Today we celebrate Laetare Sunday. This Sunday is noted as different in our liturgical celebration of lent in a few ways. First, and most obvious, is the color of vestments that the clergy wear. While some will continue wearing violet, the recommended color is rose. This lighter color reminds us of the joy that is coming at Easter. Second, in the liturgical norms of the day, the entrance antiphon starts with the word “Laetare!” which is Latin for “Rejoice!” We are now at the midpoint of our Lenten journey, and our focus today is a reminder to “run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Heb 12:1b) With Easter just around the corner, let us now spend these last days of Lent focused on the sacrifice of the Lord, especially as we journey toward Holy Thursday and Good Friday where we journey with the Lord toward His death and receive Him in the Eucharist.
Our Deanery Penance Services are upon us. Today, Sunday March 19, Our Lady of Fatima’s Penance Service is at 1:00pm. Saint Bartholomew is scheduled for tomorrow, Monday March 20 at 6:30pm. Good Shepherd is on Wednesday March 22 at 6:30pm. Saint Joseph is on Thursday, March 23 at 6:30pm. Our Parish service is next Sunday, March 26 at 2:00pm, and the final service will be at Beloved Disciple on Sunday, March 26 at 5:00pm. As a reminder, confessions are available every Friday of Lent from 6-7pm as well as every Saturday from 4-5pm. If these times do not work for your schedule, call me at the office and we can schedule a time that works for our schedules.
Mark your calendars! On Holy Saturday, April 8, at 9am we will decorate Church for Easter! Many hands make light work, so any help that you might be able to give would be greatly appreciated!
Here’s a few thoughts for your week: Don’t wait for the right time; make the time right now. Life is short; time is fast: since there is no rewind or instant replay, enjoy each moment as it comes.
Pax et Bonum, Fr. Andy