Pastor’s Letter | 1st Sunday of Lent

Posted on February 16, 2024 View all Pastor's Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We have begun the season of Lent, a wonderful time within the liturgical calendar that invites us
to meditate on our conversion through sacrifice and mortification, prayer and the most direct and
profound contact with God, and almsgiving, a sign of detachment from material things, sharing
the little we have with those most in need. Each Lent is different because the Lord invites us to
enter the desert differently each year, with other challenges and purposes. For this reason,
everyone must take this time seriously and personally and thus achieve more spiritual fruits that
can lead us to live the celebration of the paschal mysteries in grace and holiness as it should be.
Being in this extraordinary time, I ask you to pray more for the pastoral projects we have in the
parish, which, although few, still need to grow. Also, let us pray for those who, after the crisis
experienced in the pandemic, have remained isolated from the practice of faith and have not
returned to church again. These brothers and sisters must know that the Lord awaits them to be
His food; there is nothing more significant than receiving His body and blood and, above all, His
grace through the sacraments. I invite them to meditate in prayer and to return to their home.
Every Friday during Lent, we pray the Stations of the Cross in English at 5:30 pm and in Spanish
at 7:30 pm. We will also hear confessions on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Therefore, I invite you to
make a good confession.
As part of our Lenten activities, the Knights of Columbus will have the traditional fish fry sale
on Friday, the 23rd of this month, and March 8th, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. You can order to go
or enjoy your meal with your family in Hannan Hall. There is no need to place your order ahead;
just come and enjoy with your family. I thank you for your support of our parish.
Also, I thank everyone who committed to the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal Campaign last week. It is
an excellent opportunity to help our diocese continue with the works of evangelization. Your
contribution is of great value to our bishop. I invite those who have not yet done so to take your
time in conscience and prayer and to make your commitment. May God bless your generosity!
Finally, I announce that on March 16th, we will have our second St. Joseph’s dinner and dance,
as last year it was an exclusive activity for couples; the cost of the ticket is $120, which includes
the dinner and other activities that we will have for our couples. I encourage you to participate. It
is always lovely to share with your wife, husband, boyfriend, or girlfriend. We hope to see you
May God bless you all, and continue praying for peace in the world.

Fr. Alex