Dear Parishioners and Visitors,
And the people begged Jesus that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed (Mark 5:56).
For some, the weeks of Lent are a time of preparation for baptism; for all it is a time for preparation to renew baptismal promises with conviction. Time in prayer, self-scrutiny, celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation in a careful and thoughtful way can make the questions “Do you believe in God?” and “Do you reject sin?” not only words of a ceremony but the sign of a fresh commitment. To say that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is not widely celebrated today is an understatement, but it is not an overstatement to say that it is more needed than ever. Reconciliation is as much a matter of having your sins forgiven as it is the experience of opening yourself to the healing of God through Christ in the Sacrament. Of what would you like to be healed?
With prayerful best wishes,
Fr. John Mahoney