First Down with Fr. Eric (March 20, 2022)

Dear Friends,
Our Fish Fry is doing great business on Fridays during Lent in Fenlon Center from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. We have had excellent turnout for people gathering to eat with each other at the tables both inside and outside. A good number of people order take out. It has been great seeing many people both parishioners and guests coming with smiles for the fish dinner. Thank you to staff member Megan Popa who oversees the operation and to the many people who have given their time to make this a great success. The proceeds this year go towards Habitat for Humanity.
Many businesses know that Catholics do not eat meat on Fridays during Lent. We want to remember the intent behind this effort. Whether it is meat or something else that causes us to pause and reflect on sacrifice, Lent calls us to enter into the suffering of Jesus by being an authentic disciple. Each time we think we are about to eat meat or partake of whatever we are offering up, it is a great reminder that these small sacrifices draw us closer to God, but also to be aware of the human suffering and challenges around us. We also remind parishioners that on Fridays at 6:00 pm we have the outdoor stations of the cross. The devotion of following in the footsteps of Jesus on his way from being condemned to death to his crucifixion. Recalling the suffering reminds us that it leads us to eternal life.
Blessings on this Lenten Journey.
Peace in Christ,
Fr. Eric