February 1st, the feast day of Saint Brigid of Ireland, marked the midway point between winter and spring. The days are getting noticeably longer. Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow and assures us that it will be an early spring. What does all of this mean? Lent is coming!
Wednesday, February 26, is Ash Wednesday which is just seventeen days away. While we continue to enjoy ‘ordinary time’, let us also be mindful of the Lenten season which is quickly approaching and the wonderful ways in which we can strengthen our spiritual lives during this season of grace. Just as we prepare in advance for a family vacation or trip or wedding or anniversary, let us prepare in advance for our annual Lenten retreat.
The Spring Cursillo Weekends conveniently fall during Lent and would be a great Lenten resolution for those seeking to energize their spiritual lives. Brochures with information about the Cursillo Men’s Weekend, March 5-8, and the Women’s Weekend, March 19-22, are in the main vestibule of the church. Kelly DeSchryver serves as our parish coordinator and can be reached at (317) 887-8243. Kelly will be happy to answer any questions or provide an application.
“Tuesday’s With Father” will resume this Lent on March 3, March 10 and March 18. With the assistance of Bishop Robert Barron, we will reflect on the gift of the Eucharist as Sacred Meal, Sacrifice and Real Presence. Come to one or all of the sessions and bring a friend as we grow in our appreciation of the great gift of the Eucharist and strengthen our parish resolve to participate in Sunday Mass faithfully – no excuses!
Each Sunday of Lent extended opportunities for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered in the Adoration Chapel. This year we will attach a particular need to each of the Sundays of Adoration. Please plan on bringing the family to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament on at least one of the Sundays of Lent as we intercede for our parish, Church, country and world.
Thank you for your warm welcome to the Little Sisters of the Poor and your generous response to the Sisters’ appeal for assistance. By the time Sister Margaret finished her talk, I was actually happy to have my ‘pocket picked’! Let us continue to support the Little Sisters with our prayers, especially our prayers for vocations. The Little Sisters’ good work needs to be continued!
Looking forward to being with you at Mass!