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The Reverend Roland C. Cloutier Welcomes You to All Saints Catholic Church
All Saints Parish in Somersville, Connecticut is committed as a faith-filled community to meet the spiritual and temporal needs of those we encounter in all ministries of our faith. Through prayer, sacramental life and works of charity, in love and obedience to God, the Lord of all life. All Saints stands ready to proclaim the Good News in word, sacrament, and service to all.
If you know of anyone who is hospitalized or homebound and would like to receive the Eucharist, please contact the rectory office.
COME ONE ... COME ALL
ALL SAINTS PARISH BENEFIT DINNER DANCE Saturday, March 29 Knights of Columbus Hall on Main Street in Somers Cocktail Hour @ 6:00-Dinner @ 7:00pm Tickets ($20 per person) are available at the rectory office @ 860-749-8625 or in person from 8am-3pm PLEASE PLAN TO COME THE PARISH RAFFLE WILL BE HELD AT 7:30PM
FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
Lent is a time the Church gives us to enter the desert of our hearts to listen to the Spirit, however the Spirit speaks; to listen for the voice of God; to ask, where am I blinded by apparent good and the voice of the evil one; to enter into a dialogue with God in prayer and with those who live God’s merciful love. We do not live on bread alone. We live on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Let us listen to the Spirit this Lent to taste and see the goodness of the Lord. Let us be obedient. Let us listen deeply. Let us enter into a dialogue with God and with those who can show us the way. They are the angels that God still sends to help us live Jesus.
Pope Francis on Lent(Prior to his election as pope, then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio [Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina] issued a Lenten letter to his archdiocese. Following are some excerpts from this message.)
“Lent is presented to us as a shout of truth and certain hope that comes to us to say, ‘Yes, it is possible to not slap on makeup, and not draw plastic smiles as if nothing happened.’ Yes, it is possible that all is made new and different because God remains ‘rich in kindness and mercy, always willing to forgive’ and He encourages us to begin anew time and again.
Today, again we are invited to undertake a Paschal road toward Life, a path that includes the cross and resignation; a path that will be uncomfortable but not fruitless. We are invited to admit that something inside us is not going well (in society or in the Church), to change, to turn around, to be converted.
Today, the words of the prophet Joel are strong and challenging: rend your heart, not your clothing: be converted to the Lord, your God. These [words] are an invitation to all people, nobody is excluded.
Rend your heart, not the clothing of artificial penance without [an eternal] future. Rend your heart, not the clothing of technical fasting of compliance that [only serves to keep us] satisfied. Rend your heart, not the clothing of egotistical and superficial prayer that does not reach the inmost part of [your] life to allow it to be touched by God. Rend your heart, that we may say with the Psalmist: ‘We have sinned.’
The wound of the soul is sin: Oh, poor wounded one, recognize your Doctor! Show Him the wounds of your faults. And, since from Him our most secret thoughts cannot hide themselves, make the cry of your heart felt [to Him]. Move Him to compassion with your tears, with your insistence. Let Him hear your sighs, that your pain reaches Him so that, at the end, He can tell you: The Lord has forgiven your sins’ (St. Gregory the Great).
This is the reality of our human condition. This is the truth that approaches authentic reconciliation between God and us. This is not a matter of discrediting [one’s] self-worth but of penetrating, to its fullest depth, our heart and to take charge of the mystery of suffering and pain that had tied us down for centuries, for thousands of years, [in fact,] forever.
Rend your hearts so that through this opening we can truly see.
Rend your hearts, open your hearts, because only with [such a] heart can we allow the entry of the merciful love of the Father, who loves us and heals us. Rend your hearts the prophet says, and Paul asks us – almost on his knees – ‘be reconciled with God.’ Changing our way of living is both a sign and fruit of a torn heart, reconciled by love that overwhelms us.
Today is [God’s] invitation, juxtaposed against so many injuries that wound us and can tempt us to the temptation to hardened: Rend your hearts to experience, in serene and silent prayer, the gentle tenderness of God.
Rend your hearts to hear the echo of so many torn lives, that indifference [to suffering] does not paralyze us. Rend your hearts to be able to love with the love with which we are beloved, to console with the consolation with which we are consoled and to share what we have received.” (Cardinal Bergoglio – Now Pope Francis)
In all of his exhortations Pope Francis calls us to a profound preferential option for the poor. He calls upon us to use our Time, Talents and Treasure to help those in need. Some of us have Time, others Talents and others Treasure. Some have all three. During this Lent, how are we going to put our Time, Talents and Treasure at the disposal of the poor among us? The Annual Catholic Appeal will be coming to us in a few weeks. That is an opportune time to share some of our Treasure. But what about our Time and Talents? There are probably in every family someone who is elderly and still lives alone. Most of us have the Talent of listening or talking that we can share with such a person. Money is not all we can give to the poor among us. There are some among us, I am sure, who have wealth enough to get by, but who are poor in the number of friends they have or in the ability to move around even in their own homes. Those who have the talent of strength can help elderly neighbors (especially this winter) with some snow removal. What a wonderful way to show all who see these acts of kindness to observe: “See these Christians, how they love one another.”
~ Fr. Roland ~
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