My Dear Friends,
This weekend, Catholic Christians celebrate the 1st Sunday of Lent.
On the First Sunday of Lent, we read about how the Spirit led Jesus out into the desert to be tempted by Satan (Mark 1: 12-15). Like Jesus, we too are tempted during our lives on Earth.

For Catholic Christians, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at the beginning of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. During Lent, all of us are encouraged to engage in the 3 pillars of Lent: fasting, praying, and almsgiving. If you haven’t made your 6-month pledge to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, that would be a great thing to do for your “almsgiving” during Lent. It is also good to take advantage of the Lenten Reconciliation Services that every parish in the Cape Fear deanery has during Lent. Our service will be March 22nd at 10:30 a.m.

In our parish, we have the custom of “Soup and Stations” each Friday during Lent.

Each Friday during Lent, a different ministry will host a dinner of soups and bread, and everyone is invited to attend this free event. Dinner begins at 6:15 p.m. in the St. Mary Cafeteria, and Stations of the Cross follows at 7 p.m. in the basilica.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
– Father Bob