I give thanks to God for the week I spent on retreat – and give thanks to the staff who helped while I was away.  A special grace was being reminded: The one who matters is “God, who causes the growth.” (1Cor. 3:7).  I can look for that growth and rejoice in what God is doing in you, whether my role is great or small.

I look forward to spending time with high school students of our region this afternoon (see inside for details).

My Lenten resolution this year will be to read from the Bible every night – probably one of the minor prophets and Paul’s letter to the Galatians.  I really do think encountering Jesus in the Sacred Scriptures would be a worthwhile Lenten task.  Remember that Ash Wednesday is a day of abstaining from meat and a day of fasting (one regular meal and two small meals; no eating between meals).

St. Peter’s Pastoral council will meet on Tuesday of this week.Lent is also a very special time for our RCIA … and for our whole Church community.  Those who are preparing to be baptized at the Easter Vigil will experience many rituals during this season as part of their final preparations.  The Rite of Sending next Sunday and the Scrutinies are celebrated during a weekend Mass and enable us to show our support for them as a community.  It is also important that we remember them in our families’ prayers throughout the year, but especially during this season of Lent.

What a joy to know, love, and serve the good God!

In Christ, Fr. Rob