Fr. Scott's Thoughts:
Lent's Two Priorities: Repentance and Baptism
As you read this, I am either preparing for, or amid, the return trip from my first-ever pilgrimage to Italy. What a blessing it has been that my sister Lynne, who has lived with her family in Madrid, Spain for over 25 years flew to Rome and joined me for the pilgrimage. The first part of the pilgrimage had us in Naples, Sorrento, San Giovanni Rotondo, Loreto, and Assisi. This all led to several days in Rome. I look forward to telling you all about. Please know that I have prayed for you throughout the pilgrimage.
Though my first day as pastor of the parishes in Cohasset and Hull is Monday, I suspect I will be dealing with some jet lag and moving. How appropriate that our journey together begins with Ash Wednesday and the great season of Lent! In addition to the two Masses and two prayer services in the parishes of the collaborative, I plan to be at the T station in Cohasset for the 9:04 a.m. (and maybe 8:04!) departure and the ferry in Hull for the 4:55 and 6:05 p.m. arrivals to offer the ashes and distribute parish bulletins and Holy Week information.
Lent is the great season with two priorities: repentance and baptism. Those who are not yet baptized enter final preparations for Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. We who are baptized devote ourselves to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving and embrace a spirit of repentance as we prepare to renew our baptismal promises. For those of us baptized as infants, the Easter renewal of baptismal promises is the opportunity to make an intentional decision to add our “I do” to the “I do” voiced by our parents and godparents long ago.