Pastor’s Reflection for February 14, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

This is Valentine’s Day weekend. This is a good time to acknowledge the blessing of marriage. The Lord used the marriage bond to help us to understand the intimate relationship we have with Him. He calls Himself the bridegroom and the Church His bride. The bottom line of our life is to have an intimate relationship with God. As we are now in our Lenten season, let us remove the things that hinder that relationship and do the things Valentine Bulletin 2016that builds the relationship. May we also pray for all marriages to be healthy and strong. This is achieved by each person living out their vows to love the other. Love is serving the needs of the other, selflessly giving to the other. It is not any easy commitment but is possible when we call upon the grace of God. We need strong marriages today for marriage is a symbol of the love that God has for His people.

This season of Lent we will again have “The Light Is On For You.” Every Church will have a priest available on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You are encouraged to receive this sacrament during the Lenten season to receive the mercy of God, to have the cleansing of your soul and the grace to make progress in your spiritual life.

As mentioned last week, this Lent there will be a two week DVD seminar by Ralph Martin entitled, “The Fulfillment of All Desire.” We are all called to be saints but many of us haven’t the foggiest idea how to make that happen. Drawing on the wisdom of the saints and other Catholic sources, Ralph Martin provides a guide for growth in the spiritual life. We will begin this series this Tuesday, February 16, at 7 p.m. It will conclude on the next Tuesday, February 23. They are one hour sessions.

A reminder will have a three day mission by John Michael Talbot on March 7 – 9. It is a DVD series.

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

God love you,