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Regathering The Scattered This Lent

Dear Parishioners,

In a couple of weeks our Lenten journey will begin. This year we will, once again, have a Lenten theme. The theme will be, “Wounded and Loved, Regathering the Scattered.” This is the title of a pastoral letter that was written by Bishop Bambera of the Diocese of Scranton.

He wrote a small group discussion guide based on his pastoral letter. The letter was a reflection on how he hoped his diocese could be renewed. We can simplify that to some degree and reflect on how Sacred Heart Parish can be renewed, so we hope to have some small groups that will use this discussion guide. This will lead to some reflection on what our parish can do to uplift its members and bring back those who have fallen away.

During Lent we will also have the Stations of the Cross with a simple meal on Wednesday nights. Fr. Matthew is going to offer a day of reflection on March 10th. We also will be passing out devotionals for individual reflection and we will be offering special times for Reconciliation. Please pay attention to the information that will be communicated to you.

A good way to begin Lent is to attend Mass on Ash Wednesday which is February 14. We also offer Masses every day. Another good Lenten practice is to consider attending daily Mass. This puts one in touch with the cycle of readings that challenges us to a conversion of heart.

I look forward to six weeks of renewal. May this be a fruitful time for you as well.

Blessings,

Fr. Mark



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