The attendance and participation from the parishioners last year was phenomenal, and I am looking forward to spending these days with all of them again this year. It is a powerful experience to witness the movement of the Holy Spirit within our midst, and I certainly anticipate some tremendous blessings in the days ahead.
In addition to preaching at all of the weekend Masses and presenting an hour-long presentation each of the three nights of the mission, I am also eagerly awaiting the opportunity to visit all of the religious education classes as well. It is good to see catechesis in action. Last year I also had the opportunity to join Fr. Denis for Mass at the local nursing home and visit with parishioners there. I hope to have the privilege of doing that again this year.
I pray that your Lent is off to a fantastic start. As you hear the account of the Transfiguration of Jesus this weekend, ask for the grace to allow that transforming love of God to touch every aspect of your life. Be a person who prays fervently, studies diligently, and acts with courage, conviction, and compassion. Be an intentional disciple. Be a faithful witness to Jesus Christ!