Using the highly-acclaimed Augustine Institute programs Symbolon and Forgiven: The Transforming Power of ConfessionA Lent to Remember explores the ways God reaches out to each of us with his mercy. Through Christ’s suffering on the cross in the Paschal Mystery and his perpetual reception of his people in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, God makes his love, his very self, present to us in the world. By reflecting on the Paschal Mystery and making a step-by-step examination of the Rite of Confession, A Lent to Remember communicates God’s invitation to each one of us to come experience his indescribable love this Lent. If you have not yet taken advantage of this free subscription, you can register at stpatricksfallowfield.formed.org or by following the link on the homepage.

Week One – Forgiven – Where are You? – Meeting Thursday March 7th at 7 p.m. in Parish Hall.

What are we to do with guilt?  Should it be ignored, or does it prevent an opportunity we don’t want to miss? The truth is, God seeks us out when we have sinned, not to scold or punish us, but to offer us his healing and his forgiveness.  It’s certainly true that God is omnipotent and just, but before all else he is our loving merciful Father.  Meet to watch and discuss the first video OR login to formed.org to watch it at home.

Week Two – Forgiven – An Encounter with Mercy – Meeting Thursday March 21st at 7 p.m. in Parish Hall.

Sin always damages our relationships with God and with others, and, depending on the gravity of the sin, it may even rupture these relationships.  Jesus calls us to the Sacrament of Reconcillation not only to forgive us and wash away our sins, but also to heal our wounds and the root causes of our sins.  We are not defined by our mistakes; we are defined by the Father’s love for us.  Meet to watch and discuss the second video OR login to formed.org to watch it at home.

Week Three – Forgiven – Embraced in Mercy: The Rite Explained – Meeting Thursday March 28th at 7 p.m. in Parish Hall.

God, in his wisdom and mercy, has given us a beautiful gift in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Whether you go to Confession regularly or haven’t gone since second grade, this session guides you step-by-step through the deeper meaning of every aspect of the rite – what it is, why we do it, and how it impacts your life.   God’s merciful love shapes every word and action of the Sacrament, and when we prepare for it honestly and prayerfully, we will be open to receiving the fullness of his grace.  Meet to watch and discuss the third video OR login to formed.org to watch it at home.

Week Four – The Paschal Mystery – Meeting Thursday April 4th at 7 p.m. in Parish Hall.

By his Death, Jesus liberates us from sin.  By his Resurrection, we become sons and daughters of God and have eternal life.  By his Ascention into Heaven, he precedes us into his Father’s glorious kingdom in Heaven.  How should this really impact our daily life?  Meet to watch and discuss the fourth video OR login to formed.org to watch it at home.

For those who have watched it at home, gather in the Parish Hall on Saturday April 6th at 10am to share our experience of this series. Please RSVP by contacting Sandy Duff at: apduffngb@gmail.com

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