My dear Friends in Christ,
Greetings of Love, Peace and Joy in Christ from Fr Zevi HGN.
How’s your Lent going? To give you a boost in making this the most awesome Lent you’ve ever journeyed through, we’re sharing with you a series of testimonies about how the Lord is growing the faith of some of your brothers and sisters who are like you, members of Parishes. Why? Because their stories are inspirational. When we see what God is doing in the lives of others, we grow by learning what he can do in our lives, too.
On this weekend, I would like share with you that Madonna Renville’s response to my request about parish activities. She says that two things came to her mind.
- First of all parish activities. I have been very active in this for 45 years. RCIA, Religious Education, Parish Council, Liturgy Commission, Eucharistic Minister and Lector and Sacristan to name a few. I did it to serve our priests, to serve our parish, but most importantly to serve our Lord. However, it has been the little things that have brought me close to the Lord the most. The little things no one else may see like making sure the Sacristy has the supplies needed, changing and cleaning altar cloths, laundering altar server robes, taking vestments to the cleaners, cleaning and polishing the brass etc. Just doing one little thing once a week or once a month does so much for your soul and spiritual well-being.
- The other thing is Confession. To examine your conscience and confess the things you did wrong or the things you could or should have done and didn’t, give you a whole new outlook on life. Yes it is scary to sit before a priest and bare your soul but I have yet over all the years since my first confession encountered a priest who wasn’t attentive, helpful, compassionate and merciful. If one can remember that it is really God you are confessing to through the priest you will leave that encounter with the Lord a brand new person.”
Make it a point often to remind yourself why it is you’re engaged in parish activities and even to pray about it. “We have to give ourselves really, not just in word but in deed and truth,” St. Josemaría Escrivá once said. And giving ourselves to God and others requires that we first possess ourselves — something that the discipline of Lenten self-denial can help us to do.
Blessings of Peace, Kindness and Grace as we serve Christ together.
Yours in the Friendship of Christ.
Rev. Zevier Hirudayaraj Arockiam, HGN
Priest Administrator, The Catholic Parishes of Western Grays Harbor and Forks
…… who is thirsty come…. (John 7:37) …..to till …. to keep…(Genesis. 2:15) .….for Thy Kingdom Ministry (HGN)