4th Sunday of Lent

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 MARCH 18, 2012

4th Sunday of Lent

“…So must the Son of man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

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  We look upon the crucifixion of Christ and we see the horrible consequences of our  sins as well as the Mercy of God. God’s forgiveness is held out to us in Jesus Christ instituting for all people the Sacrament of Confession. There will be ample opportunity to go to the Sacrament of Confession during Holy Week. Please check your Holy Week schedule, mailed out to you this week. Let us trust the word’s of Jesus:                                                                                                   

“If you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”  Mt. 5:23-24                                                                          We offend Jesus our brother when we commit sins against God and others, especially mortal sins of which Jesus lovingly relates to us that we may know of God’s mercy in confession. (Specific mortal sins in parenthesis)

  Jesus says, “Wicked designs come from the deep recesses of the heart: acts of fornication (sex outside of a Christian Marriage), theft, murder (abortion, euthanasia), adulterous conduct, greed, maliciousness (prejudice), deceit (harmful lies), sensuality (homosexual behavior, masturbation, contraception), envy, blasphemy (contradicting God and his Church), arrogance (assuming authority that one does not have), an obtuse spirit (not cooperating with others for the sake of the common good of life). All these evils come from within and render a man impure.” Mk. 7:21-23

  Impurity on our soul at our death would prevent us from entering heaven. But praise be Jesus Christ who calls us especially in this season of Lent, to repent of our sins with sorrow, confess the kind and number of sins to a priest and make satisfaction by repairing the damage done by those sins. This can be done by prayers and giving to the poor both spiritual and material riches.

The Apostle James, inspired by the Holy Spirit writes this:           Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:27 … (and again:) Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed. …if anyone among you should stray from the truth and someone bring him back, he should know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. James 5:16, 19-20

  Let us trust in the Lord’s mercy by receiving this Sacrament of Confession with thankful hearts. No sin is so great that God’s love can’t take it away through his Sacrament of Confession. It is the certain path of humility and grace.                                

                                                  Sincerely,     

                                                  Father Thomas McCabe

MARCH 11, 2012 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

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MARCH 11, 2012

3rd Sunday of Lent

“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up”

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LENT!  A time of new beginnings!  Lent is associated with spring time because it comes from the Old English word “lengten” as in the “lengthening of days”.

        Lent is now a word that designates the liturgical season of renewal.  It is a time to turn to God with greater knowledge and sorrow of our sins in order to receive ever new the gifts of his purifying forgiveness and love from his generous hands.  This allows us to rejoice more deeply in God’s mercy and compassion, as well as show that same mercy and compassion to others.

         Of course, all these gifts come with a price – namely the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.  His total self-denial made him poor that we might be rich in grace – God’s divine life!  We are called to give ourselves completely to God and give alms to the poor in order to follow Christ’s example.

         Jesus’ total self-gift to God the Father was done out of complete love for us that we might share God’s life.  We therefore pray with greater fervor and self-abandonment, fasting that our prayers and souls would be less attached to this world and more fixed on the things of heaven.

         During this holy season we enter more deeply into the life, suffering and death of Jesus Christ for this is how he redeemed the world – purchasing it away from Satan’s influence with his sacrificial love.  This time of penance and preparation will bring us to Holy Week when we live and celebrate the holiest days of the liturgical year – TRIDUUM – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil/Sunday.

         May we persevere in our Lenten resolve to “Repent, and believe in the Gospel!” by following Jesus Christ more closely who perfectly followed the Ten Commandments of life and love.  When we turn away from sin out of love for God and others, we are repenting with firm resolve not to offend God’s love again.  When we follow Jesus and receive his divine gifts – the seven sacraments – we believe in the Gospel, the Good News that we are walking with Jesus who is assuredly there for us.

        I know that you and I may stumble and fall in our resolutions, but we need to remember how Jesus fell under the weight of the cross, not just once, but three times!  And he always got back up to finish his part of the plan of redemption – with the help of Simon of Cyrene.  We too then must get back up and place our weaknesses and sins into his hands that he might forgive and strengthen us, especially through the Sacrament of Penance offered by Christ’s priests. 

         And because we see others acting like Simon of Cyrene by helping others bear their crosses, we too hear Jesus’ call to share in the crosses of others and thus share in the joy and glory of his RESURRECTION!

 Peace in Christ,

Fr. Thomas McCabe

Marriage Amendment Invitation to Collaborate

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Marriage Amendment Invitation to Collaborate

Jesus said: “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.  For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’  So they are no longer two but one flesh.  Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”   Mk 10,6-9

      Brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus, may God continue to bless us on our journey to heaven.  I write to you in regard to the Marriage Amendment that will be on the ballot this coming November, 2012.  Since we belong to the wider community of the human family, we are called to be actively involved with helping people stay informed about their civic rights and responsibilities of protecting the dignity of every human being and the institutions that God has created through natural law such as marriage between one man and one woman.

