Lent calls our attention to a fresh start. After forty day of rain, creation began anew with Noah. During forty days in the desert Jesus showed himself to be God's beloved Son by withstanding temptation. Lent offers us forty days to prepare for a fresh start at Easter, when we renew the covenant vows of our baptism.
Remember our Fish Fry Suppers during the Fridays of Lent followed by Stations of the Cross and Benediction. It is a good spiritual practice to be added to our Lenten observance.
The Pastoral Council will meet today after the 10:30 a.m. Mass and the Finance Council will meet next week at the same time. Our finances are holding stable, thanks to your generosity. Please keep the needs of the parish in mind.
Let us continue our efforts to grow in holiness and to become more pleasing to the Lord. This is a season to help us reflect on our lives and to see where we are spiritually. Let us make the necessary adjustments in our lives where they are needed. God bless!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
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From its roots in the Old Testament temple worship, the sacred liturgy of the Church has always seen music as an integral part of our worship. This is no more evident than here at the Basilica of St. John. Whether your tastes run from traditional Gregorian Chant, to contemporary worship with our folk group, to our ethnic diversity with the beautiful music from our Vietnamese and Hispanic choirs, to the timeless classics of the bell choir and our outstanding Basilica Choir, we live to "make a joyful noise," at the Basilica of St. John. In the words of St. Augustine, "He who sings, prays twice."
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