St Mary Star of the Sea

Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga, Ontario

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Lord, You engender the Body of the Holy Church in a way which You alone know and understand….. By means of Your Blood, You make a well-organized, well-formed Body of which You are the Head.  The angels delight in its beauty, the archangels admire it, the seraphim are enraptured by it, all the angelic spirits marvel at it, and all the souls of the blessed in heaven rejoice in it.  The Blessed Trinity takes delight in it in a manner beyond our comprehension.

St Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi

Quoted from Divine Intimacy, First Week After The Ephiphany, 44.

February 23 2020 Message

7th Sunday of Ordinary Time

This coming Wednesday we enter into the liturgical holy season of Lent. In our common conversation, Lent is known as the 40 days that precede Easter, a time of fasting, almsgiving and intensified prayer. However, originally it meant no more than the spring season. In adopting the word “Lent” to describe the 40 days that precede Easter, we can say that these 40 days are to be a spring season for us: new life. In the springtime, we see the animals who went into winter hibernation come out and begin again. So too with the plants and trees who went into the winter dormition come back to life with leaves on the trees and the fruit that they produce. We too in these 40 days, come back to life - a life lived in Christ. In order to facilitate this, we intensify our prayer and we give something up and we become more generous with the poor. This year, through our worship at Mass and other devotions, I hope to help facilitate this coming back to life - a life lived in Christ - in these 40 days of Lent.

First, I hope that we can be more intentional about sacred silence. With all the noise of the world, I hope that when we come to Church, we can enter into the sacred silence to hear the voice of the Lord speaking to us. For this to happen, during times when there is no singing, there will be no musical instruments played.

Second, at the 11am Mass on Sunday, we will be using the second form of the penitential act:

Priest: Have Mercy on us, O Lord
Response: For we have sinned against you

Priest: Show us, O Lord, your mercy.
Response: And grant us your salvation.

Also, at all Masses, we will be using the third form of the response to “The mystery of faith”: Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.

As usual, the devotion of praying the Stations of the Cross during Lent will happen each Friday at 7pm. Here we can meditate on the depths of God’s love for his people by sending us his only begotten Son to die on the cross for our salvation.

Finally, something new this year will be our Lenten Parish Mission. It will be preached by Fr Ben St. Croix, CC. Parish missions, especially during Lent, stir our hearts and minds to really think about how we are living a life that is open to the dynamic and creative power of the Holy Spirit.

May these days of Lent be graced filled and be assure of my prayers for you and your family.

Father Michael