Each year the Lord Jesus calls the entire Church to a special season of penance and renewal. As we begin this holy time of Lent, we should reflect on our need for conversion of heart, prayer, charitable works and penance.
While some people continue to think about it, many donors to the Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal (CSMA) choose to give to the diocesan appeal. Giving, they say, is not only good for the soul, it helps untold numbers of people.
This gospel reading is the sixth and final selection from Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount. This section concerns wealth, money, possessions. The headline is in the conclusion: “You cannot serve God and mammon,” (a Semitic word for money or wealth).
“May this Lenten season find the whole Church ready to bear witness to all those who live in material, moral and spiritual destitution the Gospel message of the merciful love of God our Father, who is ready to embrace everyone in Christ. We can do this to the extent that we imitate Christ…”
As part of Catholic Schools Week, Lonnie White, parish organist at St. Theresa of Avila in Salem for 47 years, receives a special blessing and recognition at the end of a liturgy.