Lent Appeal

February 2018

Dear Friends of Mary’s Shrine,

I send Lenten Blessings to you, that this season may be a springtime for your spirit.

If you’re like me, Lent can be a challenge. A lady put it this way, “My Lenten experience of success is generally short lived. My birthday is in the early part of the season and so my resolutions vanish.”

While perhaps to one degree or another that can be the experience for us all, we shouldn’t give into discouragement. Amazingly, we are loved as we are… and in that we find our courage to pick up and start again each day.

When Jesus looks upon us, it is with the eyes of God, showing only faithful love that is constantly forgiving and encouraging. It is by His grace that we make progress with our Lenten resolve.

When God takes us by the hand and we try do to it together, Lent is so much more meaningful … this is precisely what our mission is at Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine – to hold each other up in prayer and assure one another that we are not alone.

Allow us to journey alongside you in daily prayer during the Lenten season.

Your support of the ministry here at Mary’s Shrine makes it possible for pilgrims from all over the world to experience the blessings of the Lord, through the Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation, during Lent and throughout the year.

This Lenten season, there are two ways for you to help us Open Wide the Doors for Christ:

The first way is through a Lenten offering; the second is your consideration of a special almsgiving toward the expansion of our Confessional space. We offer Reconciliation seven days a week where so many thousands come for the blessing of this Sacrament.

Please know that we share the journey of faith with you and are blessed when you join us in our devotion to our Lord Jesus and His blessed mother, Mary.

May God bless you during this Lenten season.

Fr. Paul Henry

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