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By Deacon F.K. Bartels 3/5/2014 Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
In that moment before the Cross, tears rain down; yet they soon give way to joy, for the resurrection of our Lord is at hand.
GLADE PARK, CO (Catholic Online) - Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a season that ends at the start of the Mass of the Lord´s Supper in the evening on Holy Thursday. During this penitential season, we are reminded to give of ourselves and unite with the suffering Christ. We meditate on the pain our Lord endured for our sake, on the manner in which "they took Jesus" and made him carry the "cross himself" to a place called Golgatha, where "they crucified him." (cf. Jn 19:17-18).
We too follow our Savior: we go up to the Place of the Skull; we watch as those nails we helped to supply are driven into his hands and feet; we stand at the foot of the Cross, as did Jesus´ Mother (cf. Jn 19:25). We look upon our Lord; we see his pain; we notice the wood soaked in His blood; we cry. We kneel and await that moment when a sword will pierce Christ´s side that his saving blood and water will flow over us.
During Lent, Catholics prepare for the resurrection of our Master, Teacher, King and Savior which we will celebrate on Easter. Around the world, in parishes large and small, millions of Catholics will participate at Ash Wednesday Mass, where they will listen to the word of God, receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and, after being told to "Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel", will be signed on the forehead with ashes in the shape of a cross.
Ash Wednesday marks a profound moment of decision and invitation to change for Catholics. "By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert" (CCC No. 540). We are united to Christ as we engage in our spiritual journey of penance, a road we travel not by ourselves but along with Christ as we follow him into the quiet, dry and tranquil desert.
In Acts 13:2, we find that the apostles engaged in self-denial: "While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting" the Holy Spirit spoke to them. Moreover, Paul and Barnabas appointed presbyters for the disciples in "each church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith" (Acts 14:23).
Let us, this Lent, prepare by fasting and self-denial so that we may open ourselves to "the spiritual understanding of the economy of salvation as the Church´s liturgy reveals it" (cf. CCC No. 1095). Let us go into the quiet desert with Christ that we may better recognize his mission of salvation; that we may understand more fully what it really means to be Christian; that we may live in the light of faith, truly see, and understand what we are to do.
"From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly . . . and be killed and on the third day be raised" (Mt. 16:21). During Lent we too must go the way of sacrifice, carrying our cross toward the Place of the Skull where, with trusting love and obedience, we kneel along with our Blessed Mother before Christ crucified. And, like the holy Virgin, may we open our hearts in complete submission to God´s loving will of unfathomable Light.
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This gospel story teaches us that temptation comes most surely when we are most vulnerable. It is essentially an enticement to put our own desires and needs first, to do what we think is best for ourselves at the moment, to give in to our impulses without considering too seriously the consequences. It is thinking of ourselves first. Resisting temptation, then, is really a matter of resisting self-centeredness. Like Jesus, we must choose instead to surrender ourselves to God who alone should be the center of our lives. -Living Liturgy™, First Sunday of Lent 2014
When he calls on me, I will answer him; I will deliver him and give him glory, I will grant him length of days.
Grant, almighty God, through the yearly observances of holy Lent, that we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.-Living Liturgy™, 2014
Seek good and not evil, that you may live; Then
truly the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you as you claim.-Amos 5:14,usccb.org
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Let all the people say, Amen! Hallelujah!-Psalm 106:48,usccb.org
Give thanks to the LORD, who is good, whose love endures forever; And say,
“Save us, O God, our savior, gather us and deliver us from among the nations,
That we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in praising you.”
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!
Let all the people say, Amen! Hallelujah!-Chronicles 16:36,usccb.org
Give thanks to the LORD for he is good, his mercy endures forever!” Let that be the prayer of the LORD’s redeemed, those redeemed from the hand of the foe,
Those gathered from foreign lands, from east and west, from north and south.-Psalm 107:1-3,usccb.org
LENTEN PRACTICES AND DEVOTIONS: dates and times. Visit our Calendar Page for full Schedule.
FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTIONS This Friday, March 7th is First Friday. Please see schedule for Mass times. Confessions for First Friday will be heard on Thursday, Mar. 6th, from 4-4:30 pm. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin after the 6:30am Mass and continue until Sat. morning at 8 am. There is a sign- up sheet where you can list the time you wish to spend with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Remember that the exposed Blessed Sacrament should never be left unattended.
"As Catholics, we are called to embrace and care for all in need. My hope is that we are able to answer the call to do more, so that no one in need is turned away. I am depending on you to help me make this possible."
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The 2014 Appeal is in its final stages in our parish. Next weekend, Mar. 9th is Commitment Weekend. At all Masses, you will have an opportunity to make your commitment to the Appeal. As children of Christ, we are called to serve others out of gratitude to our most generous God. Please consider a sacrificial pledge to the 2014 Appeal. Thank You. ALSO To date we have received $16,075 from 95 families which is 25% of our goal. Thank you to all who have committed to date.
Watch videos on: What are the practices of Lent?
By Father Barron and Father Pontifex Also, "What is Prayer" Video from IgniterMedia.com.
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It’s easy! Pray that young men & woman in Our Archdiocese will hear and answer God’s call.
Prayer to Discern a Vocation
Lord, there are so many things in my life that I do not understand, so many questions about the future that I need to ask. What is Your plan for me? What is the work You want me to do?
All I really know is that You love me. Show me the road You want me to walk – to fulfillment, to happiness, to holiness.
And if You are calling me to priesthood or to the religious life, give me the strength to say “yes” and the grace to begin even now to prepare myself for the challenge of a life spent in Your service and in the care of Your people.
I ask You this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.-usccb.org
RCIA If you know someone who has to make one of their sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Communion, Confirmation) or someone who is not Catholic that wishes to become Catholic please have them call the office so that they can enroll. The number is 845.294.5328 God Bless You Fr. Adaly
Monday through Friday: In the Chapel at 6:30 am and 5:15 pm
Saturday: 8 am
Saturday Vigil: 5 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am (Children's Mass), 10:30 am, 12:00 noon, 1:15 pm (Spanish Mass, multiple Mass intentions are taken for this Mass), 5:00 pm
Last Friday of Every Month: Spanish Language Healing Mass at 7:30 pm in the Church.
Once a month on a Sunday: 3 pm Tagalog Mass. Please call 845.294.5328 for a list of dates in which this Mass will be held.
Every family in the parish should be properly registered. If you move to another parish, or change your address, please notify the rectory and give the old as well as the new address. If you are not registered, we cannot serve you by issuing testimonial letters in connection with sponsorship for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Matrimony. We also cannot give recommendations for positions, schools, or character references if we do not know you.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Thursday before every First Friday 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. or anytime by appointment
Sacrament of Baptism
English - 4th Saturday of each month at 12 noon
Spanish - 3rd Saturday of each month at 12 noon
English - 1st & 2nd, Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Spanish - 4th Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Requirements for Baptisms at St. John's
Please visit the calendar page for a list of dates for classes and baptisms.
You must complete all the paperwork before registering for a date for an actual baptism.
**THE ABOVE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.
Sacrament of the Sick
Please call the rectory if you or your loved one is in Orange Regional Medical Center so a priest may come and visit.
Sacrament of Marriage
Couples intending to be married must come to the rectory to make arrangements at least SIX MONTHS before the date of the wedding. At that time, they should present recent copies of their Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation certificates. A Marriage Preparation Program is required. Please call Jody and Mary Kopec at 845.294.1375.
You can also register for classes in other places in the Archdiocese of New York online at http://flrl.org/Registration.asp
Every first Friday in the chapel from after the 6:30 am Mass until Saturday before the 8:00 am Mass. Also every Monday through Friday in the chapel from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.