Dear Sacred Heart Family,
I think Spring has finally come! It has been great to see some of our snow birds returning from down south. I must say they chose a good winter to be away!
During this season of Lent, the liturgical color is purple. A good way to remember the meaning of purple is that purple is for preparation. Lent is about preparing us for something incredibly important, receiving Jesus into our hearts and the grace of His act of redemption that we celebrate at Easter time. One of the ways we are invited to turn to Him, to invite Jesus into our lives during this time of Lent is through the sacrament of confession.
Make sure you get to a penance service. Here are the remaining dates for our Vicariate…
***Lenten Penance Services***
March 24 ~ St. Elizabeth, Tecumseh – 7:00pm
March 25 ~ Light of Christ, Blissfield – 7:00pm
March 27 ~ Sacred Heart/St. Mary’s on the Lake, 6:30pm at St. Mary’s
March 28 ~ St. Anthony, Hillsdale – 6:00pm
I want to mention again some of the great resources available to help us enter into this powerful and healing sacrament. If it has been a while since your last confession don’t be worried about not remembering the right words. Any priest will be happy to help guide you through the sacrament. I want to mention a couple of apps you can use on your phone that can help you prepare for confession. Many people can find it helpful to bring their phone to confession and to simply follow the guide. Feel free to do so.
The first app is call “myParish”. This app is free, and has a lot of great resources about the faith, our own parish activities, and a helpful examination of conscience. All you need to do is download the app and on the home screen that appears select the icon labeled confession.
Another excellent (and free) App is “Laudate”. It is filled with great resources- The Bible, the daily readings, a guide for confession, the liturgy of the Hours, many, many prayers, links to current news, etc. You now have in one place an incredible trove of resources. These can be a great way to augment your spiritual life and/or help get your prayer life going
A good website that has a variety of examination of Consciences can be found at this link: http://www.thelightisonforyou.org/confession/.
God Bless your Lent!