St. Theresa's Parish
Father David Kowalski, Pastor
Reverend Mr. John Kunicki, Deacon
3597 Main Street, West St. Paul, Manitoba R4A 5A2
Office - 204-339-2649 | Email - firstname.lastname@example.org |
Hours - Wed. & Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Pastor's Email - email@example.com
DEANERY LENTEN RECONCILIATION SERVICES:
All services are 7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, Apr 9, Notre Dame Church, Selkirk
Wed, Apr 10, St Theresa's
- Thurs, Apr 11, Christ the King, Stonewall
- Fri, Apr 12, St Michael's, Gimli
Holy Thursday, April 18: 7:00 p.m. Mass w/incense
Good Friday, April 19: 3:00 p.m. Service
- 7:00 p.m. Divine Mercy Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday, April 20
10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer & Blessing of the Easter Baskets & Decorating of the Church
8:00 p.m. Vigil Mass w/incense
- 9:00 a.m. Mass - St Margaret's
- 11:00 a.m. Mass - St Theresa's Mass w/incense
Lenten Message of Prayer, Fasting & Almsgiving
After waking up to the reality of a cold, harsh winter, our hearts are challenged to warm up to the idea of prayer, fasting and almsgiving as we enter into the Lenten Season.
These three pillars of Lent are given to us by the Church as “gift” so that we can come to recognize the dangers all around us that strive to lead us away from God and ultimately, eternal salvation.
Pope Francis notes that Jesus warned that amid great trials (and temptations) false prophets would lead people astray and the love that is the core of the Gospel would grow cold in the hearts of many.
The Pope added: "How many of God’s children are mesmerised by momentary pleasures, mistaking them for true happiness. How many men and women live entranced by the dream of wealth, which only makes them slaves to profit and petty interests. How many go through life believing that they are sufficient unto themselves, and end up entrapped by loneliness. How many young people are taken in by the panacea of drugs, of disposable relationships, of easy but dishonest gains. How many more are ensnared in a thoroughly 'virtual' existence, in which relationships appear quick and straightforward, only to prove meaningless."
Before Jesus began His public ministry (which only lasted three years), He spent 40 days in the desert, praying and fasting. He was tempted by the devil to turn away from His mission and the Father’s Will. He resisted and the devil left. Don’t be fooled into believing the devil is not real! He is the adversary of the human race. He is a liar and the father of lies and has always presented evil as good and falsehood as truth.
Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving helps us to examine our conscience by looking deep within our heart to see if we are falling prey to the lies of these false prophets and discern what needs changing or renewing, accepting or rejecting, letting go or embracing, dying or healing.
Our call as Christians is to willingly follow Jesus into the desert of our hearts, entering this Lenten journey with enthusiasm and gratitude to God for the opportunity to renew our commitment to loving and serving the Lord.
Fr David Kowalski
St. Theresa's Parish
Anticipated Sunday Mass - Saturdays at
5:00 pm (Confession: 4:15-4:45 pm)
Sunday Mass - Sundays at 11:00 am
Weekday Masses are listed in our Events Calendar but are subject to change (call Parish Office to confirm 204-339-2649)
Funerals: contact the Parish Office at
St. Margaret's Parish
103 Little Britain Road, Lockport
Sunday Mass - Sundays at 9:00 am. |
Confession: 8:30-8:45 am
Catechism (including Confirmation class - Gr 8) is taught at St Theresa's on Sunday mornings, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., for children from Kindergarten to Grade 8.
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