March 14 - St. Joseph’s Table will be celebrated by the students. A food drive is part of this activity and all are welcome to donate food during March. Baskets will be available in the gathering room. The food will be blessed on March 14.
Praised be Jesus Christ! A friend of mine has a blog that I’ve followed for years and each Friday he posts a song that captures his mood as the work week wanes and the weekend begins. A month ago he posted the song “Perfect Space” by a group called “The Avett Brothers” and it’s worth your me to check it out. Some of the lyrics are downright poignant, especially the following: “I wanna have friends that I can trust, That love me for the man I’ve become not the man that I was.” It’s a song about the lessons we learn in this life and the ways we change that make every life worth living. God knows we all change so much as we pass through this world and one of the discouraging elements is that we don’t all change in the same way or at the same me. This causes tension in relationships that were once a source of support and joy; sadly, some friendships end because what- ever once brought us together is no longer sufficient as we slowly drive away from the person we once were. We have many former friends because people change and not always in the same way and at the same me. And this reality makes our faith even more of a gift because it introduces us to a Person who is unchanging. Jesus calls us no longer slaves, but friends – and He truly intends to be the best friend a person could ever ask for in this world. Getting to know Jesus is the single most important decision we make in this life, as friendship with Him changes us in all the right ways. Speaking this way makes us uncomfortable – a seminarian once had a voicemail greeting that I would call and listen to in a mocking fashion because it was all about his love for Jesus and how he wanted to share that with whoever was calling. Needless to say, I lacked the spiritual maturity to be able to admit that a friendship with Jesus was the most valuable reality in this world. The good news is that He wants to be close to you – but He is not yet satisfied with the depth of His friendship with you. No, Jesus wants to truly be the God of our life (He is, but He leaves a lot up to us in terms of how much we trust Him and let Him in). Last weekend you heard something about Eucharistic Adoration and how it changes people in good ways. Many people listen to these testimonies and are inclined to think that’s a good idea . . . . for someone else. And that’s where we need the Holy Spirit to change hearts. Jesus wants to be closer to you and give you the grace to accept the life you have as His first gift to you. But the greater gift He is offering is the one we are reluctant to consider – He wants to share your life with you, not just an hour on Sundays. He wants to inspire you with His Holy Spirit when you need new ideas, He wants to give you just the right words when a friend or co-worker is grieving, He is the best listener when you are confused and are trying to work out what to do next. All of this is possible for every human being . . . . Jesus is knocking at the doors of your heart. You can let Him in if you want to, but only you can do this. Nobody else can make this deci- sion for you. Our parish prays for vocations, which is basically a plea to God to open the eyes of our hearts that we might see and accept His will for us. Please consider your prayer life; people who pray li le in this life will be sad when they meet God because then they’ll know how much beauty and love they missed by not spending me with Him. And sign up for Eucharistic Adoration. One hour a week in the Adoration chapel will change your life, but only God can convince you of this. In conclusion, Pope Benedict XVI once said, “If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great . . . Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life.” Why not let Jesus be the friend who will love you for the person you’ve become, not the per- son you once were?
May we learn to trust Jesus through Adoration and His desire to forgive all of our sins!
Your friend in Christ, Father Mar n
The Holy Name Society Annual Pancake and Raffle will be taking place on Sunday, March 4, 2018.
Serving from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. “New this year” at the breakfast, there will be a raffle table apart from the regular tickets. We are looking for any donations of baskets, gift certificates or any craft/yard art projects.
Men and youth of the parish your time and talent is needed in the preparation for this annual event. Set-up, serving, kitchen help, pancake grillers, clean-up, etc. Remember this is the only fundraiser that the Holy Name Society has each year and this can only take place, if there are volunteers helping. Contact Todd Rueth or Tom Springob to say you will be there to give your services or are able to give to the raffle table, to support the parish Holy Name Society and this fundraiser.
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Tanzania Mission Trip 2019 Plans are being made for an Intergenerational Parish Mission Trip of 20 people ages 16 and older to serve with the Sisters of Our Lady Queen of Africa, in Sumbawanga, Tanzania, Africa from June 17-28, 2019. This immersion experience will offer the chance to serve at the school, orphanage, and clinic. There will also be an opportunity for a safari and market experiences. Tentative cost is $2500 (dictated by airfare).
For more information, please contact Mr. Dan Kitzhaber .
