This weekend Father Mark will be at Pax Christi Parish in Highlands Ranch guiding them with a Lenten Retreat. Please keep him in your prayers!
Do not feel left out for next week Father Mark will be preaching at all Masses and leading our Lenten Retreat here! One of our Lenten themes this year is “Every Sinner has a past, Every Saint has a future.” It is so critical for each of us to face the sins of our past and be reconciled to God. Please use this holy time of Lent to carefully examine your life and atone for your sins. Put your sinful ways behind you and Strive to be saints!
Each of us has things that we have done in our past that we are not proud of, were the result of immaturity, careless or reckless behavior. Or perhaps things that - looking back with much wiser eyes - we are saddened that we did those things. Bring them to the Lord who knows you. He knows everything about you and wants to heal you. Jesus has come that you may have life and have it to the full. By the means of Sacramental Confession, let us be cleansed and walk in the newness of life with Jesus.
Last week at my Masses I encouraged our parishioners to use your search engine and look up Archdiocese of Denver Coronavirus. This is well written by a Archdiocesan Permanent Deacon who is an Epidemiologist. He reminds us at this stage to Don’t panic – be informed. As an individual, please keep these pointers in mind:
If you are sick, stay at home. Don’t return until you are fever and symptom free for 24 hours.
I would encourage you to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181 “The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze and cough.
Regularly wash your hands with soap and hot water. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Acceptable voluntary precautions for parishioners during Mass:
Refrain from holding hands during the Our Father.
Refrain from physical contact during the Sign of Peace.
Refrain from drinking from the Chalice containing the Precious Blood.
In addition to the above I have instructed all Priests, Deacons, Acolytes and EMHC’s to use hand sanitizer as they come up to receive Holy Communion and before they distribute Holy Communion.
Many thanks for your diligence in these matters.