Dear parish family and friends of St. Julia,
Glimpses of the season spring are all around us. Recently in the morning it has been so nice to wake up to hear the birds chirping. The days are getting longer, with more daylight in the evening. It is nice to be able to walk outside and to smell spring in the air with each deep breath taken. The daffodils in the upper gardens are getting ready to bloom. This truly is a blessed time of the year because right before our eyes the world seems to come to life once again. With the trees budding and grass turning green comes spring cleaning, all adding a freshness to our surroundings.
The same can be said about our spiritual lives. The season of Lent presents us with the opportunity to freshen and awaken our lives and our relationship with Christ. Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving directs our hearts and minds to God. The Sacrament of Reconciliation during this season is spring cleaning for our souls, preparing ourselves for the great celebration of Easter. Take the opportunity over this weekend and the coming weeks to encounter Christ in this beautiful sacrament. No matter how long it has been, now is the time to take a deep breath, turn to or return to the sacrament, and experience the mercy and forgiveness that God wants to pour out upon you in abundance. Leave with a sense of peace in your heart, washed and cleansed of sin, ready to embrace the season of Easter and Resurrection of our Lord.
Below you will find multiple opportunities to make this a reality in your life.
This weekend we celebrate the Third Scrutiny with our RCIA catechumens and candidates at our 9:00 am Sunday Mass, and we also welcome Mr. Royer's Grade 4/5 class from St. Peter Catholic Elementary School to our 9:00 a.m. as they lead us in the many ministries at mass.
May God bless each of you and those that you love, and I look forward to seeing you at mass this weekend on the Fifth Sunday of Lent.
From Our Pastor