I hope you are having a good week. It’s a busy week in the parish, as Lent begins tomorrow. Here is the latest news around the parish and school:
- Ash Wednesday is tomorrow. We will have Masses here at Saint Timothy’s at 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM. As a reminder, tomorrow is a day of fasting and abstinence.
- As you may already know, Lent is a season for us to focus on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. During these forty days, we spend time with Jesus in the desert. As he was tempted by the evil one, so we strive to overcome temptation and evil in our own lives to grow closer to the Lord and prepare ourselves to celebrate the joy of the resurrection at Easter.
- Want to grow in your relationship with the Lord or reconnect with him? In case you missed it, I posted earlier and included in the bulletin a number of opportunities for spiritual growth during Lent in our parish beyond what we might do individually. Here is a link to that post.
- This Thursday is our Lenten Adoration Night or “Gethsamene”. Many of you attended our Advent Adoration Night, and it received a great response from those who came. We will have a similar evening in the church this Thursday. Just as Jesus spent an hour in prayer in the garden before his arrest, we go in the evening before the Lord in prayer. There will be meditative, live music from a visiting musician, time for quiet prayer, Lenten reflections, an opportunity for confession and more. Whether you’re able to come for the whole time or just stop in while you are driving by the church, please stop by and visit with the Lord for a few minutes. Adoration begins at 7:00.
- This Friday, we begin our usual schedule with the Stations of the Cross. This is another great opportunity to spend time in prayer during Lent. We will have stations at 2:00 and 7:00 PM. The 2:00 Stations are led by the school children and the 7:00 Stations will be led by Deacon Ron this week.
- As one thought, if you want to challenge yourself to start your Lent off with some extra strength, you could try to go to Ash Wednesday Mass, Lenten Adoration Night, and Stations.
- Are you keeping up with the Magnifcat Year of Mercy meditations? How about the Rediscover Jesus book? Again, this is a good time to pick those up.
- Have you purchased your tickets for the Knights of Columbus Candlelight Dinner? It should be a great time, as always. We will have live music, dancing, a great meal, fun games, a brief talk by our seminarian, Bobby Gonnella on marriage, a blessing for marriages, and more. Come as a couple and celebrate marriage and love. Social is at 6:00 PM and Dinner is at 7:00 PM at the V.
- Did you see the survey that was posted last week online for Catholic Schools Week? Whether you’re a general parishioner, an alumni of the school, a school parent, or anyone else, it would be great to have you complete this very brief survey on our school to celebrate Catholic education and Saint Timothy’s School. It is really only four questions and most people complete it in less than five minutes. The link is here. It would be a great help for us, if you could take a moment to complete it. Thank you.
- This Sunday, we will have our RCIA candidates and those who are completing their initiation in the Catholic Church celebrate the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at the 10:00 AM Mass. Please continue to pray for them.
As always, there is much more happening behind the scenes too, but there is a brief update on what is new this week. I hope all is well, and I hope to see you tomorrow for the Ash Wednesday Mass and beyond.