Well as the old saying says, “if March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb.” Let’s hope so, but so far the lion has arrived. The good thing is that the Lamb has also arrived in the form of Lent. We begin the holiest season of the liturgical year, a Lenten journey of reflections, prayer, renewal, and a deepened spiritual change.
By now all of you should have received in the mail a “Red Envelope” from Serra International and Serra USA Council. In reading the letters, it is all about increasing membership in all the Serra clubs worldwide. Please take time to review the information, seriously think about the 10 questions they pose to all members, and take their challenge of asking people to join Serra and getting new members.
March also brings about a very busy month for our club. We start out with the Runnin’ Rev’s basketball game between the Seminarians/Priests vs. The Serra All Stars. Always a fun evening and a good fundraiser for the vocations. The following day is the annual 5th Grade Vocations Day at Ascension where the Serrans serve lunch to over 750 students, priests, and instructors. As Jack Lawrence calls it “Hot Dog Tuesday”.
March 6th is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Make it a good one! On March 23, Monsignor Mullen holds his annual Lenten Retreat at the Pastoral Center. So far, registration has been light, so please go to our website, get the registration form and plan on attending this worthwhile retreat. We end the month on March 27th at our luncheon meeting recognizing the 6th Grade Essay Contest winners. We will have the first and second place winners of the boys and girls essays and present their awards. They are always very good and shows that we do have some talented future writers.
This is a great time for personal reflection and growth. Prayer is the answer to all that we need. There are some great Lenten daily booklet available that have some touching prayer lines: Pray… “Lord help me to grow in holiness and love this lent.” AND Pray …. “Come Holy Spirit and refresh my heart.”