Pastor's Blog - February 14, 2016

First Sunday of Lent

News and Notes:  Lots happening this week in the Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative, beginning with our Lenten Mission at OLA on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (February 15-17) at 7PM.  Father Paul Soper and Sister Patricia Boyle of the Archdiocesan Office of Pastoral Planning will be leading us in this three-day retreat entitled “Transformed by God’s Mercy.”  Join us for all or part of this Mission…it should be a spiritual boost to our Lenten observance.  Also, Dr. Aldona Lingertat, from the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, will offer a presentation on the “Pope Francis Effect” on Wednesday, February 17 at 10AM in the OLA Church Hall.  Next Sunday, February 21, our Music Ministry will be presenting a concert called “From Darkness to Light” at 2PM in St. Maria Goretti Church. Everyone is welcome!  Please note: Fr. Tony or I will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 6:30-7:30PM (alternating between OLA and SMG) each Wednesday during Lent apart from the Wednesday of Holy Week.  Two socials are also on our calendar: this Sunday’s (February 14) Valentine Day brunch at OLA following the 11AM Mass; and a Pasta Dinner at SMG following the 4PM Mass on Saturday, February 27. 

On World Marriage day, here is a blessing prayer for our married couples:

Lord, increase and consecrate the love which this couple has for one another.  The wedding rings they once exchanged are the sign of their fidelity.  May they continue to prosper in the grace of their sacrament…we ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.  Blessings to all of you in the week ahead!