This is the final week of our self-study. What are you doing to better know the Lord? Here are some useful suggestions for you to consider:
Pray daily. Spend time with God in a quiet place, sharing not only your anxieties and fears, but also your joy and happiness. Share your thankfulness for the many blessings He has bestowed on you. Ask for God’s guidance before making decisions. Listen and prayerfully discern all the possibilities.
Attend Mass regularly, weekly if possible. Mass is a priority to practicing our faith and is vital to our faith formation. Besides sharing the celebration of the Mass with a faith-filled community, coming to Mass affords you the opportunity to connect on a personal level with that community. Once this is accomplished, even on a very basic level, your feeling of engagement grows exponentially. Now you are getting the full experience.
Pray the Rosary at least once a week, preferably as a family. If you don’t remember how to pray the Rosary, you can find an app on your phone that will help you. Or you can stop by the parish office and get a guide for this devotion. We also have free rosaries available for you and your family in the church vestibule and the parish office. I have heard so many stories about how life-changing it is to pray the Rosary on a regular basis.
Offer a prayer of gratitude before meals, even in public. Don’t be afraid to live your faith out loud.
Enrich your knowledge of God and His Word by reading a spiritual book, listening to Catholic radio, or joining a Scripture Study. One year for Lent I thought about what really brought me pleasure, and I decided it was reading. I almost gave up reading for 6 weeks, but instead vowed to read only books based in scripture. It was amazing how many good books are available about the life of Christ, Saints, Old Testament times, etc. Think outside the box.
Every day, make a conscious effort to get to know others, yourself, and the Lord.
COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICES (with Private Confessions) in Neighboring Parishes
Tuesday, March 20 @ 12 noon at St. Francis, Vista
Tuesday, March 20 @ 6:30 p.m. in English, Spanish, Vietnamese at St. Francis, Vista
Wednesday, March 21 @ 7:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton, Carlsbad
Thursday, March 22 @ 6:30 p.m. at St. James, Solana Beach
Friday, March 23 @ 6:30 p.m. in Spanish at St. Mark, San Marcos
Monday, March 26 @ 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark, San Marcos
Tuesday, March 27 @ 6:00 p.m. at St. Peter, Fallbrook
Our parish will continue to hear private confessions every Saturday during Lent, beginning at 8:00 a.m.