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posted Feb 15, 2018, 12:08 PM by Church Office

This year, the parish theme for Lent will be “Becoming the best person that God created you to be.” As we reflect upon how Jesus went through his own journey to the cross, he was preparing himself to be the best he would be here on earth.  We as a parish family will follow his example during our own Lenten journey.  When I talk about being the best you, I am not referring to only the spiritual you, but you the whole person created by God.  We all struggle with many things in our lives that prevent us from being the best person God created us to be.  For example, I struggle with my diet as a diabetic and need to have a better meal plan.  My challenge to myself and the parish is determining what is preventing you or holding you back from being the best person God created you to be; and then eliminating it from your life during Lent.

            Also, to help us achieve this goal, I will hold a series of talks on most Monday evenings in Lent.  The talks are based upon the book, “Perfectly Yourself” by Matthew Kelly.  Each talk will be from 7:00-8:15PM on the following Monday Evenings:  February 26March 5, March 19th and March 26th.  Each talk will be an independent session so if you are not able to attend one or more of the talks, you should still try and attend those that you can.  Copies of the book will be available the weekend of February 17-18th.  I hope as many of you as possible can take advantage of this special Lenten series.

             In our CCD programs, we will use this as our overall theme for the classes.  We will also encourage the students to participate in operation Rice Bowl, attend the Stations of the Cross, do more chores around the house, and other activities that allow them to grow and develop in their faith and in their service to others.

            As a parish, we are truly becoming a parish family.  We are growing in our love for God and for others.  Let us make this Lenten one where we truly dedicate ourselves to becoming the best person God created us to be.  In this way, when Easter comes, we will truly have a new life in Christ, now and forever.                             Fr. John