24 PM by Corpus Christi Pastor   [ updated Mar 1, 2014, 3:30 PM ]
“Come back to me with all your heart.”
                                                                          Joel 2:12
 
 
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Whether you are new to our parish or have been a long-time member, please know that you are welcome.  Take a moment to search our website to view the many ministries and events Corpus Christi Church offers.  Each week one of our ministries is highlighted at the end of each Mass.  The coordinator will explain their ministry and invite those interested in finding out more information to see them in the vestibule or in the parish center for hospitality following Mass. Please take a moment explore the possibility of placing your gifts into service for our parish and the wider community.
Also, why not reach out to a family member, friend, neighbor or someone you know that has been away from the Church?  Invite them to attend one of our parish liturgies or other activities.  Jesus invites all to “come and see” the good work He has begun in the “Body of Christ.”
Once again we embark on our Lenten journey toward Easter.  Lent is a time of prayer and renewal and an opportunity to refocus our relationship with God.  We began our Lenten pilgrimage on Ash Wednesday.  As our brothers and sisters have done for generations, we placed ashes on our heads as signs acknowledging our sinfulness and our mortality.  From Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday, the Church keeps a time of penance – a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  
The US Bishop’s Conference is offering a variety of resources to help Catholics observe Lent.   With the theme “Give Up, Take Up, Lift Up,” resources include a new series of audio retreat podcasts in English and Spanish for the Sundays of Lent, video reflections on Lenten themes, and a downloadable Lenten calendar with quotes from Pope Francis’ Message for Lent. . . and other teachings and suggestions for taking an active approach to the three traditional pillars of Lenten observance: prayerfasting and almsgiving. The bishop’s website, found at   (www.usccb.org/lent) also includes facts about saints whose feast days or memorials fall within Lent, a reflection on fasting, information on rediscovering the Sacrament of Penance, and a section on Holy Week observances.
                                                                                                                                Peace n' good,
                                                                                                                                Father Jim