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HOLY FAMILYCATHOLIC CHURCHPATCHWAYHand drawn by A. VecteezyHoly Week. The Time of Lent. Hand Illustration - Download Free Vectors, Clipart Graphics &Vector Art (vecteezy.com)LENTEN BOOKLET2021

Lent 2021Dear Parishioners,Here we are on the verge of Lent 2021, and who would have thought that we would be in almostthe same state as we ended Lent 2020! I can truly say that the end of Lent, Holy Week and Easterwas one of the strangest and loneliest I have ever celebrated in my almost 29 years as a priest andin fact in my whole life! It should be a huge wake up call reminding us that best laid plans and lifeare not certainties.A deadly virus which is still controlling our lives and claiming our loved ones and putting astrain on all aspects of what was our daily routine. Inflicting terrible demands on those in themedical professions and defining the keyworkers to keep society stocked and supplied. Those ineducation, the teachers, who have been there throughout for our children both in school andonline. Our Priests and Deacons who have spent so much time making sure that when Churcheswere closed, people were still able to access Mass and the Holy Week / Easter / ChristmasServices in some way via a new media for the Church, the Internet!The parish St Vincent de Paul Society is doing wonderful work keeping in touch with manyparishioners by a phone call, delivering medication and shopping. We have all, had to cope withbeing inside a lot and only leaving for essential journeys and exercise. Loved ones in nursinghomes and hospital, have had to be alone, because of wanting to keep them safe and virus free.Holidays have been cancelled or postponed many times! Poor Fr James even had to cancel aholiday he was hoping to go on in April 2021!Here we are almost a year down the road, our economy is fragile, and we are still inlockdown. But world co-operation and the best scientific minds have developed vaccines, thatcan reduce the impact on people who contract the virus. It is important for us to remember, thatthose who have been vaccinated can still contract or pass on the virus and we still have a longway to go, before we can resume a new form of normality.Throughout all that has gone on, our faith has been there for us. More and more peoplehave turned to new ways of living their faith, returning to prayer, attending Mass at home, orsurfing the internet for Masses all over the world, helping in the community, and many moreways, too many to mention. This past year and the beginning of this one has truly challenged usin many ways, and even though we are still in the grips of the pandemic, we need this comingseason of Lent, to bring some stability to our lives, our faith and our world. I am not saying that Ihave all the answers, but we are about to enter a season rich with symbolism, challenges, familiartexts and a wonderful Saviour to top it off.As in past years, I will aim provide some ‘hooks’ to help to make the most of this time ofpreparation and repentance. There will be daily prayers and meditations and some articles topromote and stimulate our faith as we progress towards Holy Week and hopefully to help us allembrace the beauty and vastness of the Services, in whatever way we get to celebrate them.40 days is a long time, but we can cope, as we have now spent longer in lockdown! New Life,new world, new Lent.I pray that this Lent will be a great time for you to put things in perspective and gain anappreciation of what God did for us when he sent his only begotten Son, to bring us salvationeven when sometimes we do not deserve it.God Bless you and your families,Fr EugeneParish Priest.2

ASH WEDNESDAY ONLINE MASS 10.00amClick here to viewTHE DEFINITION OF LENTLent is the forty-day liturgical season of fasting, special prayer and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. The name “Lent” is from the Middle English“Lencten,” meaning spring; its more primitive ecclesiastical name was the “forty days,” “quadragesima” in Latin or “tessaracoste” in Greek. Thenumber “forty” is first noted in the Canons of Nicaea (A.D. 325), likely in imitation of Jesus’ fast in the desert before His public ministry (with OldTestament precedent in Moses and Elijah). By the fourth century, in most of the West, it referred to six days’ fast per week of six weeks (Sundays wereexcluded).LENT & BAPTISM: Originating in the first three centuries of the Christian era, Christians would prepare for Easter, by spending three days in prayerwhile fasting. It would later become a three week period of intense spiritual and liturgical preparation for catechumens, that were seeking to be to bebaptized at Easter.As Christianity became more widespread and most people were being baptized in their infancy, Lent lost its connections with the baptizing ofcatechumens. That was until the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, or Vatican II, restored the order of catechumens. Allowing for adultconverts to baptized at the Easter Vigil, which takes place after sundown on Holy Saturday.The Importance of