Dear Parishioners,

Wednesday, February 14th, is Ash Wednesday, which begins our Lenten journey. This is a time to reflect on the condition of our spiritual life. We ask ourselves, “What areas of my life are fruitful and what areas are obstacles in my relationship with Jesus?” It is also a time to practice the disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Whatever I choose to make my Lenten practice, it should be done to bring me closer in relationship with Jesus.

Ashes are a sign of repentance. There are two formulas that can be applied to this act of penitence. One is to “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” This is to remind us of our mortality and the fragility of life. It also reminds us that we are created by the love of our God. We are reminded that we are creatures, not the creator. The other formula is “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” Sin only leads to death while faithfulness leads to living the ways taught by Jesus which bring us to eternal life. The schedule for Ash Wednesday services can be found on page 5 of this bulletin and on our website. One practice that I encourage is to consider attending daily mass to be nourished by the word of God and to receive His Body and Blood.

Here are some options to assist you in your Lenten journey:

  • Dynamic Catholic is having daily emails with short inspirational videos and practical tips for your everyday life. You can sign up for these daily emails
  • St. Joseph Parish will join all the other parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston in the “Light Is On For You” program. Priests will be available on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm-8:00pm for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This program will start on February 21st and run through March 28th.
  • Starting Tuesday, February 20th we will begin a series entitled “The Footprints of God” by Stephen Ray. This series details the story of salvation from Abraham to the Apostolic Fathers. Each topic is filmed on location. We will learn of Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, Jesus, Mary, Peter, Paul and the Apostolic Fathers. Each episode is a fast-paced, entertaining biography, travel documentary, Bible study, apologetics course in church history study rolled into one remarkable adventure.

I hope you will consider participating in these opportunities to strengthen your faith this Lenten season.

I will be available for confession this week on Monday, February 12, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,