March 25, 2014
Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord
The Psalmist writes, “How can I repay the Lord for all the good He has done for me? I will raise up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.” PS 116: 12-13
Our hope would be lost if not for the Good News of Easter. Even in Lent we are reminded that we are not defeated by sin and death but are promised the gift of everlasting life. We celebrate salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord. We hold on to His promises. We can expect His gracious love to sustain us in both the turmoil and triumphs of this life. We can trust God is near. Lent allows us to draw ever nearer to our Lord.
A real encounter with Jesus changes us. As Holy Father, Pope Francis reminds us in Lumen Fidei, “Those who believe are transformed by the love to which they have opened their hearts in faith (21). It is then that we begin to see the deepest meaning in life and God’s tremendous love for the world. Through our encounter with Jesus Christ, we begin to see others with the eyes of Christ.
How has your relationship with Jesus Christ in the Church changed you? What does it mean to see others as Christ sees them? How can we repay the Lord for all the good He has done for us? We have so many opportunities.
To express our love to our Lord the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available on Sunday, March 30th at St. Mary’s for our Defiance City-wide Penance Service at 2pm and a Day of Grace on Thursday, April 10th at St. John, on the hour, every hour until all are heard from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm.
Your monetary gift to the Church this Easter is one simple, but important way you can show your love for Jesus and His Church. To help you return to our Lord an Easter offering from the abundant gifts and blessings he has given you, an Easter collection envelope has been included with this letter (this is the only Easter envelope you will receive).
To worship God, our Savior, during the Holy Days of the Easter Triduum, plan to attend:
Holy Thursday April 17th 7:30 pm (Adoration until 12:00 midnight)
Good Friday April 18th 1:00 pm or 6:30 pm
(Outdoor Stations of the Cross 3:00 PM starting at St. Mary’s)
Holy Saturday April 19th 8:00 pm Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday April 20th 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 am Easter Morning Masses
May Lent lead us to the joys of Easter!