Sunday February 10th. 2013 Charity registration No. SC002876   Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Main Menu Parish web site: Saint Mary MacKillop website: Weekly Bulletin On line: Parish priest: Fr. Tom Wynne. Tel/Fax: 01397-712238  Mobile: 07879297420  Jimmy Keenan R.I.P Jimmy died peacefully in the Belford hospital early on Saturday morning after a long illness which he endured with such courage and cheerfulness. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mary, his devoted wife of 54 years, who nursed Jimmy with such love and tenderness during the years he fought against leukaemia, and also to Jimmy's family at the loss of their father and grandfather.  He had the joy and consolation of receiving all the sacraments regularly. The funeral will take place from St. Margaret’s, Roy Bridge, and will be announced early in the week Time to think Lent is a wonderful opportunity for us to think about our lives and to ask ourselves if we are we happy at what we see? If we are honest, there are things that we know we should change, and perhaps have always intended to change, but never really got down to it. Do you realise that God is interested in absolutely everything you do, and wants to be part of it? This is where Lent can help us to invite God into our lives and to share with him all that we do, even the most ordinary things. Where do we start? How did you get to know the person you fell in  love with, married and were blessed with your children? Simply because you were attracted to the person, shared time with each other, found that you shared the same interests,  and this gradually grew from an affection into a love, and a deep love when your proclaimed made your marriage vows before God.  If we want to love God, first of all we have to know him so that we can enjoy his presence in our lives. This means spending time with him. During Lent, you should  ask yourself: How much do I really know God?  It may surprise you when you add up the minutes how little time you do give to God, and how much time you give to so many other things, some of no real value. The tools to help us know God Prayer is what makes saints - taking time each day to spend some moments with God. St. Alphonsus Liguori,  founder of the  Redemptorist Order, told his listeners: If you promise me fifteen minutes of private prayer each day, I will promise you heaven.  During Lent, try to get up just a little earlier to reserve the first part of the day for God with your morning prayers. In your morning offering, you can offer God everything you will do during the day that lies ahead as an act of love and in a service of love to each other. In this way, everything becomes a prayer, and helps to bring God closer into your life. This is how the saints became saints!  If you have some free time to yourself during the day, you can deepen your friendship with God by perhaps reading a portion of the bible, or a spiritual book or magazine, or saying the rosary. The Eucharist As Our Lord gradually begins to take up an important part of your day, you will feel yourself ever more drawn to the Eucharist,  where you can meet our Lord personally in the sacrament of his love, and where he is ever present in the tabernacle: Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest; learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls Your Sunday Mass and holy communions will become more precious and moments of great joy as you share your love with Our Lord whom you have come to know more intimately through your prayers. Penance One of the other important tools are little acts of self-denial where we try to detach ourselves from the material things of life which can so distract us from our efforts to love Our Lord. Choose only one thing you want to give up during Lent, and you will find that this is also will help you to share your daily life with Our Lord. What should I do for Lent? Ask God for the grace to show you what he wishes from you, and try to make it your best Lent ever by  coming to know him as your closest friend. You can do this by your prayers! Prayer of St. Richard of Chichester  Day by day, Dear Lord, of thee three things I pray To see thee more clearly, Love thee more dearly, Follow thee more nearly, Day by Day.