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April 9, 2017 – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

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April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

“Hosanna to the Son of David;

blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest”

 

 

The Cross

They brought him to the place of Golgotha (Place of the Skull). They gave him wine drugged with myrrh, but he did not take it. Then they crucified him.… It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. (Mark 15:22–23, 25).

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, and the other on his left. [Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”] (Luke 23:33–34a)

So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle.… When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four shares, a share for each solider. (John 19:16b–18, 23a)

In the ancient world, there was no punishment more painful, terrifying, and dehumanizing than the cross.

It is not simply that Jesus died or even that he was put to death by corrupt people; it was that he endured the death reserved only for the lowest and most despised.

We are the inheritors of centuries of artwork and piety that present the cross as a moving religious symbol. We wear it as jewelry, and we hang it on the walls of our homes as a decoration.

But for the men and women of Jesus’ time, a person condemned to this manner of execution would be stripped, nailed or tied to a cross-bar fitted into a stake, and then left for hours, or in many cases days, to suffer the excruciating pain of very slowly asphyxiating while rocking up and down on wounded hands and feet in order to breathe.

The mocking of the crucified, which is frankly described in the Gospels, was part of the execution. When finally the tortured criminal died, his body was allowed to remain on the cross for days, permitting animals to pick over his remains. Jesus’ rapid burial was exceptional, a favor specially offered to Joseph of Arimathea, a high-ranking Jewish official.

To be sure, the Gospel proclaimed by the first Christians involves the glorious resurrection, but those initial evangelists never let their hearers forget that the one who had been raised was none other than the one who had been crucified.

So what exactly is happening on the cross? Why could God not simply have pronounced a word of forgiveness from heaven and dispensed with all of the blood and horror of the crucifixion?

The scriptural authors understand sin not so much as a series of acts, but as a condition in which we are stuck, something similar to an addiction or a contagious disease.

A mere word of forgiveness, uttered from the safety of heaven, would never have affected the needed transformation. No amount of merely human effort could possibly solve the problem.

Some power has to come from outside of us in order to clean up the mess; something awful has to be done on our behalf in order to offset the awfulness of sin. With this biblical realism in mind, we can begin to comprehend why the crucifixion of the Son of God was necessary.

Something had to be done—and God alone could do it. On that terrible cross, Jesus took upon himself the worst of humanity and swallowed it up in the ever greater divine mercy.

 

Jesus’s Passion and death are not the end;

they point to the joy of the Resurrection.

“By His wounds, we were healed” (Isaiah 53:5)

April 2, 2017 – 5th Sunday of Lent

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April 2, 2017

5th Sunday of Lent

“Lazarus, come out!”

And God Said “No”

I asked God to take away my pride, And God said “No.”

He said it was not for Him to take away, But for me to give up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole, and God said, “No.”

He said her spirit is eternal, While her body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience, And God said, “No.”

He said patience is a by-product of tribulation. It isn’t granted – it is earned.

I asked God to give me happiness, And God said “No.”

He said He gives blessings, Happiness is up to me.

I asked God to spare me pain, And God said “No.”

He said, “Suffering draws you apart from Worldly cares and brings you close to Me.”

I asked God to make my spirit grow, And God said “No.”

He said I must grow on my own, But he will prune me to make it fruitful.

I asked God if He loved me, And God said “Yes.”

He gave me His only Son, who died for me,

And I will be in heaven someday Because I believe.

I asked God to help me love others As much as He loves me,

And God said, “Ah, finally you have the idea.”

  -Claudia Minden Welsz

 

 

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!