ST. ALPHONSUS RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
  
MARCH CALENDAR
To access our RE Calendar which includes events for the month of March, click Here

       

WHAT'S WITH THE ASH? 
What's With the Ash?
What's With the Ash?
 
    
DAILY REFLECTIONS
WITH FR. ROBERT BARRON
 
Fr. Robert Barron invites you to receive daily reflections in your e-mail during Lent.
  
  
Daily Lent Reflections from Fr. Robert Barron
Daily Lent Reflections from Fr. Robert Barron
 

  

LENTEN CALENDAR

  

A quick way to make Lent this year a daily journey.   Click here to access your calendar.       

 YOUR GUIDE TO A CATHOLIC LENT

 

  

For answers to everything Lent, go to Your Guide For Lent.  

 

  

HOW TO GO TO CONFESSION

 

   

Lent is a time when we are called to repentance. If it has been awhile since you or your child has gone, just click here for a review.  

 

  

Parent eNewsletter
Greetings!
 
 
Today is Ash Wednesday... Did you know that more Catholics go to church on this day than any other time of the year? ... Even more than Christmas and Easter?  What is it about the ashes?  Perhaps it's the recognition that we are all sinners, and we feel the need to be repentant and ask for forgiveness this time of year... particularly during a winter that doesn't seem like it will ever end!  Perhaps it is the sign of unity with other Catholics that we are all in this together... We are part of something bigger than ourselves.  If you would like to read an interesting piece on the origins of this tradition and Lent, you can read Our Sunday Visitior's Article, From Ashes-To-Ashes.
 
 We all know that giving things up for Lent is a Catholic tradition. I'd like to suggest 20 things to give up for Lent... other than chocolate and lima beans:   To help your children enter into the season of Lent, classes will be going over to the church or chapel to participate in the sacrament of Reconciliation during the week of the 9th, and for Stations of the Cross during the weeks of 3/23 and 4/6.
  • Guilt - I am loved by Jesus and he has forgiven my sins. Today is a new day and the past is behind.
  • Fear - God is on my side. In him I am more than a conqueror. (see Romans 8)
  • The need to please everyone - I can't please everyone anyways. There is only one I need to strive to please.
  • Envy - I am blessed. My value is not found in my possessions, but in my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
  • Impatience - God's timing is the perfect timing.
  • Sense of entitlement - The world does not owe me anything. God does not owe me anything. I live in humility and grace.
  • Bitterness and Resentment - The only person I am hurting by holding on to these is myself.
  • Blame - I am not going to pass the buck. I will take responsibility for my actions.
  • Gossip and Negativity - I will put the best construction on everything when it comes to other people. I will also minimize my contact with people who are negative and toxic bringing other people down.
  • Comparison - I have my own unique contribution to make and there is no one else like me.
  • Fear of failure - You don't succeed without experiencing failure. Just make sure you fail forward.
  • A spirit of poverty - Believe with God that there is always more than enough and never a lack
  • Feelings of unworthiness - You are fearfully and wonderfully made by your creator. (see Psalm 139)
  • Doubt - Believe God has a plan for you that is beyond anything you could imagine. The future is brighter than you could ever realize.
  • Self-pity - God comforts us in our sorrow so that we can comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
  • Retirement - As long as you are still breathing, you are here for a reason. You have a purpose to influence others for Christ. That does not come to an end until the day we die.
  • Excuses - A wise man once said, if you need an excuse, any excuse will do.
  • Lack of counsel - Wise decisions are rarely made in a vacuum.
  • Pride - Blessed are the humble.
  • Worry - God is in control and worrying will not help.
To help your children enter the Lenten season, classes will be going over to the church or chapel for Reconciliation during the week of 3/9, and for Stations of the Cross during the weeks of 3/23 and 4/6.
  
Please pray for our 8th Graders as they are confirmed on March 22nd.
  
God's bless you this Lenten season,
  
 Kevin J. Cody, DRE 

CONFIRMATION RETREAT 

 

We had a wonderful group of 12 young people from NET Ministries, ages 18 - 28 yrs of age from all over the country, give our Confirmation retreat.  They lead our 119 confirmandi in games, skits, small group discussions, and prayer, along with giving presentations on the sacrament, and personal witness to the Catholic faith in their lives.  Feedback has been very positive. Some comments from our confirmandi; "I really liked how it made me totally rethink my faith." "My small group leader was absolutely amazing... a great young man, someone to look up to." "They talked about things that I often think about, so I could totally relate."