From the CCCB
In his first Message for Lent since his election as the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis offers some thoughts on the theme "He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich (cf. 2 Corinthians 8:9)". In his Message, the Holy Father hopes "this Lenten season find[s] the whole Church ready to bear witness to all those who live in material, moral and spiritual destitution the Gospel message of the merciful love of God our Father, who is ready to embrace everyone in Christ. We can do this to the extent that we imitate Christ who became poor and enriched us by his poverty. Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty." Message by Pope Francis for Lent 2014
Lent is a time for transformation, inviting us to look at our own lives and to make changes that bring us closer to God. As we draw closer to God, acting for the good of others, especially the impoverished, becomes ever more natural to us. Thus the call to "repent and believe the Gospel," is not only a personal one but a collective one as well. It is a call to the whole human family.
Diocesan Journey Toward Reconciliation, from brokeness to healing
Bishop Brian Dunn, DD, has requested parishes in the Diocese of Antigonish to arrange for a Holy Hour to be held at least once a month until the Reconciliation Service in June on the Feast of Pentecost.
PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL
Vatican City, 31 March 2014 (VIS) - Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for April is: "That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources".
His intention for evangelisation is: "That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness".
FROM THE DELEGATES TO THE DIOCESAN RENEWAL CONGRESS
TO THE PEOPLE OF THE DIOCESE OF ANTIGONISH
We, the delegates of the Diocesan Renewal Congress, first of all express our thanks to our home parishes for the opportunity to represent you at the Diocesan Congress. Our two-and-a-half-day congress (Read More Here)
Your prayers are requested for all those couples preparing for their call to the vocation of a lifetime commitment in the Sacrament of Matrimony!
And, also please pray for - Our three seminarians who have returned to their seminaries for the coming year: Jordan MacKinnon who is studying theology at St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario; Joseph Mac Kenzie is in his last year of seminary—4th theology at Blessed John XXIII Seminary.
John O. Scott who is in his third year of theology at Blessed John National Seminary. (Note from John: "As an older person I can use all the prayers I can obtain". Messages of prayerful support for John can be sent to email@example.com
Please remember to pray for them as they continue their studies.
And, please remember in your prayers those couples and single people who are struggling with their vocations in their daily lives!
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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta said: "The greatest poverty of mankind is that of not knowing Christ...... "People are hungry for God. People need love. Are we aware of this? Do we know this? Do we see it? Do we have eyes to see it? Often our gaze wanders without settling upon anyone ... As if we are here for nothing more than to pass through this world. We should open our eyes, open our eyes and see."
AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM
"The Lord has the right to be glorified by us at every moment ... So if we waste time we are robbing God of his glory."
- Saint Josemaria Escriva
Keep your eyes on Jesus!