Every year on the first Sunday of Lent, the focus is on temptation. Adam and Eve are tempted by the serpent in the garden of Eden. Jesus is tempted in the desert by the devil. Though the temptation in our life may not be as dramatic as those in Genesis or the Gospels, they may be just as powerful. As we celebrate today’s liturgy, let us pray to God for strength to resist temptation and for mercy when we fall.
At all exits, you may find The Little Black Books and Operation Rice Bowl materials. If you didn’t have a chance to take them last weekend, feel free to take one today. They are very helpful in practicing prayer and almsgiving during Lent.
Here at St. Bernardine Parish, we have many events that give us a chance to sacrifice some time for prayer and so-called spiritual exercises. Every Friday we will have Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. On Tuesday, March 24th there will be a chance to experience God’s mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Saturday, March 28th will be a day of Kingdom Retreat. Soup for the Soul will take place on Tuesday (3/3), Thursday (3/12) and Tuesday (3/17) at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Every year St. Bernardine parish is represented in Forest Park’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year the parade is set for Saturday, March 7th. It would be very nice to have more parishioners walking together and seeing the event from a different perspective. We will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Van Buren & Des Plaines.
Today at 10:30 mass our RCIA members, Amanda Ball, Sheri Daniel, and Jennifer Portillo will be sent to Holy Name Cathedral to be recognized by the bishop as candidates to the full communion with the Catholic Church. Please keep our candidates in your prayers. Also today at 2:00 p.m. our 8th-grade students will receive the sacrament of Confirmation at St. Luke Parish. Congratulations to Kathrine Brooker, Norah Brooker, Molly Lock, and Maya Rice.
This week our special collection supports the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. Your donation today helps restore the Church and build the future in more than 20 countries still struggling to recover in the aftermath of communist rule. Funds from this collection help support reconstruction, education, formation, and outreach to alleviate poverty. Please, be as generous as you can.
May God bless us for this season of Lent that supported by his grace we may stay away from our sins and be faithful to the Gospel.