Fr. Aidan Writes:
Lent is upon us, the annual season of “spring cleaning our souls”! Just as spring light flooding through our windows brings us joy, it also reveals the dust, hence the surge in house cleaning at this time of year! It is the same with Lent. The Easter light of our redemption is starting to make its presence in our lives and reveals those things which tarnish our souls. Our tools for the cleaning of our souls are the three Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
This weekend you will be able to pick up the rice bowls for your loose change collection for Catholic Relief Services; this will help your alms giving. At the end of Masses, you will be given a pocket sized reminder of the Stations of the Cross, which you can use at quiet moments in the day that will help your prayer. To aid your fasting, give up some time and attend the parish mission: in Spanish, Monday- Wednesday 27, 28 Feb and 1 March , and in English Monday- Wednesday 6, 7, and 8 March. This will be given by Fr Dominic De Maio OP, who will also be celebrating Masses on the weekend before each language iteration of the mission. It promises to be very enlightening.
God bless you, your families and your Lenten duties,
Fr Aidan-Peter CJ
May God bless you, your families, and the week ahead,
Fr Aidan Peter