Message from Our Pastor
Parishioners of St. John Neumann,
Happy Lent 2021! This past year has certainly been a challenge for all of us. This Lenten time of prayer penance affords us an opportunity to reflect and move forward with great hope. I truly love the opening prayer for Ash Wednesday Mass:
“Grant O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, on God, for ever and ever.”
How often do view our Lenten observances as a discipline or a mandate? During the Sacrament of Confirmation we became; “Soldiers for Christ”. And so we are!
Armed with the power of Holy Spirit, we do battle against our two biggest enemies when it comes to living out our faith during this pandemic: despair and doubt.
Yes, these two spiritual evils of our time can seem quite powerful and yet when we exercise self-restraint and resist temptation, we further strengthen and conform our wills to Jesus!
Please know that your Parish Staff here at St. John Neumann are constantly praying for you and your family.
Please consider attending as many of our parish Lenten offerings as you can. (Hopefully, you stuck our postcard listing all of our offerings on your fridge!)
Another great opportunity for “almsgiving” might be for you to volunteer for our take-out only fish fries this year. We will need people who are not afraid to potentially brave the elements of bad weather to take orders and run food out to vehicles!
Have a blessed Lent,