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Ash Wednesday by Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

Ash_WednesdayToday is Ash Wednesday, Lent begins. Our readings are once again, very clear; this is not the first or the last time we will hear these words in our lives.

Maybe we can walk together this Lent, and help each other to stay on the path? Let’s explore that through one point from each element of today’s Scriptures.

From the Book of Joel:

“Even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the LORD, your God.”

Return. Whole heart. Heart, not garments. Can we, a people who live in a culture focused so intensely on the exterior, truly do the interior work of God? We are faced with a challenge because we receive many mixed messages, influencing the kind of lives we choose to live. Even if we are focused on God, many Continue reading


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Staying and going – a Lenten reflection

MetanoiaIt is Ash Wednesday, and Lent begins. There were many Lents when I was away from church, and did nothing – barely noting the season. When I returned,  it was in a gung-ho fashion – excessively abstemious, but frequently failing and overdoing the mea culpas. What a pity that I lacked any insight about mercy, compassion, or the reconciliation that comes from metanoia.

That brings me to the present moment, a place that offers a different point of view. On my heart today is that Lent is a journey that is simultaneously about staying and about going. We are called to go to the desert, that is the going part. The staying? Well, that is often the hardest part, staying in those places of challenge, which paradoxically can only be found when we go out into the desert. We must go out and then we must stay put. Staying and going; no wonder we want to avoid Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday and Hard Hearts

heart_stoneHere we are, another Ash Wednesday. This one comes so late, too. By this time last year Easter was clearly on the horizon, at the end of March. This year, we are just about to begin Lent.

Somehow, all I can think about is the dark of winter and Lent, and how light it will be starting next week. No, no, no… Something feels off about that.

It’s me that is off if I am honest; I don’t like change as much as I pretend to like it. Why can’t Lent always start in early or mid-February? My pretty, shiny stone heart likes it better that way! Insert pouting face here.

Oh Ash Wednesday, you are upon us. Today work was full of the usual “Ashes will be distributed at masses at 9, 12, and 6:30pm.” My goal is to avoid the church secretary’s tongue twister that offers the potential for mixing up ASHES and MASSES. If the “sh” ends up with the m, then the Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday, Meg Kilmer, and a Welcome to All

ash-wednesdayAsh Wednesday Schedule – Ashes will be distributed at all services.

  • 6:30AM Morning Prayer
  • 12:10PM Mass
  • 4:15PM Family Service
  • 7:00PM Evening Prayer

Join us on Ash Wednesday.  We welcome all friends – well known, newly met, and not yet met – to worship and pray with us, especially as we undertake our Lenten journey.

Also, please note our mass schedule:

  • Saturday at 4:00PM
  • Sunday at 7:30AM
  • Sunday at 9:00AM
  • Sunday at 11:00AM

See the parish website for further details.

Meg Hunter Kilmer is in her own words, “speaker, writer,  and hobo for Christ,” whose work is a magnet for youth and young adults, as she calls them to live more deeply in Christ. We are privileged to have her visit our parish and she will be speaking at the following events on March 15. Meg holds two masters degrees from the University of Notre Dame school of theology! You can read more about Meg by visiting her blog, Pierced Hands.

Middle Schoolers…BE INSPIRED: Meg Hunter Kilmer will be speaking to those in 5th through 7th Grade on Saturday, March 15th at 2 PM. She will speak on Theology of the Body at a Middle School level. Afterwards, all are welcome to stay for the 4 PM Mass. To RSVP, please email david.carvalho@stedwardsny.org.
When: Sat March 15 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

5G Night!
Join us for this Youth Event gathering youth from around the area! The night will feature performances, a home cooked meal, Eucharistic Adoration, and keynote speaker Meg Hunter-Kilmer. Meg is a Catholic Youth Speaker who travels the country speaking to youth on various topics of faith. She will speak this night on relationships and Theology of the Body for high schoolers. The theme for the night is “Freedom” taken from Galatians 5. This is a great opportunity to meet other youth and have a great time! Please RSVP to ensure enough food and space for everyone. Questions? Email david.carvalho@stedwardsny.org
NOTE: We will attend 4:00 Mass Prior to the event!
When: Sat March 15 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Take a look at a sample of Meg giving a talk in this video.

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Wanted: You. By whom? God.

(Originally published at The Times Union.)
What is it about Ash Wednesday? What calls so many people into church? Is it the desire to show off our marked foreheads? If so, that runs in contradiction to today’s Gospel.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;

But I got my ashes, shouldn’t people know? I mean, how can they not know?

I thought that I was announcing the Good News via the smudge on my forehead! Hey! Look! I went to church today and I am sorry for my sins! Can’t you see that? Continue reading

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