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Dear Friends in Christ:

A blessed First Sunday in Lent…did you come to Mass on Ash Wednesday and think you heard something missing? Did you notice the opening prayer was missing one word? It was! You are not just thinking it, you are correct!

It seems that the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican pointed out that the current translation of the opening prayers in our current Missal which reads “Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever” is incorrect. There is no mention of “one” in the Latin, and “Deus” refers to Christ. Therefore the correct translation, which is already reflected in the Missal in other languages is simply: “Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.” This is more faithful to the Latin text and helps to reminds us all that Jesus is God!

LENT! Well the Holy Season of Lent has begun this past Wednesday with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. First, and foremost, my gratitude to all the volunteers who helped throughout the day to ensure we provided a safe and sanitized environment for our parishioners to celebrate and mark the beginning of this holy season. It was amazing to see so many people coming to the church once again! It really worked out well between the Masses and the open hours for ashes! Thank you to our amazing volunteers who do so much to help throughout this pandemic.

As I continue to pray with our theme for Lent this year, want more? #madeformore #turntochrist, it dawned on me how much this theme really is speaking to me. Yes we, the Pastoral Staff, prayed about and discerned a theme for the parish and this is our normal process for Advent and Lent but this question, want more?, just really speaks to my heart this year!

Yes I want more! I have wanted more for eleven months! And truth be told I have wanted more even longer than that.

What more do I want? I want the hope of Lent. Yes you heard me right. There is hope in Lent. The greatest hope of Lent is the discovery that it’s not only about penance, deprivation, spiritual struggles, and rooting out sin in our lives, as these are often just the things or the actions we do during Lent. But the hope of Lent, that I really want more of in my li