We are beginning the Lenten Season on February 10th. People will go to get their ashes, but why? What meaning do they hold for you? Will you allow the symbol to remind you that this world is not our permanent home? That every action, choice, all you do and fail to do will determine your eternal home?
The Church, in Her wisdom, gives us symbols to keep us on the path of righteousness, to lead us toward God and away from the worldly gods. It is up to each person to take advantage of these symbols and incorporate them into the life you lead. The Lenten Season is a golden opportunity to focus on the truth that this life, no matter how many years, will end. Your earthly journeys’ real purpose is to live so your life is a witness to Jesus and His gospel. Nothing else. Your bank account, job title, sports achievements, powerful position, or any other earthly assets will not go with you or even matter on your last day. Your faithfulness to Jesus and your acknowledgement by reception of His great gift of self in the Holy Eucharist are the steps to eternal salvation in paradise.
Make this Lenten Season count. Be faithful to Sunday Mass attendance, go to confession, give alms to your parish, and love others as Jesus does.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of forgetting you have something to lose. –Steve Jobs
Good advice from a man who all behind. That something is your eternal soul.
- Ashes to ashes, dust to dust is a phrase commonly recited during Ash Wednesday services. It is meant to remind us of our mortality in that we began as dust and our bodies will ultimately return to dust after our death. This phrase originates from Genesis 3:19: …for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
- Ashes symbolize the dust that we eventually become after are death. This is a reminder us of our mortality and that our time on earth is limited.
- The day before Ash Wednesday is Marti Gras. As this is the last day before the start of Lent, it is often accompanied by partying and celebrations. The idea being that it is the last day to indulge before the Lenten period of moderation and repentance.
- Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation.
The Flame of Love is being lit at St. Thomas the Apostle
Our Flame of Love Holy Hour from 8:00am to 9:00am. in the main Church. Meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary will be offered before the Blessed Sacrament. We hope to make this first Saturday devotion every month to console the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Come and find rest for your soul. Every Monday we offer the gift of Adoration at 7 p.m. in the Chapel. Take advantage of this spiritual and grace-filled encounter with Jesus. Stop in and spend some time with Him. No one who encounters Jesus, leaves the same. Be renewed in mind and spirit by His sacred Presence.
ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE NEW MASS TIME
Our Saturday Vigil Mass will be at 5:00 p.m. (instead of 5:30 p.m.)
Our Sunday evening Mass will begin at 5:00 p.m. (instead of 6:00 p.m.)
The 5 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday, January 23rd is canceled.
THE 9:15 a.m. Mass on Sunday, January 24th is canceled.
The 9:15 a.m. Mass is held in the Chapel.
Please be on time for this Mass. The Chapel is limited to the number of people we are permitted to hold, once we reach capacity, the doors will be closed and you will need to go to the 9:30 Mass at the main Church.