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Lent in a Pandemic 2021

Be Christ Inspired—Joyfully Live Our Call

We began our Lenten journey a bit differently than past Lents...with the sprinkling of ashes and limited numbers of people who could be at Mass. We will have to work hard at keeping focused on our fasting, praying, and alms-giving these 6 weeks. Our Archdiocese is renewing the focus on the Gift of Sunday this Lent. The Archbishop has written a reflection paper on the great gift of gathering as a community for prayer and worship, looking forward to the time we can ease restrictions on the number of people who can attend  Mass at one time. The Archdiocese will be hosting Lenten Missions at 18 parishes on the evening of March 3. The mission is based on ‘The Gift of Sunday’, the Archbishop’s theological reflection. The evening will be held in the context of a prayer service and will highlight the importance of Sunday Mass in joyfully living out our faith on a daily basis. The closest parish hosting this evening to our parish is St. Joseph in Grafton. The reflection evening will begin at 7:00 pm and end at 8:30 pm. Due to limited seating, you are asked
to pre-register at www.archmil.org/Lenten-Missions.

Also, the Archdiocese is promoting a Day of Reconciliation on Wed, March 24. I will be adding a time of individual Reconciliation on that evening at our St. Peter site beginning at 6:30 pm. Because of the Pandemic, we will not offer a communal Penance Service this
Lent. Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, I cannot use the reconciliation room, so will be set up in the gathering area of the
St. Peter site. Individual confession will be available on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am at the St. Peter site. Looking ahead to Holy Week and the Triduum services (although still waiting at this writing for specifics from the Archdiocese) we are planning on holding 
Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday services at the St. Peter site so we can live-stream those services since we will most likely still be under restrictions as to how many people can gather.

Fr. Pat

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