Revised Reconciliation Session #3 – Practice Session Sunday, January 20 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, Tuesday, January 22 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Second Sunday of Lent

What is the significance of this mysterious appearance? Jesus went to the mountain knowing full well what awaited him in Jerusalem - his betrayal, rejection and crucifixion. Jesus very likely discussed this momentous decision to go to the cross with Moses and Elijah. God the Father also spoke with Jesus and gave his approval: This is my beloved Son; listen to him. The Father glorified his son because he obeyed. 

The Lord Jesus not only wants us to see his glory - he wants to share this glory with us. And Jesus shows us the way to the Father's glory: follow me - obey my words - take the path I have chosen for you and you will receive the blessings of my Father's kingdom - your name will be written in heaven.

Jesus succeeded in his mission because he went to Calvary so that heaven would be restored to us once again. He embraced the cross to obtain the crown of glory that awaits each one of us, if we will follow in his footsteps.  As we will hear in the EXULTET at the Easter Vigil, heaven is wedded to earth.

Luke's Gospel account tells us that while Jesus was transfigured, Peter, James, and John were asleep (Luke 9:32)! Upon awakening they discovered Jesus in glory along with Moses and Elijah. How much do we miss of God's glory and action because we are asleep spiritually?  There are many things which can keep our minds asleep to the things of God: Mental lethargy and the "unexamined life" can keep us from thinking things through and facing our doubts and questions. The life of ease can also hinder us from considering the challenging or disturbing demands of Christ.  Prejudice can make us blind to something new the Lord may have for us. Even sorrow can be a block until we can see past it to the glory of God. Are you spiritually awake? Peter, James, and John were privileged witnesses of the glory of Christ. We, too, as disciples of Christ are called to be witnesses of his glory.  The Lord wants to reveal his glory to us, his beloved disciples. Do I seek his presence with faith and reverence? ( 2016 Servants of the Word)

EVERY FRIDAY DURING LENT – There is, in addition to the 8am Mass, a 7pm Mass followed by the Stations of the Cross. All are invited to attend Mass and pray the stations during Lent.

Parish Skating Party
In aid of our parish SHARELIFE Campaign 2017 – March 18th
The skating party will be held at Carmen Corbasson Arena, across the street, on MARCH 18. Ice time from 7:15 – 8:15. Then you are invited back to the hall for food and refreshments. We are asking that each person contribute $5.00 for this SHARELIFE fundraiser. There will be a donation box as you enter the rink area. This includes skating and after party. We are making every effort to reach our goal of $60,000 this year. Many people have told me that $5.00/person is too little for this event. Therefore, if you wish to contribute more than $5.00/person, you are, of course, welcome to do so. I hope you can attend this fun-filled family event for SHARELIFE.

Wishing you all a great week!
                                                                                       Fr. Phil