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Renewing Our Lives This Lent
If We Want It, We Will Choose Itby Andy Alexander, SJ, Maureen McCann Waldron
Lent will be a wonderful season of grace for us if we give ourselves to it. And we will give ourselves to it if we want it badly enough. We need to prepare our hearts. We can do so by realizing how much we want to grow in freedom, how much we need to lighten our spirits and experience real joy, and how much some parts of our lives really need changing.
Preparing our hearts is a process of preparing our desires. This means practicing a sense of anticipation. If I imagine Lent as an “ordeal” or a time I dread in some way, then I’ve already predisposed myself to not get very much out of it. Lent is a time to anticipate something wonderful that is about to happen.
Our Focus: What God Wants to Give Us
Our sense of excitement and anticipation will grow more easily if we begin to imagine what God wants to give us. Something is coming that we can truly look forward to. If we focus too much on what we are going to do or not do, we risk missing out on the gift God wants to give us. Lent is about God’s great desire to bless us. All grace comes from God and is, therefore, God’s gift. It is given to us to free us to love others as our Lord has loved us. What we want is to receive what God wants to give us.
Lent is a season of being invited by God in a deeply personal way. “Come back to me, with all of your heart,” our Lord beckons (see Joel 2:12). “We will,” we respond, but we aren’t quite ready; our hearts are not prepared. We want to squirm, evade, avoid. We note that our souls are not yet perfect. We think we are not ready for God to love us.
Yes, of course I want to have a deeper relationship with God, we tell ourselves earnestly. And we will...soon. God calls to us again: “Come back to me, with all of your heart.”
Beginning New Patterns During Lent
Something all of us can do is committing ourselves to being more reflective during Lent. We can simply make a point of being more observant, more aware of what we’re experiencing, more cognizant of our automatic behavior. We can then start paying attention to our many desires. During Lent, we can examine these desires and see which of them we need to purify, which we may need to abandon, and which are positive desires that we need to act on. Naming our deepest desires will guide the choices we make to establish new patterns for Lent.
Return to Me with Your Whole Heart
From the first day of Lent, the Ash Wednesday readings make God’s call to us clear: “Return to me with your whole heart” (Joel 2:12 NAB). It is an extraordinary invitation from God to each one of us—to me in a personal, individual way. God invites me to drop the defenses that I hold up between myself and God.
God wants us to realize that our standards, our ways of judging and loving, are very different from God’s way, and so much smaller. God loves each one of us. For an entire Lenten season, for an entire lifetime, God loves each one of us.
“A clean heart create for me, God,” Psalm 51:12 NAB offers. “Give me back the joy of your salvation.” That is exactly what our loving God wants to give us, the joy of salvation.
CORRECTION: Briggsville Stations will be at 6:00 pm!
Good Friday Holy Land Collection
As in years past, we wish to remind you that on Good Friday, the Church will take up a worldwide
collection for the people and the shrines of the Holy Land. This universal act of almsgiving is a
beautiful show of solidarity for our brothers and sisters who are in desperate need and are
struggling to maintain the Christian Faith and its presence in the Holy Land. With Lent in mind,
perhaps consider praying and fasting as well for those Christians persevering in the Holy Land in
the midst of turmoil and uncertainty.
Click on the reflections below to learn more about this collection.
St. Mary, Briggsville
Weekend Mass Schedule
Sunday, 8:00 am
Weekday Mass Schedule
Wednesday, 8:15 am
St. Mary, Portage
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday, 4:00 pm
Sunday, 9:30 & 11:00 am
Weekday Mass Schedule
Tuesday, 5:00 pm
Thursday, 8:15 am
Friday, 7:00 am
(on the first Friday of each Month Mass is held at Divine Savior Hospital in Portage.)
- Father Gary Krahenbuhl, Pastor
- Dennis Sutter, Deacon
- Steve Letourneaux, Deacon
- Sister Anita Henning, CSA, Briggsville - Pastoral Minister
- Sister Jovita Winkel, CSA, Briggsville- In Residence
- Teresa Romain, Briggsville- Director of Faith Formation
- Lisa Clemmons, Portage- Parish Administrator
- Brenda Collins, Portage- Director of Faith Formation & Youth Ministry & Webmaster
- Teresa Gracyalny, Portage-Director of Worship & Pastoral Ministry
- Christine R. Daly, Portage - Finance Manager
- Darrel Germain, Portage- Head of Maintenance
Parish Center Hours
St. Mary, Briggsville
no appointment needed
Readings for the week of March 17, 2019
- Sunday: Gn 15:5-12, 17-18 / Ps 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14[1a] / Phil 3:17—4:1 or 3:20—4:1 / Lk 9:28b-36
- Monday: Dn 9:4b-10 / Ps 79:8, 9, 11 and 13 [cf. 103:10a] / Lk 6:36-38
- Tuesday: 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 / Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29  / Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22 / Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a
- Wednesday: Jer 18:18-20 / Ps 31:5-6, 14, 15-16 [17b] / Mt 20:17-28
- Thursday: Jer 17:5-10 / Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 [40:5a] / Lk 16:19-31
- Friday: Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a / Ps 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21 [5a] / Mt 21:33-43, 45-46
- Saturday: Mi 7:14-15, 18-20 / Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 [8a] / Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
- Next Sunday: Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15 / Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11 [8a] / 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12 / Lk 13:1-9
Catholic News from the USCCB
U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Reaffirm Authentic Human Dignity and Rights in Letter to Congress Opposing Equality Act
03/20/19 9:05 am
WASHINGTON—Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have written in public opposition to the Equality Act (H.R. 5 / S. 788), which was introduced in Congress on March 13, 2019. The Act would add the new terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the definition of “sex” in federal civil rights laws, which has wide-reaching impacts on health care, women and girls’ legal protections, charitable services to needful populations, schools, personal privacy, athletics, free speech, religious liberties, and potentially parental rights.
03/19/19 11:48 am
WASHINGTON—After historic flooding brought devastation to parts of the Midwest, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida and Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed grief over the lives lost and threatened by the floods and offered prayers for recovery.
The full statement follows:Read More
03/18/19 6:15 am
WASHINGTON— The annual Catholic Relief Services Collection will be held in many dioceses across the country on Laetare Sunday, March 31.
The Catholic Relief Services Collection supports the work of several Catholic organizations serving some of the most marginalized communities in the world. Programs include relief and resettlement for victims of persecution, war, and natural disasters; development projects to improve living conditions for people in poverty; pastoral services for rural workers and legal support services for poor immigrants in the United States; peace and reconciliation work for people suffering from violence and religious persecution; and advocacy on behalf of the powerless.Read More
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St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception
307 W. Cook St.
309 W. Cook St. (mailing address)
Portage, WI 53901
St. Mary Help of Christians
N565 County Rd. A
PO Box 127 (mailing address)
Briggsville, WI 53920