Members of Mary of the Visitation Church in Becker and Big Lake hopped on board the theme of “Make Lent Great!” by giving gifts of time, talent and treasure at an all-parish Lent event.
St. Patrick learned to trust God completely as he gave generously to others the spiritual gifts that Christ gave him which makes him a good Lenten saint for us to imitate and celebrate on his feast day, March 17.
Lent is intended to be a season of ongoing conversion. These are capsule reviews of 10 films that showcase characters experiencing a positive change of heart, mind or outlook.
The pope preached on the day’s first reading, taken from the prophet Isaiah, which condemned the false ways the faithful were fasting on a day of penance and the ways that are “acceptable to the Lord.”
For the third consecutive year, the Diocese of St. Cloud will celebrate a “Festival of Forgiveness” at various locations across the diocese giving thousands of people the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.
The 40 days of Lent are a time for us to refocus on “getting right” with God and others, and to convert our hearts and minds to better reflect the love of Christ.
This year’s Rice Bowl program has taken on a special theme, following the two-year “Share the Journey” campaign kicked off by Pope Francis last September. As part of this ongoing effort of the universal church, Rice Bowl, too, is focusing on ways in which we share the journey of those in need, particularly migrants and refugees.
Each of us is called to be a companion and helper for others on the way to repentance. The ashes that we receive on Ash Wednesday mark us as fellow travelers to Easter glory.