Blessings of peace and joy to you.
Jesus concludes this weekend’s session of the sermon on the mount urging his followers to strive towards perfection, “So be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” (cf. Matt. 5:48). Are you stuck as I am that Jesus never puts himself to be the reference point for perfection, but the Father? Who or what is our reference point for doing what we do?
Again, last week I started a conversation about the season of Lent and some of the upcoming events and activities to happen in the sister parishes of St. John and St. Isidore. I continue with the conversation to bring your attention to a few other events.
Stations of the cross
- Ash Wednesdays: Mass at St. Isidore’s at 5 pm, and St. John’s at 7 pm.
- Stations of the cross: Stations of the Cross during the week at St. John’s, each Wednesday at 6 pm, except March 25; St. Isidore’s, each Thursday following morning Mass.
- Stations of the Cross with soup supper: Stations of the Cross with soup supper at St. John’s, Sundays of March 1 & 15; St. Isidore’s, Sundays of March 8 & 22. Some selected groups in each parish will provide soup and bread. Time for the stations is 4-5 pm.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Parish reconciliation will be held on March 29 at St. John’s at 3 pm.
- Weekday reconciliation during Lent: each Friday evening from 7-7:45 pm at St. Isidore’s; each Saturday from 11-12 noon at St. John’s. I will be available in the reconciliation room for anyone desiring to take advantage of the sacrament.
Archbishop’s visit for Confirmation
On March 25, Archbishop Jackals will visit St. John’s to confirm some of our young people in the parish at 6:30 pm. I wish to remind all parishioners of the special relationship and bond that exist between a diocesan bishop and the parishes. A bishop has the pastoral responsibilities to visit the parishes within his arch/diocese to meet the faithful, listen to them, and worship with them. One active channel for meeting this obligation is during the Sacrament of Confirmation, which is usually performed by the bishop.
It is also the responsibility of the faithful to come and meet their bishop and worship with him. So, I urge all parishioners to join our Confirmation candidates and their families for the celebration on that day. We should view the Archbishop’s presence on that day as a pastoral visit to our parish and come to grace the occasion and pray together as a parish family.