The Fourth Sunday of Lent - Laetare Sunday
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The Sunday Offering Collection for February 28th totaled $1253.00. This is just a hundred dollars less than the week before. Thank you to those who share so faithfully each week! Any increase from you would be appreciated! Also, because of the cold weather attendance is down which has affected our totals. Please try to make up for the weeks you may have missed.
If you have old envelopes that were not used these past few months would you please consider making up your Offerings in the next few weeks. This will help us balance our Sunday Budget which is crucial to our annual report to the Archdiocese. Any additional amount you can contribute to our Sunday Offering giving will be appreciated!
A special thanks to all who took part in last week’s Mexican Leap Year Luncheon. Over 70 people attended. The profit from the day was over $700.00. The delicious food and clever drinks from the bar made it a wonderful event! A special thanks to Saira Perea-Bensett and her mother Olivia Hernandez for the cooking and the organizing of the event, as well as all their helpers: Maya, Olivia, Lewis, Van, Jr., Isela, Kyle, Jaime, Monica, Paul, Lupe, Rosa, Jacqualine and Rosio. Bob Vargas and Paul Skaro were our bartenders. As always, special thanks to Tommy Slay and Coach Rose for their care and attention to the event!
Please show your support for our St. Patrick and St. Joseph Feast by purchasing your tickets today!
Thanks for listening and God Bless your ongoing generosity!
Simple Explanation of the Mass by Fr. Tommy Lane
The priest begins by kissing the altar as soon as he approaches it. This is because it is a symbol of Jesus and the Eucharistic Sacrifice will be offered on it. Each altar also contains relics of the martyrs who gave their lives for Christ.
Because we belong to God we begin every Mass by signing ourselves with the cross in the name of the Trinity.
Because none of us is yet fully Christ, none of us is yet fully converted, and each of us is in need of further conversion, we ask for mercy for our sins before we listen to the Word of God in the readings.
Having been forgiven by God it is natural to give thanks. We want to thank God for his love for us and we do so using the Gloria which is a hymn as old as the fourth century. It begins with the words of the angels to the shepherds on the first Christmas night.
The opening prayer is called the Collect. It begins with the priest saying, “Let us pray…” followed by a pause for the people’s silent prayer. All of these silent prayers of the people are then ‘collected’ (hence the name Collect) and offered to God in the prayer offered by the priest. The priest offers this prayer with outstretched arms symbolizing being freed by Jesus dying on the cross and rising for us. The people answer “Amen” to this opening prayer. “Amen” means “so be it” or “Let it be.” It is the people’s acknowledgement and acceptance as their own the prayer which the priest has offered to God.
Mark Your Calendars
March 13th – St. Patrick and St. Joseph Celebration: TICKETS TODAY!
March 20th – Palm Sunday: Mass and Procession at 10 AM – The start of Holy Week 2016
March 24th – Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 5 PM
March 25th – Good Friday – Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 3 PM
March 26th – Easter Vigil and Mass of the Resurrection at 7 PM
March 27th – Easter Sunday – Mass at 10 AM
May 15th – Annual Spring Luncheon
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