hird Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 3, 2013
God is mercy. That seems to be the main message of the reading from Exodus. God has seen the suffering of the Israelites and promises mercy and rescue. From then on, God is to be known as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Paul calls his readers to continue to grow in the faith. The God who rescued Israel also rescues them. As beneficiaries of God’s mercy, Christians must keep on working, doing their part to become ever more trusting and loving people of God.
The Gospel’s second section is a homey story about God’s mercy. Against the advice of the land owner, the vinedresser pleads for mercy—and shows mercy—to allow the poor fig tree yet another year to become productive.
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First Reading — “I have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt and have come to rescue them”
(Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15) or Exodus 17:3-7.
Psalm — The Lord is kind and merciful (Psalm 103) or Psalm 95.
Second Reading — Those who think they are standing secure should take care not to fall (1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12) or Romans 5:1-2, 5-8.
Gospel — I shall cultivate the ground around the fig tree and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future (Luke 13:1-9) or John 4:5-42 [5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42].
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READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Thursday: Jer 7:23-28; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Lk 11:14-23
SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES
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Third Sunday of Lent
|Tuesday||1616 - Copernicus' "de Revolutionibus" placed on Catholic Forbidden index|
|Wednesday||1836 - 3,000 Mexicans beat 182 Texans at the Alamo, after 13 day fight|
|Thursday||1962 - Beatles perform for first time on BBC|
St. John of God; Abstinence
Fourth Sunday of Lent
TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION
Hollywood has given us an image of Moses slipping off his shoes before a burning bush. God has just called Moses by name, and so that Moses doesn’t miss the meaning of this breakthrough in human history, God requires that all barriers to the experience be eliminated. If you’ve ever tried to maneuver barefoot across hot sand, or pick your way along a rocky beach, you know how sensitive feet can be.
Within the Church, there are religious orders with a custom of going barefoot, not merely to show poverty, but to be an outward sign of a desire for connection with creation, a desire to go through life alert to what God is doing. In early days, when reconciliation was a once‑in‑a‑lifetime possibility, penitents often went barefoot for a long period of time as a sign of their conversion. Even today, people follow an ancient practice of slipping off their shoes to walk in the procession to the cross on Good Friday. It is striking that the first use of our newly‑scrubbed feet from Holy Thursday night is to walk resolutely in the footsteps of Christ to the cross.
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MONDAY – MARCH 4TH
8:00 AM Communion Service
5:30 PM Communion Service
TUESDAY – MARCH 5TH
8:00 AM Communion Service
5:30 PM Faithful Departed Memorial Mass (English)
WEDNESDAY – MARCH 6TH
8:00 AM Int. for the Altar and Rosary Society
5:30 PM Int. for Raul Carrillo by Mr. and Mrs. Carrillo
THURSDAY– MARCH 7TH
8:00 AM †Violet Hashim
5:30 PM Int. for Raul Carrillo by Parents
FRIDAY – MARCH 8TH
8:00 AM Int. for Leonard Lozano by Mother and Family
5:30 PM †Oreste J. Fanucchi
SATURDAY – MARCH 9TH
4:00 PM †Cecilia Dominguez by Family
6:00 PM †Celia Maceda by Carlos and Elizabeth
SUNDAY– MARCH 1OTH
7:00 AM B-Day Int. for Rubi Sanchez by Family
9:00 AM †Melesio Reyes by Becky Jischke
11:00 AM Pro Populo
1:00 PM †Hector and Aurora Gonzalez by Friends
5:00 PM †Jean Eyherabide by Sister Louise
7:00 PM Community Mass
SCHEDULE OF WEEKEND CEREMONIES
Thursday, March7th: 6PM Confessions
Friday, March 8th: 6PM Confessions
Saturday, March 9th:
9:00AM Spanish Baptisms
1:00 & 2:15 PM Wedding
The next World Youth Day will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from July 23-28, 2013.
World Youth Day was begun by Pope John Paul II as a way to capture the spirit of the youth and inspire them to live the teachings of Christ. Anyone interested in attending this spiritual pilgrimage is welcome. Please contact Cesar Garcia for more information regarding this trip at 324-4614.
Living Stewardship Now
What portion of your spare time, your abilities, and your money are you giving to Christ through his church? Only you can give what you have—no one else can give it for you.
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Women of Grace
We will share with you God’s purpose and mission through a group study format that delves into prayer, Sacred Scripture, Church documents, teachings on lives of women saints and the example of our Blessed Mother. All women are invited on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30pm in Pat’s House. For more information, please contact Teresa Valverde at 342-4956.
Prayer Blanket Ministry
This ministry meets the second Tuesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Pat’s House located in the park area of our Church. The blankets are blessed on the last Tuesday of the month at the Healing Mass. For a Prayer Blanket request, please contact the parish office.
St. Joseph 2013 Annual Fiesta
St. Joseph’s 25th Annual Spring Carnival is scheduled for Sunday, April 14. We will need your help to make the Carnival a great success. We are in great need of the following items:
• Raffle Prizes
• Bingo Prizes
• Donations for the Country Store
• Bottled Water
• Monetary Donations
You can drop off your donations at the Parish office. Thank you for all your support!
Third Sunday of Lent
March 3, 2013
The Lord secures justice
and the rights of all the oppressed.
— Psalm 103:6
We pray to God on Easter that we shall never again see darkness. We ask God to open our eyes to know him in the breaking of bread and we ask for the strength to follow him in his risen life.
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Patrik Ryan, Richard Flores, Otilia Muro, Evelyn Sanchez, Alma Bonilla, Virginia Guerrero, Linda Guerrero, Jose Cervantes, Saul Glen Gonzalez, Luis Zepeda Manuel De La Cruz, Alicia Lupian Margarita Ortega, Senorina Jacbo Natividad De La Cruz Jacobo, Myrna Rojas, Ethan Hernandez, Clare Cervantes Christopher “Moosie” Silva, Denise Enriquez, Vanessa Carrillo, Favian Sanchez, Juarez Family, Mr. Jose de Lizaso, Elizabeth Juarez, Andi Monroe, Don Lapan, Alfredo Ortega, Efigenia Herrera, Irma Arroyo, Tony and Martha Ruiz, Patricia Arroyo, Maria Flores, Mia Cervantez, Michelle Juarez, Raymond Cisneros, Saul Gonzalez, Ralph Milles, Josie De La Torre, Manuel Gonzalez Jr.Guadalupe Montes ,Hortencia Solis, Rosemary Gree- ne, Denis Moises Bravo, Vanessa Chavez.
In Need Of Prayers:
Many of our parishioners are in need of prayer: the elderly, sick and those who are suffering through difficult times. It is our obligation to pray for those in need. The Corporal Works of Mercy are seven forms of charity or mercy directed to the physical well being of the needy. As a parish family we are responsible for each other. We will be accepting requests for prayer for those in need. Should you know or hear of one such as these, call the office 327-2744, and submit a prayer request.
EXPEDIENCY IS NO JUSTIFICATION
No one is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.
PAST AND FUTURE
There is no saint without a past—and no sinner without a future.
The best mirror is a friend’s eyes.
LOVE IN OUR WORKS
Our Lord does not care so much for the importance of our works as for the love with which they are done.
—Teresa of Ávila