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In Wednesday's first reading at Mass (Isaiah 49:8-15; Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent), the prophet promises God’s people that they have not been forgotten. He assures them that—despite all apparent indications to the contrary—God regards them with the tender affection of a mother; he will save them, protect and provide for them, lead and comfort them. They have not been forsaken.
“In a time of favor,” Isaiah foretells, God will say to the prisoners, “Come out!” To those in darkness, “Show yourselves!”
In the most immediate and literal sense, God kept this promise. The Babylonian exiles to whom the prophet was speaking were freed and allowed to return to Jerusalem.
However, God’s tender affection did not end then and there. Isaiah’s words are true in a much more timeless, figurative sense. They apply to us today just as much as they did to the ancient Israelites.
In Wednesday's Gospel reading (John 5:17-30), Jesus echoes the prophet’s words: “The hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. … The hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and will come out.”
Later in the same Gospel (John 11), Jesus demonstrates that he was not kidding around. In raising his friend Lazarus from the dead, he fulfills Isaiah’s prophecy once again by shouting: “Lazarus, come out!” And when the dead man stumbles out of his tomb, wrapped up in burial cloths, Jesus tells the astonished crowed, “Untie him and let him go.”
More is going on here than a simple prefiguring of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and his promise that his disciples will share in that resurrection (though that is certainly part of it). Resurrection and new life are not only things we await while enduring the trials of this life – some kind of future prize. They also are available to us here and now – just as they were to the Babylonian exiles and to Lazarus. As Jesus says in John 10, “I came so that they [all of us] might have life and have it more abundantly.”
In one way or another, we are all imprisoned in darkness or entombed by life-stripping circumstances, attitudes, or habits. To each one of us, Jesus calls: “Sue…Gary…Richard…Alicia…Theresa…Terrelle…Michael…Candace……Come out!”
This Lenten season, here are some good questions to ask ourselves: “Do I hear his voice? Am I willing to step out of the darkness and into the light—into life? Can I not only respond to the voice of Jesus calling, but also allow others to untie me and let me go—so that I, in turn, may then do the same for the other Lazaruses of this world?”
As St. Paul writes (2 Corinthians 6:2), “Now is a very acceptable time; now is the day of salvation.” ... See MoreSee Less
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Dr. Mary McCullough will present a doctors view of the suffering Jesus endured during his death. We will reflect on Jesus' sacrifice for us. (This is not intended for children to attend).
The Physical Death of Jesus
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March 26 - "The Physical Death of Jesus" presented by Dr. Mary McCullough, 7:00 p.m.
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March 29 - Holy Thursday, 7:00 pm
March 30 - Good Friday, 3:00 pm
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The Catholic Apostolate Center invites you to join us in wishing a Happy Anniversary to Pope Francis! March 13 will mark his 5th anniversary as Pope. In the last 5 years, Pope Francis has brought a wonderful enthusiasm to the life of the Church. Through encyclicals and exhortations, apostolic visits all over the world - including to the United States - multiple World Youth Days, and many displays of mercy and words of spiritual advice through tweets and homilies, Pope Francis has revealed an excellent model for reviving faith, rekindling charity, and forming apostles. ... See MoreSee Less
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First Friday Mass, March 2, 7:15 a.m. (not noon, as listed in bulletin.) ... See MoreSee Less
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Rite of Election February 18, 2018. ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is Ash Wednesday! Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, an important season in the Catholic Church of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. Ash Wednesday falls 46 days before Easter, which changes each year. Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass on this day to mark the beginning of the Lenten season.
The ashes used on Ash Wednesday are made by the burning of palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday. They are administered on the forehead in the sign of a cross, and receiving them with humility is a sign of penance.
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.
Fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday means we can have only one full, meatless meal. Some food can be taken at the other regular meal times if necessary, but combined they should be less than a full meal. Liquids are allowed at any time, but no solid food should be consumed between meals. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.
Regarding what is classified as "meat" - here is what the United States Conference for Catholic Bishops site says:
Abstinence laws consider that meat comes only from animals such as chickens, cows, sheep or pigs --- all of which live on land. Birds are also considered meat. Abstinence does not include meat juices and liquid foods made from meat. Thus, such foods as chicken broth, consomme, soups cooked or flavored with meat, meat gravies or sauces, as well as seasonings or condiments made from animal fat are technically not forbidden. However, moral theologians have traditionally taught that we should abstain from all animal-derived products (except foods such as gelatin, butter, cheese and eggs, which do not have any meat taste). Fish are a different category of animal. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, (cold-blooded animals) and shellfish are permitted.
Beginning with Ash Wednesday and all through Lent, we are invited to live with a greater commitment to prayer, sacrifice and charity to prepare our souls for the holiest Feast of the year, Easter Sunday.
Wishing you all a beautiful Lenten season! <3 ... See MoreSee Less
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