First Down with Fr. Eric (February 16, 2020)

Dear Friends,

In about two weeks we will begin the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is February 26. The ashes that we receive are outward reminders that we are called to conversion, meaning to turn away from sin in our lives.

There is something about Christians wanting to receive a sign from God. Many churches are filled with people wanting the ashes placed on their foreheads. Parishioners might begin the day with ashes and wear that sign to work, school, or even the marketplace. Even people on television wear the ashes. It is a powerful day of sign and symbol to the world.
Whether one is Christian or not, most know about the 40 days of Lent. It is a time of fasting, maybe giving up or taking on things in our lives. A large majority of people are aware that Catholics do not eat meat on Fridays during Lent. (Even McDonald’s, with their fish sandwiches knows this).

I am inviting everyone to start thinking about what spiritual things will happen during the Lenten season. It might begin with attending a Word Service or a Mass on Ash Wednesday. There will be Liturgy of the Word Services at 6:30 am, 10:00 am and 4:15 pm with ashes and Masses at 8:00 am and 6:00 pm with ashes.

Our hope is that the ashes we receive become powerful reminders of hearing the call to die to sin and to selfishness in our lives. These 40 days are preparation for the great season of Easter.

Peace in Christ,

Fr. Eric