Lent: A Journey from No to Yes
We begin the season of Lent this Wednesday with ashes put on our foreheads and the priest saying: "Dust thou art and to dust you shall return" or "Repent and believe in the gospel." The season of Lent is best viewed as a journey, a journey from no to yes, from the dead ashes to living water. Scripture readings in Lent are on the one hand about ashes (deceit, infidelity, betrayals, broken relationships, injustice) and on the other hand about living water (gift of forgiveness of sins, eternal life, salvation).
On Easter Sunday we will be challenged to start all over again as we are asked:
Do you reject Satan? All his ways?
Do you believe in God the Father.. in Jesus Christ..in the Holy Spirit?
We get forty days to work up to our answer, to say yes.
To be sure, we all have our own Lenten plans to make the journey from no to yes. Here are a few simple suggestions:
Fr. George Alengadan
I’d like to remind you about the value of the new eGiving option through Faith Direct. It offers some important advantages over the current Sunday envelopes: It’s green. Less paper. Less postage. No need to mail envelopes every two months. It’s labor saving. Less work for those who count and deposit the collection each week; less effort for you with no need to write a check. It helps parish finances. Vacation time can cause a big drop in the Sunday offering, even though the parish expenses continue. The predictable and steady income provided by eGiving allows us to better support our ongoing parish ministries.
You can fill out the form available at church or mailed to your home and return it to the Parish Office or drop it in the collection basket, or register online HERE and use our parish code CA702. They also offer personalized offertory cards to replace your envelopes so you can continue to participate in the physical act of giving during Mass. Please give eGiving your prayerful consideration, and give envelopes a permanent vacation this summer.
Fr. George Alengadan