From the Pastor’s Desk: March 1, 2020

Have Your

Best Lent Ever!

But….It’s Not About What You Give up

The best quote I have ever read about Lent comes from acclaimed Catholic author/speaker/evangelist Matthew Kelly:

“It’s not what you give up. It’s who you become.”

By the time you read this, you will have begun your 40-day Lenten journey to the desert with Jesus.

You will have made some choices of a personal sacrifice and/or a personal commitment to daily prayer, devotion, the Rosary, the weekly Stations of the Cross, or a corporal work of mercy, to name a few. For those who have been away from the Church, a return to Sunday Mass, the sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist would make for a powerful Lenten “new beginning” with God for you, your family, your children. You are missed.

Our parish Lenten schedule — which began on Ash Wednesday — is packed with beautiful possibilities for you and I urge you to take advantage of this season to make right your relationship with Jesus.

We offer the Sacrament of Penance every Wednesday night from 6:30-7:15, before Stations of the Cross begin at 7:30.

This Wednesday, Fr. Len Peterson will be here at
St. Gen’s to headline our 3rd annual Evening of Lenten Reflection at 7:30 (after confessions) followed by Stations of the Cross.

Mark your calendars for the return of Forty Hours Devotion March 15-17, with Fr. Quan returning as our guest homilist each night.

And on April 1, we have our Parish Penance Service at 7 pm.

I also strongly recommend that you to sign up for “Best Lent Ever” at, a free daily Lenten video and reflection sent to your email box by Matthew Kelly. It is a great companion on your 40-day walk with Christ. It’s not what you give up. It’s who you become this Lent.

My prayers are with you all as we pray, fast, and give alms this Lent, and believe in the Gospel.

Words To Live By

A great Lenten quote from Fr. Len Peterson, who will be here March 4 as our guest at our Evening of Lenten Reflection:

“It is important to recognize that temptations are certain to ring your doorbell; but it’s your own fault if you ask them in to stay for dinner. “

God bless you all this Lent

–Fr. Kevin

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