Lent is the most opportune time to go to Confession.
St. John Paul II said: “(It) is a particularly appropriate time to awaken and form the conscience.
It is precisely at this time that the Church reminds us of the overwhelming necessity for the sacramental Confession, so that we can all live Christ’s resurrection, not only in the liturgy, but also in our own soul.”
In the Sacrament of Penance, we meet Jesus Christ. It is a meeting which is always unique and always different.
In it Jesus Christ welcomes us as the Good Shepherd. He heals our wounds; He purifies us and strengthens us.
Jesus is the center of this Sacrament.
So, do not be afraid! Come! Let us celebrate our Parish Penance Service on the 26st of March, at 7pm.
In Confession, the soul receives greater light from God, and an increased strength. It is free!? Jesus already paid great price – His life. Come, come to the source of God’s Mercy.
A Good Confession
Please do not say: “I do not need to go to Confession, because I haven’t broken any of the Commandments.”
Better asked yourself in the silence of your heart: have I kept the Commandments?’
What do I mean?
Have you honored God’s Holy Name?
Have you kept holy the Lord’s Day?
Have you loved and honored your parents?
Have you sought to preserve and defend life, from conception to natural dead?
When was the last time you told your wife/husband that you loved her/him?
Have you shared your goods with the poor?
Have you defended the good name of anyone?
When last did you put yourself out to help a neighbor?
This is the right direction, to do a good examination of our own conscience.
Parish Penance Service is Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in church.
Save the Date:
St. Mary’s Community
Spring for Success Auction Gala
Friday May 10, 2019
The Auction Gala is returning back to the popular Brookfield Country Club. Set aside the date for a special evening that celebrates our faith community as we visit with old friends, meet new parishioners and bid on hundreds of exciting items. Click on the link below to be part of one of our Auction Gala committees, be a sponsor of the event, host a gift gathering party, or donate an item for the Auction. Many items are needed to make this a successful event. Proceeds will benefit our faith community and school.
Contact Amy Jensen Stmarysspringforsuccess@gmail.com
Please join our parish family on Monday for a spiritual training.
I don’t know one winner reaching up for gold medal without proper training, exercise and hard work including “painful” consultations with a coach. This is a great opportunity; after telling our best coach-Jesus, about our failings in confession, listening to His advice given in His name by a priest, being absolved, we can start again, with a new strength.
Let us run together for the best reward, which is Mercy of God, and joyful, spiritual celebration of Easter.
Come! Monday April 10 at 7 p.m., to church.
Come! To our parish family Penance Service.
Come! Let us run together and win this race together.
-Fr. Andrew, April 7, 2017
Get ready for Pope Francis’ first trip to the United States. Most priests and many people are anxious to hear what he has to say about our country and the world as he addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Some people of the world think that he is too “liberal” in his thinking as he speaks about climate change and migrants/refugees who are affecting Europe and the United States. It seems that some people are just waiting to criticize what he says. President Obama recognizes him as an important spokesperson for the world, but he certainly does not agrees with the President on every topic, especially his support for abortions. The President and the Pope share many of the same ideas on climate control. The Pope, though, is writing from the point of view – God’s view – of taking care of creation that as it says in the book of Genesis that what God made was “very good.”
As Catholics, we will be looking for his views on family life and relationships. He is coming to our country to attend the World Meeting on Family Life. As of today (Sept. 16) I don’t know what specific issues he will be addressing, but he will certainly support the sacrament of marriage as between a man and a woman. He is willing to address issues on divorce and remarriage for Catholics and homosexuals in the Church community, but I don’t believe he will make major changes in church teaching. He will present the Church as being more understanding and compassionate as he announces the Holy Year of Mercy beginning on December 8. We will have to wait and see how this pilgrimage will go!