Spring Bible Study
on the Glorious Mysteries

Have you ever wanted to grow in your understanding and devotion to the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary? Join Dr. Ben Akers and professors from the Augustine Institute Graduate School as they walk through these Biblical mysteries and seek to grow in understanding and love for Christ through them.

Register for Wednesdays 9:30am:
10, 17, 24 April
1, 8 May

Register for Wednesdays 6:30pm:
10, 17, 24 April
1, 8 May

We will meet in the Faith Formation Office. Cost $5.00 per person. For planning purposes, please register.

The Most Holy Eucharist


Sunday Mass
ANTICIPATED ON SATURDAY EVENINGS

4:00pm English — 7:00pm Español

Sunday Morning Masses

8:00am, 9:30am and 11:00am

Monday through Friday Masses

8:45am

FOOD CUPBOARD

Mondays and Fridays, 12:00noon — 2:00pm
Exceptions to this schedule are found
on the Parish Calendar
As of April 2024, our pantry is in need of:
cereals, applesauce, canned fruits, spam, bread crumbs, condiments, coffee and drinks.

ORDER of PENANCE

Saturdays: 3:00pm – 3:30pm
First Fridays: 8:15am
Call for other opportunities

ORDER of CHRISTIAN INITIATION of ADULTS

For teenagers, young adults and adults who desire to be baptized, to be confirmed, to receive First Holy Communion and/or to become a Catholic Christian, kindly call the Parish Faith Formation Office.
 

ORDER of BAPTISM of CHILDREN

Español
El primer domingo de cada mes
despues de la Misa de la 11:00am
English
Last Sunday of each month
after 11:00am Mass

ANOINTING of the SICK

For those who are homebound, experiencing serious illness or upcoming surgery, kindly call the Parish and arrange a time for this Sacrament and, if desired, the Sacraments of Penance and Most Holy Eucharist

ORDER of CELEBRATING MATRIMONY

Information will be forthcoming shortly. In the meantime, kindly call the Parish

CONSECRATED LIFE and HOLY ORDERS

 
For women and men discerning a call to Consecrated Life, phone or email Sr Gabrielle Mary Braccio, RSM at the Archdiocesan Office for Consecrated Life
 
For men, married or single, discerning a call to be a Deacon, phone or email Msgr. Gregory Fairbanks at the School of Diaconal Formation
 
For men discerning a call to be a Priest, phone or email Fr. David Friel at the Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood


The Easter Season


O God,
Who on this day, through Your Only Begotten Son,
have conquered death
and unlocked for us the path to eternity,
grant, we pray, that we who keep
the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection
may, through the renewal brought by Your Spirit,
rise up in the light of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

As the Solemnity of Jesus’ Resurrection dawns, the Church enters a 50 day period of time known as the Easter Season. In the fourth-century, Saint Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria Egypt, described the Easter Season as “one great Sunday” celebrated in joy and exultation as one feast day marked by singing Alleluia! (Festival Letter) The mind-boggling reality of Jesus’ Resurrection can not be reduced to a one-day, yearly recall of a historical event lodged in the past. Jesus’ rising to new life shapes who each is as a believer in the present and will be the basis for each believer’s hope for eternal life. Honestly, we need more than 50 days for this to soak deeply into the fiber of our being.

The Easter Season is intimately linked to the Period of Postbaptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy in the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (Mystagogy comes from joining two Greek words that can be translated, “unfolding of the Mysteries” [in early Christianity, Mystery was the original word to refer to Sacrament]). The neophytes (those who were baptized, confirmed and received Holy Communion for the first time at the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night) enter this Season “to grow in deepening their grasp of the Paschal Mystery and in making it part of their lives through meditation on the Gospel, sharing in the Eucharist and doing works of charity.” (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults [1988], 244) Interestingly, the Church notes that this Season of growth involves the whole Christian community as well.

Ash Wednesday – Lent


Ash Wednesday Masses

6:30am, 8:45am and 7:00pm

Ash Wednesday Liturgy of the Word

12:05pm

Ashes, used to mark the Cross of Jesus on the forehead whether at one of the Parish Masses or at the Liturgy of the Word, are blessed and distributed after the proclamation of the Word of God. Receiving the Cross of Jesus on our foreheads is, most importantly, a response to His Sacred Word summoning each of us to ongoing and deeper conversion of heart, mind and body.

The marking of the Cross of Jesus on the forehead with ashes of last year’s burnt and blessed palm takes place only within Mass or the Liturgy of the Word. Whether within the Mass of Ash Wednesday or the Liturgy of the Word of Ash Wednesday, receiving the Cross of Jesus made with ash is a response to the Sacred Word of God that calls each person to conversion. This conversion is a change of heart, mind and body that aims, with the initiative and ongoing grace of Holy Spirit, to radiate the holiness of Baptism that has made each of us a child of God. This is the reason why ashes are imposed as a response to God’s Holy Word. Ashes in and of themselves are not magical. ‘Getting ashes’ without a willingness to become more like Jesus serves little to no purpose. In and of themselves, ashes cause nothing unless receiving the Cross of Jesus motivates one to seek — with Holy Spirit’s necessary assistance — a life more radically mirroring Jesus as revealed in His Gospels. Ash Wednesday is consequently a challenging and courageous moment in one’s life. Presenting oneself to allow the Cross of Jesus to be marked on the forehead is essentially saying to Jesus, ‘Yes, I am willing to become more like You by changing, with Your help, those areas of life that do not reflect You.’

Prior to participating in Ash Wednesday Mass or Ash Wednesday Liturgy of the Word, pondering the prayers and Scriptures presented below the photograph – with the Grace of Holy Spirit — can help one to be drawn more deeply into the Baptismal renewal that is at the heart of Lent.

In the coming weeks, more information concerning Lenten opportunities will be presented here on the parish website and in the Parish Bulletin.

Grant, O Lord,
that we may begin with holy fasting
this campaign of Christian service, so that,
as we take up battle against spiritual evils,
we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.

Daily Readings

O God,
Who desire not the death of sinners,
but their conversion,
mercifully hear our prayers and
in Your kindness be pleased to bless +
these ashes, which we intend to receive upon our heads,
that we, who acknowledge we are but ashes and
shall return to dust, may,
through a steadfast observance of Lent,
gain pardon for sins and newness of life
after the likeness of Your Risen Son.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Que el día de ayuno con el que iniciamos,
Señor, est Cuaresma, sea el principio
de una verdadera conversión a ti y que nuestros actos
de penitencia nos ayuden a vencer el espíritu del mal.
Por nuestro Señor Jesucristo, tu Hijo,
que vive y reina contigo en la unidad del Espíritu Santo
y es Dios por los siglos de los siglos.

Lecturas de Hoy

Señor Dios, que no quieres la muerete del pecador
sino su conversión,
escucha bondadosamente nuestras súplicas
y dígnate bendecir + esta ceniza,
que vamos a imponer sobre nuestra cabeza,
sabiendo que somos polvo y al polvo hemos de volver
y concédenos que,
por nuestro esfuerzo en las prácticas cuaresmales,
obtengamos el perdón de nuestros pecados
y una vida renovada a imagen de tu Hijo resucitado.
Él, que vive y reina por los siglos de los siglos.