Lent and Forgiveness

March 14, 2014

Dear Parishioners,

Prayer. Fasting. Almsgiving. These are called the three pillars of Lent. How are you doing with these observances? We’re still in the middle of Lent and you can still take some time to concentrate on one of these. In addition, this week is our chance to attend our Communal Reconciliation service. At St. Anne's will offer it on Thursday, March 19th at 7 PM. At St. Patrick of the Forest it will be Monday the 16th at 7 PM. We will have many priests to assist us. Lent is a wonderful way to set things straight, repent, and allow God’s forgiveness to penetrate our hearts.

This weekend, we hear from probably the most famous passage of Scripture denoted simply as John 3:16. But, instead of its context being a football game, we hear it proclaimed in the midst of the assembly at Mass. God loves all that he has created. He loves us so much that he gave his only begotten son for our salvation. We are challenged by the knowledge and testimony of the Scriptures that remind us that while we prefer the darkness of sin, Jesus, who is the light of the world, calls us to live in the light of his truth. This week’s Communal Reconciliation service is a perfect way to live out this call. Let the darkness of sin in your life be exposed to the light who is Jesus. Then listen and experience the forgiveness that can be yours.

For God so loves you that he gave his only Son, so that you who believes in him might not perish, but have eternal life. Now that is Good News!

Blessings,

Fr. William Holtzinger
Pastor

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