      To that end, I have appointed parishioner Loren Pecore to be a captain of organizing this service.  We invite you, and the surrounding communities, to join us for prayers, speakers and short informational meetings in order to collaborate in this, our civic and spiritual duty of preserving God given institutions.

Fri. March 2, 2012

9:00 a.m. – Adoration of the Eucharist (until Mass), 3:00 p.m. Divine Mercy, 4:00 p.m. Rosary

5:45 p.m. – Stations of the Cross

6:30 p.m. – Mass – intention: for the protection of the family

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Speaker, Fr. Jim Livingston, Chaplain for Courage, Crusader Civic Center

8:30 – 9:00 p.m. Information Meeting

 

Mon. March 19, 2012

3:00 p.m. – Divine Mercy Prayers with Eucharist Adoration until Mass

6:30 p.m. – Mass – Feast of St. Joseph: for the deepening conversion of all Catholic men as servant/leaders of God’s families.

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Speaker, Jen Messing: Theology of the Body, Crusader Civic Center

 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. Information meeting

 

Mon. April 23, 2012

3:00 p.m. – Divine Mercy prayers with Eucharist Adoration until Mass

6:30 p.m. – Mass – Memorial of St. George: for the advancement of the civilization of true love

7:30 – Speaker pending, information meeting, Crusader Civic Center

 

Thurs. May 31, 2012

3:00 p.m. – Divine Mercy prayers with Eucharist Adoration until Mass

6:30 p.m. Mass – Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: for the support of family life

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Speaker pending, information meeting Crusader Civic Center

 

Fri. June 22, 2012

3:00 p.m. – Divine Mercy prayers with Eucharist Adoration until Mass

6:30 Mass – Memorial of St. Thomas More: for the deepening conversion of government officials to God

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Speaker pending, information meeting Crusader Civic Center

 

Wed. July 25, 2012

3:00 p.m. – Divine Mercy prayers with Eucharist Adoration until Mass.

6:30 Mass – Feast of St. James, Apostle: for the deepening conversion of religious leaders of every faith to God

7:30 – 9:00p.m. – Speaker pending, information meeting, CCC

 

Wed. Aug. 22, 2012 – Same schedule as above.

Mon. Sept. 24, 2012 – Same schedule as above.

      We have not scheduled anything at this time for October nor November because we believe that there will be some very intense training and canvassing sessions at this time.  We ask that you keep these months available as much as possible since the vote on this Marriage Amendment will be Tues. Nov. 6, 2012.  Not voting “Yes” for this amendment will be a vote of “NO” for the preservation of traditional marriage.

      Thus, we ask that you invite other parishioners and friends to participate in these opportunities to serve God and society.  This is an historic event in our state’s history and we want to be able to say to the Lord that we have indeed been his good and faithful servants of love, truth and prayer.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Thomas McCabe                                                                                Mr. Loren Pecore

2012 CELEBRATION OF LENT AND HOLY WEEK AT OUR PARISH

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2012 CELEBRATION OF LENT AND HOLY WEEK AT OUR PARISH 

The Liturgical Season of Lent is a time of penance throughout the Catholic Church.  It is a season in which prayer, fasting and almsgiving are emphasized to atone for our sins.  Only with Jesus’ grace are we able to follow after him and assuredly grow as disciples within his Catholic Church.

Jesus said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.  For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.”  -Gospel of Mark, Chapter 8, Verse 34-35  

Fast and abstinence are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. These are days of fast and abstinence from meat. Fasting is having only one full meal and two smaller meals that do not equal a full meal, for all Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59, inclusive.

All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat for all who have reached their 14th birthday.

ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Masses will be at 8:15 AM and 7:00 PM.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: 7:15-7:45 AM and 6:00-6:30 PM

FRIDAYS OF LENT will be observed as follows:

     8:00 AM                 Mass                                         

     7:00 PM                 Stations of the Cross

 EXCEPTIONS: Friday, March 2: Stations at 5:45 PM; Mass at 6:30 PM; Speaker in Civic Center 7:30 PM

                           Friday, March 30: Mass at 6:30 PM; Stations at 7:30 PM [No Mass Saturday morning, March 31]

 SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:

Saturdays         8:30-9:00 AM and 4:00-4:40 PM.

