"Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light."
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we have started off a new
year in full swing and it seems that Lent is just around the corner! Lent is a time of reflective preparation in looking deeply within ourselves so that we may experience the awe and wonder of Christ’s sacrificial love in His passion, death and resurrection.
To be able to accept His unfathomable mercy, His ultimate gift, we must first be open to it by looking at our own life journey. Have we been touched by Jesus? Do we know Him? Does He walk alongside us as a travel companion?
I’m Kathy Gomez, and like yourself, I know that we navigate a world that is not without pain and suffering or many challenges and hardships. These can really weigh heavily upon us, making it difficult to always stay on track. No matter where you are in your own walk with Christ, we all need a time out once in a while: somewhere to recharge
our spiritual or emotional batteries and refocus
! Lent is a perfect time to reflect
I would like the women of our parish to prayerfully consider a weekend filled with the Holy Spirit as a way to rejuvenate
! As co-director for the next St. Martha’s Women’s ACTS Retreat
, I invite you to come spend a weekend at Circle Lake Retreat Center along with fellow parishioner Margarita Rath who is also on our team. Bring a sister, bring a friend and come allow Jesus to meet you where you’re are! It will be from 5pm Thursday, March 27 to 2pm Sunday, March 30 (4th
weekend in Lent).
What is an ACTS Retreat? It is a parish weekend retreat patterned after the description of the early Church in the Acts of the Apostles
AND THEY devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common; and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need.
AND DAY by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47)
The retreat centers around the acronym ACTS:
– the call by, acceptance of, and response to God.
– the love and caring of each other.
– the study of God through scripture and the Catholic Faith.
– to God and his people.
Why an ACTS Retreat? Cardinal DiNardo has endorsed this particular retreat saying, “This spiritual retreat is, of course, an occasion for reflection and prayer, for it affords the participants a time to contemplate and ponder God’s merciful presence in their lives, particularly during the challenges and times of suffering in their past.”
So I would encourage you to come and find out for yourself what gifts God will bless you with on this beautiful and powerful weekend! Please see the inside bulletin announcement for more details and I will be in the vestibule after Mass at the registration table to answer questions.
In Christ’s mercy, Kathy Gomez.
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Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Auxiliary Msgr. George Sheltz
Retired Auxilliary Vincent Rizzotto
Most Rev. Joseph A. Fiorenza
Reverend Richard Barker