Posted on Feb 02, 2018

5th Week in Ordinary Time
February 4 & 8 RCIA Sessions

Job 7:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
Mark 1:29-39


 "When it was evening, after sunset,they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.  The whole town was gathered at the door.  Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
...Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, "Everyone is looking for you."
 -cf. Mark 1:29-39



  • Thursday, February 8, Godparents of English-speaking YOUTH in RCIA should attend our session, 7:00 pm in Holy Family Room.
  • This week we Practice the Rite of Sending and review all details of the Rite of Sending and Rite of Election.
  • This week all RCIA Families and Candidates will have time to finish their own plan for Lent.

PRACTICE THE FAITH: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving - LENT

  • A relationship with God requires silent times of stillness and prayerful listening to God's will.   In the Gospel this week we see that even Jesus took times away to pray.  In fact, the more we want to do for God, the more we must listen for God's voice, in moments away from all the noise and bustle of our lives.  
  • Be sure you know the FIVE PRECEPTS of the Church.  If you have ANY DOUBTS or questions about the faith, this is the last week to talk to your sponsor or one of the priests before the Rite of Election.   Honesty brings great spiritual fruit.
  • Pray and ask God what practices of prayer, fasting and alms-giving will bring you closer to His will for you this Lent.
  • Here are some online videos about Lent:  three minutes on being LOST then coming home; eight minutes on HOW TO PREPARE; less than eight minutes about the significance of Ash Wednesday; eight and a half minutes on the REASONS for FASTING; eight minutes on WHERE is LENT in the BIBLE?; six minutes on how FASTING can change you FOREVER; about Lent in less than five minutes; Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Life-Giving Virtues in just over an hour.  Check out a few of them!



Ash Wednesday Services:  February 14, 2018

  • 6:30 am Mass
  • 8:00 am Mass
  • 12:30 pm Ecumenical Prayer Service with Witherspoon Presbyterian Church - not a Mass
  • 5:30 pm Mass
  • 7:30 pm La Misa en Español

Stations of the Cross - every Friday in Lent at 6:00 pm in the Church - by the Youth Group

Weekly Confession Times in Lent

  • Monday-Thursday: 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Friday:  3:00-4:00 pm
  • Saturday:  9:00-11:00 am & 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Sunday:  7:00-8:00 am and 9:00-10:00 am and 11:30 am -12:30 pm and 2:00-3:00 pm and 5:00-6:00 pm

CONNECTIONS:  "You are the Holy One of God!"

 In this week's Gospel Jesus is still casting out demons.  As Lent quickly approaches, we ask him to do the same for us - to cast out demons.  In the Gospel it also says that the "whole town" was gathered at the door - and that "everyone was looking" for Jesus.  What about us?  Are we still looking?  Still wanting to follow?

What is our next step????????

As we move through Lent, let us keep these questions and others before us...

How was I first CALLED by God?

How have I been LOVED by God? 

What do I BELIEVE?   What do I DESIRE?  Who would I say that Jesus is - how do I know Him?

What must I do now - or what must I leave behind now - to FOLLOW Him more closely?

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