 EXCEPTION: Saturday, March 31 – No 8:30-9:00 AM Reconciliation [Archdiocesan Men’s Conference – 7:00 AM to 12:00 noon – Cost:$15.00]

 COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICES:

Monday, April 2                     Most Holy Trinity, Veseli                               7:00 PM

Tuesday, April 3                    Immaculate Conception, Lonsdale 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 4              St. Nicholas, New Market                             7:00 PM

 HOLY WEEK:

Palm Sunday

Saturday, March 31 – 5:00 PM + Sunday, April 1 – 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM

 EASTER TRIDUUM (Sacred Three Days)

 HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 5:  7:00 PM   Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Eucharistic Adoration until 10:00 PM in the Civic Center

 GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 6: 3:00 PM   Stations of the Cross

 7:00 PM  Sacred Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion                            

(Collection for the Church in theHoly Landwill be received at the Liturgy)

 EASTER VIGIL, APRIL 7:                 8:00 PM    Mass

(Holy Saturday)

 EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 8:           8:00 AM and 10:00 AM   Masses

  We will once again participate in the Catholic Relief Service (CRS) program “Operation Rice Bowl”. During Lent, we are asked occasionally (perhaps weekly) to eat the sort of meal people in poor countries have, and place the money saved in the rice bowl available in the back of church. At the end of Lent, this money will be sent to CRS for its work in helping the poor in mission lands.

 

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MARCH 4, 2012

2nd Sunday of Lent

“This is my beloved Son.  Listen to him.”

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The rosary is an instrument of prayer given by the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Dominic in the year 1208.  St. Dominic was trying to convert the Albigensians of  Southern France who taught the heresy that physical matter was inherently evil since God was pure spirit.

      God is pure spirit, but God the Son united his spirit to human nature to affirm the goodness of God’s creation, to redeem it and offer all people salvation from sin through Christ and his sacraments.  Mary taught St. Dominic how to pray the rosary and so reflect and respond to God’s saving work.

      Throughout the centuries and throughout the world the rosary has been recited prayerfully for the conversion of sinners, for the protection of countries and the Catholic faith.  We are encouraged to pray the rosary daily, but even once a week with family or before Mass is a great blessing.

      Pope John XXIII spoke 38 times about our Lady of the Rosary, which is the title Mary chose to give herself at her apparitions inFatima,Portugal1917.  Pope John prayed 15 decades daily (1959-1963).  The following are the 15 promises of Mary to Christians who recite the rosary with devotion.

 *Whoever faithfully serves me by the recitation of the rosary shall receive signal graces (signs of blessings).

*I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who

  shall recite the rosary.

*The rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice,

  decrease sin and defeat heresies.

*It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the

  abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of

  the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. 

  Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

*The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary shall

  not perish.

*Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the

  consideration of the sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by

  misfortune.  God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by

  an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and

  become worthy of eternal life.

*Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the

 sacraments of the Church.

*They shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the

  plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the

  merits of the saints in paradise.

*I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary.

*The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in

  heaven.

*You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.

*All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their

  necessities.

*I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary

  shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at

  the hour of death.

*All who recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only son Jesus

  Christ.

*Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.

(Given to St. Dominic)

Imprimatur: Patrick J. Hayes, D.D., Archbishop ofNew York

      To praise God is to recall the great action of his saving love in our history.  The holy rosary prayed sincerely is sweet praise.

 All for the glory of God,

Fr. Thomas McCabe

FEBRUARY 26, 2012 – 1st SUNDAY IN LENT

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“This is the time of fulfillment.  The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Today our society is in a spiritual struggle between the culture of life centered on God, and the culture of death, which is centered on selfish pleasure and ignores God’s Ten Commandments of life and love.

We see struggles like this in the Bible, for example, in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  There the people gave themselves up to sexual perversion, including homosexuality, and tried to seduce Abraham’s nephew Lot.

“In those days, the Lord said: ‘The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grave, that I must go down and see…[if it] corresponds to the cry against them.’”  There are four sins that cry out to God for justice so that innocent people (those who strive for holiness) might be relieved: 1) killing of innocent people, like abortion, 2) homosexual activity, 3) not paying people a livable wage for honest work, and 4) oppression of the poor.

Abraham asks the Lord if he will “sweep away the innocent with the guilty?…”  God responds that he will spare the town “if” there are ten innocent people within it.

God saved Lot and his family by having them leave the city by the help of his angels.  Unfortunately his wife turned around with evil desire and turned into a pillar of salt.  God then destroyed the cities because of the lack of repentant hearts.

God sent his Son, Jesus, into to the world to establish his Church in order that there are more than 10 innocent people living in every city so as to transform the culture of death into the culture of life.  Every member of the Church must proclaim and fight against mortal sin and help those who want to “Repent, and believe in the Gospel”.

Our Archdiocese has Faith in Action which is part of a larger organization called “COURAGE” that helps men and women with Same Sex Attraction live within God’s Commandments of life and love.

The following goals have been establish for Courage members.

