by Malcolm Guite
Receive this cross of ash upon your brow,
Brought from the burning of Palm Sunday’s cross.
The forests of the world are burning now
And you make late repentance for the loss.
But all the trees of God would clap their hands
The very stones themselves would shout and sing
If you could covenant to love these lands
And recognise in Christ their Lord and king.
He sees the slow destruction of those trees,
He weeps to see the ancient places burn,
And still you make what purchases you please,
And still to dust and ashes you return.
But Hope could rise from ashes even now
Beginning with this sign upon your brow.
Reproduced with permission by the poet.
This book of poetry invites believers and seekers to engage with the poetic imagination as part of the journey of faith. Including a variety of contributors from George Herbert to Dante, with prose reflection accompanying the poetry. Malcolm Guite seeks to show "how the poetic imagination does indeed redress an imbalance and is a necessary complement to more rationalistic and analytical ways of knowing. What I would like to do in this book is to put that insight into practice, and turn to poetry for a clarification of who we are, how we pray, how we journey through our lives with God and how he comes to journey with us."
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Wrestling with the Word: A Lent Adult Faith Formation Opportunity
Sundays in Lent from 10:45-11:25. All are invited to gather and reflect on the Sunday readings, as we discern how they speak into our lives.
Children (ages 3+) will have time to enjoy a snack, sing, pray, and engage with hands on activities to help develop their faith and practice this Lent. Parents are welcome to remain with children in the daily chapel, or join with other adults in the St. Clare classroom across the street from the church. You are welcome to drop in on any Sunday you are available.
Almsgiving: Two Opportunities in the Parish
The Furniture Project Our parish ministry supports over 125 families a year by providing home furnishings. Currently the supply of pillows is very low. In the first two weekends of Lent (March 9-10 and March 16-17) they will be collecting *new* pillows in the gathering space after Mass. Thank you for your support of this ministry!
Hygiene Kits for Migrant Farm Workers. For over 15 years Immaculate Conception has supported farm worker outreach provided through the Prospect Hill Community Health Center. They seek to meet the needs of farm workers by addressing barriers to health care and connecting families with resources in the community. We invite you this Lent to collect items for the hygiene kits. As you assemble the items, consider how these simple products add up in cost.
Full size items only, please (no small sample size):
Learn more about Farm Workers and their work to fight for human dignity, economic justice, and a more just food system.
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Interested in Adult Faith Formation Ministries? Email Casey Stanton.