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5th Sunday of Lent

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Happy and Blessed 5th Sunday of Lent!

While at the beginning Lent can look long, it seems to fly by!  We are already starting the 5th Sunday of Lent!  Next Sunday is Palm/Passion Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week!

GOSPEL John 8:1-11
Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”

The Gospel of the Lord! Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

3rd week of Lent and the Annunciation!

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Wow the 3rd week of Lent already!

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11
R. (8a and 9a) Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Holocausts or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, “Behold I come.”
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
“In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!”
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
Your justice I kept not hid within my heart;
your faithfulness and your salvation I have spoken of;
I have made no secret of your kindness and your truth
in the vast assembly.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

Gospel
Lk 1:26-38
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

The Gospel of the Lord! Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

Every year at some point during Lent; well okay if Easter is early, then the beginning of Easter Season; we have the Feast of the Annunciation!  It can seem out of place in Lent, but it is not.  It reminds us why we have Lent. Namely so Jesus could die and rise and save us from our sins.  Jesus came to us in a human family, grew up, was thought to be of human estate.  But I see something else in here; the willingness to be open and obedient to God.  Not only in Mary, but in Jesus too.  Mary said Yes to God, when the angel Gabriel came to her.  Jesus, the 2nd person of the Most Holy Trinity also said yes “Though He was in the form of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at. Rather, He emptied Himself and took the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men. He was known to be of human estate.” Philippians 2:6-7

 

2nd Sunday of Lent

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Happy 2nd Sunday of Lent and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14.
R. (1a) The Lord is my light and my salvation.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Hear, O LORD, the sound of my call; have pity on me, and answer me.
Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Your presence, O LORD, I seek.
Hide not your face from me; do not in anger repel your servant. You are my helper: cast me not off.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Gospel
Lk 9:28b-36
Jesus took Peter, John, and James  and went up the mountain to pray.
While he was praying his face changed in appearance  and his clothing became dazzling white.
And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah,  who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus
that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep,
but becoming fully awake,  they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here;
let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen.

The Gospel of the Lord! Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

Today is also St. Patrick’s Day.  I think sometimes we get so caught up in the celebration that we forget what we are celebrating and why we are celebrating.  The conversion of a nation to Christianity, the sending out a lot of missionaries.  This was thanks to St. Patrick.  He teaches us to use common things to explain a mystery.  A 3 leaf clover for example to explain the Holy Trinity.  3 leaves 1 clover; 3 persons 1 God.

1st Sunday of Lent

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Welcome to the 1st Sunday of Lent!  How is your Lent so far?  Mine is challenging to say the least, but I keep going for the Easter Season!

I’m doing Psalms this time so here is the Responsorial Psalm for the 1st Sunday of Lent along with the Gospel!  When we read both we see the connection!

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15.
R. (cf. 15b) Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.
You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
say to the LORD, “My refuge and fortress,
my God in whom I trust.”
R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.
No evil shall befall you,
nor shall affliction come near your tent,
For to his angels he has given command about you,
that they guard you in all your ways.
R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.
Upon their hands they shall bear you up,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the asp and the viper;
you shall trample down the lion and the dragon.
R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.
Because he clings to me, I will deliver him;
I will set him on high because he acknowledges my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in distress;
I will deliver him and glorify him.
R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.

Gospel
Lk 4:1-13
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan  and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil.
He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry.
The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God,  command this stone to become bread.”
Jesus answered him, “It is written, One does not live on bread alone.”
Then he took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant.
The devil said to him, “I shall give to you all this power and glory;
for it has been handed over to me,  and I may give it to whomever I wish.
All this will be yours, if you worship me.”
Jesus said to him in reply,”It is written:
You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve.”
Then he led him to Jerusalem,  made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him,
“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written:
He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,
and:
With their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “It also says,
You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”
When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.

The Gospel of the Lord! Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

Temptations!  They are always trouble! Just as Jesus was tempted and triumphed over the devil, we too are tempted.  We too can resist temptation with the help of the Sacraments, Mother Mary and the Saints!  Sometimes we don’t like to admit that we are tempted, because then we have to admit that we sin.  In times of temptation it is always a good thing to know and recall scripture and to call upon our Lord and His Mother to help us as they too triumphed over temptation.  I’ve heard some people say “Jesus was the God Man and Mary didn’t have Original Sin, so of course they withstood temptation.  Let’s not forget that Adam and Eve and all the Angels in heaven also were created without Original Sin.  Due to Adam and Eve we have Original Sin and the need for Sacraments!  The Angels while not human, were all good to begin with, and according to scripture 1/3 of them fell from God’s grace. (Rev. 12:4) The Saints were all born with Original Sin and they are proof that we can make it too!  When you are hungry, satisfy your hunger with the Word of God and Prayer!

