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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Announcements from our bulletin of February 26, 2017

Mass Schedule:

  • 7:00am, 8:30am 12:00noon and 6:00pm English;
  • 8:00pm Spanish.

Whenever we make the effort to return to the source and to recover the original freshness of the Gospel, new avenues arise, new paths of creativity open up, with different forms of expression, more eloquent signs and words with new meaning for today’s world. The Joy of the Gospel.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and we begin something that puts us totally out of step with modern life and culture. We are set apart because we give serious thought to things that our world refuses to consider. In fact, the world around us seems dedicated to distracting us from those things on which we must reflect.

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” These words, the words we must consider are traditionally spoken on Ash Wednesday. Ashes mark our foreheads, reminding us of our vulnerability, our frail nature, our weakness, mortality and our sin. We are free to do this because we know that the season of Lent leads us to the Festival of the Resurrection. Out of weakness, strength emerges. Out of death, comes Resurrection.

Lord help us to remember that we are dust. By your death and resurrection give us the strength to live a new life. Amen

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat on Fridays are binding upon Catholics from age 14 onwards.

In a particular way during Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy that "remind us that faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbors in body and spirit."

"Lent is a favourable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ."-- Pope Francis, Message for Lent 2017. . .

Take inspiration for your Lenten journey from prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms. The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. In Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.

The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

We Give Thanks for all our St John Neumann Parish families that have given So generously to ABCD! YOU are A Prayer for Change A Voice for Hope Because you heard A Cry for Help!

  • Abdella Family, Barbara
  • Alvarez Family, Leonella
  • Avila Family, Sal & Lydia
  • Bossick Family, James & Mariela
  • Broder Family, Karen
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