Practice of Faith:
Today we enter the most sacred week of our year of faith—
Holy Week. This Sunday, we begin by remembering the
sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf with his Death on the
Walk the Stations of the Cross this week, Friday,
April 18th at 12:30 PM. Reflect on your Lenten journey
and the costs of discipleship that you have experienced.
Mark the Triduum celebrations on your household
calendar and make all necessary arrangements to
attend the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday,
the Celebration of our Lord’s Passion on Good
Friday and the Easter Vigil on Saturday or East Sunday
Mass. (see schedule below)
Think of Holy Week and the Triduum as a weeklong
retreat during which we witness and ponder the
greatest mysteries of our faith. On Easter Sunday, we
will renew our baptismal promises. Prepare to make
them again with a unwavering heart
HOLY WEEK SERVICES
April 17th, 18th & 19th
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday of Holy Week
are known in Latin as the Triduum, it simply
means “The three days.” They are the central
days in the Christian calendar, which
celebrate Christ’s saving death and Resurrection.
Every Catholic should feel a strong
desire to celebrate these services, for the renewal
of their spirits in Christ.
Holy Thursday, April 17th, Mass at 7 PM
Good Friday, April 18th, Service at 7 PM
Easter Vigil, April 19th, Mass at 7:30 PM
(click here to read) LENTEN MESSAGE OF OUR HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
OF THE GOSPEL
"The joy of the gospel" ~Pope Francis "Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others.
God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades". ~Pope Francis
DID YOU KNOW?
Re-discover the fullness of your Catholic Faith
I grew up Catholic, but for some reason I just sort of stopped
going to Church…
I just moved to a new city, I tried going to a couple different parishes, but I never really felt welcomed...
After my marriage ended, I felt uncomfortable around my family, friends and parish…
I just don't understand why the Church teaches what it does! Some teachings seem so outdated…
What We Believe
"Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last, the beginning and the end of everything. The Credo begins with God the Father, for the Father is the first divine person of the Most Holy Trinity; our Creed begins with the creation of heaven and earth, for creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God's works."
---the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 198
Catholic belief is succinctly expressed in the profession of faith or credo called the Nicene Creed:
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Understanding The Bible
By Mary Elizabeth Sperry,
The Bible is all around us. People hear Scripture readings in church. We have Good Samaritan (Luke 10) laws, welcome home the Prodigal Son (Luke 15), and look for the Promised Land (Exodus 3, Hebrews 11). Some biblical passages have become popular maxims, such as "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Matthew 7:12)," "Thou shalt not steal (Exodus 20:15), and "love thy neighbor" (Matthew 22:39).
Today's Catholic is called to take an intelligent, spiritual approach to the bible.
Listed here are 10 points for fruitful Scripture reading.
1. Bible reading is for Catholics. The Church encourages Catholics to make reading the Bible part of their daily prayer lives. Reading these inspired words, people grow deeper in their relationship with God and come to understand their place in the community God has called them to in himself.
2. Prayer is the beginning and the end. Reading the Bible is not like reading a novel or a history book. It should begin with a prayer asking the Holy Spirit to open our hearts and minds to the Word of God. Scripture reading should end with a prayer that this Word will bear fruit in our lives, helping us to become holier and more faithful people.
3. Get the whole story! When selecting a Bible, look for a Catholic edition. A Catholic edition will include the Church's complete list of sacred books along with introductions and notes for understanding the text. A Catholic edition will have an imprimatur notice on the back of the title page. An imprimatur indicates that the book is free of errors in Catholic doctrine.
4. The Bible isn't a book. It's a library. The Bible is a collection of 73 books written over the course of many centuries. The books include royal history, prophecy, poetry, challenging letters to struggling new faith communities, and believers' accounts of the preaching and passion of Jesus. Knowing the genre of the book you are reading will help you understand the literary tools the author is using and the meaning the author is trying to convey.
5. Know what the Bible is – and what it isn't. The Bible is the story of God's relationship with the people he has called to himself. It is not intended to be read as history text, a science book, or a political manifesto. In the Bible, God teaches us the truths that we need for the sake of our salvation.
6. The sum is greater than the parts. Read the Bible in context. What happens before and after – even in other books – helps us to understand the true meaning of the text.
7. The Old relates to the New. The Old Testament and the New Testament shed light on each other. While we read the Old Testament in light of the death and resurrection of Jesus, it has its own value as well. Together, these testaments help us to understand God's plan for human beings.
8. You do not read alone. By reading and reflecting on Sacred Scripture, Catholics join those faithful men and women who have taken God's Word to heart and put it into practice in their lives. We read the Bible within the tradition of the Church to benefit from the holiness and wisdom of all the faithful.
9. What is God saying to me? The Bible is not addressed only to long-dead people in a faraway land. It is addressed to each of us in our own unique situations. When we read, we need to understand what the text says and how the faithful have understood its meaning in the past. In light of this understanding, we then ask: What is God saying to me?
10. Reading isn't enough. If Scripture remains just words on a page, our work is not done. We need to meditate on the message and put it into action in our lives. Only then can the word be "living and effective." (Hebrews 4:12).
What is Evangelization?
Evangelizing means bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation and seeking to convert individuals and society by the divine power of the Gospel itself.
The simplest way to say what evangelization means is to follow Pope Paul VI, whose message On Evangelization in the Modern World has inspired so much recent thought and activity in the Church. We can rephrase his words to say that evangelizing means bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation and seeking to convert individuals and society by the divine power of the Gospel itself. At its essence are the proclamation of salvation in Jesus Christ and the response of a person in faith, which are both works of the Spirit of God.
Evangelization must always be directly connected to the Lord Jesus Christ. "There is no true evangelization if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the Kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God are not proclaimed." Excerpt from Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States.
WEEKLY IN OUR PARISH
Weekday Mass: Monday–Wednesday 7:00 AM
Morning Prayer:Monday – Wednesday 6:35 AM
Communal Recitation of the Rosary:Mondays at 6:30 PM
Feast: September 29
St. Michael, who ranks among the seven archangels,
is also one of the three angels mentioned by name in the Scriptures, the others being St. Raphael and St. Gabriel.
St. Michael is spoken of twice in the Old Testament, and twice in the New.
The name Michael is a variation of Micah, meaning in Hebrew, "Who is like God?"
St. Michael is the Patron Saint of: of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police, and sickness.
WEEKLY IN THE PARISH
Morning Prayer: Monday – Wednesday, 6:30 AM
Communal Recitation of the Rosary: Mondays at 6:30 PM