The Pastor's Pen
We have now begun the journey of Lent, the Church’s annual 40 day retreat. Instead of going away for retreat, it can happen right here, even in our busy lives. I want to lead you to grow in prayer, to go deeper in your relationship with the Lord. There are many opportunities for you through print, bible studies, Fr. Chiola’s conferences, praying with others, the afternoon of reflection on stewardship, online resources, sung prayer, and by means of theater right here at CTK. See our website for all that is offered. One of the new things I am so pleased with is our daily online Psalm reflection. With a resource rich staff to create this, and the technology to get it out to you, CTK is taking Lent to a new level. Check out the daily two minute reflection which will nourish your soul.
We send to the Rite of Election today those in our RCIA. A key part of our Lenten journey is to pray for and accompany them to the sacraments of initiation come Easter. In doing so we prepare to renew our baptism promises and commitment to live as faithful disciples.
I hope that your rice bowl is out on your kitchen table, and perhaps you’ve downloaded the app. Go to www.crs.org to download your CRS Rice Bowl app, or find it in the App Store. It’s pretty cool. Throughout Lent there will be other opportunities for almsgiving in our second collections. If you are not able to get to daily Mass, note that the scripture readings are cited in this bulletin, every week. Get into the practice of preparing for Sunday Mass by reading and praying over the readings.
I am gone a few days this week, so please note there is no Mass Monday or Tuesday.
Have a blessed first week of Lent,