A happy and blessed Easter to all of you! May you know the joy of the risen Lord and bring that joy to others. We have been rescued from sin - Alleluia!
Whether you live with your spouse, children, parents, or a roommate, today’s challenge can include everyone in your home! If you live alone, ask a friend if they’d like to get together to read a chapter of the Bible with you.
Why do we focus on prayer? Scripture says to "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." (Romans 12:12) There are many scripture passages that stress the importance of prayer. Prayer is the building block to our relationship with Christ.
How can we say we know him if we don't spend time with him?
📣This week’s challenge: Pray quietly for 15 minutes each day.
Almsgiving is donating money or good to the poor. It is a witness to fraternal charity and a work of justice that is pleasing to God.
"Give alms from your possessions. Do not turn your face away from any of the poor, and God's face will not be turned away from you. Son, give alms in proportion to what you own. If you have great wealth, give alms out of your abundance: if you have but little, distribute even some of that. But do not hesitate to give alms; you will be storing up a godly treasure for yourself against the day of adversity. Almsgiving frees one from death, and keeps one from going into the dark abode. Alms are a worthy offering in the sight of the Most High for all who give them." (Tob. 4:7-11)
Let’s face it, we’re all just a little too busy. Some days, it’s hard to take time to pray, slow down and listen to our loved ones share that looong story from their day, or make it to that weeknight Bible study.
But slowing down and paying attention to those who matter most in our lives is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves and those loved ones. This includes slowing down and spending time with the Lord.
Are you more of a coffee person, or tea?
What about soda and energy drinks?
Some of us prefer iced tea or lemonade.
Whatever your vice, give it up today. It may be tough, but each time you crave a sip of something sweet or your usual caffeine kick, offer it up as a prayer for someone in need, or ask God to unite your will to His in preparation for Easter.
Today, Christians strive to "give up" something during Lent in the categories of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting.
To reflect on Lent this year, Holy Family parish going to send you an email each Wednesday. Each email will contain a challenge for the week to help you grow closer to Christ this Lent, in preparation for Easter. Perhaps you’ll choose to take one of these challenges and commit to it every day until Easter!
Also below are the Ash Wednesday Schedule and a link to our Lent Resource Page. Be sure to check out the resources we have to help make your Lent a fruitful journey towards Easter.
What do you think of when you hear the words "Communion of Saints"? Perhaps your mind immediately flies to one of the many saints in heaven, and you think, "I could never be that." Does it surprise you to find out that you are part of the Communion of Saints?
Hospitality is an important part of the Christian Life. As members of the Body of Christ, we are called to serve others. Hospitality during Mass is a simple and beautiful way for all of us to serve. Holy Family Parish will be sending a monthly "Hospitality Moment" for parishioners to reflect on and put into action when they come to Mass. Together with Christ, we can bless everyone on their walk to Him!
The Sign of Peace
"Love one another; even as I have loved you." John 13:34
During Mass, when we are called to offer a sign of peace to each other, most of us tend to look first to those close to us - the family and friends that we are sitting next to. Oftentimes, however, there are individuals that came alone, or are new to the parish and they are left standing by themselves waiting for someone to recognize them. This Sunday, when it is time to offer a sign of peace, turn first and look around to see if there is someone by themselves and greet them first. This is a beautiful way to show love and hospitality to those in need.
Once a month, Holy Family Parish will be highlighting a homily from one of our priests and publishing it on our YouTube Channel to help people on their walk with Christ. In the homily below, Fr. Ian Williams preaches on freeing ourselves from worldly attachments.
Be sure to subscribe to Holy Family Parish's YouTube Channel to see our past videos, stay up-to-date on happenings in the parish, and access an archive of livestream Masses.
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