Church of the Visitation
Make the most of this Lent!
Wednesday begins the season of Lent: that 40-day period before Easter in which we are called to make a spiritual journey "in the desert", reflecting upon our sinfulness. But why, exactly? Is there a way to gain a better appreciation of the Church's call for this spiritual retreat so that we can celebrate Easter in the spirit it is truly meant?
Yes there is!
The best celebrations are always that much sweeter and more meaningful when we've prepared ourselves well for them. With Lent and Easter right around the corner, thanks to our eCommunity provider Flocknote, here are two quick and easy ways to receive a daily support and guidance on our Lenten journey towards the miracle of Easter.
First is a daily reflection called "
2018 Lenten Reflections
Once a day you will find in your mailbox a brief reflection which can help answer questions such as:
Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?
Why is fish OK on Fridays?
Why do we have Easter Eggs?
What is Almsgiving and why do we do it?
As well as a suggestion on how to make each day during Lent more meaningful.
If you don't think you'll have time to read even a short e-mail reflection, try our daily "
2018 Lenten Text
At 11AM each day during Lent, you'll receive a text message with a thought for the day, including sayings from popular saints on topics so important during the season: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.
To receive Daily Reflections in your inbox, follow this link and click the "Join this Group" button:
To receive a daily text message, follow this link and click the "Join this Group" button:
Of course, you can choose to receive BOTH a reflection AND a text to make each day truly informative. As with all of our eCommunity offerings, this service is FREE and you are encouraged to invite others to join as well.
Join TODAY so that you don't miss a single day during Lent!
WANT TO SEE OTHER PARISH EVENTS GOING ON THIS LENT?
Download our list of events here (attach it to your refrigerator!)
Attend what you can in preparing for the glory of Easter
There's something about it that makes sense, Lent. You give something up, and everything's more joyful.
Elaine Stritch, American actress (1925-2014)
Our FORMED Recommendation for the Week
Audio (75 minutes) -
Father Michael Schmitz, the director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth as well as the Chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, inspires and educates in this three-homily series about the highest form of worship—the Mass. His Newman Center focuses on being fed through the Sacraments as well as study and knowledge of the Church and has thrived under his humble and Spirit-filled guidance. Through this vibrant presentation, Fr. Mike makes sure that you will have a deeper and more profound experience of the Mass.
If you haven't done so already, go to
, click on the REGISTER button and enter our parish code
). Enter your e-mail address on the registration screen and you're good to go!
Do you find these weekly eCommunity mailings useful and think that family members or friends could benefit? Invite them either by having them text
on their smartphone or by signing up on our parish website at
- we'd love to have them join us!
Sent by Fr. Ed Blanchett on Friday, February 9 at 3:00PM