2/26/2017 12:00 AM
This week, we begin our great journey through the season of Lent. As we enter Lent, the focus always seems to be on what we are giving up, sacrificing, for the next forty days. Yet, there is much more to this season than just that. In the Pastoral Region, we have a variety of ways to enter the spirit of this great season so that when we arrive at the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter, we can experience it anew!
To begin, this week Tuesday, we celebrate Mardi Gras and the Burning of Ashes at Corpus Christi. The traditional ‘Fat Tuesday’ where all the cooking fats were used up prior to the austerity of Lent, cakes and cookies were the order of the day. Traditionally, King Cakes are served, with the tradition that whoever receives the hidden Baby Jesus has good luck for the rest of the year. As an aside, I promised to make and bring my own King Cake this year, which will be the first time I’ve made such a cake!
During Lent, we also have the opportunity to gather for the celebration of Evening Prayer, Taize Prayer, and the communal celebration of the Sacrament of Penance. The schedules and locations are provided elsewhere in this bulletin or across the coming weeks. With each of those opportunities, we also gather for a simple meal prior to the prayer experience, which recognizes the importance of community in our pilgrimage of faith. Please join us when you are able!
As I think I mentioned in a previous bulletin article, the practice of almsgiving is also an important aspect of our Lenten journey. As a Pastoral Area between the three parishes of Corpus Christi, St. John Neumann and St. John the Baptist, Dry Ridge, we have decided to support Child’s Hope International, which is a local charity seeking ‘to motivate and mobilize the Church to care for orphans in their distress,’ through adoption, foster care, orphan care and humanitarian relief. We have supported this charity a number of times over the last few years. More information can be found online: thechildrenarewaiting.org.
In addition to resources and opportunities we are offering through the Pastoral Area, please take advantage of the resources being given out in the Lenten Resource Packets that are available this weekend and next. In addition, Formed.org has a lengthy list of resources for your use as well. The parish access code is 93d2e2.
Finally, let us pray for one another during this time. We are stronger together!
Fr. Kyle Schnippel
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