A word about Lent, from Father Noble, Director of Vocations
Lent is one of the regular pauses in the life of a Catholic, an opportunity to reflect, recharge and rejuvenate in preparation for Christ’s resurrection.
The three traditional pillars of Lenten observance are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Church asks us to surrender ourselves to prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms. The fasting that we all do together on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is an effort to share this world equally not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.
My talks about Vocations have taken me to various parishes during Lent and I have observed an overwhelming feeling of welcome by our church communities. Our parishes are participating in community service events, attending Fish Frys, and utilizing this time to pray and fast. Not only do our Lenten activities strengthen us as individuals, they also build the community of Christ’s followers.
Our seminarians are busy during this time- wrapping up finals, spending quiet time with their families during Spring Break, and assisting our Face Forward program at several fish frys around town. Following is a list of where they will be in the coming weeks. Please consider stopping by to say hello, and watch the Face Forward wall for pictures of the events.
April 1st – St. Margaret of Cortona, Grandview
April 8th – St. Mary’s, Delaware
April 8th – St. Joan of Arc, Powell
April 15th – St. Michael’s, Worthington
Our seminarians are spending time in prayer, and I ask you to pray for them as we head into the final three weeks of Lent, and prepare for Easter, and the priestly ordination of Ryan Schmidt and Ty Tomson. Also pray for Nick Droll and Michael Hinterschid, who will be ordained to the deaconate in preparation for their ordination to the priesthood in 2012.
Finally, if you missed the recent posting of our video with Steve and Rose Pasternak, parents of Columbus seminarian Adam Pasternak, please view it here. It is a great parent perspective on Vocations.
As always, contacting me is easy! Send me a message on facebook, e-mail me at noble[at]seekholiness.com or call me at the Vocations Office at (614) 221-5565.
Father Paul Noble – Office of Vocations