the 40 Days of Lent The period of lent is 46 days in total, although is known as the 40 days of lent (without the inclusion of Sundays)Those participating in Lent fast for 6 out of 7 days a weekFollowing the legalization of Christianity in the Roman Empire during the fourth century, Lent had developed into its current length of forty days, 46 ifyou count Sundays that are not actually included in Lent. Fasting during Lent is actually practiced for six days of the week over the six weeks of Lent,excluding Sundays.Forty days in itself holds significance for Christians due to several biblical events:Moses receiving the Ten Commandments on top of Mount Sinai, “Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights without eating bread ordrinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments” (Exodus 34:28)Elijah’s walk to Mount Sinai, “So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he travelled forty days and forty nights until he reachedHoreb, the mountain of God” (1 Kings 19:8)Most importantly when Jesus was tested in the wilderness, “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry” (Luke 4:1-13)The Day Before LentAlso known as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, this is the last day of indulgences, festivities and friendly competitions. The humble pancake has itsorigins drawn from ancient customs, and holds deep religious roots.The day of Shrove can serve several functions for the local community. In some regions, all members of the community gather to share and eatpancakes communally. Others run friendly pancake eating competitions with either the most number of pancakes eaten within a set time period, or thefirst to finish a set number of pancakes declared the champion.The most famous of friendly pancake competitions is the pancake race that is held in Olney in Buckinghamshire. Following strict rules, the contestantsmust complete the 415 yard course while wearing an apron, a scarf and a dress and carrying their pancakes on a frying pan. To both start and finish therace, the contestants must successfully toss their pancakes.Following the end of these festivities most people will attend Mass in preparation for Lent and Ash Wednesday.When Does Lent Begin?Unlike Christmas, Lent does not coincide with any set date of the Calendar year. Instead it is set by the Liturgical year, which is also known as both theChurch year and the Christian Year, and begins on Ash Wednesday. As part of the Easter season, for the next six weeks Catholics and Christians begintheir prayers and penitence. Lent is followed from Ash Wednesday, up until it concludes at sundown on Holy Thursday, there is some debate as towhether Lent should be classified as finishing on either Good Friday or Holy Sunday. Either way the abstinence from meat is still honoured.What to Do During LentLent is a time for prayer, penance, good will and to be willing to sacrifice some basic comforts in order to be closer to God.Those of us that are of 14 years and older are asked to abstain from eating the flesh of mammals and fowl on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays ofLent.For those of us that are of 16 years and older are asked to partake in fasting, where by we limit our meals to one full sized meal a day, and twosmaller meals that when put together still amounts to less then a full meal.Fasting is performed on Mondays to Saturdays during Lent, and only taken by those how are able to do so.A pregnant or nursing women is advised to not partake in the fasting, nor should anyone of frail health, or with a medical condition that could beadversely affected from fasting.If you work in manual labours then ensure that you consume enough food to provide you with enough energy to perform your duties. We must firstlymaintain our stature and perform our duties to the best of our abilities, and if fasting could impede our performance, then it is advised to either modifythe limitations in fasting or to avoid fasting all together. The same is said if one is offered food by someone that was unaware of the restrictions imposedthrough Lent. If it could be taken as an offence to the host if your refuse their food, you may still freely join in on their meal.Safe Meats to Eat During LentIn English, meat and flesh are interchangeable, so when we hear no meat, we instantly think no meat, period. This is not the case however as thisrestriction only applies to mammals and fowl. This is viewed by many as extending to things produced by these animals such as milks and eggs, andanything that can be made from these products. Milks, cheeses, yogurts and eggs can be consumed if you feel that you need them to maintain a healthydiet during Lent.However full abstinence from these creatures can be seen as a strong devotion to Jesus.Animals that don’t fall under mammals or fowl include fish, reptiles, crayfish and amphibians. These can be freely consumed as part of your AshWednesday and Friday meals during Lent. This is because creatures like fish have never held the same status as mammals or fowl, and are not asreadily enjoyed as