Weekly Bulletin (Feb. 28, 2021)
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Letter from Father Hreha- February 21, 2021
Dear People of God,
I hope and pray that all is well with you and your loved ones as we embark on our Lenten journey!
As we all know, the three pillars of this holy season are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Yet, our
annual scriptural reminder proclaimed on Ash Wednesday is also repeated throughout the liturgical year.
That is because these spiritual disciplines are foundational to our lives as God’s people.
Over the past year, the members of our family of faith have proven again and again that they answer
this call of discipleship. Despite the economic challenges of the Pandemic, our folks have become examples
of caring for one another and for the Parish. As needs have arisen our members have met them all without
diminishing their normal stewardship.
Time and again parishioners have made anonymous gifts to take care of emergencies like fallen trees, or
replacing a broken air handler, or providing sanitization supplies, or finding what is necessary for streaming
in our church, and whatever else has arisen. Never have any of these folks wanted recognition. They
just wanted to care for their beloved St. Dennis, as those who came before them have done. Recently, one
of our parishioners noticed that we were not going to reach our adjusted goal in the Diocesan Annual
Catholic Appeal. Without hesitation, they made a second donation to meet our shortfall. Combined with
the stewardship of our folks, this enabled St. Dennis to be one of the thirty parishes that was able to
meet their adjusted goal in supporting the ministries of our Diocese.
I am continually humbled by the goodness and generosity of our community. Ours is a heritage that
has remained consistent since the earliest of days. My gratitude goes out to all those who have sacrificed
so lovingly to care for our beloved parish during the Pandemic. Know that you worthily serve as an
example for future generations to follow!
My God continue to bless us in our Lenten journey and strengthen our trust in His grace!
First Sunday of Lent
Fasting During Lent
The current discipline of Penance for the United States, in addition to the general character of the Lenten season, may thus be summed up:
a) Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat and also days of fast, that is, limited to a single full Meal. With regard to Good Friday, the teaching of the Second Vatican Council should be recalled: “Let the paschal fast be kept sacred. Let it be celebrated everywhere on Good Friday and, where possible, prolonged throughout Holy Saturday, so that the joys of the Sunday of the Resurrection may be attained with uplifted and clear mind” (Constitution of the Liturgy, no.110)
b) The other Fridays of the season of Lent are days of abstinence from meat.
c) The Fridays of the year, outside of Lent, remain days of penance, but each individual may substitute for the traditional abstinence from meat or some other practice of voluntary self-denial or personal penance: this may be physical mortification or temperance or acts of religion, charity or Christian witness.
d) All those who are fourteen years old are bound to the law of abstinence. The law of fast binds all who are eighteen years old and not yet fifty-nine years old.