Below are some suggestions you may want to consider as we enter Lent on Wednesday. Lenten fasts have a tendency to be oriented toward things like giving up food or television. But there are many other creative ways we can welcome Jesus' healing touch this Lent.
1. Fast from anger and hatred. Give your family an extra dose of love each day.
2. Fast from judging others. Before making any judgments, recall how Jesus overlooks our faults.
3. Fast from discouragement. Hold onto Jesus' promise that he has a perfect plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11).
4. Fast from complaining. When you find yourself about to complain, close your eyes and recall some of the little moments of joy Jesus has given you.
5. Fast from resentment or bitterness. Work on forgiving those who may have hurt you.
6. Fast from spending too much money. Try to reduce your spending by ten percent and give these savings to the poor.
GREAT NEWS!!! As you may have heard by now, as part of the Forward in Faith, Hope and Love campaign run by the Diocese of Charlotte, we have been awarded a grant in the amount of $500,000 for our Capital Campaign to be used for Immaculata School. What a blessing!!
We will be getting back from the Holy Land on March 2nd. It is hard to believe that on Wednesday, March 6th we will enter the holy season of Lent. Let us use this time as one of spiritual renewal. A little later in Lent, week of April 7th, we will be having a Parish Mission. More info on that is coming.
In today's Gospel Jesus' words challenge those who would follow him to be more like God. God loves us beyond our expectations, beyond anything we can possibly imagine. In response to God's love, we are to love as God loves, beyond expectations and with a depth beyond imagining.
Congratulations to the many couples who renewed their marriage vows last Sunday at the 11:30 Mass. May God continue to bless each of you.
This Wednesday, February 20th, I will join with 36 other parishioners as we journey to the Holy Land. If you wish to follow our pilgrimage, you can do so on Facebook. A special page has been set up: Holy Land with Fr. Martin 2019. Hopefully we will be posting each day of our experiences. We will be returning March 2nd. Please pray for us!
In today's Gospel we are reminded that our vocation as Christians is not to be first in this world, but rather to be first in the eyes of God. We are challenged to examine our present situation in the context of our ultimate horizon, the Kingdom of God.
Monday we will have a special Mass at 10:00 to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. During this Mass we will also celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick by anointing those sick or advanced in years, or those in need of healing of mind, body or spirit.
Still looking for a ministry to get involved with? We are always looking for men or women who could be ushers at any of our Masses, and particularly now at the 5:00 Saturday evening Mass. If interested, please let one of the ushers know. Thank you. Always can use more Eucharistic Ministers as well.
Hope you are enjoying our February issue of I C Blessings. Thanks to Margaret Cavagnaro and her team for another great e-newsletter.
In today's Gospel, we are invited to participate in the mission of the Church when we bring people to Christ through the example and positive influence of our lives. How open are you to accept Jesus’ invitation to “get involved”?
With a new year there are often changes that come with things we have always done, like writing a check. Affective now, checks made out for any of the friars must be made out to the Capuchin Friars. Since we do not have personal bank accounts, we will not be able to cash them. This goes for weddings, funerals, baptisms, or that kind gift we get from time to time. This is also in line with our vow of poverty that we Capuchin profess. Thanks for your cooperation.
Next Sunday at the 11:30 Mass we will have the renewal of marriage vows for those couples celebrating special anniversaries.
Men of the parish, don’t forget about signing up for the February 9th Men’s Retreat.
In today's Gospel, we learn that the people of Nazareth are impressed by Jesus' words, and yet they seem surprised. They still think of Jesus as merely Joseph's son. They do not expect such words from someone they believe that they know. How open are you to accept what Jesus says?