Preparing for Lent

In Lent, we are asked to pray, fast and give alms.  It is also a perfect time to access where we are in our stewardship journey.

Lent is a time in the Church when we get the chance to rid ourselves of those things that hinder us from being in a healthy and full relationship with God.  Lent makes us better stewards. It begins Wednesday, March 6th-Ash Wednesday.

For many of us, what we believe is often best expressed in prayer.  Stewardship is always rooted in prayer first and Lent is full of opportunities to increase our prayer life.  Check the bulletin and website for daily Mass and Communion Service schedules. The Stations of the Cross will be prayed:  check the bulletin and the website,, as well as for the times for Ash Wednesday Masses and the Reconciliation Service for Lent.

Prayer, like fasting, reminds us that it is important to acknowledge all that God has given us and to be reminded of what He expects in return.

Alms giving reminds us to always question, “What do I own and what owns me?”  There is a real spirituality connected with what we possess and whether we possess it loosely or not.

There is still time to give to this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal all during Lent, and to help with the costs connected with this year’s Interfaith Shelter Network, to revise our wills and trusts to make a bequest in gratitude for being here, and to remember the many needs outside the parish that we address all year long.