Welcome to St. Isidore the Farmer in Springville
Thanks to all who attended Ash Wednesday Mass and distribution of ashes either or virtually or in person.
Following is Fr. Andrew’s letter to St. Isidore Parishioners detailing some of the Lenten initiatives that are being offered this Lenten Season here within the parish. One of the initiatives that Fr. would like parishioners to consider is the 40-Day Lenten Fast. This activity will utilize a sign-up via “SignUpGenius” by which parishioners can select a day and 4-hour time slot (or more) and agree to fast during this time(s) and he hopes that we can get enough parishioners (including children and R.E. students) so that all of the 40 days are “covered”. Will you take part in this group activity? The following is the link where you can go to sign up and be sure to include your e-mail address. I believe that you should receive an e-mail reminder before your designated date and time. Here is the link for signing up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4EAEAF2BA6FEC25-40day
The Lenten initiatives detailed in the attachment provide us some opportunities to fulfill this year’s parish theme: Seeking Healing Through Prayer and Kindness. Come join your parish in this worthwhile endeavor.
Open this PDF for Father Andrew’s message:
Open this PDF for all of the Lenten opportunities at St. Isidore:
Visit the Liturgy page for the Lenten Flower donation form to add to our environment at Easter!
Father Andrew’s message today
February 26, Friday of the First Week of Lent
REVIEW YOUR CONDUCT
I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.(Mt 5:20-26).
God is good all the time.
Anger and insults do depress, destroy, and kill. So, Jesus cautions that “whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.”
So, Jesus is saying , “don’t be angry” and “don’t insult” your brother or sister. If you have something in your heart against your brother or sister, do not curse them, don’t use foul words to them and put them down with your words. These things are easy to do, but Jesus says do not do it because they emerge from your heart, and the heart is what you bring to offer sacrifice to God.
Jesus started this teaching challenging his followers to let their righteousness exceed that of the Pharisees and scribes. Jesus said, “I tell you unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.”
Jesus was giving a new perspective that differs from the ones set by Moses and is often misinterpreted further by the Pharisees and the scribes. They had defined and followed their own kind of righteousness, which was not the same as God’s righteousness. But Jesus always got it right for us.
So, we may need to also review our conduct during this Lent to reflect what Jesus is teaching us. May God turn our hearts into a true place of sacrifice. Amen.
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