Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
We are now past the half way point of Great Lent.  That does not mean we can relax!  Just as our goal of communion with God is everlasting and never ending, these beneficial days of Great Lent are days to be approached with our whole heart.  If in no other way, we see this in the great saints who we commemorate on the last two Sundays of Lent, being St. John Climacus and St. Mary of Egypt.  A lesson common to both of these holy people is this:  we can never become complacent, we can never assume that we are “good enough”.  This is less because there is some secret grading scale set up that we will be judged against, then the fact that if we become complacent, we will invariably slide backwards.  If, indeed, we take our life in Christ seriously, then we must remain steadfast and dedicated.
1.  This weekend:  Tonight at 6:30 pm we will serve Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, followed by our Lenten meal and book discussion.  We will be focusing on Chapter 5 tonight.  It concerns an extremely practical subject - how to give a good confession.   On Saturday morning, we will serve the last of our Soul Saturday liturgies for Great Lent.  That will take place at 9:30 Saturday morning, followed by Great Vespers at 6:00 p.m. that evening.  Divine Liturgy for the Sunday of St. John Climacus will be Sunday morning at 10:00 am.  Sunday school for the children will be after Divine Liturgy.
Next week, we will again serve Pre-sanctified Liturgies on Wednesday and Friday evening.  Looking ahead, on Saturday, April 13, we will have the Paraklesis  to the Theotokos at 10:00 a.m. in its entirety.
2.  I hope to have the schedule for Holy Week completed and available in the narthex on Sunday morning.
3.  Remember that donations of items for the women’s shelter must be made no later than April 14.  Time is running short!
4.  We are looking for donations to a fund to purchase flowers with which to decorate the Tomb during Holy Week.  If you can help, there is a container for donations on the table in the narthex.
I look forward to seeing you all this weekend!
In Christ,
Fr. James