Can you believe Lent begins in less than a month? It’s our 3rd Lent in a Global Pandemic (may it be our last!), so I thought we could use a new idea for what to do as a parish. (Full Disclosure, this is actually an old idea a friend used to do at his parish when he was the pastor years ago.)
Back in December I wrote a post about giving the Lord 21 of something in 2021. I thought it would be good to revive this for Lent and include some graphics you can use. We talked earlier this week about a Lenten resolution for the whole parish. 21 minutes a day with the Lord is a great one. I hope you’ll share these with your parish !
When I worked at the parish I almost dreaded Ash Wednesday. Not because Lent was beginning, but because of the number of calls that came in asking about Mass times and the plethora of cars in the parking lot all day long. I was happy that people were beginning this beautiful season with the Lord, but I didn’t really want to be anywhere near it.
I am frequently surprised by Lent. Both in my personal life and here in this newsletter. I’m typically writing about Lent the week after it starts. I’m always looking for the time between Christmas and the beginning of Lent to be longer, an extension of this very short season of Ordinary Time. This past Sunday our pastor reminded us of the upcoming penitential season in the opening announcements, encouraging us to begin considering how we will spend the time growing closer to the Lord.
99.9% of parishes produce a weekly bulletin. Is yours worth reading? What can you do to make it worth reading? If you aren’t willing to change it, then should you even print it?
I know no one wants to think about it, but it’s almost here, again. As I write this post on the final day of January, an entire month (albeit the shortest one) and a short week are all that’s between me and Ash Wednesday. There is no shortage of articles online about what people can…