This Lent, I extend an invitation to you, personally, to embark on a journey of reconciliation. ‘Reconciliation’ means making friends again with God and with one another. We must individually make a very special effort to avail ourselves of God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) and experience the peace and joy which the Lord promises will be ours as a result.
At the beginning of this Lenten season, I warmly invite all, who, for whatever reason, find themselves at some distance from the Church, – in other words, the ‘lapsed’, or as our Cardinal said some time ago, “the resting”.
You will be most welcome back to the Church. The door is open. Jesus is here. He has promised to remain with the Church. We need you; I need you. The parish family needs you and would be most happy at your return. We do miss you very much. I promise you that you will hear only words of welcome, affirmation, forgiveness, acceptance and love.
Together we can support and help and encourage each other in making this Lent a journey of welcome return to the Lord; an experience of His mercy and forgiveness.
You will experience, I assure you, the joy, peace of mind and forgiveness of a caring and loving Father.
Come on in. Welcome home, it’s cold outside. Sit up near the open fire and feel the warmth. The kettle is on the boil.