LENTEN MORNING

We invite all of you to enter into the Lenten Spirit by attending our “Lenten Morning” conference, healing service and Mass this coming Saturday, February 17, 2018. Pope Francis has answered most clearly the question: Why do we need this yearly renewal that the Lenten season offers?

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”. Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.

With this message, I would like again this year to help the entire Church experience this time of grace anew, with joy and in truth. I will take my cue from the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (24:12).

By devoting more time to prayer, we enable our hearts to root out our secret lies and forms of self-deception, and then to find the consolation God offers. He is our Father and he wants us to live life well.

Alms giving sets us free from greed and helps us to regard our neighbor as a brother or sister. What I possess is never mine alone. How I would like alms giving to become a genuine style of life for each of us! How I would like us, as Christians, to follow the example of the Apostles and see in the sharing of our possessions a tangible witness of the communion that is ours in the Church! For this reason, I echo Saint Paul’s exhortation to the Corinthians to take up a collection for the community of Jerusalem as something from which they themselves would benefit (cf. 2 Cor 8:10). This is all the more fitting during the Lenten season, when many groups take up collections to assist Churches and peoples in need. Yet I would also hope that, even in our daily encounters with those who beg for our assistance, we would see such requests as coming from God himself. When we give alms, we share in God’s providential care for each of his children. If through me God helps someone today, will he not tomorrow provide for my own needs? For no one is more generous than God.

Fasting weakens our tendency to violence; it disarms us and becomes an important opportunity for growth. On the one hand, it allows us to experience what the destitute and the starving have to endure. On the other hand, it expresses our own spiritual hunger and thirst for life in God. Fasting wakes us up. It makes us more attentive to God and our neighbor. It revives our desire to obey God, who alone is capable of satisfying our hunger.”

Pope Francis, From the Vatican, Solemnity of All Saints, 1 November 2017

For the complete message from the Holy Father, please click here.

Lenten Morning
Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at 8:30 am
with Fr. Pat Crowley

 

Join us for breakfast, an inspired talks, and praise and worship.
The morning concludes with Mass at 12:30 pm

 

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church
1879 N. Lake Avenue, Altadena California 91001

RSVP to Carolyn at 626-376-3003

 

Music by Heart of Jesus Music Ministry
from Incarnation Church in Glendale

Invite a friend to join you
EVERYONE is welcome

Fr Patrick Crowley, SSCC-2Fr. Pat Crowley, SS.CC., MAS, is a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in the Western United States Province. Father is a member of the Association of Christian Therapists. He is a retreat director and conference speaker who brings a holistic approach to the healing ministry. Since 1972 his healing services have moved Christians into a deeper faith experience in the healing love of Jesus Christ. Father Pat is spiritual director for the Medjugorje Peace Conference held at the Bren Center in Irvine, California. A love offering will be taken up to support Fr. Pat’s ministry