March 26, 2017
Dear Parishioners of St. James:
Praised be Jesus Christ!
Lent is a season of repentance and new life. The parable of the Prodigal Son teaches us about the mercy of our Heavenly Father who “desires not the death of the sinner, but that he be converted and live” (Ezekiel 33:11). “Though our sins be as scarlet they may become white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18).
Two priests will be available during all of the Confession times between now and Easter: on Thursdays from 5:15 p.m. – 6:20 p.m., Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., and the first Saturday of the month (April 1st) from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.. Please come to receive God’s infinite mercy. Jesus has died for all of the sins you and I have committed and will ever commit. Come to Confession to redeem those sins by repenting of them personally. Exchange your sins for God’s mercy.
Also, on April 5th a priest will be available from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. for those who have been away from the Sacrament of Penance for more than one year. What an opportunity for you to return to Confession (if it has been a long time) or to invite someone you know to come to St. James Church during the whole day on April 5th to return to God’s grace! Those who go to Confession regularly should cede place on April 5th so that penitents who have been away for a long time can quickly see a priest (without a long line) and take all the time they need in order to be reconciled.
God our Father loves us, His children, infinitely. He does not want to see us come to any harm. Sin alienates us from His loving presence. He wants nothing more than for us to return to Him so that He may lavish His mercy upon us. Come back to the Father. Be reconciled.
God bless you,