From the USCCB:
U.S. Bishops Conference Offers Audio Recordings of Scripture, Daily Reflections, Downloadable Calendar to Help Catholics Observe Lent
WASHINGTON—A variety of resources to help Catholics observe Lent, which this year begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, are being provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
With the theme "Raise Up, Sacrifice, Offer," resources include a new set of daily suggestions for reading, reflection, prayer and action, in addition to the traditional downloadable reflection calendar available in years past. The downloadable Lent calendar with quotes from Pope Francis, Scripture, and Church fathers, is available in both English and Spanish. The daily suggestions and downloadable calendar offer teachings and suggestions for taking an active approach to the three traditional pillars of Lenten observance: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
The website www.usccb.org/lent, also includes facts about saints whose feast days or memorials fall within Lent, a reflection on fasting, information on rediscovering the Sacrament of Penance, and a section on Holy Week observances. The USCCB has also created an accompanying video reflecting on Lent for sharing on social media.
Praised be Jesus Christ! What are you giving up for Lent this year? That question was posed a while back by the newspaper and people were invited to write in and share their sacrifices. Sometimes people say it’s better to do something positive than to give up some bad habit. Without becoming polemical (i.e. argumentative – do you notice how from time to time big words are used in this column . . . . the goal is to improve your chanc- es on Wheel of Fortune and cross word puzzles, not to mention impressing people with your expansive vocabulary! Sorry for the verbose (i.e. wordy) aside.) why not do both this Lent?
First, determine something you can live without, the sacrifice of which would be a daily reminder that it’s Lent. Giving up sweets is an easy choice for me, because like Father Stoetzel, I have a sweet tooth. Giving up Facebook or going out to eat or watching TV are also robust choices. Lent is a long season and we need something to help us remember that penance is good for us because it strengthens our will and bends it toward God’s will. Doing something positive is also a great way to sanctify these holy days and now is the time to determine our plan of action. And planning these things is essential to making spiritu- al progress; Benjamin Franklin once sagely pointed out, “Those who fail to plan can plan to fail.” My parents made it a point of visiting the sick and shut-ins before Christmas and Easter. Maybe we volunteer at Saint Vincent’s or other community events (e.g. every spring Marshfield hosts “Empty Bowls” and “Feed My Starving Children). Now it should go without saying that the goal of Lent is to deepen our friendship with Jesus. That means it’s important to take a good look at our spiritual life. A classmate of mine, Father Roger Landry, just wrote a book titled Plan of Life: Habits to Help You Grow Closer to God. I read it while deer hunting in Alabama and it is really excellent; at 120 pages, it’s short and very helpful in showing us how to take tangible steps to living our faith more generously. For example, there’s a chapter on how to start the day by get- ting up at a set time and saying our Morning Offering immedi- ately. If you’re anything like me, it’s a struggle to be consistent, largely because it takes a lot of discipline to go to bed on time. Father Landry even provides a version of the Morning Offering that he prays and I share it with you here: “Thank you, Lord, for the gift of another day. Please help me to live it well. If it proves to be my last day on earth, help me to live it in total un- ion with you so that it will be my first day in eternity. Grant me the graces I need to overcome all the temptations you know I’ll face today. Awaken me to receive everyone the way I would receive you, and help me to be for them a reminder of you and your holy priesthood. Help me to make this day a liturgy of the hours, my heart an altar, and my work a commentary on the words of consecration. Into your hands, I commend this day, begging the intercession of my guardian angel and all the saints.” Lent is a great opportunity to work on these practices, which over the course of our lifetime help us to become more grateful, humble, and generous. Another practice that is espe- cially important for Lent is praying the Stations of the Cross. You can pray these at any time, but Fridays during Lent are the best time because we more naturally enter into Our Lord’s Pas- sion and death as we meditate on the 14 stations. Blessed Alvaro del Portillo once wrote, “The Way of the Cross is not a sad devotion . . . . Christian joy has its roots in the shape of a cross. If the Passion of Christ is a way of pain, it is also a path of hope leading to victory.” So, what are you giving up for Lent and what spiritual progress are you planning to make? “Those who fail to plan can plan to fail.”
May these forty days of Lent bring us closer to Jesus and closer to each other!
Your friend in Christ, Father Martin
Evening of Recollection * Led by Fr. Martin * Eucharistic Adoration and Reflection * The evenings will alternate between St. John and Christ the King parishes. Time:
6:30 pm-8 pm Thursday– February 15 , 2018 Theme: Memory and Hope @ Christ the King in Spencer
Ash Wednesday * February 14, 2018 *
Christ the King * 5 p.m. Mass and 6:40 p.m. Mass
St. John’s / Mfld * 6:30 a.m. / 8 a.m. / 12:15 pm. / 6:30 p.m. Ministry Participants needed for Ash Wednesday masses. If you are attending either oft these masses your helping would be greatly
appreciated. Sign up sheets have been placed on table in gathering room. Thank you.
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