Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Lent teaches us the value of practicing penance. We make a deliberate effort to think less about ourselves and concentrate more on the needs of others who need our assistance and love. The opportunities available to us for sacrifice and entering into the penitential spirit of the season are inexhaustible. The Church recommends three principal instruments of penance for us: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Each of these traditional practices can truly enrich our lives if we approach them with a proper spirit and in a heartfelt manner.
During these 40 days of Lent, we especially align ourselves with those seeking Baptism and full communion in the Catholic Church. As our Catechumens and Candidates prepare to embrace and deepen their faith in Jesus Christ, they help us to remember the call of Jesus Christ to us all: to turn our hearts away from the darkness of sin to the light of His love. Conversion is an ever-constant invitation and challenge in the life of every Christian.
There is no resurrection without the cross. Unless we willingly and joyfully embrace the cross of the Lord in our own lives, we will never truly experience the newness of life of Christ’s resurrection.
I enjoin you to make every effort this Lent to turn your hearts more completely to the Lord. The Sacrament of Reconciliation offers us an invaluable opportunity to experience the healing love and strength that Christ alone can give. I hope that you will take advantage of one of the multiple opportunities that our parish is providing for confessions this Lent.
Be assured of my daily and loving prayers for you as we journey through this Lenten season together. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ as we follow Him through his passion and death into His glorious resurrection.
God bless you,
Reverend Raymond Sacca, Pastor