Monday, March 20, 2017

The Righteous and Patron St. Joseph: Monday, March 20th, 2017 (St. Joseph)

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

“Joseph…he was a righteous man…”
·      “…yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly.”
·      His message from the angel
·      “When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.”
No written for his voice in the Bible
·      He protected Mary and Jesus
·      He taught his “adopted son” in his job
·      At some point he died
Patron of the Universal Church, unborn children, fathers, workers, travelers, immigrants, and a happy death


The Dead Sea vs. the Sea of Galilee: Monday, March 13th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Dead Sea
·      Shrinking and shrinking
·      Water comes in but does not leave
Sea of Galilee
·      Water comes in and leaves
·      Fresh
·      Life: fish, birds, grass, trees, etc.
Listen to Jesus words today:
·      "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.  "Stop judging and you will not be judged.  Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.  Forgive and you will be forgiven.  Give and gifts will be given to you…”

How do we give alms, prayers and fasting to show the spiritual lives around us?

Focused Readings in Mass during Lent: 2nd Sunday of Lent

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

1.)   Genesis: "Go forth…Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father's house to a land that I will show you.”
·      God called Abraham
o   He had a mission…a job…a vocation
·      Where are you called to go?
o   A parishioner right now is in a different country to serve their teeth!
o   Where are you now?  Where does God want you?
o   Teacher, doctor, sister, priest?
o   Go forth!
2.)   Matthew (Transfiguration): “Rise, and do not be afraid.”
·      Peter, James and John
o   Divine image
o   I imagine it was both cool, but terrifying
o   Angels are terrifying
o   God could be terrifying
·      Where ever we are called to go, God will be with us
·      Do not be afraid!
3.)   2 Timothy: “Bear your share of hardship…for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.”
·      Whatever happen to us, we will each have hardships
·      We are not perfect
·      Mind, body and soul are not perfect
·      Flu—fragile
·      Some can’t speak…some can’t see…some are dying
·      Hardships are normal…so where do we put this?
Finally, a reminder for these three areas to always remember a last passage:
·      “…but now made manifest through the appearance of our savior Christ Jesus, who destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”



Parish Bulletin Article: "Forgiven and 40 Hours": 3-12-17

Love your neighbor…
Feed the hungry…
As Lent is packed for different ways to grow with our Lord, here are a few more tidbits.
We will be using a four-week model to see both a video and have a conversation with each other.  We will gather on Wednesday mornings (March 15th, 22nd, 29th and April 5th) at 8:30am to check out “Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession”. 
Here is the goal through the Augustine Institute: “Forgiven explores the grace and healing offered in Confession and shows how this sacrament of mercy reveals the depth and bounty of God’s love.  By looking at God’s revelation of his mercy in Scripture and making a step-by-step examination of the Rite itself, Forgiven communicates God’s invitation to each one of us to come experience his indescribable love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.”
If you are unable to gather our Wednesday mornings during Lent, please watch the Forgiven series through the free program FORMED.  Each of these clips take 30 minutes which is much quicker than television or sports during Lent.  This may offer you some powerful encouragement to grow or even come back to confession.
We are also finishing the last details for our 40 hours for Eucharistic Adoration weekend—March 31st-April 2nd.  Keep following the information through the bulletin.
Keep focusing your spiritual life during these 40 days of Lent!

God Bless!

Teaching Mass (Sections in order #1-#5) on Wednesday, March 8th

Listen to the Teaching Mass through the sections below.  I hope you enjoy it!

Section #1: Talk before Mass and the priest's clothes;
Section #2: Homily;
Section #3: Information and Intercessions;
Section #4: Preparation for the Altar (there is no recording for the Eucharistic part of Mass);
Section #5: Question and Answers

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Forgiveness through Dynamic Catholic: Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:
Dynamic Catholic parish champion program

“…forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

"If you forgive men their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”


Love our neighbor and feed the hungry: Monday, March 6th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Love our neighbor…feed the hungry
·      Here is how God leads these ideas

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me.'

'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did

for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'