St. John the Evangelist Church
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March 1, 2015

Dear Friends,

God remains faithful never changing His love and care for us. 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 promise. We can expect His gracious love to sustain us in the turmoil of this life. Jesus is so good to us. How can we ever repay Him? As the Psalmist asks,

“How can I repay the Lord for all the good He has done for me? I will raise the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.” PS 116: 12-13

A real encounter with Jesus changes us. Lent is a season of change. What do you need to change in your life to move closer to Jesus? Getting rid of the obstacles in our relationship with Jesus is our Lent undertaking. Our lifetime undertaking is to build a lasting relationship with God that will bring us to His eternal Kingdom.

As Isaiah the Prophet says, “Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am Your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 43:10

Do not be afraid, draw near to your salvation – Jesus Christ!



Confession schedule to prepare for Easter:
Saturday afternoons 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm
March 25th (Wednesday) 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
March 26th (Thursday) 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
March 27th (Friday) 9:30 am - 10:00 am

Holy Week Schedule:
Holy Thursday April 2nd 7:30 pm (Adoration until 12:00 midnight)
Good Friday April 3rd 1:00 pm or 6:30 pm
Outdoor Stations of the Cross 3:00 PM starting at St. Mary’s
Holy Saturday April 4th 8:30 pm Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday April 5th 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 am Easter Morning Masses
 


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