Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Community

A Lenten Note From Father Len

OUR LADY OF LOURDES PARISH EXPERIENCING JESUS IN THE YEAR OF FAITH

February 2013

Every year during the season of Lent we follow a theme which guides us through these six weeks of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. This year the Church invites us to grow in our faith. It encourages us to learn more about our unique Catholic traditions in order to help us live a deeper life of faith.

During the season there will be a myriad of opportunities to assist you in experiencing our Savior. Our series entitled CATHOLICISM will continue on Tuesday mornings, with Joline Frank, our Pastoral Associate and Thursday evenings, with Deacon Al, Deacon Chuck and me. During these six weeks, we will invite you to encounter the mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist, to learn more about the Communion of the Saints and to consider Prayer and the Holy Spirit. You can attend one session or all six.

As has been our tradition, we will pray the Stations of the Cross each Friday in Lent. On February 22, families from our community will lead us in the Family Way of the Cross. On March 8, our Youth Group will present a Way of the Cross. On March 22, the Rosary Altar Society will lead us in the Marian Way of the Cross. On Good Friday, March 29, members of the Lourdes Players will lead us in the Living Way of the Cross. On the other Fridays of Lent (March 1 and 15), Deacon Al Adolfo will lead us in the Traditional Way of the Cross.

The sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered on Saturday afternoons from 4:15 to 5:00 p.m. Three additional opportunities will be available - the first is our annual Lenten Penance Service, Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. and the second is morning Penance on Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to noon. The final opportunity to avail oneself of the sacrament prior to Easter will be Tuesday, March 26 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Each year we try to offer a special program with a guest who will challenge, enlighten and invigorate us as we walk through our Lenten journey. This year we are proud to offer two radically different experiences of prayer. The first is on Monday, February 25, where we will focus on Contemplative Prayer led by Sister Eileen Smith, a Sister of Mercy from the Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer in Watchung. She will help us to see how the "Jesus Prayer" will lead us to a deeper relationship with our Lord. Our "Lenten Giveaway" this year is a medallion embossed with this prayer. The second is on Tuesday, February 26, and will focus on Visual Prayer led by Ray Boswell, a professional potter from Sugarloaf, New York. Each will give us different and unique ways of encountering Jesus on our Lenten journey through faith.

Give yourself the gift of taking time this Lenten season to experience your faith through Jesus. Who knows? He just might present Himself in a different light so that your relationship may grow together.

Fr. Len