Fifth Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Archaeologists have unearthed thousands of stone tablets—surviving evidence of the life in the ancient Near East. This stone record gives us a glimpse of the cultures that are the background of the Bible. Hello, I'm Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Fifth Sunday of Lent.
Especially helpful to Biblical studies has been the record of covenants—agreements made between merchants, traders or rulers in biblical times. By studying these business or legal relationships, we can understand the religious concept of covenant–our Scriptural theme all through this Lent.
In today’s first reading, however, the prophet Jeremiah wants us to move from covenants recorded on stone to another kind of covenant. Jeremiah is thinking of the Ten Commandments, written on stone by God and given to Moses. Now God tells the prophet that henceforth the covenant will be written in the hearts of the people. They will know their God with the intimacy of a lover. They will respond from the heart.
Lent is about renewing our Baptism. In Baptism, God has “written on our hearts” a personal, covenant relationship with Jesus Christ. In today’s Gospel, Jesus refers to his own act of self-giving, in the beautiful image of the grain of wheat, which dies in order to allow new life to grow. In the same passage he invites his followers to imitate him in that selfless act of love.
In these final weeks of Lent, let’s seek to respond to that covenant invitation.
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It is necessary to reassert the strongest
opposition to every direct attack on life,
especially innocent and defenseless life,
and the unborn child in the womb is the
definition of innocence. Every Christian
is responsible for this evangelical witness:
to protect life in all its stages with courage and love.
- Pope Francis to Prolife Activists, 4/11/2014
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Fr. Lubomir will be Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) today, Sunday, from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Stations of The Cross
You are encouraged to join so many others who are praying the Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. on Friday’s during Lent and staying for Mass. Reflecting on our Lord’s Passion and Death helps us to appreciate the depth of His love and the value God has placed on our salvation.
Feast of The Annunciation
Mary believed that God does enter the lives of His people. We need to be attentive, obedient and willing to allow His plan to shape our lives. Mary’s mortal body conceives the Immortal One. The Paschal Mystery is won!
Flowers for The Annunciation
The flowers for The Annunciation will be donated by Muriel Gilot in memory of her husband, Dr. Jean Gilot. Thank you.
Families and the Gospel
Relationships come with a price tag. We must be willing to entrust ourselves to another, to let go of our autonomy and die to our independence. It is in dying to our independence that we find inter-dependence with others.
Annual Catholic Appeal
Thank you to all who have participated in the Annual Catholic Appeal! 9% of our families have participated so far. Please join them in supporting our Parish and our Diocesan ministries with a Lenten gift. If you did not get a pledge card, envelopes are available at the church entrances. Thank you for your generosity! No gift is too small.
The Church stated in 1963 that the “more complete
form of participation in the Mass by which the faithful, after
the priests’ communion, receive the Lord’s Body from the
sacrifice, is strongly endorsed.” With the third edition of
the Roman Missal, the Church reiterated, “It is most desirable
that the faithful, just like the Priest himself is bound to
do, receive the Lord’s Body from hosts consecrated at the
same Mass…” Such a practice highlights the participation in
the sacrifice of the Mass actually being celebrated. Rather
than regularly going to the tabernacle for Communion distribution,
the Church would see this as the exception. Communion
distribution should normally be those hosts consecrated
at that particular Mass.
- The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Number 55. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Number 85 , Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office
In Your Prayers
Please remember in your prayers the health intention of
Marcella Adams, Arlene Balestino, Suzanne Baranik-
Bowser, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara Barker, Rhoda Born,
Elizabeth, Valerie Brumbaugh, Kierra Chirdon, Denise
Conrad, Mary Costlow, Betty Dalansky, Susie Dalansky,
Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Thomas Dobson,
Marian Dodson, Joan Donnelly, Debra Dorazio, May
Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley Fanella,
Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, Mary Frederick, Anna
Marie Gority, Helen Gummo, Elaine Hauser, Janet Hilton,
Michael Himes, Nancy James, Ken Keagy, Larry
Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle,
Patty Maria, Brigid McManaman, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin
O’Rorke, Cindy Oswald, Donny Ott, Joe Peroni, Braxton
Pine, William Reimer, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes,
Joan Robison, Elia Rocci, Gavin Ross, Patty Ruffing,
Maureen Sherbine, Arlene Schirf, Luke Schultz, Jacqueline
Smith, John Templon, Pete Szebin, Caitlin Thompson,
Carole Treese, and Angie Yingling.
In the event our prayers have helped, you are asked to call the rectory to have your name removed from the list. You can always have it put back on if need be. Thank you.
To have a name added to the prayer list, please call the rectory office before noon on Monday to have the name placed in that weekends bulletin. You must have the persons permission to print their name.