much as meat is.So Why Meat and What Do I Do if I Don’t Eat MeatThere isn’t any biblical or spiritual reason behind way eating meat in itself is abstained from during Lent. We abstain from consuming meat and anymeat flavoured products during Lent simply because it tastes so good. As it is something that most of us find enjoyable, by showing that we are willingto abstain from this indulgence, we are in fact willing to make a sacrifice to God. If we were to offer something we considered to be less appealing as asacrifice, it would be an insult to God and it would be saying that he is not worthy of our time and effort, nor of our love and respect.So for those of us that do not eat meat, the same level of sacrifice can be achieved simply by abstaining from your favourite daily indulgence duringLent. This could be as simple as abstaining from your daily tea / coffee during Lent or forgoing your favourite side dish.Giving Up a Luxury for Lent (Other than Meat)Many Catholics and Christians have been taught to give up something for Lent. This does not have to do with food, so if limiting the type of food that3

you can enjoy is not a viable option for yoursituation. Then choosing to forgo another luxuryor indulgence would be just as significant. Forexample you could limit driving your car to setdestinations only, or maybe use public transportto get to and from work instead. Not listening tomusic during Lent could also work if you are anavid music fan.We can all choose to make an additionalsacrifice during Lent if we wanted. Think of it asa new years resolution, but this time it’s apromise made to God and Jesus and not just toyourself. Lent makes for an excellent time forthose of us that want to start making a change inour lives to better ourselves or to start somethingnew. If you seek to do this, make sure that youhave the support and will power to followthrough. There’s no point making a promise thatyou can’t keep, so something like wanting toquiet smoking may be more difficult to maintainthen you may think, even with Gods supportbehind you.Almsgiving and CharityDuring Lent is a good time to help contributeback into your local community. We can helpthose less fortunate than ourselves byvolunteering our time, we can offer goods suchas food, clothing and bedding to the lessfortunate. The more popular practice amongmost Catholics and Christians during Lent, is todonate the money saved from fasting andabstinence to local charities.Confession and Prayer During the Lent PeriodDuring Lent we can attend Mass to offer ourprayers and to confess our sins and seek guidancefrom your local Priest, Bishop or Minister. Lentin the lead up to and following theSacred Triduum (Holy Thursday Good Friday Holy Saturday) and Easter Vigil, provides uswith an excellent opportunity to welcome newmembers into our community, to catch up withold friends and to reconnect with family.Easter Mass not only provides us the means toexpress or love and devotion to Jesus andChurch, but also the means to strengthen ourcommunity bonds. It is for these reasons that it ishighly recommended that we all attend localgatherings during Lent and to offer our supportand prayers for those in need.PRAYER FOR A FRUITFUL LENTMy precious and crucified Lord, I offerYou this Lent.I offer it to You with total abandonmentand trust.I offer You my prayers, sacrifices andmy very life this day.Do with me, Lord, as You will.I pray that this Lent will be fruitful.I know You have much to say to me andmuch to do in my life.May this Lent be a time through whichYour mercy is poured in abundance intomy soul,and into the souls of all Your faithful.Dearest Lord, help me to especially seemy sin, this Lent.Humble me so that I may see clearly.Give me courage and strength to confessmy sins,and to turn from them with all myheart.Enlighten me with Your Holy Word,dear Lord.Help me to come to know You and todeepen the gift of faith in my life.Show me the plan You have for me,and place my feet upon the path Youhave chosen.My suffering Lord, I thank You for thefullness of Your perfect Sacrifice.I thank You for holding nothing back,giving Your life to the last drop of blood.May I offer You my very life as asacrifice,trusting in Your mercy with everyoffering.Keep me faithful to my Lenten promises,and bring forth new life through thesesacrifices of love.Strengthen my prayer and make meholy.Help me to turn to You, each day,seeking Your sacred and pierced Heart.Blessed Mother,you stood by your Son in His sufferingand death,stand by me, I pray, as I journey throughthis life.Pray for me and offer me to Your Son,that He may take me into His lovingembrace.Lord, Jesus, Son of the Living God,have mercy on me a sinner.Lord, Jesus, Son of the Living God,have mercy on me a sinner.Lord, Jesus, Son of the Living God,have mercy on me a sinner.Mother Mary, Mother of our CrucifiedLord,pray for us who have recourse to thee.AmenDAILY PRAYER AND MEDITATIONS FOR LENT2021Wednesday, 17th February 2021Lent—A Time for True PrayerAsh Wednesday (Year B)But when you pray, go to your inner room,close the door, and pray to