Bilingual Lenten Retreat:  Saturday March 7, 2020;  St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 303 E. 6th St. Lexington, NE.  Registration 9 a.m. CST.  9:30 English presentation, “Recognizing God’s Presence in our Lives” by: Deacon Neil Baquet of St. Paul.  Spanish retreat by: Fr. Jorge Canela from St. Mary’s Parish, Wood River.  11:00 both groups will come together for a Bilingual Mass.  Retreat over by noon.

Catholics at the Capital:  March 4, 2020; 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lent is upon us.  A time to reflect on ways to strengthen our relationship with Jesus.  I have an old daily reflection calendar with messages from Mother Teresa, St. Teresa now.  When I flipped it to today’s message it said, “If you truly love God, start loving your son or daughter and spouse.”  After all, isn’t that where we are supposed to find Jesus?  In the people we encounter every day.  In the people we live with, work with, go to school with, go to church with.  So, if you are like me, and still thinking what I should give up or do more of.  Maybe I should just ask Jesus to show me the way to love as he did. 

Fr. Lou Nollette presented a wonderful pre-Lenten retreat entitled “The Gifts of the Visitation” on Feb. 22 at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church in Thedford Eighteen people were fed spiritually. 

On Saturday, March 7, the GIDCCW is offering its 1st Bilingual Lenten Retreat.  It will be held in Lexington at St. Ann’s Catholic Church.  Fr. Jorge Canela  will conduct the Spanish Retreat.  Deacon Neil Baquet will facilitate the English retreat.  The theme is Recognizing God’s Presence in our Lives.  Registration begins at 9 a.m. CST.  It will close with a Bilingual Mass.   

The Nebraska Catholic Conference will host Catholics at the Capital March 4 in Lincoln.  All Catholics are encouraged to attend.  Council of Catholic Women, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Daughters, everyone interested in meeting our senators and expressing our concerns as Catholics. 

Spring Assembly will be back in Halsey, NE April 17 and 18, 2020.  We always try our best, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to give everyone attending an experience to remember.  I look forward to rekindling old friendships and making new one.  

May your Lenten Journey not only lead you to the cross but also to the promise of eternal life in heaven. 

Barb Sack, GIDCCW Spirituality Chairman