“Peace is liberty in tranquility.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and rhetorician
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Lenten Reflection -- First Sunday of Lent
“God of transformation, you know our weaknesses.
Strengthen us as we struggle to lead lives that we were called to in our baptism.
Be with us during this Lenten season and help us to believe that we can triumph over our temptations.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Grant, almighty God,
through the yearly observances of holy Lent,
that we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ
and by worthy conduct pursue their effects.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
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Abstinence (no meat)
Abstenance is called for on all the Fridays of Lent,
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Catholics 14 years and older
are bound to abstain from meat. Those physically unable to abstain,
pregnant and nursing mothers are exempt.
Fasting means having only one full meal to maintain one’s
strength. Two smaller, meatless and penitential meals are permitted
according to one’s needs, but they should not together
equal the one full meal. Eating solid foods between meals is not
permitted. Catholics from age 18 through age 59 are bound to
fast, but those with physical ailments, pregnant and nursing
mothers are exempt. Fasting is required Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Almsgiving -- Rice Bowls
“Rice Bowls” is the Lenten almsgiving program from Catholic
Relief Services. Please pick up your Rice Bowl in the back of the
churches the first Sunday of Lent. Use the inserted calendar to
form your lenten practices. Rice Bowls should be returned beginning
Palm Sunday. Please be generous.
Note: Donations can be made through the online giving portal as well.
How can we protect our children when we don't respect life?
I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child - a direct killing of the innocent child - murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love, and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts.--Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God, obeying his voice, and holding fast to him. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land which the LORD swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give to them. Dt 30:19-20
Let us Pray: Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
Prayers for Coronavirus Outbreak
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy,
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us
from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Prayers for those in isolation
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill,
afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone
on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayers for Medical Staff & Researchers
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those researching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work
many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayers for those who mourn during this time of the Coronavirus COVID-19
Lord of all gentleness.
You are close to the broken-hearted.
We entrust into your care
those who mourn the loss
of a loved one this day.
Surround them with our love
and comfort them in their sorrow.
Grant that they may not be overwhelmed
by their loss.
May they know the consolation and support
of the Christian community
Give them confidence in your goodness
and strength to meet the days ahead.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Prayers for Health Care Workers
God of everlasting goodness,
you sent your Son among us
to bring healing, peace, and reconciliation
to our weary world.
Be with all health care workers and their assistants
in this time of the Coronavirus pandemic.
As they continue Jesus’ ministry of care,
renew them in mind, body, and spirit.
Keep them safe from infection and illness,
and may Christ’s healing presence
flow through them
as they serve those entrusted to their care.
We ask this in his name,
Christ the healer,
who is Lord forever and ever.
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Marian Prayer for Our Time
O Mary, Health of the Sick,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you.
You know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon Himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows,
leading us through the cross
to the joy of the Resurrection.
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