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As we have passed the mid-point of the period of purification and enlightenment (for the elect) and Lent (for the rest of us) we are each in our own way looking with hope to the joy of Easter, of our baptism and of newness of life in Christ. Each in our own way should be looking at ourselves and seeking to bring our life into unity with the uncommon way of life that Jesus gives us through His incarnation, example and sacrificial act of love as self-gift.
This Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 18th, at the 11:00 a.m. Mass, we celebrate the third of three Scrutinies for the elect, offering him Jesus as the true “resurrection and life” (the theme for the 3rd scrutiny). During this rite, in particular, the entire assembly prays for the elect as he continues to take a long, deep look at his life in preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
Please continue to pray for Josh!
On Tuesday, March 13th, we celebrated our parish penance service, at which time our candidates for full communion experienced for the first time the blessing and grace of the sacrament of reconciliation.
Please continue to pray for Natalia, Annetta, LaTonya, Jayleen, Reagan, Cynthia, and Phillip!
For the team and the rest of us, during this time of Lent, we inevitably think of our own life, carrying out our own “self-examination” and intense prayer as the purification and enlightenment, and the anticipation, of the elect becomes that of each of us and the parish.
Please continue to pray for our parish and our RCIA godparent, sponsors, and team!
And, as we eagerly anticipate this coming celebration of the sacraments of initiation and reception into full communion with the Church, and the renewal of our own baptismal promises, make plans now to join us for the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday, March 31st, at 7:00 p.m.
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Call us if you have questions: Deacon Don Craighead, Director, 615-870-0488; Bill Chalfin, 615-948-0529;
Al Fleck, 615-868-5650; Debra Head, 615-851-1908; Don Steinhilber, 615-265-8375
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