Father David’s Letter
Dear Friends in Christ,
It’s hard to believe that Lent begins this week. Are you ready for it? To be honest I’m not sure I am, but here it comes anyway….
What positive life-giving change do you most need to make in your life? I ask the question that way because that’s ultimately the purpose of Lent, for change. The word Lent itself means “Spring.” Spring brings the proliferation of all of nature, a reawakening of all things good and beautiful (and a few pests, haha.) From the first whispers of crocuses emerging and birds nesting to the full-throated exuberant shouting of blossoming trees and piquing daffodils, the advent of spring universally lifts our spirits out of the fog of winter and lightens our moods. In the midst of this time of nature’s transformation we experience the spiritual transformation of Lent. It is a brilliant and cathartic coinciding of nature and grace that has the power to profoundly convert us, if we but let it.
In the midst of your various good and pious Lenten practices, don’t forget the most important question….
How will you let Lent change you this year?
Sincerely in Christ,
Lent begins – Ash Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Ashes will be distributed during the 8am, 9:30am, and 7pm Masses.
Fasting and abstinence for Lent – explained – See the Events Page
Soup, Stations, and Confessions on Fridays during Lent- See the Events Page
St. Mary’s 125th Anniversary Celebration is well on its way!
From August 15, 2019 thru August 15, 2020, you can order you St. Mary T-Shirt that portrays the image of our Blessed Mother as rendered by a 2019 Montini graduate and St. Mary parishioner, Rebecca Bodden! There’s more than just T-Shirts to choose from. Go to this link to order choice of style and sizes: https://inktothepeople.com/st-mary-catholic-church-125th-anniversary-/
Here’s something to SMILE about! 🙂
St. Mary’s Church is now connected with AMAZON.SMILE! What is Amazon.Smile? Amazon is dedicated to giving back to charitable organizations like our parish. When you buy online at Amazon, you have the opportunity to have .05% of your purchases donated to St. Mary’s by Amazon. When you sign up for AmazonSmile, you’ll be asked to select from over a million of charities to support. But you can skip this step and click on our unique link. Then you’ll be taken to smile.amazon.com and then automatically asked if you want to support St Mary Church. Our unique charity link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2182123
Don’t forget to sign up for St. Mary’s MyParish App today!
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enhance your spiritual life and get updates on what’s happening at St. Mary!Just text App to phone number 88202 or visit myparishapp.com to download. St. Mary’s will not automatically beone of your choices because we are a national parish which means we have no boundaries. Just type in St. Mary 1407 and the site will be available for you to click on and join. Keep yourself up to date on parish events, daily readings, messages, Pope Francis messages, and programs to enhance your faith journey.