From From the Pastor:
So here we are at the First Sunday of Lent. It is certainly earlier this year than last, but it seems like it snuck up even faster. If you haven't gotten your Lenten practices of prayer, fasting & almsgiving figured out yet, don't give up. I think that the struggle is to find something for each that is realistic, but not too easy. When we fail in those Lenten practices, we are reminded that we can't do it by ourselves. It takes God's help not only in Lent, but throughout our lives. As long as we stand back up and try again, we are on the right road.
Remember too that Lent is a little boot camp to prepare us for our lives as Catholic Christians. Those practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving aren't things that we necessarily stop as Holy Week starts. They are the things that we build into beautiful habits that lead us that much closer to Christ through the Easter season and beyond. As you look at those practices, what are the ways that Christ is asking you to draw closer to him this Lent? Sure, chocolate may be difficult to "give up" but how does that really draw us closer to Christ? Instead, maybe we should fast from gossip, greed, selfishness, swearing, etc. What are those sustainable practices of prayer and almsgiving too that will lead you closer to Christ and serving his people?
Thanks for your hospitality for Fr. Harry Hagan, OSB from Saint Meinrad. Saint Meinrad is a place close to my heart, not only because I went to school there. This week you'll receive a mailing that includes a little bit more of my connection to Saint Meinrad.
Thanks too for your prayers for this weekend's Teens Encounter Christ retreat (TEC). We have a good number of young people from our youth group who are making the retreat. It is a 3 day retreat focussing on the Paschal Mystery (life, death & resurrection) of Jesus Christ. I made the weekend as a junior in high school myself...just a couple of years ago. It is hard to describe the weekend, but I usually say it is the one experience where I entered knowing no one & three days later didn't want to leave because of the friends in Christ that I had made. We have a full retreat weekend with 26 young people (juniors in high school & older) and 5 adults. Yes, you can even make the retreat as an adult. You participate with all of the young people, but have a table group of adults to share in discussion. I look forward to sharing more about TEC as I continue my time here at Holy Redeemer.
So much to talk about because there is so much good going on. Let us pray for one another through all that God has in store for us.
Fr. Jason Gries
Weekend Mass Schedule:
Saturday 5:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM &
Mon, Tue, Thurs, & Fri at 8:00 AM
Wed at 6:30 PM
Saturday - 4:00 PM
DURING LENT: Saturday, March 5th (10AM - Noon)
Wednesday, March 23rd (6PM - 8PM)
(Reconciliation will take the place of Mass on March 23rd)
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Holy Week Schedule
Holy Thursday - March 24: 7:00PM Mass
Good Friday - March 25: 7:00PM Service
Holy Saturday - March 26: 8:00PM Mass
Easter Sunday - March 27: 7:00AM Mass & 9:00AM Mass
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