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Dear Friends,
First, the spiritual, then the material.

Today is the 5th Sunday of Lent. In the pre-Conciliar Church it was called Passion Sunday, or the First Sunday of Passiontide and all the statues and crosses were covered in purple because the Gospel of that Sunday referred to Jesus, “who hid himself from the crowd.” The custom of covering the statues has returned as an option and some churches have returned to it, although we have not. And that Gospel has also been retained as the Gospel of the 5th Sunday of Lent in Cycle B. And this week before Holy Week retains some of that pre-passion reflection as it has its own preface called Preface I of the Passion of the Lord, as the Church begins to turn her attention to the suffering and death of her Lord.

On this last Sunday before Holy Week, the theme of the liturgy is the newness of life that comes when we face our sins and are freed from them by a loving God who does not condemn us as we do to one another. The Gospel doesn’t really tell us what Jesus wrote in the sands of Palestine. Maybe it was the sins of the elders who, when they saw them finally recognized themselves as sinners. Maybe it was not. But at Jesus’ words, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her,” then they did see themselves as sinners.

And the woman caught in sin found herself forgiven and freed.

Most of us, brothers and sisters, are rarely caught in sin. By that I mean most of us live our sins in a privacy that often keeps us from confronting those sins. This Gospel challenges us to recognize our sins, even though we are spared the embarrassment of today’s central character who is “caught in sin.” But the Gospel invites us to experience the same freeing love and forgiveness that she received from Jesus, to experience once again the liberation from guilt and shame (that we secretly feel inside) and the sigh of relief that comes from the depth of our souls when we know Jesus has healed us and sent us on our way.

Before Lent ends, allow yourself to feel that liberation, that freedom, that sigh of relief. Make reconciliation, penance, confession a priority before Easter gets here. Monday (3/14) at 7:00pm, Saturday (3/19) from 1:00 to 2:00pm; Tuesday (3/22) at 7:30pm, and Wednesday (3/23) from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Don’t let this chance slip away.

On to the material. This past Tuesday and Wednesday, we concluded the reception phase of We Are Living Stones. As we are the recipients of the legacy left to us of several generations of faith-filled Catholics, so we are challenged to ask what legacy we will those who come after us. I hope those who attended the receptions have had a moment to answer that question, to think about the legacy they want to hand on, to pray about it and to come to an action plan in response. Please return the pledge card you received at the reception, either in the collection, or to the rectory, or by mail to the Office in Newark. Don’t let this chance slip away. Leave your mark on the future.

God Bless,
Fr. Ron
P.S. An early reminder, The Perpetual Adoration Chapel will close at 8:00pm, next Sunday, Palm Sunday (3/20) and will re-open Easter Monday (3/28) at 7:00am. And speaking of Palm Sunday, I extend a personal invitation to join us on Palm Sunday at 11:30am at Vet’s Field for the Palm Sunday Blessing and Procession (walking) to the church for the 12:30pm Mass, as a sign that Jesus is truly KING and LORD and as a sign of the strength and unity of the Catholic community of Ridgewood.

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Mass Schedule

Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
3 p.m. (Spanish), 6:30 p.m.
Weekday Liturgies
Monday thru Friday,
6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
Holy Days
Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
6:30am, 8:30am, and 12noon 

 

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