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hird Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 3, 2013

MERCY

 exodus     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.

Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

 

  SUNDAY’S READINGS

 

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].

The English translation of the Psalm Responses from the Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

 READINGS FOR THE WEEK

Links Courtesy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Website
(March 4th 2013 to March 10th 2013)readingweek

Monday: 2 Kgs 5:1-15b; Ps 42:2, 3; 43:3, 4; Lk 4:24-30

Tuesday: Dn 3:25, 34-43; Ps 25:4-5ab, 6-7bc, 8-9; Mt. 18:21-35

Wednesday: Dt 4:1, 5-9; Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20; Mt 5:17-19

Thursday: Jer 7:23-28; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Lk 11:14-23

Friday: Hos 14:2-10; Ps 81:6c-11ab, 14, 17; Mk 12:28-34

Saturday: Hos 6:1-6; Ps 51:3-4, 18-21ab; Lk 18:9-14

Sunday: Jos 5:9a, 10-12; Ps 34:2-7; 2 Cor 5:17-21; Lk 15:1-3, 11-32 Alternate readings (Year A): 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Ps 23:1-6; Eph 5:8-14; Jn 9:1-41[1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38]

 

SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES  

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Sunday  

Third Sunday of Lent

Monday   St. Casimir
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
Friday

 St. John of God; Abstinence

Saturday

First Saturday

Sunday  

Fourth Sunday of Lent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION

 

moses3   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.

—James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

 

 

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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
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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.   
wyday2013World 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
womenofgraceWe 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
prayerblanket1This  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
 
Donations Needed!
 
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  fiesta2013
•  Bingo Prizes  
•  Cakes  
•  Donations for the Country Store
•  Bottled Water
•  Sodas
•  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

 
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Bernardo Ambriz Mendoza Jr.
Juliana Andrea Ambriz Mendoza  
Pedro Pacheco Flores
Santos Rubio Jr.

 

 

 

Living God’s Word

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.

 


 


 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:prayerrequest1
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.

—Theodore Roosevelt

 

PAST AND FUTURE

      There is no saint without a past—and no sinner without a future.

—Anonymous

 

 LOOKING GOOD

 The best mirror is a friend’s eyes.

—Gaelic proverb

 

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

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  • WASHINGTON—The Central American Minors (CAM) program, a new initiative of the U.S. government which allows children in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to apply for asylum and humanitarian parole in the United States from their home countries, is a tool that helps save children’s lives, said a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) representative, April 23.“This program is an important tool which offers protection to children threatened by violence from organized crime networks. It also prevents them from taking the dangerous journey to the United States at the mercy of unscrupulous smugglers. It could literally save their lives,” said Anastasia K. Brown, interim executive director for USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) in testimony before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest. The hearing was held to examine the program and discuss outcomes. The CAM program was launched in response to the unprecedented number of children fleeing violence in the northern triangle region of Central America. Almost 70,000 unaccompanied minors arrived in the United States from the region last year. It is estimated that up to 40,000 children could arrive in the United States in 2015.Brown stated that the CAM program should be considered one part of a multi-dimensional approach to child migration from the region. Other elements, she said, include strengthening asylum and child welfare systems in neighboring countries and addressing the push factors, such as violence and the lack of opportunity, in Central America.“The CAM program is not a substitute for a comprehensive approach which requires other nations, such as Mexico, to provide refugee protection to these children,” she said. “Moreover, we must not overlook the need to help these nations address the violence and poverty which drive children and families to make the desperate decision to migrate.”Brown offered several recommendations to make ...

  • WASHINGTON—A few days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the rights of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, more than 30 religious leaders representing diverse faith communities throughout the United States have reaffirmed their shared commitment to marriage and religious freedom. An open letter entitled “The Defense of Marriage and the Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness” was issued to all in positions of public service on April 23.Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), signed the open letter and was joined by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage; Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty; and Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.“We hope this letter serves as an encouragement to all of us, especially those dedicated to public service, to continue to promote both marriage and religious freedom as integral to a healthy and free society,” said Archbishop Kurtz. “Marriage as the union of one man and one woman provides the best context for the birth and rearing of children and should be specially protected by law. The law, when it upholds the unique meaning of marriage, is simply recognizing an objective reality, not constructing one: children always have a mother and a father and deserve to be loved and raised by both of them. Society should work to strengthen the unique bond between husband and wife, knowing that strong marriages build stronger communities.”The religious leaders stressed the need for civility and mutual respect, writing, “Government should protect the rights of those with differing views of marriage to express their beliefs and convictions without fear of intimidation, ...

  • WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father Brendan Cahill, 51, a priest of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, bishop of Victoria, Texas, and accepted the resignation of Bishop David E. Fellhauer, 75, from pastoral governance of that diocese.The appointment was publicized in Washington, April 23, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.Brendan Cahill was born November 28, 1963, in Coral Gables, Florida. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master of divinity from the University of St. Thomas in Houston in 1985 and 1990, respectively.Following ordination, he served as parochial vicar of St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Houston (1990-1992) and Christ the Good Shepherd in Spring, Texas (1992-1998). He earned a master’s degree in Black Catholic Studies from Xavier University, New Orleans, in 1993, and a doctor of sacred theology from the Gregorian University, Rome, in 1998. He served on the formation faculty (1998-2001) and later as rector (2001-2010) of St. Mary Seminary in Houston. Since 2010, he has served as director of the Secretariat for Clergy Formation and Chaplaincy Services of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.Bishop-elect Cahill speaks English, Spanish and Italian, with a working knowledge of French and German.David E. Fellhauer was born August 19, 1939, in Kansas City, Missouri, and ordained a priest of the then-Diocese of Dallas-Fort Worth on May 29, 1965. He was appointed bishop of Victoria on April 7, 1990, and ordained a bishop on May 28 of that year.The Diocese of Victoria comprises 9,609 square miles in the State of Texas and has a total population of 288,101 people, of which 103,428, or 36 percent, are Catholic.---Keywords: bishop appointment, Pope Francis, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States, Diocese of Victoria, Texas, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Bishop-elect Brendan Cahill, Bishop David E. Fellhauer# # #

  • WASHINGTON—The 2015 Catholic Communications Campaign (CCC) will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of May 16-17. This collection helps support evangelization efforts at home and abroad through a variety of communications platforms, including the Internet, radio, print and social media. “With digital media taking an increased role in our daily lives, it is important that the Church continues using these new mediums as a way to connect with people. This collection makes many communications projects possible and breathes new life into our evangelization efforts,” said Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, Washington, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) CCC subcommittee. “Through this collection we can continue to bring people together and encourage discussions and conversations about the faith. Through the work of these projects, distance becomes a smaller obstacle to reaching the faithful.”The USCCB-sponsored website For Your Marriage (www.foryourmarriage.org) provides advice and witness stories to help couples at every stage of their journey, from dating to marriage and parenting. Funding from the CCC helps ensure that couples continue to receive information and tools to strengthen their marriages and grow together in holiness.In Ukraine, a CCC grant has assisted Catholic university students living amid violence and protests in Lviv and Kiev to be an active voice for peace and reconciliation. In Africa, CCC is assisting the Kenyan Conference of Catholic Bishops to develop a long-term plan that will provide Catholic content over a radio network and other evangelization resources to help the faith life in local communities to flourish.  More information and collection materials are available online at

  • WASHINGTON—Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI, retired archbishop of Chicago and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) from 2007-2010, was an exemplary servant of the Church, distinguished by his kindness and intellect, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of USCCB. Cardinal George, who retired in 2014, died April 17, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 78.Archbishop Kurtz’s statement follows:“The death of an exemplary churchman such as Cardinal Francis George brings much sadness at a time of joy and resurrection. We find peace in knowing that, after so much suffering, he has been raised up with our Lord. As archbishop of Chicago and president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, Cardinal George led as a kindly servant and unmatched intellectual, a man who encouraged everyone to see how God makes us all brother and sister to one another. I join with my brother bishops in thanking God for the gift of his witness and invite all to pray for the faithful repose of his soul.”---Keywords: Cardinal Francis E. George, Archdiocese of Chicago, president, U.S. bishops, USCCB, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph E. KurtzMEDIA CONTACTDon ClemmerO: 202-541-3206 ...

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