Wednesdays during Lent:
This Light is on for You Reconciliation 5 - 7 PM
Contemplative Prayer 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Stations of the Cross 7:30 PM
Fridays in Lent:
Fish Fry and Fried Shrimp Dinners
4:30 - 6:30 in school parking lot
Fish Fry $11
Fried Shrimp $12
Fish & Shrimp Combo $15
Rejoice! Today is Laetare Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Lent. Laetare means rejoice. We are now at the halfway point of Lent, and the Church pauses today to rejoice that our great celebration is approaching. We need to remember that every Sunday is a day of rejoicing, even during Lent, as it is the day of the week that we remember the Resurrection.
Today, our First Reading and our Gospel both ask us to reflect on how we view individuals. We are asked by God to see things His way, not ours. Samuel is sent by God in our First Reading to search for the one that God wants to anoint king, and he is sent to the house of Jesse, who has eight sons. Samuel looks at each of the first seven, and is sure due to their physical appearance that each is the one God wants to anoint. But Samuel is looking at them as humans evaluate rather than as God evaluates. It is not until the eighth and youngest son is brought before him that God finally says 'this is the one'. It is David, the greatest of Jewish kings. Samuel did not recognize what God saw in David. The same is true of our Gospel. The Pharisees refused to see that Jesus is the Messiah even though He has worked so many miracles. Jesus was not what they wanted or expected the Messiah to be so they were 'blind' to who He is. How often do we look at others and make judgments about them due to their appearance or their actions? I would guess it is quite often that all of us do that. I have seen in some boys and young men of our parish the qualities that would benefit them if God calls them to priesthood. But when I mention it, I am looked at as if I am nuts! Even some parents have said to me 'you have no idea why that is not the case'! Really!! We refuse to see wonderful qualities in those among us, especially in our own family members. Let us pray that God open our eyes to see others as He sees them. The results may surprise you!!!!!
Praised Be Jesus Christ...Now and Forever!!
Rev. Steven Jekielek, Pastor
We, the people of St. Christopher Parish, journey to the heavenly kingdom of God our Father by following the example and service of Jesus Christ his Son, inspired daily by the Holy Spirit to lead faith-filled Christian lives.
Where to find us.
St. Christopher Church
St. Edmund Campus