Do Lent Generously! This theme was not pulled from thin air but inspired by that fact that throughout the season of Lent we recall the generosity of God, most powerfully the sacrifice of Jesus for us. As Psalm 103 proclaims, “Merciful and gracious is the Lord” who is “abounding in kindness.” By all standards of justice, God could have given up on us sinful and obstinate human beings. As the First Eucharistic Payer for Reconciliation proclaims, “time and again we have broken your [God’s] covenant.” Yet, God never gives up on us. Like the father in the parable of the prodigal son, God eagerly reaches out to restore us to grace and life.
May we “do Lent generously” because we are growing in an ever-deepening awareness of how generous God is to us!
In its origins, Lent was the time of final preparation for those who would receive baptism at Easter. How beautiful it is that we at OLPH have a group of over 30 people who have been journeying through the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA). These men and women will join our Church during the Easter season. Some will receive Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion at our Easter Vigil, the most beautiful and moving of all the liturgies in our Church. This group preparing for Baptism participated in the Rite of Election with Archbishop Gomez and hundreds of others at the Cathedral last Sunday. They are now termed by the Church “the Elect,” because they have chosen to join our Christian family and that choice was ratified by the Archbishop. Those already baptized in other churches are not baptized a second time. Rather, they will make their Profession of Faith and receive the sacraments of Confirmation and first Eucharist during Easter time.
Let us pray for all these women and men who have discovered the treasure of our Catholic faith and will soon be full members of our community. They enrich us!
May Jesus, whose transfiguration is proclaimed in today’s gospel, inspire us to accept more fully the transforming grace of God in our lives! May Mary, the first and most faithful of her Son’s disciples, be our companion on the journey of faith and renewal!
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WHAT'S NEW AT OLPH
Renewal of Consecrated Vows at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Masses
World Marriage Day : Renewal of Vows at all Masses
Pre-Baptism Classes 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Pastoral Center
MASS & CONFESSION SCHEDULES
7:00 am, 8:30 am, 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm (Spanish), 4:00 pm Youth, 5:30 pm (Spanish) Val Verde Mission: 9:00 am (Spanish)
Castaic Mission: 10:30 am (English)
Monday-Friday 7:00 am & 8:15 am
8:00 am Novena & Mass 4:30 pm (Vigil)
Confessions Saturday 8:45 - 10:00 am 3::30 - 4:15 pm
Church Address 23233 Lyons Avenue Newhall, CA 91321 Pastoral Center
23045 Lyons Avenue Newhall, CA 91321 p: 661.259.2276 | f: 661.259.1873 firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm Sunday 8:30 am - 3:00 pm