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Archdiocese to offer online Lenten video reflections

The Archdiocese of New Orleans is preparing a series of brief online video reflections on the Gospel readings for Ash Wednesday and the Sundays of Lent, said Dominican Father David Caron, director of the Office of Evangelization.
The reflections on the Lenten Gospel readings will be offered by priests, deacons, women religious and several lay people on the theme “Lent: Try, Show, Live God’s Mercy.”

The lineup is as follows: Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, Father Tony Ricard; Feb. 14, Father John Arnone, pastor of St. Rita, Harahan; Feb. 21, Marianite of Holy Cross Sister Judy Gomila; Feb. 28, Dr. Ansel Augustine, director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries; March 6, Dr. Cynthia Thomas, president of St. Mary’s Dominican High School; March 13, Deacon Jeff Tully; and Palm Sunday, March 20, Father Peter Finney III.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond also will offer an Easter video reflection.

Each of the video reflections will be available on nola, usually on the Saturday evening before the Sunday Mass and remain up for several days in the new week.

Follow-up to Advent series

The videos are an extension of an Advent video series that was very well received last November and December, Father Caron said.

“We’re finding more and more people are going to the archdiocesan home page,” Father Caron said. “We’ve also sent out the information to schools so that they will have access to them as a source of prayer in the classroom.”

Father Caron said while the preaching ministry is reserved to priests and permanent deacons during Mass, lay Catholics and women and men religious have much to offer by way of reflections outside a eucharistic liturgy.

“There is a lot of preaching that happens outside of the pulpit,” Father Caron said. “We want people to reflect on the Scriptures as it connects with their lives.

“These will be very brief reflections – three to five minutes – and they will be very practical. They will also be tied to the Jubilee Year of Mercy.”

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