Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
We will be having a three day Parish Mission March 12, 13, and 14 at 7:00pm in the evening. Father Aaron Meszaros, C.Ss.R. will preach at all the masses the weekend of March 10 & 11 and also preach at the evening services. Fr. Aaron is a native son of St. Alphonsus Parish, having attended grade school here at St. Al’s as well. His parents, James and Linda, are still members here at St. Al’s. We are fortunate to have this young, dynamic Redemptorist preach our Mission, “An Offering of Ashes.”
The theme is based on the Lenten understanding that we utilize the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to grow more in the likeness of Jesus Christ. We have linked these three Lenten practices to the notion of “Stewardship.” Stewardship is basically a lifestyle, a way of living the Christian life. Traditionally people have understood stewardship to embrace the concepts of “Time, Talent, and Treasure.” But we want to broaden this understanding to see that stewardship really calls us to commit ourselves to be disciples of Jesus, offer the gifts of our service and our lives to the community, and thus encounter the presence of the Spirit in one another and especially in our Eucharistic celebrations.
Fr. Aaron will encourage and invite us to grow spiritually with these themes of “Stewardship as Discipleship,” “Stewardship as a Gift,” and “Stewardship as Encounter.” We need to have a true and deep spiritual basis for living a stewardship lifestyle to make it real, honest and fruitful.
I encourage you to come to all three evenings if possible or as many as you are able to attend. Invite other family members and others to come as well. Each night the service will last about an hour. The last evening, March 14, will be with a Mass. The other two evenings are Scripture services.
Please pray for the blessings of the Mission upon our parish community.
And come to “An Offering of Ashes!”
Joyfully, Fr. Pat, C.Ss.R.