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March 12, 2017 – 2nd Sunday of Lent

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March 12, 2017

2nd Sunday of Lent

 

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

 

 

FASTING AND ALMSGIVING IDEAS

 

  • Limit television or Internet use to only that which  helps build and strengthen your faith.

  • Give away one material item you value.
  • Fast from gossip
  • Do not use seasoning on food for some meals.
  • Observe five minutes of silence each day.
  • Save your candy in a jar until Easter.
  • Tell the truth in all your dealings.
  • Sacrifice one hour of time to help someone else.
  • Keep Sunday a day of rest by fasting from unnecessary work.

Cook a meal for a lonely or sick person.

  • Freely give smiles and compliments.
  • Regularly do random acts of kindness.
  • Buy two of everything on your grocery list, and donate the duplicates to the local food shelf.

  Talk to a neighbor you’ve rarely spoken to

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  • Donate a nice item of your clothing to a clothing center.

  Do something that you see needs to be done without being asked.

 

 

February 26, 2017 – 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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February 26, 2017

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of it self.”

MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF

THE CHANCELLOR FOR CANONICAL AFFAIRS

 

February 22, 2017

 

To the clergy, consecrated women and men and lay faithful of the Archdiocese:

Soon we will be entering into the liturgical season of Lent. In these solemn forty days, we will look to the example of Christ who overcame the deceptions of the Tempter during his forty days in the desert. In Pope Francis’ message for Lent this year, he reminds us that “Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in His word, in the sacraments, and in our neighbor.” It is a penitential season that calls us to spiritual exercises, penitential acts, charitable works, fasting, and almsgiving.

The Church provides norms to help guide us in these practices, primarily in the areas of fasting and abstinence. In particular, Ash Wednesday (March 1, 2017) and Good Friday (April 14, 2017) are days of fasting. Fasting is obligatory for all between the ages of 18-59 who do not have a medical condition in which fasting may be considered harmful. Fasting is defined as limiting oneself to one full meal and two lighter meals, which together do not consist of a full meal.

Moreover, all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence in the United States. Abstinence is refraining from eating meat for the entire day. The obligation of abstinence is binding on all Catholics who have reached at least 14 years of age.

Pastors and parents are to see to it that their children, even when not bound by the law of fast and abstinence, are educated in an authentic sense of penance and are encouraged to do acts of penance suitable to their age. All members of the Christian faithful are encouraged to do acts of penance and charity during the Lenten season beyond what is prescribed by the law.

As a general rule, a request for a dispensation from the obligation of abstinence on Fridays of Lent will not be considered unless some serious reason is present. It has been noted, however, that Friday of the second week of Lent this year corresponds with St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), which has traditionally been an occasion for joy-filled celebrations in this Archdiocese. Having consulted with the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council and taken into consideration both past practice and present circumstances, and having judged that it would serve the common spiritual good, Archbishop Hebda has granted to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, as well as any visitors or travelers who may be physically present within the territory of this Archdiocese, a dispensation from the obligation of abstinence from meat on March 17, 2017. Those taking advantage of the dispensation, however, are exhorted to undertake a work of charity, an exercise of piety, or an act of comparable penance on some other occasion during the Second Week of Lent.

With prayers for a blessed Lent,

Susan Mulheron, JCL  – Chancellor for Canonical Affairs

Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis – 777 Forest Street, Saint Paul MN 55106

February 19, 2017 – 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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February 19, 2017

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  

“So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

 

PREPARING BEFORE LENT BEGINS

            Taking some time to get ready for Lent will ensure that we aren’t going to miss the first week or two of Lent, because we are just getting started. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, but we want to be ready to really take off on that day, rather than just beginning to think about Lent on that day. Part of what makes a vacation or a special anniversary so special is the build-up to it.

It doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare for the beginning of Lent. It just takes desire and focus. God can do so much with that. We can give God more of a space to touch our hearts if we begin to establish some simple patterns.

We could wake up each morning, and stand by the edge of our beds, and ask the Lord for the grace to let this day be one in which I long for the beginning of Lent. Perhaps we need to ask for specific helps or graces to get ready to begin Lent. Whatever we try to say, our Lord can understand the Spirit trying to speak through our simple words. And all it takes is the time to find and put on our slippers. And each night, in the days ahead, we can practice giving thanks to God before going to bed.

This simple pattern, in the morning and evening can stir our spirits to look forward to and prepare for Lent, as a season of grace.

May our Lord bless us all on this journey ahead.

 

 

-Taken from the Praying Lent pages of Creighton University’s Online Ministries web site: www.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/online.html.

Used with Permission.

February 12, 2017 – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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February 12, 2017

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

World Marriage Day

  

“But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Marriage Prayer

Lord, help us to remember when we first met

and the strong love that grew between us.

To work that love into practical things

so nothing can divide us.

