As we journey into the season of Lent, our newly adopted Parish Life Cycle provides us ample opportunities to enter into a deeper and more intimate relationship with Christ. As we journey together throughout these forty days, let’s all be intentional about entering into our time of praying, fasting, and alms giving with a renewed sense of devotion. Let’s talk about how we can do that together!
If you find yourself searching during this Lent, we have some amazing opportunities for you. Just like this past Advent we will be sharing a prayer resource for those forty days. “Journey to Jerusalem” is a daily prayer resource that we will be praying together. We will also be having a Lenten Mission with Bishop Sam Jacobs on March 13th-15th.
While those things will help us on the search, Lent should also lead us to an encounter with Jesus. Lent is a forty-day encounter with Him. During this season we will be breaking open the Mass and how it allows us to connect with Jesus. Using the previously mentioned resources with this preaching series, the season can come alive, and we can truly understand the power of the liturgy.
The church has always seen Lent as an opportunity for conversion and we see it as a focal point in our journey here at Sacred Heart. The Lenten Mission will certainly be an excellent way for us to come to a place of deep-rooted change in our lives. Praying, fasting, and almsgiving (the central themes of Lent) are designed to do that as well. As Catholics, we don’t just “give up something” for Lent without a purpose. Giving Jesus more than just an hour on Sunday can turn our hearts back to Him.
Lent is all about spiritual growth. Let’s talk about how we can grow as a community. First of all, Lent is a season of penance. This is a great time to visit the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confession helps us to remove what is broken and restores our relationship with Jesus. An audio CD from Lighthouse Media entitled “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist” by Brant Pitre will be made available. We hope that this recording will draw you deeper into the heart of the Eucharist and that it will enhance your view of the mass.
Do you have a desire to be part of the mission of Sacred Heart? Start with your house! What if you took Lent as a time to gather your family for prayer every night? This can be a special time for you to bring Jesus into your home. Our mission as Catholics begins in the home first. You could gather together and say a rosary as a family once a week as well. What about inviting someone to the parish mission event? We will have the table set, you bring the guests and consider inviting someone to come with you who wouldn’t otherwise.