Greetings From Sr. Marlita/ Salads desde Sr. Marlita

Hopefully you can join us this Sunday, March 31st for the Pancake/Sausage Breakfast after the 8:00 and 10:00 Masses. ALL PROFITS WILL GO TOWARD OUR LENTEN PROJECT for the HUNGRY. (See display in the Gathering Space.) How many of you have heard the phrase "OFFER IT UP", maybe from your mom or dad, a grandparent, or a teacher in the past? I know I have, especially during the season of Lent when we are encouraged to...make some sacrifices for others like not eating something we like, or doing a kind act for someone we may not especially be inclined toward, or when something unpleasant comes our way. The phrase "OFFER IT UP" in the Christian sense does not mean “GET OVER IT” or “NO BIG DEAL”. In

Greetings From Sr. Marlita/ Salads desde Sr. Marlita

How many times in the past have you heard the phrase: “The USA is the melting pot of the world”? Lately however, there lacks the positiveness of its past meaning. Now there seems to be less of a positive spin on diversity, on immigration, on receiving and welcoming others. Another phrase heard umpteen times is “To understand another we must walk in the other person's shoes. “ If you've ever acted or have been in a play or imagined being someone else, you know that once you inhabit that role, you do begin to see differently. You may even start to take a long, loving look at that "other" whom you now know in a new way. Maybe this Lenten season we might reflect a bit more deeply on trying to be

Greetings From Sr. Marlita/ Salads desde Sr. Marlita

In the first session of our Lenten Adult Education Series last Monday we considered this theme: “Ten Principles of Civil Communication: Defending the Faith Without Raising Your Voice.” It gave good suggestions, I felt, about how to have good conversations about controversial topics. Religion and faith can be controversial with some persons. Bishop Robert Barron, who has extremely worthwhile You-Tube presentations from his Word On Fire Media Center, makes the point that there are two normal attitudes we often have when encountering a difference of opinion about religious matters. One is what he terms “bland toleration,” or just putting up with what someone believes, but putting little importa

Greetings From Sr. Marlita/ Salads desde Sr. Marlita

This week the Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday. I invite you to reconsider the WHY you may try to get to Mass/service that day to receive ashes on your forehead. Maybe it has just been habit. The cross of ashes is a reminder that at the center of Lent stands the cross. Meditating on the meaning of the Crucifixion means examining our own sinfulness and praying for the grace and courage to change our ways and walk more closely with Jesus. Throughout Lent we are called to deepen our prayer life. We are providing several more options this year for praying the Stations of the Cross together. This is one Lenten devotion that may help us to be more grateful for the sacrifice that Jesus made

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