Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This week began the beautiful season of Lent, a time of reflection, discipline, and commitment. We have been marked with ashes to symbolize our new journey towards the celebration of Easter. This Sunday we reflect upon the temptations of Jesus. How strong and clever temptations can be as they pepper themselves throughout our lives. Thankfully, we are not alone. The beginning of the Gospel reports that Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit. We also are filled with the Holy Spirit to fight the temptations that are as cunning and dissipative as the devil was with Jesus. Again, let us remember that we are never alone. One of the great realities of our faith is that we are a united Church, both on Earth and in Heaven. On Earth we pray for and ask prayers of one another. In Heaven we rely on the communion of saints and of our departed brothers and sisters.
The Lenten season offers many opportunities to persevere in our discipleship. Please join our faith community at any of the following activities that bring us together to celebrate. I look forward to seeing you there! Masks are no longer required, and we continue to warmly and respectfully welcome those with concerns who optionally choose to wear them.
Adoration: Fridays, 12pm – 5pm at Saint Clement Adoration Chapel
Rosary: Fridays, 12pm at Saint Clement
Divine Mercy: Fridays, 3pm – 3:15pm at Saint Clement
Stations of the Cross: Fridays, 5pm at Saint James, 6pm at Saint Clement
Note: Good Friday, April 15, 12pm at Saint Clement
St. James Fish Fries: Fridays March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8 at Saint James
St. Clement Soup Night: Saturday, March 12 at Saint Clement
Diocesan Night of Confession: Wednesday, March 16 at all parishes
We are currently working on a collaborative Holy Week schedule. More information for all these activities are in the bulletin and on the website. Let us keep in our prayer the challenges of our current world situations.