We ask for words both kind and loving,

and for hearts always ready to ask forgiveness

as well as to forgive.

Dear Lord, we put our marriage into Your hands. Amen.

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A message from Archbishop Bernard Hebda

2017 Catholic Services Appeal

The 2017 Catholic Services Appeal begins in February and as the shepherd of this local Church, I am asking you for your support. The CSA is the way in which the collective ministries in the Archdiocese are funded. Your gift to the Catholic Service Appeal is restricted for the benefit of its collective ministries. The designated ministries cannot be funded on their own or by any one single parish but rather need our collective help. I wholeheartedly support the Appeal and I will make my personal pledge to it. I am calling on you to join me in doing our part so that these important ministries of this Archdiocese can be fully funded. Please be assured of my gratitude for your participation in the Catholic Services Appeal as well as a remembrance in my daily prayers.

 

Catholics at the Capitol 2017

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MINNESOTA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE

Catholics at the Capitol 2017: Protect Life and Human Dignity

Thursday, March 9
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saint Paul RiverCentre / State Capitol, St. Paul

Minnesota faces real challenges to life and human dignity. Catholics are called to respond.

Join Minnesota’s bishops, dynamic Church speakers, and over 1,000 Catholics from across the state for Catholics at the Capitol, a day of inspiration and advocacy in St. Paul. We’ll be informed about the issues, inspired to bring our faith into the public square, and equipped to have meaningful conversations with our legislators.

  • Kids and students 22-and-under are free.
  • Breakfast and lunch provided.
  • A great opportunity to see the newly renovated Capitol!

View the flier Catholics at the Capitol Flier

To learn more and register, please visit catholicsathecapitol.org

February 5, 2017 – 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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February 5, 2017

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

World Day for Consecrated Life

 

 “Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”

 

 

 WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE

Sunday, February 5

 

Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of their vocation.

 

Prayer for Consecrated Persons

 

God our Father,

we thank you for calling men and women

to serve in your Son’s Kingdom

as sisters, brothers, religious priests,

consecrated virgins, and hermits,

as well as members of Secular Institutes.

Renew their knowledge and love of you,

and send your Holy Spirit

to help them respond generously

and courageously to your will.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 29, 2017 – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Catholic Schools’ Week

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 January 29, 2017

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Catholic Schools’ Week

 “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”

  

 

Catholic Schools Week Prayer

Almighty Father,

You sent forth your Son as a beacon of hope for all people.

As Teacher, he has given us the prime exampleof the importance of education.

As disciples, we look to him for inspiration and strength.

Thank you for the many sisters, brothers, priests,

and laypeople who have dedicated their livesin service to our Catholic schools.

Thank you for the teachers and administrators who sustain our schools today.

Thank you for the parents who have given support and witness

to the importance of Catholic education in their daily lives.

Thank you for the students who work hard to further their education.

Bless Holy Cross Catholic School and the many people who advance our mission.

May our building be a home for those who seek to grow in faith, knowledge, and service of others.

May our community always support one another.

Fill our minds with knowledge and wisdom.

Fill our hands with the tools we need to serve others.

May we show them your unceasing love through our actions.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us.

St. John Neumann, pray for us.

Mary, our Immaculate Conception, pray for us.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

                 

January 22, 2017 – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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 January 22, 2017

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 

 

 

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

(NOTE: Because January 22 falls on a Sunday in 2017, the designated observance for 2017 is Monday, January 23.)

 

The “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children” is designated as a particular day of prayer and penance for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life, and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.

We are reminded time and again in Scripture to seek the Lord’s help, and as people of faith, we believe that our prayers are heard.

“A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may a fervent plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group, from every family, and from the heart of every believer.”    -Pope Saint John Paul II

 

Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,

And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.

I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,

Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death by the Resurrection of Your Son.

I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.

Today I commit myself Never to be silent,

Never to be passive, Never to be forgetful of the unborn.

I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,

And never to stop defending life Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,

And our nation once again becomes A nation with liberty and justice

Not just for some, but for all, Through Christ our Lord.

Amen!

9 Days for Life 2017

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The U.S. bishops annual novena 9 Days for Life takes place Saturday, January 21 – Sunday, January 29. Pray for the respect and protection of all human life with new intentions, brief reflections, and more each day. Download the novena online, or participate through Facebook, email, text message or an app. Join at www.9daysforlife.com!

January 15, 2017 – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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January 15, 2017

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”

 

 

The Annual

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

begins this Wednesday, January 18,

and concludes next Wednesday, January 25.

Let us join with other Christian churches

as we remember the 2017 theme,

~ The Love of Christ Compels Us ~

(2 Corinthians 5:14-20)

 

 

 Prayer for Christian Unity

Eternal Father,

we praise you for sending your Son to be one of us and to save us.

Look upon your people with mercy, for we are divided in so many ways,

and give us the Spirit of Jesus to make us one in love.

We ask this gift, loving Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.