Please pray for our confirmation candidates. The fire of the burning bush could be considered an image of the Holy Spirit. Next weekend they will be confirmed by Archbishop Schnurr at the cathedral for our archdiocese! This weekend they are invited to grow in faith at a one day retreat run by NET Ministries. The young disciples of NET spend a year of their life sleeping in a different place almost every night in order to speak to high school and junior high students about the treasure they have found in Christ Jesus and the Catholic faith. Pray for the retreat leaders as well as for our students. I am thankful to the adults who are providing housing or meals for the NET ministers this year.
The desert is an image of Lent. This weekend’s readings call attention to water. Jesus is the source of life-giving water. The next three weekends we celebrate the scrutinies with the Elect – those who have been in RCIA and will be baptized at the Easter Vigil this year. This weekend the scrutiny will take place at St. Julie’s during the 9:15am Mass.
The Paschal Triduum services (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil) will take place at St. Joseph this year. St. Julie and St. Peter will have Masses on Easter Sunday, but the days before Easter are celebrated as one pastoral region taking place only at St. Joseph. It is the holiest three days of the Christian calendar. Through the Cross Jesus freed us from sin. By his Resurrection he taught us to hope for eternal life. On Holy Thursday he gave us the gifts of the Eucharist and the Priesthood so that he could be with us always. Please consider praying with our Church these holy days.
Let us persevere with Jesus in the desert.