Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The Rev. Fr. Ralph Thomas and Deacon Frank Lonteen mark the foreheads of students with a cross for Ash Wednesday at the 8;30 a.m. Mass in St. Paul Church. The student body, which normally attends Mass on Friday, attended today’s Mass for the beginning of the Lenten season in our parish.
Pope Benedict XVI in his Lenten message said the faithful should restore the true meaning of fasting from caring for one's body to caring for one's brethren like the Good Samaritan.
:”I wish to focus my reflections especially on the value and meaning of fasting,” he said.. “Lent recalls the forty days of our Lord's fasting in the desert, which He undertook before entering into His public ministry.’
Bishop Richard Lennon's Lenten Message notes that this Lenten season stands at the heart of a Holy Year celebrating the 2000th anniversary of the great apostle and preacher, Saint Paul who reminds us in the second reading for Ash Wednesday that "We are ambassadors for Christ."
Please notice the new links we have added (at left) for Lent:
Lenten Schedule calls up the St. Paul Lenten Schedule for 2009.
Lenten Video calls up a section on the U.S. Confernce of Catholic Bishops where you can view a video reflection for each day of Lent.
Reconciliation calls up a listing of hours for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the parishes in the North and South Summit districts.
Posted by Harry Liggett at 10:22 AM