Repentance & Forgiveness -- The Fourth Week of Lent
"People ask me all the time: Why does God need a priest and Confession to forgive our sins? But of course, God
need a priest and Confession to forgive our sins. He’s
forgiven our sins.
need the priest and Confession.
are the ones who need to reflect deeply on our lives and become aware of the ways in which we have gone astray.
are the ones who need to get up the courage to pronounce our sins,
, to an actual person, so that the sound will ring meaningfully in our ears and in our hearts. And
are the ones who need to hear the words of forgiveness, so we will know, in that moment of shame and humility, that God has forgiven us."
(from Randall Smith,
The Catholic Thing
If you haven't been to Confession in a while, Lent is the perfect time to return.
The brief video below will refresh your understanding of the Sacrament. Spend some time in quiet preparation making an examination of conscience. (There are many forms available, but here is a
from the USCCB.) It's fine to bring a "cheat sheet" with you!
At our parishes:
Traditional Stations of the Cross:
7:00 pm tonight (Friday, March 9) at Assumption, led by members of the Stephen Ministry.
Baked Goods & Soup Sale
after all Masses at Assumption this weekend, to support Assumption's Social Justice Outreach.
Bible Study with Dcn. Marcelo
on Tuesday, March 13 at 7pm in Rm. 2 at Assumption. All are welcome.
CRS Soup Supper--
Join us at 6:00 pm NEXT Friday (March 16) at Resurrection. Bring a meatless dish to share.
Knights of Columbus (Bishop McQuaid Council)
St. Patrick's Day Dinner
5:00-7:00 pm, Saturday, March 17 at the VFW Hall on Macedon Center Rd.
$10/adults, $5/children. Take out available.
Shadow Stations of the Cross
with Resurrection's Youth Group
7pm, Sunday, March 18 for families of the youth group members and 7pm, Monday, March 19, all are welcome to come pray the stations with the teens.
An excerpt from the prayer known as
The Breastplate of St. Patrick
I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.
I arise today, through
God's strength to pilot me,
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man
who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone
who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.
The next episode of our weekly video study with Bishop Barron goes out Monday. You can check out his daily text reflections
"Best Lent Ever" Reflections from Matthew Kelly at Dynamic Catholic are
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