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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—Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, welcomed the news today that the Obama administration will defer deportations for many undocumented immigrants and their families. “We have a long history of welcoming and aiding the poor, the outcast, the immigrant, and the disadvantaged. Each day, the Catholic Church in the United States, in her social service agencies, hospitals, schools, and parishes, witnesses the human consequences of the separation of families, when parents are deported from their children or spouses from each other. We’ve been on record asking the Administration to do everything within its legitimate authority to bring relief and justice to our immigrant brothers and sisters. As pastors, we welcome any efforts within these limits that protect individuals and protect and reunite families and vulnerable children,” said Bishop Elizondo.Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky, and president of the USCCB said, “There is an urgent pastoral need for a more humane view of immigrants and a legal process that respects each person’s dignity, protects human rights, and upholds the rule of law. As our Holy Father, Pope Francis, said so eloquently: ‘Every human being is a child of God! He or she bears the image of Christ! We ourselves need to see, and then to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees do not only represent a problem to be solved, but are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected, and loved.’” Bishop Elizondo added, “I strongly urge Congress and the President to work together to enact permanent reforms to the nation’s immigration system for the best interests of the nation and the migrants who seek refuge here. We will continue to work with both parties to enact legislation that welcomes and protects immigrants and promotes a just and fair immigration policy.”---Keyw...

  • WASHINGTON—In the coming months, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs and the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church will conduct a nationwide assessment of the pastoral needs of Asian and Pacific Island Catholics. Findings from this project will be used to formulate a broader National Pastoral Plan.“Building upon the USCCB’s mission of evangelization, and desiring to minister in the best possible way to all Catholics, the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church has determined the need for a National Pastoral Plan for Asian and Pacific Island Catholics,” said Bishop Randolph Calvo of Reno, Nevada, chairman of the Subcommittee for Asian and Pacific Islands Affairs. “This plan aims to identify current conditions and needs, revealing how faith is lived and expressed in culturally-specific contexts.” The assessment will be conducted by a team of social scientists, led by Tricia Bruce, Ph.D. of Maryville College in Tennessee and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), and will include the participation of pastoral leaders such as bishops and diocesan directors, pastors and pastoral teams,volunteers and parishioners. The survey (http://bit.ly/NSAPICUS) will include questions related to liturgy, formation, leadership, identity, integration, as well as family and community among Asian and Pacific Island Catholics. The study will also convene focus groups at large gatherings, such as the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and the Mid-Atlantic Congress in Baltimore, and will conduct extensive interviews with influential leaders who minister to these communities.Participation in these efforts is essential to help the Catholic Church develop a better understanding of the contributions and needs of such a diverse co...

  • WASHINGTON—Two U.S. bishops applauded a proposal by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission that would help provide sustainable broadband capacity to Catholic schools. In a November 18 letter, Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha and Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City expressed their appreciation and support for the proposal of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to permanently increase the funding level of the E-Rate program. The proposal is subject to a vote of the full Commission, December 11.“The E-rate program is a vital resource to the Catholic schools in the United States and an important means for ensuring all children have access to the internet,” wrote Archbishop Lucas and Bishop Wester. “Last year, Catholic schools educated 1,974,578 students in 6,594 Catholic schools, 3,200 of which participated in the E-Rate program.”Archbishop Lucas and Bishop Wester chair, respectively, the Committees on Catholic Education and Communications of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.The bishops said the E-Rate program, while successful in helping schools gain access to telecommunications services, the Internet and other technology funds, has been “consistently and severely underfunded.” They said the proposal to fund the E-Rate program at $3.9 billion annually will allow public and private schools previously unable to participate in the program “to provide 21st century education and learning with the additional funding connecting students and their teachers to high-speed broadband.”They noted the difference the proposed funding would make in the lives of Catholic school students: “It will improve Catholic student outcomes by allowing our teachers to take full advantage of the online and digital resources and tools needed to transform teaching and learning. Finally, the additional funding will ensure adequate access to connectivity, including a focus on our schools in disadvantaged communities so that everyone, everywhere – rural...

  • WASHINGTON—The 27th national collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious will be held in most U.S. Catholic parishes December 13-14. The annual, parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and benefits more than 35,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests. The 2013 appeal raised nearly $28.4 million, enabling the NRRO to distribute $23 million in financial assistance to 424 religious communities. Additional funding is allocated for communities with the greatest needs and for retirement planning and educational resources. Catholic bishops in the United States initiated the collection in 1988 to address the significant lack of retirement funding among U.S. religious communities. Proceeds are distributed to eligible communities to help underwrite such day-to-day needs as prescription medications and nursing care. Since the collection began, Catholics have contributed $726 million. Over 93 percent of donations directly support senior religious and their communities.Despite the overwhelming generosity to this fund, many religious communities continue to lack resources sufficient to support retirement and eldercare. Of 590 communities submitting data to the NRRO in 2013, fewer than eight percent were fully funded for retirement.The financial crisis is rooted in low salaries and changing demographics. Traditionally, Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests—known collectively as women and men religious—worked for small stipends that furnished only the basics of daily living. As a result, many communities lack adequate retirement savings. At the same time, elderly religious are living longer and now outnumber younger, wage-earning religious. Sixty-eight percent of religious in communities providing data to the NRRO are past age 70, and the income of those engaged in compensated ministry cannot keep pace with the growing cost of eldercare. In 2013 alone, the t...

  • WASHINGTON—Congress should incorporate the protections of the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) into must-pass funding legislation, said the chairmen of two committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in a November 17 letter to Congress. Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley of Boston and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore cited the California Department of Managed Health Care’s recent move to mandate elective abortions in all health plans under its jurisdiction, with no religious or moral exemption, as one urgent reason for Congress to improve federal laws protecting conscience rights on abortion.“The crisis in California requires Congress to reaffirm a principle that has long enjoyed broad bipartisan support: Government should not force hospitals, doctors, nurses and other providers to stop offering or covering much-needed legitimate health care because they cannot in conscience participate in destroying a developing human life,” wrote Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Lori. They chair the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, respectively.Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Lori noted that such rules proposed in California and other states violate the longstanding Weldon amendment, which forbids governmental bodies receiving federal funds from discriminating against those who object to taking part in abortion or abortion coverage. However, that law lacks an effective means of enforcement and has been subject to legal challenges. The bishops support ANDA as an assurance of greater legal protection. Its protections were included in the U.S. House of Representatives’ draft version of the Labor/HHS appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2013, but that act was ultimately not passed by Congress.“We strongly urge you to incorporate ANDA into must-pass funding legislation at your earliest possible opportunity,” the bishops concluded. Full text of the letter is available online:

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