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Mass Intentions for the coming week
|Sunday March 7||9:00am||Missa Pro Populo|
|Wednesday March 10||9:00am||+Repose of the Soul of Mary Carroll By Theresa Coady & Family|
|Friday March 12||9:00am||In Reparation for the sins committed by family members
By A Parishioner
Turn Away from sin and Follow the Gospel.
The three hallmarks of Lent are Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. As we begin this holy season of Lent, take a minute to reflect on how you will incorporate these three practices into your daily Lenten journey.
Lent is about accepting who we are. It’s acknowledging the bad news that is oftentimes in our hearts and in our world. It’s about confessing our fallenness. Lent is the season of self-honesty. It’s a time when we can put away the masks and bring down the facades. Lent opens a forum where we can admit to ourselves, and to those around us, that we are sinners and in need of divine help.
By acknowledging the sinfulness in our souls, such sinfulness loses its power over us. By confessing our sins, we realize their interior weakness and futility. By removing pride, our desire to hide or justify our sins – we are able to see a new way of life. We are able to see our dignity and true worth as the children of God and are shown the life-giving way of love and reconciliation. In this process, light dispels darkness, healing overcomes brokenness, and freedom vanquishes the slavery of sin. We are blessed with clarity of mind, integrity of heart, and liberty of will.
Lent is the season of confessions and of freedom in Jesus Christ. It’s the season of conversion and re-creation by grace.
March – month dedicated to St. Joseph
March is the month that Mother Church dedicates to St. Joseph. He is both the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the earthly father of Jesus. St. Joseph is also the model husband who listened to the will of God and devoted himself to care and provide for his wife and child.
From all eternity, Joseph was destined to be the spouse of the Blessed Virgin – they were truly married. Joseph was Mary’s husband, and she was his wife. Marriage is the most intimate of all unions between two human beings. It imparts a community of gifts between those joined together in matrimony. In giving Joseph the Blessed Virgin as his spouse, God appointed him to be not only her life’s companion, but also the witness of her virginity, the protector of her honor.
In the Liturgical Year, St. Joseph is recognized twice: spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Mar. 19) and as being the model of a good worker and provider for the Holy Family (May 1). St. Joseph led his family on the straight and narrow path to the glory of God.
John Paul II said, “Because St. Joseph is the protector of the Church, he is the guardian of the Eucharist and the Christian family. Therefore, we must turn to St. Joseph today to ward off attacks upon the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist and upon the family. We must plead with St. Joseph to guard the Eucharistic Lord and the Christian family during this time of peril.”
John Paul II, in his 1989 Apostolic Exhortation Redemptoris Custos (Guardian of the Redeemer), hoping “that all may grow in devotion to the Patron of the Universal Church and in love for the Savior whom he served in such an exemplary manner … In this way the whole Christian people not only will turn to St. Joseph with greater fervor and invoke his patronage with trust, but also will always keep before their eyes his humble, mature way of serving and of “taking part” in the plan of salvation.”
St. Joseph is the patron of the Universal Church and patron of the dying because Jesus and Mary were at his death bed. He is also the patron of fathers, of carpenters, and of social justice.