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Lent will soon be here. On Ash Wednesday we will mark ourselves with the “Cross of Jesus”. As a parish that shares this journey together, we demonstrate our understanding by wearing a wooden cross that reminds us of the cross of Christ. Many of you may find yours in drawers at home. If you don’t have one, and wish to take part in this tradition, you will find them in the Gathering Space.
All of us carry our own hurts and weaknesses. Perhaps we have health concerns, financial difficulties, and divisions within our families, or a personal issue that we don’t know how to overcome. Some of these things seem like we have carried them alone and forever.
Many of you are familiar with the Prayer Cross that is near the Sacristy in the Church. This is where our concerns and blessings are listed. As our burdens were carried by Jesus, let us as a parish community share in the carrying of each other’s crosses during this Lenten season.
Take the time to visit the Prayer Cross throughout the Lenten season and share your troubles. All petitions will be prayed for weekly and will be placed in a special basket during the season. To tie the petitions and the journey with one another together, the basket with prayer cards will be processed in at the Easter Vigil and will be burned in the fire that is used for the lighting of the Paschal Candle.
What a beautiful way to let others help those with heavy hearts. There is always room on the Prayer Cross for your burden. Why not share your concerns and let others help you carry your cross throughout the journey.