We are privileged to host a two-day Lenten Parish Mission on Monday, March 28th, and Tuesday, March 29th. The mission will be presented by Fr. Carlos Gonzalez, who will offer a morning session at 10 am and an evening session at 7:00 pm.
Fr. Carlos is an internationally recognized mission presenter and Catholic missionary with the Fraternal Society of Mercy based in Puerto Rico, who weaves stories into an engaging, passionate message of hope. He has worked with Mother Teresa and many others in ministering to the poor, the sick, and the disenfranchised. He will focus on “The Lord’s Loving Mercy” as he inspires us to return to the Lord’s loving embrace and more fully live and boldly proclaim our Catholic faith.
A Parish Mission can be viewed as an opportunity for spiritual healing, renewal, and reconciliation. With an emphasis on love and mercy, it also can provide an opportunity to change hearts and transform lives as we renew and strengthen our relationship with our Lord.
As we know, during the season of Lent we are challenged in a special way to acknowledge our sins and shortcomings and seek God’s mercy. We will offer additional times and dates to provide us with a great opportunity to avail ourselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The sacrament is also available by appointment. We can examine our conscience and acknowledge the ways in which we may have compromised our spiritual integrity.
At times we need to be reminded that the sacrament is here to heal, not to condemn. It is here to get us closer to the Lord who loves us. As previously noted, Pope Francis stated, “In confession, Jesus welcomes us with all our sinfulness, to give us a new heart, capable of loving as He loves.” He also reminded us that, “Confession is the sacrament of the tenderness of God, His way of embracing us.” He urged those who have been away from sacrament to be not afraid to reach out to the Lord who will receive you with open arms.
During the Lenten season, we will have additional priests available to serve as instruments of the Lord’s pardon, mercy, and forgiveness, and to help us experience spiritual joy in our hearts. Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we can more effectively embrace the right spiritual course as we cleanse our souls and prepare for the commemoration of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Details concerning the Mission and information concerning opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation can be obtained through the Parish office and website. I hope that you will prayerfully consider participating in the Parish Mission and avail yourself of great opportunities to enhance your spiritual life during this special season of Lent.