St. Mary
Catholic church

609 Vine St.

Clyde, Ohio

Parish Office Phone

(419)547-9687

Communion Service–

Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:15 a.m.

 

Mass Schedule–

Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:15 a.m.

 

Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.

 

Sundays at  9:00 a.m.

 

Confession–Saturdays from 4:00-4:15 p.m.  

Or any time upon request.

 

Parish School of Religion Classes–

Sundays 10:00-

11:00 a.m.

 

Holy days of obligation–

See Weekly Bulletin

 

 

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Dear Parishioners and Friends,

 

Lent!  What comes to mind when you here the word?  For many of you, probably words like penance, fasting, sacrifice, purple, ashes, cross, etc.  I would like you to think about Lent in a different way this year—Baptism!

 

Did you know that in the 4th century, a process was designed to help people enter the church.  The process took about three years and at the end of the time the candidates entered into a 40 day retreat for their final preparation to receiving the sacraments.  This process was called LENT!  This time was part of the “RCIA” process.

 

For those who were already baptized and fully initiated as Christians, this 40 day period was a time to unite themselves in prayer and support with the catechumens and was supposed to remind them of their own baptismal promises.

 

It wasn’t until centuries later when the focus of Baptism shifted from adults to infants that Lent then began to focus more on penance and sacrifice.  

 

But Vatican II has asked us to look again at the baptismal focus for Lent.  What does your baptism mean to you?  Whether you can remember your baptism ceremony or not, the promises made then last a lifetime.

 

On Ash Wednesday, we traditionally receive ashes on our forehead as Father or the designated person who distributes them says:  “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.”  This is a reminder to us of the promises made at our baptism.  “Do you reject sin so as to live in the freedom of God’s children?”  “Do you reject satan, father of  sin and prince of darkness?” and so on.

 

How do you name the evil in your life?  Control? Alcoholism or other addictions?  Past hurts and grudges?  Lack of practicing your faith?  Are you really free?

 

The words “be faithful to the Gospel” reminds us that we promised to “believe in God the Father almighty…believe in Jesus Christ his only Son…believe in the Holy Spirit…” and so forth.

 

How have you lived as a child of God?  By service? Going to Church?  Giving alms?  Prayer?  Respecting yourself and others as made in God’s image?

 

Take some time this Lent to reflect on the responsibility you have to live your baptismal promises and allow yourself to be guided this Lent.  Is your Lenten resolution something that will truly affect your daily living?  If not, Why?  Isn’t that what it’s all about?

 

Together let us be able to say on Easter our “I do’s  to reject satan and live in the freedom of God’s children have been a success!

 

Happy Lent!                                   

Sr. Regina Fisher