Dear People of St. Patrick Parish & Visitors:
We are starting the third week of Lent, how are we doing with our Lenten Journey to get closer to Jesus? Trying to go to daily mass when possible. Fasting, prayer, supporting the Rice Bowl to help the poor. Praying the Stations of the Cross at least on Friday Night at St. Patrick Church at 7:30 pm.
Have we been nicer to people, trying to be good, and loving and forgiving? If we have slipped in what we were going to give up for Lent and stopped, then let’s start again. It is never too late. Oh yes, go to Reconciliation. Our Parish Penance Service will be on Monday, April 10th at 7:30 pm.
In today’s Gospel, we see how Jesus reached out to the Samaritan woman; yes she was a sinner and Jesus gave her forgiveness, hope and turned her life around. Jesus did not just talk about being good. He encouraged, reached out, and helped the woman to come to know Him, love Him and accept His love and forgiveness. Will He not do the same for us who have been baptized and started our Christian Way of Life. I hope that like the Samaritans we can say to Jesus “We have heard for ourselves and know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”
Please let us the People of St. Patrick pray for one another, for all our families and friends to be able to repeat the words of the Samaritans.
Pastor of St. Patrick Church