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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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  • Archdiocese of Washington reports record numbers entering the ChurchGalveston-Houston welcomes over 2,000 peopleEaster Vigil rites will be held in English, Chinese, other languages in some communitiesWASHINGTON–A widower honoring his late wife and a Chinese graduate student are among the thousands of new Catholics joining the Catholic Church in the United States at Easter. All have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of conversion and study in the Catholic faith for catechumens and candidates coming into full communion with the Church. Catechumens, who have never been baptized, will receive baptism, confirmation and first Communion at the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil. Candidates, who have already been baptized in another Christian tradition whose baptism is recognized by the Catholic Church, will enter the Church through a profession of faith and reception of confirmation and Eucharist.David Cupp, a candidate from the Archdiocese of Detroit who admits he had not “practiced much of anything for years,” came to the Catholic Church after the sudden death of his wife of 40 years, who was a devoted Catholic. He is grateful for his new journey in the Catholic Church despite his circumstances. “What keeps you sane is that you have to believe that there is a true God,” Cupp says. He is one of 520 catechumens and 660 candidates in the archdiocese who will receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil.Only a few months ago, an online video of the Ave Maria moved Jian Wang, a civil engineering student at Rutgers University, to become Catholic. He is a native of China who is no stranger to hardship and poverty. At age 2, his mother left the home and while in college, he lost his father. A simple Google search got him in touch with the university’s Catholic Center where his journey to become Catholic began. Wang is among 114 catechumens and 156 candidates from the Dioces...

  • WASHINGTON—The Vatican Television Center has released information for broadcasters regarding worldwide telecasts of the events presided over by Pope Francis in Holy Week and Easter and the canonization of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII. All times are UTC/GMT (Coordinated Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time).•  Good Friday, April 18, 19.15-21.00 hours, Way of the Cross presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum.•  Sunday April 20, 08:15-10:30 hours, Easter Sunday Mass presided over by Pope Francis immediately followed by the Message and Blessing “Urbi et Orbi” (To the City and to the World) from St. Peter’s Square.•  Sunday April 27, 08:00-11:30 hours, Holy Mass and Canonization of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII from St. Peter’s Square.Information about satellite distribution in the United States will be available on the Eurovision Worldfeed page and at www.pccs.it/tj/telecasts.htm.Television commentaries from the Vatican in English, Spanish and French will be available from Vatican Radio via ISDN line. Service via ISDN is limited and must be requested ahead from the International Relations Office of Vatican Radio relint@vatiradio.va  or by telephone: +39 06 698 83945, and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.Details concerning various satellites and frequencies will be posted on the Pontifical Council for Social Communications’ website www.pccs.it/tj/telecasts.htm. All inquiries should be made to Vatican Television Center (CTV) at worldtelec...

  • WASHINGTON—Members of the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee ratified a recommendation to evenly distribute the proceeds of the special collection for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan between humanitarian relief and long-term church reconstruction and program needs. The decision was made during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Administrative Committee Meeting on March 11-12.  As of late March, 148 dioceses have donated $24.5 million to the special collection. Of this amount, $6.4 million has been specifically designated by dioceses for humanitarian-only use. These donations have been tracked and sent directly to Catholic Relief Services (CRS). CRS received an additional $2.9 million directly from several dioceses. The proposed split will apply to the shared portion of the collection, currently at $18.1 million. Catholic Relief Services will administer the fifty percent of the collection that goes to humanitarian relief efforts, which include clean water, shelter kits, and income recovery. Incoming donations that are designated for humanitarian-only use will continue to be sent to CRS on a regular basis. “Both humanitarian and Church needs are significant,” said Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati, chairman of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. “When the delegation visited the Philippines in early February, they were able to see the needs first-hand. I spoke with Archbishop Coakley, who was in the delegation, and we agreed to recommend an even split of the collection to the Administrative Committee.” Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City is chairman of the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services. “One reason for our recommendation is the lack of an insurance system for Church property in the Philippines,” said Archbishop Coakley. “Through conversations with other Church aid agencies, it has become clear that our aid is absolutely necessary. Very limited funding will be available for the Ch...

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