We have now had our second dance lesson (this past Thursday).  It is a workout!  It is also a joy to see.  It seems to me it helps partners to foster respect for each other because it is something that you cannot do without your partner.  Or if you were to dance without your partner it would be altogether different.  To dance well a couple has to be a team.  There will be a dance on Saturday, March 30.

Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday; see inside for the Mass schedule.  Lent is a time to simplify…and a time to allow ourselves to be transformed.  I was raised to go to confession every year during Lent and during Advent.  All three parishes will be open for confession on Tuesday, March 19.  The penance service for our pastoral region is April 2.  Since many families will be out of town for spring break you may want to look at regular confession times or nearby penance services.

The Sacrament of Confession puts into effect the things that Jesus calls us to in today’s gospel.  We live in a very polarized society right now; it is easy to see problems as the result of those who do not think the way we do.  Yet in our gospel Jesus says, “Remove the wooden beam from your eye first.”  The one person we have the most influence over is ourselves.  Strive for holiness!  In a polarized setting the one who can remove his own beam, then humbly and gently point to the speck in his neighbor’s eye, will be the peacemaker.

During Lent there will be a noon Mass at St. Julie’s on every Friday (not just first Friday).  There will be a holy hour every Tuesday (not just the first and third Tuesday).  However, the Sacrament of Reconciliation might only be available the first and third Tuesday.

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