Fifth Sunday of Lent

 
My dear parishioners and friends of our parish community: Welcome to Daylight Savings Time! You remembered to “spring ahead” your clocks one hour today! We thank the Lord for the gift of brighter, longer days.

 Throughout this grace-filled Lenten season, the Lord has been tugging at each one of us, pulling us out of our sinful behaviors and attitudes. On this 5th Sunday of Lent we hear what is perhaps one of the greatest miracles told by St. John. The raising of Lazarus summons us out of our own graves of complacency and reluctance to a new way of life in Christ freed from the bonds of sin and selfishness.

 I invite you all to make a good Confession this Monday night, March 10th, at the Middletown Deanery Lenten Penance Service, beginning at 7 PM at St. Piux X Church. Priests from throughout Middletown will be available to hear your confession. Please take the time to join us.

 Friday, March 14th is the transferred Feast of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland and of the Diocese of Norwich. For this year, Bishop Cote has granted a dispensation from the Friday Lenten fast. There will be a Parish Novena to honor St. Patrick this week at daily Mass. Join us!

 Saturday March 15th is the transferred Feast of St. Joseph. Holy Mass for St. Joseph’s Day will be at 8 AM in the Church with the Litany of St. Joseph. Join us!

 Tremendous energy builds up in the heart of the Catholic Church every year at the coming of Easter. These final days of Lent overflow with invitations to enter fully into the Holy Week and Easter mysteries. Yes, Easter is early this year! Why? Because Easter is the first Sunday after the first full mean after the Spring vernal equinox! Be ready to celebrate Easter soon! Second collection this week is for the Easter flowers; please respond generously.

  
Happy early St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s Days to all!
Devotedly,
Fr. Jim

SaintJohnChurchMiddletown.com

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