Question and Answer

Posted: Feb 28, 2017
During a CCD faculty workshop, we played a game that tested our knowledge of Catholic trivia. I was surprised to hear that Friday is still a day of abstinence. Is that true? If so, why do we eat meat?

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Sharing the February 26, 2017, Gospel With Children

Posted: Feb 27, 2017 | Category: Gospel Reflection,

Sharing the Gospel
God wants you to have clothes to wear. He wants you to have food to eat, too. But God does not want you to waste time worrying about your food or clothes. Put God's work first in your mind. Learn what God wants you to do. Be kind. Be helpful. God will take care of you.

God, help me to trust that you will give me what I need.

Something to Draw
Draw a picture of three flowers and birds that God takes care of.

Mission for the Week
Spend time together with your family reading a Bible story book.



Lenten Reminders

Posted: Feb 27, 2017

Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and Good Friday, April 14, 2017, are days of abstinence from meat and also days of fast, that is, limited to a single full meal. The other Fridays of the season of Lent are days of abstinence from meat. The law of abstinence binds all Catholics 14 years and older. The law of fasting binds all Catholics from their 18th birthday until their 59th birthday (canons 97 and 1252).With regard to Good Fri-day, the teaching of the Second Vatican Council should be recalled

Let the paschal fast be kept sacred. Let it be celebrated everywhere on Good Friday and, where possible, prolonged throughout Holy Saturday, so that the joys of the Sunday of the Resurrection may be attained with uplifted and clear mind (Constitution on the Liturgy, No. 110).

With regard to the obligatory days listed above, however, there are frequent questions about the degree of seriousness of the matter. The teaching of Pope John Paul II may be simp-ly paraphrased: the obligation to do penance is a serious one; the obligation to observe, as a whole or “substantially,” the penitential days specified by the Church is also serious. No one should be scrupulous in this regard; failure to observe an individual day of penance is not considered serious. People should seek to do more rather than less. Fast and abstinence on the days prescribed should be considered a minimum re-sponse to the Lord’s call to penance and conversion.

Reminder: The collection taken up on ASH WEDNESDAY will aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe This special collection supports seminaries, social service programs, youth ministry, pastoral centers, schools, church construction and renovation, and the spreading of the Gospel message through Catholic mass media.

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Gospel Reflection for February 26, 2017

Posted: Feb 26, 2017 | Category: Gospel Reflection,

Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?" No, indeed we can't. But evidence does suggest that worrying can subtract time from our life span! Clearly, we are not meant to worry. It's not healthy and it's not useful. But for many of us, it's quite difficult not to be anxious and concerned about matters that are important to us. So what is the secret to letting go of this unnecessary anxiety?

Jesus gives us an answer in today's Gospel. "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides." In other words, our focus should be on being faithful followers of God. When we put our trust in the providence of the One who "clothes the grass of the field," and stop trying to rely on our own (meager) powers, then things will be taken care of: "Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all."

Part of the secret here, of course, is coming to ac-cept God's will for us, even when it doesn't perfectly match what we may have been envisioning. There is a kind of surrender involved that puts God's plan first. Instead of getting worked up that things aren't going our way, this kind of reliance upon God enables us to relax and accept the way things are going. The great spiritual writer, Jean-Pierre de Caussade, put it well in his work, Abandonment to Divine Providence, when he said, "To escape the distress caused by regret for the past or fear about the future, this is the rule to follow: leave the past to the infinite mercy of God, the future to His good Providence, give the present wholly to His love by being faithful to His grace." God takes care of the birds, the flowers, even the grass! He will also take care of us.



Did You Know

Posted: Feb 24, 2017

In the Parish Office Building, we have a “medical supply room” . It was the concept of our local EMTs who approached Fr. Pat about having a place where people could borrow medical equipment such as walkers, canes, crutches, wheelchairs, shower seats, bedside commodes, etc. Also, it gives people a place to drop off these items that they are no longer using.

Before you go out and purchase one of these things, just call the Parish Office first. Chances are, we have one that is just sitting around waiting to be used.

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