Hello friends in Christ, Fr. JJ & I want to invite you to a wonderful event happening this Friday night at the Cathedral at 6:00pm. The Polish Theatrical Group of St. Florian Parish will be performing a live musical presentation of the Passion of our Lord Jesus.
As we have begun our Lenten journey, this is a great opportunity for us to take time to meditate on the greatest love story of all time. Jesus died on the cross for each of us, and the more we take this truth to heart, the more we can be transformed. Lent is a beautiful time to meditate on what Jesus has done for us, and our Lord gives us particular graces to grow in intimate experiential knowledge of the truth that he laid down his life so that we could live with him forever.
Something that will be very neat about this Friday’s performance is that it will be done in Polish. St. Florian’s has a rich Polish heritage and this is a great way to celebrate the diversity of the church right here in our own city. I think it’s beautiful that we had the mass for peace, with Mr. Keir Ward’s “Mass of the Sacred Heart”, a gospel setting, and now just a few weeks later we will see The Passion acted out and sung in Polish. The riches of the Church are simply stunning. I really hope to see you this Friday night. Please consider inviting someone! Also, this event is free!
Finally, I’m praying for you! I’m praying that you have a magnificent Lent, filled with holy desire. May we all find more time to pray, more ways to practice self-denial, allowing our earthly longings to be directed heavenward, towards the one God who is our hearts’ true desire! May we find more charity in hearts, by God’s grace, to allow us to give alms, to help the poor and those in need around us. Please Father, grant us an abundance of grace to embrace with new joy the gifts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving which draw our hearts closer to you when done out of love for you. In this season of holy purification, let us resolve to hold each other in prayer, on our Lenten journey. God will work great wonders in us and our community over this Lenten journey! Come Easter, as we sing the risen Lord’s praises there will not only be a new joy in our “Alleluias” but a new joy in our hearts that comes from a closer union with God forged over this gift, this purifying season of Lent. What a wonderful Father we have! And please remember to pray for our candidates and catechumen: Krysta, Deborah, Bernard, Jimmy, Terry, and Demetria! God bless you all, love & prayers!