“God proves His love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Dear Saint Stephen Parishioners,
Lent has always been a significant time in the life of the Catholic Church. In this 40-day retreat, we enter into the desert with Jesus, so that the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving will cleanse us and renew our life in Christ. At the conclusion of this retreat, we will celebrate with a number of people, who will be received into the Catholic Church at Easter. Please pray for the adults and children who will be Baptized and Confirmed, and who will receive First Holy Communion in the Easter Season. Let us pray also for each other, as we use these holy days of Lent in preparing to reaffirm our own Baptismal promises.
An important element of our Lenten journey is the Sacrament of Confession. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we receive His generous mercy and love. Confession gives us the opportunity to come face-to-face with the stark reality of our sinfulness; but more important, it gives us the amazing blessing of being face-to-face with the mercy of God. As Christians, we are called to live according to the teachings of the Gospel. Confession helps us recognize the places where we haven’t been faithful witnesses to the Gospel, and offers us the grace to begin a new way of life that is formed, not by sin, but by God’s love.
Please make time in these last days of Lent to celebrate the Sacrament of Confession. We will be having our Parish Penance Service on Tuesday, March, 20, at 7:00 p.m. Father Mark and I will also be hearing Confessions on Thursdays, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. During Holy Week, we will be available for Confessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27 and 28, from 4:30 to 5:30, and from 7:00 to 8:00. On Holy Thursday (March 29), we will be available from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., and from 11:00 to Noon.
Let us pray that this Lent will be a time of conversion and spiritual renewal for all of us, so that we may embrace our Baptismal call to “go and make disciples,” and to be a witness for others of our faith in the Resurrection.
DIVINE MERCY: A MESSAGE AND A MISSION
March 10/11 Weekend Masses
Learn how to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at all weekend Masses.
(10 minutes before Mass begins)
Sunday, March 11 at 3:00 p.m. in the Worship Space – A Spiritual Lecture with discussion on the
history of the Divine Mercy Image and how this devotion can lead you closer to Christ on your
Spiritual Journey. Open to everyone-please come!
What is happening?
March 9th – Stations of the Cross – Fridays in Lent at 6 p.m. 3/9, 3/16 and a Special Reflective Stations on 3/23.
The KofC is hosting Fish Frys on Fridays in Lent in the Dining Room from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. We have a varied menu for all tastes. Come and enjoy!
March 10th – Martyr Madness Arrives – Last minute preparations are being made and we are looking forward to a wonderful event!
March 11th – Daylight Savings time begins.
March 20th – Parish Reconciliation Service
March 23/24 – School Musical
March 26th to April 1st – Holy Week
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