7:30 am - St. Joseph
12:15 pm - St. Bernard
5:30 pm - Sacred Heart: English Language Mass
7:00 pm - Sacred Heart: Spanish Language Mass
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Abstinence from meat is observed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent by all Catholics 14 years and older. Fasting is observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted as necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. From its earliest days, the Church has urged the baptized and catechumens to observe the threefold discipline of fasting, almsgiving and prayer as a preparation for the celebration of Easter. Failure to observe individual days of penance is not considered serious, but failure to observe any penitential days at all or a substantial number of such days must be considered serious.
Little Johnny quarreled with his younger brother Jimmy. At bedtime their mother told Johnny that he needed to forgive his brother before he went to sleep. Johnny had no intention of doing so. “No” he said with a firm voice. Mother tried to persuade Johhny, she said “What if your brother Jimmy should die tonight; how would you feel the rest of your life?” Little Johnny gave in and said: “All right, I forgive him, but if he is alive in the morning I’ll get even with him!” Jesus is giving us a challenging teaching about forgiveness and compassion in today’s Gospel and thus asks us to be perfect, just as our heavenly Father is perfect.
We are indeed called to imitate God. We quite often read car bumper stickers that state “God is love.” Absolutely God is love and He offers unconditional love to everyone: “For He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Jesus challenges us when He says that we should love even our enemies. Such love is possible only when we are infused with the theological virtue of charity that enables us to see everyone (even those who wrong us) as a divine image and a temple of the Holy Spirit.
When wronged, let not anger and a desire for vengeance take us over, rather clemency and meekness.Thomas Aquinas associates this with the virtue of temperance, which deals with the governance of our excessive desires. Clemency moderates “exterior punishment,” that is, the desire to take vengeance with excessive harm. Meekness diminishes the interior passion of excessive anger,thereby providing an interior peace.
This week we are going to enter into the Lenten Season and it is very appropriate to lift up in prayer those who have wronged us.
- Fr. Bernard
Pope Francis is calling on the faithful not to let the Lenten season of grace pass in vain, and to live as children of God acknowledging and obeying His law, in particular in regards to our brothers and sisters and to creation.
In his Message for Lent 2020, Pope Francis points to the paschal mystery – the mystery of Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection – as the basis of conversion. The Message bears the title "We implore you on behalf of Christ: be reconciled to God", a quote from St Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians.
Click here to read Pope Francis's Lenten Message.
St. Ignatius of Loyola developed The Spiritual Exercises to provide the opportunity to come to a deeper “interior knowledge of Our Lord who became human for me, that I may love him more intensely and follow him more closely.” Through contemplation of Jesus in his human life, this process beckons one to a deeper relationship with Jesus and a better sense of direction for one’s life and what God desires. Beginning this Lent and given over a period of eight weeks, this introduction to The Spiritual Exercises provides different prayer forms and a weekly faith-sharing meeting. An open heart with commitment to daily prayer and weekly gatherings is essential, and if possible, a $25 donation to cover books and expenses would be appreciated. Space is limited. For more information, please contact Ann Lynch 707-443-6741.
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