*To live a chaste life in accordance with the Catholic Church’s teaching on Sexuality.

*To dedicate one’s life to Christ through service, prayer, spiritual reading, meditation, individual spiritual direction, and the frequent reception of the sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist.

*To be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but necessary in celibate Christian life and to encourage one another in forming and sustaining them.

Our Archdiocese has formed another group called Encourage: “The mission of Encourage is to help families and friends of homosexual persons deal with their concerns in this regard.  It is open to all people, regardless of their loved one’s lifestyle.  It conforms to the Catholic Church’s teaching on sexuality and reflects the Church’s approach of helping the homosexual person to lead a chaste lifestyle…”

More information can be found at Archdiocese Office of Marriage, Family and Life (651)291-4488, or website: www.archspm.org/family.

Fr. James Livingston will be speaking on the importance of being respectful of everyone, which includes speaking God’s truth with love.  FRIDAY, MARCH 2, at 7:30 PM, Crusader Civic Center.  He is the Chaplain at North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, and Spiritual Director of Courage and a Carmelite Lay Group.  A short informational meeting will follow with respect to the passing of the Marriage Amendment that will protect traditional marriage between one man and one woman.

 Peace through Christ,

Fr. Thomas McCabe

Jesus, and His Catholic Church, teach with authority

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 FEBRUARY 19, 2012

7th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

“I say to you, rise, pick up your mat and go home.”

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Ash Wednesday is this coming Wednesday,  which begins the Liturgical Season of Lent.  Lent is a time to review our life in light of the Gospel; to ask important questions about our  relationship to God and others.  We are called to repent of sin and recommit ourselves to God and his Ten Commandments of life and love.  This prepares us for the Resurrected life which we celebrate every Sunday, especially on Easter Sunday.

       Blessed ashes are placed on our forehead to remind us that we are mortal creatures, created by God who sustains our every heart beat and breath until he calls us to himself for judgment at our death.

        Lent is forty days of intensified prayer and fasting (on Sundays only the Eucharistic fast – no food –including gum – or beverages except water and medicine one hour before receiving Holy Communion).  In God’s revelation, found in the Old Testament, the number forty took on significance in the first book in the Bible, Genesis.  God was displeased with unrepentant mankind, but he did recognize one man who sought forgiveness, Noah.  God therefore communicated to Noah about an impending punishment out of justice to cleanse the earth of wickedness – the lack of repentance of sin.

       Forty days and forty nights the rain fell, but Noah and his family were saved because they listened to the Word of God and acted upon it by building the ark.  God purified the earth for them and set a rainbow in the sky as a reminder of his covenant.  The first thing Noah did, upon leaving the ark, was to build an altar and sacrifice to the Lord God for saving him and his family.

       God also communicates to us in the person of Moses, whom he chose to be a servant leader of his chosen people.  God led the people out of Egyptthrough the leadership of Moses to Mt.Sinai.  Moses climbed the mountain and fasted and prayed for forty days and forty nights before receiving the Ten Commandments of God’s covenant of love. (Exodus, 24:12-18)

       Upon coming down Mount Sinai, Moses realizes the people have rebelled against God and had made a golden calf to worship – an idol to replace God.  Moses smashed the stone tablets as a sign of their breaking their covenant with God.  He goes back up the mountain to intercede for God’s people and again is given the Ten Commandments of life and love, but also with a hard penance for the people – they would wander in the desert for forty years – one generation – to test them.  Many fail and never make it to the Promised Land of rest.

       King David is inspired to write Psalm 95: “Forty years I loathed that generation; I said, ‘This people’s hearts go astray, they do not know my ways’.  Therefore I swore in my anger: ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”  King David put on sackcloth and sat in ashes when he mourned his sins, and he wrote the Psalms to be sung on the Sabbath.

        Noah, Moses and King David prefigure Jesus Christ.  Jesus begins his public ministry soon after being baptized, but before preaching, “the Spirit drove him out into the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.  He was among the wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.”  Mk 1:12

       The Gospel of Luke records that during those forty days, “He ate nothing…” Lk 4:1   Jesus did not need baptism, nor did he need to pray and fast in reparation of sin or to satisfy God’s justice – because he never sinned as the Son of God.  However, Jesus is also a man who is a perfect example for all who would follow him into heaven.  He is tempted by Satan in every way we are, but shows us that by calling upon him and his grace through prayer, fasting and sacrificial almsgiving (beyond our tithe), we can grow in holiness and overcome evil.

       I am happy to offer the Sacrament of Penance this Ash Wednesday, February 22, from 7:15 – 7:45 a.m. and 6:00 – 6:30 p.m, before the Ash Wednesday Masses.

 

Peace through Christ, Fr. Thomas McCabe