Pastor’s Notes 02/07/2016

Pastor’s Notes 02/07/2016

Dear Parishioners,

This Wednesday begins Lent, the blessed time where we are given the opportunity to make things right in our lives by making things right with God. Lent is an opportunity to Repent, and believe in the Gospel. During Lent we are given the opportunity to experience God’s mercy. The Church teaches us the most effective way to do this is to enter more fully into the life of the church by practicing the three-pronged program of prayer, fasting, and charity.

This Lent, make it a priority first of all to pray.

Make sure that your life is structured so that God is your first priority.

Sunday Mass and daily prayer must be non-negotiable for us.

Second, make sure to fast. Give up something (candy, chocolate, gum—or maybe constant phone use?), so that you are reminded regularly that God is your priority.

Third: Do acts of charity and almsgiving. Ask yourself if you are supporting the church and your parish commensurate with your means; ask yourself if you have shown your support of your bishop and the work he does
on your behalf by donating to the Annual Appeal; ask yourself if you do enough for the poor and oppressed in our community— do you volunteer or give alms?

Let us keep each other in our daily prayers as well this Lent. I offer a rosary each day for you, the members of St.
Gabriel Parish.

Would you consider offering an Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, and a Glory be, so that we are joined together in a special way this Lent? Please join with me.

I’d love to hear from you about the itinerary you’ve chosen for your Lenten journey: please send me an e-mail (or good old US Mail) if you like.

Love and Peace,
Fr. Liam Quinlan

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