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Notes from Father Gordon ~ February 14th 2016

Fr Gordon ReigleFilled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil.

Welcome to LENT!

Yes, Lent and Easter come early in the calendar this year.

Our Gospel today recalls Jesus’ forty days of fasting and prayer in the wilderness in preparation for his mission and ministry.

We too take forty days to prepare ourselves for the glory of Easter by acts of Fasting, Prayer and Almsgiving.

In this Year of Mercy, our Lenten activities should also aim at living out the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

As we select personal penances to undertake this Lent, let us consider how our fasting, penance and charity may serve others or become a work of mercy for the community.

Also, as we kick-off our annual Diocesan Service Appeal (DSA) campaign this weekend, please consider the mission of our diocese as you plan your Lenten acts of almsgiving.

The DSA supports a whole host of services that no one parish could afford or coordinate, including the formation of future priests (something near and dear to my heart).

I thank you in advance for your generosity!

Lastly, this bulletin contains all sorts of information on coming Lenten & Year of Mercy events such as our Tuesday Speaker Series at St. Robert and the Mother of Mercy Messengers, who will spend three days with us in March explaining the Divine Mercy devotion.

Please put these dates on your calendar.

And, if you didn’t take a book for your family already on Ash Wednesday, please take a copy of Matthew Kelly’s Rediscover Jesus for your Lenten meditations this year.

Copies will be made available in church as supplies last.

And you may sign-up for daily e-mail meditations and videos at  (I hear that the content is quite good!)

May God bless us with a grace-filled Lent!

– Fr. Gordon


•    Year of Mercy HOLY DOOR at St. Mary Cathedral, Lansing:

Pope Francis has offered a Jubilee Indulgence to those who pilgrimage to the holy door at their diocesan cathedral.  Consider a visit to Lansing—here are the details…

•    Supplemental content to Matthew Kelly’s Rediscover Jesus:

•    Preparing for Lent / Guidance from Pope Francis: