Today we celebrate the first Sunday in Lent. Lent affords us an opportunity to pray, reflect and deepen our spiritual lives. Here at the parish we will be offering a very interesting and spiritually enriching series of reflections on Wednesday evenings throughout Lent. The talks will take place in Msgr. Kelly Hall at 6:30pm. In the ancient tradition of the Church of both East and West both Wednesdays and Fridays were put aside as days of fast and abstinence. In keeping with this tradition we will offer each week a non-meat soup supper with bread and butter. This simple Lenten meal will be followed with the following topics led by local speakers and parishioners. On March 12th, Mrs. Carolyn Miller will speak on, “Spirituality and Women.” On March 19, I will speak on “Spirituality and Lent.” On March 26, Ms. Helen Marie McCartney will speak on “Spirituality and the Word.” On April 2, Ms. AnnaMae Muryasz will speak on “Spirituality and Evangelization.” On April 9, Mr. William Briggs will speak on “Spirituality and Men.” And on April 16, Mrs. Joan Dollinger will speak on “Spirituality and Holy Week – Jerusalem, My Destiny.”
We hope you will be able to attend all or some of these spiritual exercises this Lent. All of us are called and challenged to make an effort to go just a little further in our spiritual journey during Lent. This series promises to give us just the right depth and variety to achieve this goal. Gathering for a simple meal and listening to a spiritual presentation helps us to experience Lent in a more monastic fashion and engages all of our senses to reach a higher ground in our spiritual formation.
Please come and join us for our Spirituality and Soup series. May you all have a blessed and spiritually enriching Lenten journey.