your Father insecret. And your Father who sees in secret willrepay you. Matthew 6:6One of the most important parts of true prayer isthat it takes place deep in the inner room of yoursoul. It is there in the inner depths of your beingthat you will meet God. Saint Teresa of Ávila,one of the greatest spiritual writers in the historyof our Church, describes the soul as a castle inwhich God dwells. Meeting Him, praying toHim and communing with Him requires that weenter into the deepest and innermost chamberwithin this castle of our soul. It is there, in theinnermost dwelling that the full glory and beautyof God is discovered.God is not just a God who is “out there” faraway in Heaven. He is a God Who is closer andmore intimate than we could ever imagine. Lentis a time, more than any other time of the year,when we must strive to make that journeyinward so as to discover the Indwelling of theMost Holy Trinity.What does God want of you this Lent? It’s easyto begin Lent with more superficialcommitments, such as giving up a favourite foodor doing an extra good deed. Some choose to useLent as a time to get in better physical shape, andothers decide to dedicate more time to spiritualreading or other holy exercises. All of this isgood and useful. But you can be certain that thedeepest desire of our Lord for you this Lent isthat you pray.Prayer, of course, is much more than sayingprayers. It’s not only saying the rosary, ormeditating upon Scripture, or reciting beautifullycomposed prayers. Prayer is ultimately arelationship with God. It’s an encounter with the4Triune God Who dwells within you. True prayeris an act of love between you and your Beloved.It’s an exchange of persons: your life for God’s.Prayer is an act of union and communion bywhich we become one with God and Godbecomes one with us.The great mystics have taught us that there aremany levels to prayer. We often begin with therecitation of prayers, such as the beautiful prayerof the rosary. From there we meditate, ponderand reflect deeply upon the mysteries of our Lordand His life. We come to know Him more fullyand, little by little, discover that we are no longerjust thinking about God, but we are gazing atHim face to face.As we begin the holy season of Lent, reflectupon your practice of prayer. If the images ofprayer presented here intrigue you, then make acommitment to discover more. Commit yourselfto the discovery of God in prayer. There is nolimit and no end to the depth to which Godwants to draw you through prayer. True prayer isnever boring. When you discover true prayer,you discover the infinite mystery of God. Andthis discovery is more glorious than anything youcould ever imagine in life.My divine Lord, I give myself to You this Lent.Draw me in so that I may come to know You more.Reveal to me Your divine presence, dwelling deepwithin me, calling me to Yourself. May this Lent,dear Lord, be glorious as I strengthen my love anddevotion through the discovery of the gift of trueprayer. Jesus, I trust in You.Thursday, 18th February 2021Deep Love Casts Out FearThursday after Ash WednesdayJesus said to his disciples: “The Son of Manmust suffer greatly and be rejected by theelders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and bekilled and on the third day be raised.” Luke9:22Jesus knew He would suffer greatly, be rejectedand killed. How would you deal with thatknowledge if you somehow knew this about yourown future? Most people would be filled withfear and become obsessed with trying to avoid it.But not our Lord. This passage above shows justhow intent He was on embracing His Cross withunwavering confidence and courage.This is just one of several times that Jesus beganto break the news to His disciples about Hispending fate. And each time He spoke this way,the disciples for the most part remained eithersilent or in denial. Recall, for example, one suchreaction of Saint Peter when he responded toJesus’ prediction of His Passion by saying, “Godforbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen toyou” (Matthew 16:22).In reading this passage above, the strength,courage and determination of our Lord shinethrough by the fact that He speaks so clearly anddefinitively. And what motivates Jesus to speakwith such conviction and courage is His love.Too often, “love” is understood as a strong andgood feeling. It’s perceived as an attraction tosomething or a strong liking of it. But that’s notlove in the truest form. True love is a choice todo what is best for another, no matter the cost,no matter how difficult. True love is not a feelingthat seeks selfish fulfillment. True love is anunwavering strength that seeks only the good ofthe person who is loved.Jesus’ love for humanity was so strong that Hewas driven toward His pending death with greatpower. He was unwaveringly determined tosacrifice His life for us all, and there was nothingthat would ever deter Him from that mission.In our own lives, it’s easy to lose sight of whattrue love actually is. We can easily becomecaught up in our own selfish desires and thinkthat these desires are love. But they are not.

