Lent began with Ash Wednesday, February 18th. Holy Mass with the blessing and distribution of ashes took place at 7pm on the 18th. We invite you to join with us in fellowship and worship throughout Lent in Schenectady as we have the opportunity to not only look back, but look forward. We will explore these important questions throughout Lent: Am I living the way I should really live? and How can I come to new life? This Lent Christ calls us to discover a new motive for living. To answer those questions.
We are called to live as people challenged to be changed. We have the opportunity this Lent to change through faith in Jesus. The answer to: Am I living the way I should really live? is living as:
- changed to no longer live for myself.
- changed to no longer see with worldly eyes.
- changed because I am reconciled and forgiven.
- changed because I can truly see and recognize what God is doing in my life.
- changed and empowered to take action and bring the challenge to be changed to others.
As we not only look back but truly focus forward let us allow our Lenten practices to come to grips with Godâ€™s challenge to be changed:
- In small ways by fasting and abstinence on Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent as we abstain from meats on those days as an act of sacrifice. By charity through our directed giving program that provides gifts of food helping those in our local community. By prayer at Stations of the Cross prayed every Friday in Lent at 7pm. By worship at Holy Mass every Sunday at 9:30am or 11:30am.
- In seeing that sin and the world hold no more power over us because we have Godâ€™s grace.
- In big ways by changing the direction of our lives and coming to understand what life is really all about. It is life fully lived in Jesusâ€™ Good News. Repented, believing, having faith in Jesus and through living the way I really must live. Coming to new life.