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Why is Lent a Penitential Season?

Why is Lent a Penitential Season? By Fr. Bill Van Wagner, Parochial Vicar During the Lenten season, the Church asks us to take up three particular practices to highlight the important significance of this penitential season: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. While those three things ought to be par ...

Listen to God’s Voice and Follow Him

Listen to God’s Voice and Follow Him Make this the best Lent ever. God the Father tells us, “Jesus is his beloved Son and we should listen to him.” This is exactly what we should do “listen to him.” Listening to Christ means getting to know him and following his lead. When parents instruct their c ...

Left Hand…Right Hand…All Hands

Left Hand…Right Hand…All Hands “…do not let your left hand know what your right is doing...” This line is from the familiar Gospel we hear every Ash Wednesday for the start of Lent. This injunction from Jesus to his disciples is in regard to giving alms. In other words, as the Gospel says, “…your a ...

Quieting the Book Racks

St. Maria Goretti parishioner and volunteer, Bill Schneider. Quieting the Book Racks When Bill Schneider and his wife Catherine joined our parish, they heard a distinct sound in our church that they hadn’t heard in other churches where they had attended Mass. At the end of many hymns, their keen e ...

What in the World is Pastoral Care?

Every November, we remember those who passed in the previous year, with a ribbon bearing their name completed with a cross stitched at the end, in the church gathering space. What in the World is Pastoral Care? That is a question that arises quite frequently when discussing Church ministries. In t ...

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