The Pastor's Pen
We are starting the fourth week of our Lenten Retreat. How’s your deepening prayer? One way to do that is in Eucharistic Adoration, which is this Friday. We begin in the Sacred Heart Room, behind the tabernacle, after 6:30 Mass and conclude with Benediction at 5, which takes 15 minutes. Step out of your busy day for a time of quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Bring before the Lord your hopes and disappointments, your needs and thanksgivings, your contrition and joy. Time is never wasted in prayer before the Lord. You may want to stop in before or after Stations of the Cross, which is prayed in church on Friday, beginning at 12:05.
Today’s second of three Scrutinies for our 5 Elect is their intense preparation for initiation at the Easter Vigil. We are lifting up all that is holy and good in them, and praying that nothing will hold them back from a graced life in God. The rite also reminds us to scrutinize our lives for all that holds us back from a life of grace. Our sins, what we have done, and what we have failed to do, hold us back. And we want to give them up to the Lord in his mercy.
Plan to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance at our 3-parish common service Tuesday night this week, April 2 at Blessed Sacrament Church at 7 p.m. There will be several priests to hear confessions after the liturgy of the word and communal act of contrition. Individual confessions are here every Saturday, 3 – 4 p.m. I have created a booklet and set it out every Saturday to guide you through celebrating the sacrament. Going to confession while on retreat allows God’s mercy and compassion to touch your heart and renew your spirit. My two night session: Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession, had 23 participants each night. Last Sunday night a group of 20 watched The Shack on the big screen in Roesch Hall, followed by good discussion.
The next movie night is Sunday, April 7, watching The Passion of the Christ, directed by Mel Gibson in 2004. No charge to come, no registration needed. Popcorn and drinks provided. You may want to bring your own tissues. Discussion to follow.
Hope to see you at the Altar and Rosary Soup Supper on Wednesday. Enjoy a simple meal and good fellowship with other parishioners. I am so pleased with all the Lenten offerings here this year. Have a blessed fourth week of Lent.