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February 6, 2013     

Resources for Reconciliation

This Lent, the Catholic bishops of the United States are issuing an invitation to bring more of us back to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We’re featuring products and ideas to help you support the bishops’ effort.

Start Lent right—with a LIVE online event on Ash Wednesday, 2/13, at 10 a.m. ET.

Handouts about Reconciliation
by Joan McKamey

Catholic Update and Every Day Catholic offer several handouts that will help your community prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lent. Did you know that our bulk pricing for handouts also applies when you mix titles? Combine your handout order to minimize your cost and maximize the value of these products:

Pardon and Peace . . . Remembered
by Joan McKamey

Give your young people and adults a great visual aid for understanding God’s loving forgiveness. It’s my favorite scene from the video story Pardon and Peace . . . Remembered. Some of you will remember the Franciscan Communications classic Pardon and Peace. If so, you can probably guess the visual: a house at night with all the lights lit, welcoming a prodigal child home (Windows Media).
Offer this video story and powerful image of God’s desire to be reconciled with us. The original was updated a few years ago—the “old man” (played by the same actor!) looks back at young David’s journey home and shares with his granddaughter the impact this had on his own life.

Enjoy and share this story segment of the Catholic Update Video, The God Who Reconciles. Add witness, teaching, and music video segments and you get a real bargain at $19.95. Not a bad deal if it softens a few hearts and opens others to celebrating God’s desire to be reconciled with us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation!

A New Way to Experience Lent
by Angela Glassmeyer

This Lent, join us for our first-ever, LIVE online event with Franciscan Father Don Miller! Spread the word in your parish so others can attend too. It’s an easy, informative, and inspiring way to kick off the Lenten season. The event is FREE and begins at 10:00 a.m. ET on Ash Wednesday, February 13.

Father Don will help you make the most of Lent by explaining not only the “rules” but also the deeper call to conversion. A “live chat” area will allow you to ask questions of Father Don during the Ash Wednesday presentation.

To sign up for the free, LIVE event with Father Don, simply click here.

Throughout Lent, you can return to to watch new weekly videos with Father Don, leading up to his final talk, March 27, during Holy Week.

As Father Don explains, Lent is meant to be about not what we lack, but what we gain in the form of spiritual growth and conversion. Inspired by the life of St. Francis, Father Don discusses how these 40 days help us become the people God calls us to be.

I hope you will join us for this inspiring and spiritually enriching online event!

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