March 8, 2015 – A View from the Rectory Window

 

Will this winter ever end?

How appropriate that the liturgical season of Lent overlaps with snow and rain, slush, ice and salt. Our clothing, homes, cars and roadways carry the tell-tale sign that Lenten time is a messy time. Isn’t it fitting that our Lenten Journey began with ashes on our foreheads.

But within this season there are signs that new life awaits us despite the messiness of our lives. For example, below is a picture of just a few of our sisters and brothers who will become full members of our Catholic Christian and parish family this Easter:

2.22.15 RCIA

On Sunday, February 22, we went to our Lady of Hope Parish in Blackwood (yes, Fr. Mark Cavagnaro’s parish) to be welcomed into the Church by Bishop Dennis Sullivan. New life in and for our Church and parish.

In Lent we acknowledge the effects of sin in our lives. The sin that fractures and divides our relationship to God and one another. And yet, this coming Wednesday, March 11,  we gather in the Church of the Resurrection at 6:00pmwith members of other Christian churches in our community for Soup and Scripture, prayer and fellowship. New life and new unity in a world that is sometimes so wounded by sin and division.

Lent can be the time when hearts thaw the way the earth does, to allow old barriers to God’s love melt away allowing new life to emerge in us all. I enthusiastically encourage you to set aside a few nights, April 11 – 14 to join us in our Parish Mission under the guidance of Fr. Bill Garrott, O.P. where we might embrace the new life of the Resurrection that we celebrate this Easter.

Look around our parish family, so many signs of new life under the surface, please don’t miss these opportunities of Grace. For now, I have to shovel out my truck one more time –but this too will pass.

Fr. Pete