Our Lenten Mission

What comes to your mind when you hear the word mission?

Maybe your first thought is of Tom Cruise in a Mission Impossible movie.  Or maybe you think of the expression “a man (or woman) on a mission.”  Or maybe you think of the missions where courageous, devoted missionaries travel to remote places to bring the gospel to people who have never encountered it before.

Any way you look at it, a mission is a goal to be accomplished.  So, what is our Lenten mission?  In general, it is the challenge of denying ourselves those things that we enjoy most and spending more time in prayer to get back to basics and grow in our relationship with God and others. 

The Church provides many opportunities to help us with our Lenten mission.  One of these opportunities is our Pastorate Lenten Mission:  a few days set apart with a guest presenter whose purpose is to draw us into the spirit of the season and guide us on the path to inner transformation and a deeper relationship with Jesus.

This year, our Pastorate Lenten Mission will be led by Bishop Bruce Lewandowski.  Bishop Lewandowski is a Redemptorist priest and auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He will give the homily to all the masses in the pastorate the weekend of March 9th and 10th.  There are also various other presentations planned throughout the weekend and extending into Monday, March 11th as follows:

Saturday, 3-9-24, from 7-8 pm at SFDS (Spanish)

Sunday, 3-10-24, from 6-7 pm at SFDS (Youth Activity)

Sunday, 3-10-24, from 7-8 pm at SFDS (Prayer Service)

Monday, 3-11-24, from 7-8 pm at POP (Prayer Service) followed by a reception from 8-9 pm.

Bishop Lewandowski comes to us this Lent as a missionary.  He brings with him the good news of the gospel and the invitation to delve deeper into its meaning in our lives.  Let us be men and women on a mission (letting nothing stand in our way) as we make it a priority to attend our Pastorate Lenten Mission.  And if this sounds like Mission Impossible, remember that nothing is impossible with God!

– K. Foehrkolb