Reflect, today, upon the unwaveringdetermination of our Lord to sacrificially love usall by suffering greatly, by enduring rejection,and by dying upon the Cross. Nothing couldhave ever deterred Him from this love. We mustshow the same sacrificial love.My loving Lord, I thank You for Your unwaveringcommitment to sacrifice Yourself for us all. I thankYou for this unfathomable depth of true love. Giveme the grace I need, dear Lord, to turn away fromall forms of selfish love so as to imitate andparticipate in Your most perfect sacrificial love. I dolove You, dear Lord. Help me to love You and otherswith all my heart. Jesus, I trust in You.Friday, 19th February 2021The Transforming Power of FastingFriday after Ash Wednesday“The days will come when the bridegroom istaken away from them, and then they willfast.” Matthew 9:15Our appetites and fleshly desires can easily cloudour thinking and keep us from desiring only Godand His holy will. Therefore, in order to curbone’s disordered appetites, it is useful to mortifythem by acts of self-denial, such as fasting. Butduring Jesus’ public ministry, when He was dailywith His disciples, it appears that self-denial wasunnecessary for His disciples. One can onlyspeculate that this was because Jesus was sointimately present to them every day that Hisdivine presence sufficed to curb any and everydisordered affection.But the day did come when Jesus was takenaway from them—first by His death, and thenshortly after by His Ascension into Heaven. Afterthe Ascension and Pentecost, Jesus’ relationshipwith His disciples changed. It was no longer atangible and physical presence. It was no longer adaily dose of authoritative teaching and inspiringmiracles that they saw. Instead, their relationshipwith our Lord began to take on a new dimensionof conformity to Jesus’ Passion. The discipleswere now being called to imitate our Lord byturning their eyes of faith to Him interiorly, andexteriorly acting as His instrument of sacrificiallove. And for that reason, the disciples neededtheir passions and fleshly appetites under control.Hence, after Jesus’ Ascension and with thebeginning of the disciples’ public ministry, theygreatly benefitted from fasting and all other formsof mortification.Each one of us is called to be not only a followerof Christ (a disciple) but also an instrument ofChrist (an apostle). And if we are to fulfil theseroles well, our disordered fleshly appetites cannotget in the way. We need to allow the Spirit ofGod to consume us and lead us in all that we do.Fasting and all other forms of mortification helpus to stay focused upon the Spirit rather thanupon our weaknesses and fleshly temptations.Reflect, today, upon the importance of fastingand mortification of the flesh. These penitentialacts are not usually desirable at first. But that’sthe key. By doing that which our flesh does not“desire,” we strengthen our spirit to take greatercontrol, which enables our Lord to use us anddirect our actions more effectively. Commityourself to this holy practice and you will beamazed at how transforming it will be.My dear Lord, I thank You for choosing to use me asYour instrument. I thank You that I may be sent byYou to share Your love with the world. Give me thegrace to conform myself more fully to You bymortifying my disordered appetites and desires sothat You and You alone can take complete control ofmy life. May I be open to the gift of fasting and maythis penitential act help to transform my life. Jesus, Itrust in You.Saturday, 20th February 2021Make the Radical Choice, TodaySaturday after Ash WednesdayJesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting atthe customs post. He said to him, “Followme.” And leaving everything behind, he got upand followed him. Luke 5:27–28Levi had a good life. He made good money andhad steady employment as a tax collector. But inan instant, he gave that all up to follow Jesus,and his life immediately changed for the good.This short story of the call of Levi is one that weshould take note of. Though you most likely havealready made the choice to follow Christ, thatchoice needs to be deepened each and every day.And the witness of Levi is one that should inspireyou to do so.Oftentimes, when we sense God calling usdeeper and closer to Him, when we sense that Hewants us to follow Him more completely, wemight pause and hesitate. It’s common for peopleto want to think through such a decision andweigh the “pros and cons” before stepping out infaith. But don’t do that. The witness of Levi’simmediate choice to leave all else behind andfollow Christ is given to us so as to invite us to dothe same.How is Jesus inviting you, today, to imitate theradicalness of Levi? What is He calling you towalk away from so as to more fully serve Himwith love and totality? If you do not know theanswer to that question, say “Yes” to our Lordanyway. Tell Him that you want to imitate Leviand that you want to wholeheartedly commityourself to a