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As Lent approaches, people look for opportunities for spiritual renewal. The pastoral council of St. John Paul II Parish prepares the way to have the third-year experience of Living the Eucharist (LE). I recommend that we all participate in this program regardless of parish of registration. Furthermore, you did not have to participate in the last two years in order to be part of it this year. If you have participated in the past two years, you are most encouraged to be part of this because the materials, meditations, and prayers are different every year. All visitors are welcome to be part of the journey. A sign up card is located on page 2. Please complete the card and return it to the SJP2 Parish Office. I would like provide you with an overview of LE and then go into specifics.
OVERVIEW: LE is a three-year program which offers the faithful a way to encounter Christ more deeply in the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. The entire parish will learn more about the Eucharist, find out how we can participate more actively in Sunday Mass, and discover how to let the light of Christ shine brightly in our everyday lives. LE involves us in several ways during Lent: small groups for adults and teens, family activities, reading a Lenten devotional booklet and bulletin inserts, and above all prayer.
Small Groups: Small groups for adults and teens will meet each week during Lent. Trained catechists will lead the small groups in various topics related to the Sunday Eucharist. You also will learn about and use beautiful form of prayer called lectio divina, and each week you will have the opportunity to pray over a Scripture passage from the upcoming Sunday Mass using this method. Each group member will receive a Participant Booklet, which also contains informative teachings about the Mass.
Family Activities: Families may participate in LE in their homes by using the Family Activity Booklet. Once a week, families with preteen and younger children can learn about the Mass in ways that involve and interest the children. The Family Activity Booklet also provides families with helpful ways to talk about the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday Mass and share how to live as followers of Jesus during the week. Using the Family Activity Booklet will help the family grow closer to God and have fun in the process. Please check the sign up sheet indicating if you would like a family booklet.
A Lenten Devotional Booklet: From Exodus to Easter: My Daily Journey Through Lent will be distributed at the end of Mass on Sunday February 19. This booklet contains very short meditations for the Monday prior to Ash Wednesday up through Holy Saturday. You will learn about and meditate on the various parts of the Mass, including the readings for the upcoming Sunday. Helpful questions will invite you to reflect, pray, and act. Reading this small booklet daily is a great way to grow spiritually during Lent.
Special Bulletin Insert: Every Sunday there will be a special insert in the parish bulletin which will focus our minds and hearts on certain Eucharistic themes. These inserts are inspiring and challenge us to live what we celebrate every Sunday.
In closing, through LE, our faith in Jesus Christ grows and we live more fully as His disciples. I am excited about beginning this process with you again this Lent! I ask for your full participation and for your prayers for the parish renewal as we enter Lent. May Jesus presents in the Eucharist bless you.
Father Lam T. Le, Pastor