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The Third Sunday in Lent

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Dear Friends:

As we enter into the heart of Lent, the call to conversion rings loud and clear in a number of ways. This weekend, we begin the rituals known as the Scrutinies with those who are preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. The scripture readings of the season also announce the call to conversion and invite us to examine our own lives, habits, words, and actions. Jesus’ cleansing of the temple isn’t merely about our place of worship and our devotional practices, but it is about the temple of our hearts (remember that we become “temples of the Holy Spirit” in Confirmation), rightly ordered and configured to live for him.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) provides the context and setting for each of us to meet Jesus the healer, who offers forgiveness and mercy. In addition to our regularly scheduled times for the Sacrament on Saturday afternoons, there will be several additional opportunities this Month. On Monday, March 19, every parish in the Archdiocese will offer time for the Sacrament. Here at Saint Joseph, we will celebrate the Sacrament from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. That day is also the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, our patronal feast, and we will celebrate a special solemn Mass that evening at 7:00 pm. On Thursday, March 22, we will offer our Lenten Day of Reconciliation and Prayer, with confessions offered 9-11 am, 12-2 pm, 3-5 pm, and 7-9 pm, with Eucharistic Adoration taking place throughout the day. I encourage you to take the opportunity to come to Jesus who beckons us seek his mercy.

God’s peace,

Fr. Rick