Welcome to the Catholic Community of Sacred Heart
...a people worshiping and growing in faith. We welcome you and your family to our parish and we hope that you will find a "home" with us --and that as we grow in God's Spirit we may help one another experience the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Help a Fellow Catholic
Jean Falor is looking for a part-time caregiver. She can pay up to $12.50 an hour. Please call her only in the afternoons at 443-0178.
Church Doors and Security
For security reasons the only door that will be open will be the northern door on the east side of the church (Chapel door).
Please pray for our children preparing for their First Confession this Monday
Anayeli Arista, Christopher Barroso, Paola Benitez, Brian Cervantez, Jesus Cervantes, Yaqueline Chavez, Angelina Conant, Marco A Cruz, Salma Dominguez, Mareli Garcia, Naomi Garcia, Victoria Heiser,Diego Hernandez, Calvin Houk, , Jonathan King, Brianna Lopez, Danica Macias, Gloria Macias, Daniel Manzo, Angel Mendez, Cinthia Mendez, Luis Mendoza, Erick Miguel, Isaiah Moore, Madcen Murillo, Jonathan Nieto, Luna M Ortega, Alex Ortiz, Maite Ortiz, Justin Patino, Arianna Pena, Amarica Paola Quevedo, Brenda Quevedo, David Quevedo, Kimberlyn Ramirez, Nelsy Ramirez, Owen Richards,Brian Rodriguez, Joselin Rojas, Luis Romero, Eva Rutledge, Jair Sanchez, Karen Sicarios, Kevin Sicarios, Kimberly Silva, Juan Alberto Valdovinos, Stephanie Valdovinos, Roberto Vasquez, Adrian Vielma, Cristal Vielma and others not yet available.
Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. Since the earliest times of the Church, there is evidence of some kind of Lenten preparation for Easter. Although the practices may have evolved over the centuries, the focus remains the same: to repent of sin, to renew our faith and to prepare to celebrate joyfully the mysteries of our salvation. Moreover, an emphasis must be placed on performing spiritual works, like attending the Stations of the Cross, attending Mass, making a weekly holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament, taking time for personal prayer and spiritual reading and most especially making a good confession and receiving sacramental absolution.
Tuesday’s at 7:00 pm in Rm 8 at Sacred Heart Parish Center
IGNATIAN PRAYER AND IMAGINATION OF THE SUNDAY READINGS DURING LENT
Ignatius presents a way of imagining in his Spiritual Exercises. He asks us to “enter into the vision of God.” We place ourselves fully within a story from the Gospels. We become onlooker-participants and give full rein to our imagination. Jesus is speaking to a blind man at the side of the road. We feel the hot Mediterranean sun beating down. We smell the dust kicked up by the passersby. We feel the itchy clothing we’re wearing, the sweat rolling down our brow, a rumble of hunger. We see the desperation in the blind man’s face and hear the wail of hope in his words. We note the irritation of the disciples. Above all we watch Jesus—the way he walks, his gestures, the look in his eyes, the expression on his face. We hear him speak the words that are recorded in the Gospel. We go on to imagine other words he might have spoken and other deeds he might have done. Struggles of finding a shelter, the poverty, the thirst, the hunger, the cold, the insults that meet the arrival of God-with-us.” In the course of the Exercises, Ignatius proposes many such scenes from the Gospels for imaginative.
February 22, 2015 - The First Sunday of Lent
The Test of Honor Since scholars recognize Mark’s as the earliest of the Gospels, his simple version of the Temptation of Jesus is also considered the primitive report which Matthew and Luke embellished by creating three specific temptations.
From the Mediterranean cultural perspective, the temptation of Jesus by Satan is inevitable after the honorable tribute by the voice from heaven at Jesus’ baptism: “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” Every claim to honor is sure to be tested. Someone will try to prove that the compliment was false.
Though Mark does not report Jesus’ response to the testing, the reader can assume that Jesus successfully defends his honor as pleasing and beloved Son. Remember that the opening verse of this Gospel established Jesus’ claim to honor: “The beginning of the proclamation of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God” (Mk 1:1).
Then we note that Jesus left his kinship network in Nazareth of Galilee to meet with John in the wilderness where Jesus subsequently finds himself apparently alone with Satan. The Mediterranean reader realizes that without his kinship network. Jesus is particularly vulnerable to attack by anyone and everyone until reminded that “the angels waited on him” Of course! The Son of God has a different kinship network which does not abandon him. With such help, Jesus certainly defended his honor successfully against Satan’s tests.
Jesus and John Perhaps because of the brevity of Mark’s account of the temptation, the gospel selection for this cycle includes the subsequent verses which describe how Jesus initiates his ministry. Jesus’ growing experience of success in healing and exorcism persuaded him to undertake a separate ministry, and John’s arrest was the appropriate time to begin. .Mark summarizes and simplifies this development: Jesus was baptized by John and successfully defended his honor against Satan. When John was arrested, Jesus initiated his ministry, and only then went about recruiting followers for his faction. Such behavior is perfectly honorable, as one would expect from none other than the Son of God.
Loyalty, commitment, solidarity—this is the cluster of values that Jesus invites his followers to embrace. Primarily, of course, these values should be directed to the God of Israel, whether in the midst of a storm (Mk 4:40), when seeking a healing from Jesus, God’s prophet (Mk 5:34; 10:52), or at any other time. Jesus himself is praised for his loyalty (Heb 3:1-3) and obedience to God (Heb 5:8). Mark would very likely second Matthew’s challenge: “Stay loyal to God and do not hesitate in your loyalty” (Mk 21:21)
CURRENT LENTEN DISCIPLINE AS FOLLOWS:
All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat.
- The law of abstinence from meat applies to all persons 14 years of age and older. However, it is highly recommended that children from ages 7 to 14 years also follow the law of abstinence.
- All Catholics are encouraged to receive Holy Eucharist frequently during Lent and to receive the Sacrament of Penance so that all may be prepared to celebrate more fully the paschal mystery. Those who have received their first Holy Communion are to receive Holy Communion during the Easter season.
Lenten materials are available for free in the vestibule of the church.
Next weekend we will have the financials of the parish published for 2014 to see where the money came in and where it went out.
We need to ask ourselves: what are we doing in our journey of Lent? Are we being more generous of our time, talents, and treasures? Translated this means: are we being more generous of our money to charitable causes? Are we praying more? Finally, are we assisting the poor, needy, and the lonely?
Lost on a rainy Lenten Friday night, a priest stumbles into a monastery and requests shelter there. Fortunately, he's just in time for dinner and was treated to the best fish and chips he's ever had. After dinner, he goes into the kitchen to thank the chefs.
He is met by two brothers, "Hello, I'm Brother Michael, and this is Brother Francis."
"I'm very pleased to meet you. I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful dinner. The fish and chips were the best I've ever tasted. Out of curiosity, who cooked what?"
Brother Michael replied, "Well, I'm the fish friar."
Father turns to the other brother and says, "Then you must be....""Yes, I'm afraid I'm the chip monk..."
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