From The Pastor
Two weeks ago we sent our catechumen, Lillian, to St. Mary’s Cathedral for the Rite of Election. Lillian was called by the Archbishop at the Rite of Elections go forward for the sacraments initiation.
Beginning this Sunday and for the next two Sundays we will celebrate the “scrutinies” of the elect. Lillian is not being scrutinized or investigated into her worthiness for receiving the Sacraments on Holy Saturday night. That has already been decided by the Archbishop.
During Lent, the elect take a critical look at their lives. “The scrutinies are meant to uncover, then heal all that is weak, defective, or sinful in the hearts of the elect; to bring out, then strengthen all that is upright, strong, and good. For the scrutinies are celebrated in order to deliver the elect from the power of sin and Satan, to protect them against temptation, and to give them strength in Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life”.
“....the elect are instructed gradually about the mystery of sin, from which the whole world and every person longs to be delivered and thus saved from its present and future consequences. Second, their spirit is filled with Christ the Redeemer, who is the living water (gospel of the Samaritan woman in the first scrutiny), the light of the world (gospel of the man born blind in the second scrutiny), the resurrection and the life (gospel of Lazarus is the third scrutiny). From the first to the final scrutiny the elect should progress in their perception on sin and their desire for salvation”.
We are not at these scrutinies simply to watch. We are invited to reflect on our own life. The prayers for the elect become everyone’s prayer. The purifying of the elect becomes the purification of the whole parish.
- Fr Joe
Parishioners are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent, and attend Morning Prayer at 7:15 am, and one of the daily Masses at 6:30am & 8:00am and 5:10 pm. Stations of the Cross are Fridays at 2:15 (led by our school students) & 7:00pm.
- Every Tuesday during Lent, Eucharistic Adoration will take place in the church from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. At the same time, there will be an opportunity for confessions. A guided meditation/reflection will be offered during the second hour.
- C.R.S. Rice Boxes are available for collection in the vestibule of the church. Funds raised help support the work of Catholic Relief Services. Please consider taking one of these as part of your lenten sacrifices.
- The Family Mass in April will be celebrated on Sunday, April 7th at 5:00pm. A reception will follow in the parish center. We hope to see many of you there!
- Next weekend’s second collection will be for Catholic Relief Services.