2012 Diocesan Lenten Message

Dear People of the Diocese,

This coming Wednesday we will once again begin the liturgical season of Lent.  Traditionally this is a time when by prayer, fasting and almsgiving we seek to purify ourselves of our sins and weaknesses and, to live more fully as the followers of Christ that we first became and were professed to be in baptism.

This work of purification can have external and social dimensions as well as internal and individual ones.  Our Lenten prayers, penances and acts of self-sacrifice can be offered up to God not only for our own sins and offences, but also for those of our brothers and sisters and of our broader Church and civil community.  Our Lenten observances can be an incredible source of blessing and of healing grace.



In the first reading of the Christmas Mass we hear proclaimed the prophecy of Isaiah:

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light
has shone. (Is 9:2)

This prophecy was fulfilled with the birth of Jesus, the Christ, and hopefully, it is “fulfilled” in the hearts of each one of us, both in our celebrating of the Lord’s birth, and in our daily living of the Good News of the Incarnation of Our Lord.

The Canadian Biblical Association of Canada (CBAC) has one of the best, most interactive websites available for anyone interested in the Holy Scriptures. Accessible to all ages, this website is constantly updated, and provides an incredibly rich variety of resources for anyone with the desire to enrich one’s life with the Word of God.
The Introductory Rites of the Eucharistic liturgy draw us into the Mass. The Sign of the Cross, marked on our bodies, identifies us as disciples who were baptised into the Triune God: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
 This weekend we begin a new liturgical year, and we begin to use the new English translation of the Roman Missal.  This new English translation of the Roman Missal is a more literal translation of the original Latin and presents the prayers of the Mass in rich, beautifully crafted prose.

The Diocese recently had the joyous occasion of the 25th anniversary of a Priestly Ordination.  Fr. Devas Vargees is the Parish Priest of Sacred Heart parish, in Conche. This beautiful community is located on the Eastern coast of Newfoundland’s majestic Great Northern Peninsula. We are especially happy to congratulate him at this time.

People of God, rejoice! The 50th International Eucharist Congress is soon to take place, in Dublin, Ireland, during the early summer of 2012.
Father Peddle, now celebrating his fiftieth anniversary of Ordination, is a native of Tilton, in Conception Bay.  A man who has cared for many Parishes and souls, he is another model of faithful service in Christ’s holy Church.
Sr. Paula Delahunty, PBVM, made the move into her sixth decade of professed religious life.  Sr. Paula comments that there was something special to her heart in every place. It has always been the people of the communities who touched her soul.
How Does the Liturgy Shape Our Lives?
Corinna Laughlin and Kristopher W. Seaman

Eucharistic Prayer II proclaims that the Lord is holy and “the fount of all holiness,” a marvellous image of God’s overflowing love, goodness, and truth. God freely pours out holiness on all who seek it. Through our participation in the liturgy, we can grow in that holiness to which the Triune God calls us. We, too, must become fountains of holiness, sharing compassion, goodness, and truth in our daily lives. To paraphrase Saint Augustine, we are to become what we pray. When we come to the celebration of the liturgy with hearts and minds open to God’s will for us, our faith is strengthened, our souls are nourished, and we are transformed, sent forth to serve our neighbour and to grow in unity with one another and with the Lord. In this way, the liturgy shapes our very lives. The rich texts, symbols, music, space, environment, and gestures communicate God’s call to us to become what God intends: His holy people.

 Preparing Your Parish for the Revised Roman Missal: Homilies and Reproducibles for Faith Formation © 2011 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 3949 South Racine Avenue, Chicago IL 60609; 1-800-933-1800; The copyright notice must appear with the text. Published with Ecclesiatical Approval (Canon 823, 1).

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