Dear St. Martin’s Parishioners,

I hesitate to mention this topic too soon, but . . . Lent is fast approaching. One could argue that we have been going through a long, two year version of Lent during this Covid pandemic (which I pray is finally nearing the end). Instead of slouching into the upcoming season of Lent as individual members of St. Martin’s Parish, I propose that we Live Lent Together. It is rightly a challenging season of spiritual preparation for Easter, and this year more than others we need to prepare together as a parish family for Easter. We need to help each other carry our crosses and follow Christ.

In living Lent together, I propose that we fast and pray for each other throughout this season. As we take on a spiritual discipline this Lent—family prayer, daily rosary, Eucharistic adoration, etc.—I invite you to pray in an intentional way for our fellow parishioners. We will have pledge cards made, which I invite you to fill out, specifying your spiritual resolution, and which will be placed on the high altar throughout Lent. At every Mass, the priest will remember those who have pledged themselves to pray and fast for their fellow parishioners. In addition, we will add a link to our website where you can add any special intentions that you desire parishioners to pray for in Lent.

On the Fridays of Lent, I propose that we fast for each other, as well. One can fast from food, but may also choose to fast from something else, whether technology or something else we may be attached to. It is such a grace to know that hundreds or even thousands of brothers and sisters in Christ are praying and fasting for us and our intentions! It is a powerful reminder that we depend on each other for our spiritual growth. God wills to save us not just as individuals but as a spiritual community, the body of Christ.

More information will be forthcoming in the days preceding Lent so that you can discern participating in Living Lent Together. In short, this is an opportunity to pray and fast as a parish family for each other and our special intentions during this holy season. There is a military phrase, “No man left behind,” that neatly summarizes what our goal as a parish should be for each other in this holy season. Let us carry one another and our burdens together, and celebrate Christ’s victory together come Easter.

In Christ,

Fr. Dave

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