I DO WILL IT!: Rites of Healing

Posted on Feb 09, 2018

6th Week in Ordinary Time
RCIA Sessions for February 11 & 15 

Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-66
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11
1 Corinthians 10:31-11;1
Mark 1:40-45


 "A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, 'If you wish, you can make me clean.'  Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, 'I do will it. Be made clean.'" -cf. Mark 1:40-45



  • February 11 & 15 are the usual sessions: the entire time will be spent on Sacraments and Rites of Healing, as well as the experience of needing healing and forgiveness.
  • February 17 & 18 the Rite of Sending will be at the 7:00 pm, 10:00 am and 12:30 pm Masses.  Come 1/2 hour before the Rite to check in and get a seat.
  • February 18 is the Rite of Election and Rite of Call to Continuing Conversion at the Cathedral:  all candidates, catechumens, sponsors, godparents and parents must be inside by 5:15 pm.
  • February 22 is a different format:  Spanish-speaking families will gather for a Movie Night in the gym.  All adult candidates and catechumens, English-speaking and Spanish-speaking, as well as the English-speaking families, will gather in St. Augustine for a Seder Meal.R
  • The Penitential Rite for candidates happens only once: it will be February 24 & 25 at the 7 pm, 10 am, 12:30 pm, and 3 pm Masses.
  • RCIA Sessions on March 1 and March 8 will begin in the normal rooms at the usual times.  After a 1/2 hour of class on March 1, there will be a Spanish Walk thru the Mass in Church and an English Walk thru the Mass in the Chapel.  The last 1/2 hour on March 8 will be a minor rite in Church, celebrated bilingually: the Presentation of the Creed.

PRACTICE THE FAITH: Keep your eyes & hearts on Jesus this Lent

  • Plan on attending the March 3 RCIA Lenten Retreat.  If you didn't watch the online videos about Lent that were posted in this Blog last week, then consider pulling up last week's Blog and watching a few now.
  • Start preparing yourself to receive Jesus in the Eucharist: watch this hilarious but helpful video on "how to receive communion."  Practice at home!
  • The whole point of the Christian life is to follow Jesus.  This Lent, practice PRAYER, FASTING and ALMSGIVING in a way that helps you keep your eyes and your HEART fixed on Jesus!  If any of these Lenten disciplines distract you from Jesus, give them up and find a way to remain close to Jesus.


 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

Written "Guide" on how to go to Confession - whether it is your first or hundredth time.  Or watch these two videos online: Confession 101, Part One & Confession 101, Part Two.

CONNECTIONS:  "Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand..."

"I do will it, be healed."

It is difficult to imagine the pain of leprosy...  Long before the leprosy causes physical pain it causes separation, isolation, fear, loss.  Even the most loving relationships are affected.

Watch some of these YouTube video clips about Naaman the Leper for an idea of all the hurt caused by leprosy:  then consider what hurts you have in your own life.  What healing do you need?  What healing is needed in our community?  Our world?  What can you do this Lent so that God is able to enter into these broken and deserted places in us and our world?   

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