Friday after Ash Wednesday

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Responsorial Psalm
Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19
R. (19b) A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.”
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
For you are not pleased with sacrifices;
should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

I love how this psalm reminds us that we are sinners and need to be cleansed!  That we need to have a contrite heart and seek forgiveness on a regular basis.

Thursday of Lent

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Responsorial Psalm
Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
R. (40:5a) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

In our Lenten journey, let us work on not following the ways of the wicked.  Let us work on being the man who is Blessed, one who can be followed, who can introduce others to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Ash Wednesday the beginning of Lent!

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Responsorial Psalm
Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17
R. (see 3a) Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.”
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Feast of the Presentation of Jesus and Day of Consicrated Life

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Today it is 40 days after Christmas!  Today we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, Candlemass; World day of Consecrated Life.

February 2, 2019 (Celebrated in Parishes February 2-3)
In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.

Today’s Gospel is from Luke 2:22-39:

22And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, 28he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 29″Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; 30for mine eyes have seen thy salvation 31which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel.” 33And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; 34and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against 35(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.” 36And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phan’u-el, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity, 37and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. 39And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

The Gospel of the Lord! Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

Have a Blessed Weekend!

A very Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday Jesus!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus!

I have always loved this Solemnity and I have great memories of it throughout the years!  While we put up the tree and my dad loved to play Santa Clause whenever needed at a church function; Midnight Mass was the main attraction!  And yes I do remember Midnight Mass as a child, Immaculate Conception in Omaha being the ones I remember best even though the last one I attended there were 1976 at age 7.  In my teen years I was organist at Christmas Eve and Midnight Mass at St. Jude’s and St. Elizabeth’s in Florida.  Of course last night at St. Mary’s Cathedral in GI was also memorable.  

For most of the children in the home who have never celebrated Christmas with us, it is a new experience.  It can also be a sad and emotional time, if separated from siblings or this being the first time away from family at Christmas.  Sometimes Christmas wasn’t pleasant.  I always pray that the baby Jesus bring them healing, peace and joy on His birthday and throughout the Christmas Season!  Christmas Eve Mass is new to them and we do pictures by the Creche and trees in Church after Mass.  I go back for Midnight Mass while my mom and the children sleep!

Christmas day we stay home and relax and build positive memories.  Stockings are at each persons place at the table and those are explored first!  Then over to the Christmas Tree where there are presents for everyone, pets included!

Then Christmas Breakfast and I work on Christmas dinner while the children enjoy their new toys!  Usually play outside sometime and close the day with a light supper and 1 decade of the 3rd Joyful Mystery!  Of course there is birthday cake for dessert!

Yes, we do teach the children how to properly use breakable dishes!  This doesn’t stifle the children, but is a tangible way for them to learn that there are things that are special and we use special dishes for those special meals!  Helps to reinforce that they are special and need to be treated with care and respect; as well taking care of our things and the things around us; as they are gifted to our use by the Trinity!

I love the image of going to Bethlehem and seeing baby Jesus in the manger with Mary and Joseph, the animals, shepherds and angels!  I always nice to imagine getting to hold baby Jesus!

May the Christ Child bless you and your family this Christmas Season!

Sister Catherine

 

 

1st Sunday of Advent

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The beginning of Advent is the beginning of the Church Year!  So Happy New Year as well!

We started our Jesse Tree a few days early this year, being that the 4th week of Advent is so short.  I ‘ve learned that the children in the home don’t do so well with doing 7 bible stories and coloring 7 ornaments in 2 days.  This way once we get to the 4th week of Advent we should be at about the right place to finish up on time.  On Christmas Eve our Jesse Tree becomes a second Christmas Tree.

The 1st Reading and Gospel for Today:

Reading 1
Jer 33:14-16
The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah.
In those days, in that time,
I will raise up for David a just shoot ; he shall do what is right and just in the land.
In those days Judah shall be safe and Jerusalem shall dwell secure; this is what they shall call her:
“The LORD our justice.”

Gospel
Lk 21:25-28, 34-36
Jesus said to his disciples:
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Some Saints this week:

St. Francis Xavier, St. John Damascene, St. Peter Chrysologus, St. Nicholas, The Immaculate Conception!  We have already watched the DVD on St. Nicholas and will put up stockings for Dec. 6th rather than shoes.