complete and radical following ofHis holy will.It’s also interesting to note that as soon as Levimade the choice to follow Jesus, he held a dinnerat his house for Jesus and other tax collectors.Levi was not afraid to let others know of hischoice, and he wanted to offer his friends theopportunity to do the same.Reflect, today, upon the person and call of Levi.And as you begin this Lenten season, use Levi’scall and response as an opportunity to hear Jesuscalling you. You may not be called to “leaveeverything behind” literally, but express yourwillingness to do so anyway. Put no conditionson your choice to follow our Lord, and you willbe eternally grateful you did.My precious Lord, You call all of your children tofollow You without reserve. You call us to be readyand willing to abandon all that this life has to offerso as to obtain so much more. Give me the grace Ineed to trust You enough to say “Yes” to You today,tomorrow and all days. My life is Yours, dear Lord.Do with me as You will. Jesus, I trust in You.Sunday, 21st February 202140 Days in the DesertFirst Sunday of Lent (Year B)The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, andhe remained in the desert for forty days,tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts,and the angels ministered to him. Mark 1:12–13Today’s Gospel from Mark presents us with ashort version of the Temptation of Jesus in thedesert. Matthew and Luke give many moredetails, such as Jesus’ threefold temptation fromSatan. But Mark simply states the fact that Jesuswas driven into the desert for forty days and wastempted.What’s interesting to note is that it was “TheSpirit” Who drove Jesus into the desert. Jesus didnot go there against His will; He went therefreely in accord with the will of the Father and bythe direction of the Holy Spirit. Why would theSpirit drive Jesus into the desert for this time offasting, prayer and temptation?First of all, this time of temptation took placeimmediately after Jesus was baptized by John.5And though Jesus Himself did not spirituallyneed that baptism, these two series of eventsteach us much. The truth is that when we chooseto follow Christ and live out our baptism, wereceive a new strength to fight evil. The grace isthere. As a new creation in Christ, you have allthe grace you need to conquer the evil one, sinand temptation. Jesus, therefore, set for us anexample in order to teach us this truth. He wasbaptized and then was driven into the desert toface the evil one so as to tell us that we also canconquer him and his evil lies.As Jesus was in the desert enduring thesetemptations, “the angels ministered to him.” Thesame is true with us. Our Lord does not leave usalone in the midst of our daily temptations.Rather, He always sends us His angels tominister to us and to help us defeat this vileenemy.What is your greatest temptation in life? Perhapsyou struggle with a habit of sin that you fail attime and time again. Perhaps it’s a temptation ofthe flesh, or a struggle with anger, selfrighteousness, dishonesty or something else.Whatever your temptation may be, know thatyou have all you need to overcome it on accountof the grace given to you by your Baptism,strengthened by your Confirmation and regularlyfed by your participation in the Most HolyEucharist.Reflect, today, upon whatever your temptationsmay be. See the Person of Christ facing thosetemptations with you and in you. Know that Hisstrength is given to you if you but trust Him withunwavering confidence.My tempted Lord, You allowed Yourself to endurethe humiliation of being tempted by Satan himself.You did so to show me and all Your children that wecan overcome our own temptations through You andby Your strength. Help me, dear Lord, to daily turnto You with my struggles so that You will bevictorious in me. Jesus, I trust in You.Monday, 22nd February 2021The Church Shall Always PrevailFeast of the Chair of St. Peter, February 22“And so I say to you, you are Peter, and uponthis rock I will build my Church, and the gatesof the netherworld shall not prevail againstit. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom ofheaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall bebound in heaven; and whatever you loose onearth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew16:18–19There are several foundational truths taught to usby this passage above. One of those truths is that“the gates of the netherworld” shall never prevailagainst the Church. There is much to rejoice overby that fact.Think of the many human institutions that haveexisted throughout the centuries. The mostpowerful governments have come and gone.Various movements have come and

converts to baptized at the Easter Vigil, which takes place after sundown on Holy Saturday. The Importance of the 40 Days of Lent The period of lent is 46 days in total, although is known as the 40 days of lent (without the inclusion of Sundays) Th

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