Dear St. Martin’s Parishioners,
Lent is a great reminder of the power of choice. We may try to convince ourselves that we don’t have the time for added prayer or penance, but suddenly Lent arrives and we find ourselves choosing these prayers or sacrifices we couldn’t manage to fit in before. The truth is that we always make time for that which we prioritize. Throughout the ebbs and flows of the year, our priorities get out of whack, and our choices follow. Lent provides a perfect opportunity to reorder our lives and to reprioritize the things of God. When we do so, we tend to choose well. When a conflict comes up between chores or children’s sports and Sunday Mass, if our priorities are in line, we choose Mass. If our priorities are line, when we feel like the dessert or drink at night, we can choose otherwise. In the gospels Jesus strongly states the need to prioritize the things of God: “He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Mt. 10:37). Jesus often presents the Christian life as a choice: way of life or way of destruction; love of God or love of mammon; feeding the poor or ignoring the needy, etc. In other words, the Christian life is about making choices in accord with God’s will because we prioritize love of God and love of neighbor. Thank God for Lent to start again!
Recently about 50 of our high school youth attended a weekend retreat. From the feedback I got from Fr. Kiko, the other retreat leaders and the youth themselves, it was an extremely powerful encounter with the Lord. He is always generous with those who make time for Him! Now it is the adults turn. Please make these retreats a priority on your calendar:
• Spanish Men’s Retreat: “Las Virtudes de San José.” (The Virtues of St. Joseph) Friday, March 18 (school gym) and Saturday, March 19 (Cuddy Hall). Led by Fr. Kiko and Fr. Dave. $10/person. Please call the Parish Office to register.
• Parish Mission: Lent: Preparation for Easter, Preparation for Eternal Life. Given by Fr. Jack Berard, priest of the Archdiocese of Washington. Monday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 22 in the church, from 6:30p-9p. Opportunity as well for confessions, Mass, Eucharistic adoration.
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LIVE LENT TOGETHER!
This year we invite you to participate in a parish-wide effort to lift each other up in our preparation for Easter. We will pray and sacrifice WITH and FOR each other as a parish community. It’s easy to participate, let’s LIVE LENT TOGETHER!
Share your prayer petition here. (this will be posted on the website and at the entrances of the church for parishioners to pray):