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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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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—Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, welcomed passage of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015” (H.R. 7) by the U.S. House of Representatives. “By passing this legislation, the House has taken a decisive step toward respect for unborn human life, reflecting the will of the American people,” he said.  Co-sponsored by Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL), the pro-life bill passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 242-179 on January 22, the day of the annual March for Life in Washington. The House approved identical legislation a year ago by a closer margin, 227-188. The bill codifies a permanent, government-wide policy against taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage. It also requires health plans offered under the Affordable Care Act to disclose the extent of their coverage for abortion and the amount of any surcharge for that coverage to consumers.  Cardinal O’Malley wrote to Congress last January urging support for the legislation, saying it “will write into permanent law a policy on which there has been strong popular and congressional agreement for over 37 years: The federal government should not use its funding power to support and promote elective abortion, and should not force taxpayers to subsidize this violence. Even public officials who take a ‘pro-choice’ stand, and courts that have insisted on a constitutional ‘right’ to abortion, have agreed that the government has every right (in the Supreme Court’s words) to ‘encourage childbirth over abortion.’”“H.R. 7 also requires health plans under the Affordable Care Act to provide full disclosure on their abortion coverage to consumers,” said Cardinal O’Malley. “This lets Americans choose health coverage that reflects their values. Just as most Americans do not want their tax dollars used for abortion, they do not want their ...

  • WASHINGTON—The feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, February 8, has been designated as the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. Last year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration designated such date as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking. Later that year, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General at the Vatican, announced that the 2015 event will also be observed internationally.  St. Josephine Bakhita was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and taken to Italy. Once Josephine demanded her freedom, she entered the religious life with the Canossian sisters and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering.The day is intended to raise awareness and to encourage reflection on the violence and injustice that affect the numerous victims of trafficking. The observance is being promoted for all dioceses, parishes and church groups.Pope Francis highlights in Evangelii Gaudium that human trafficking affects everyone. “How I wish that all of us would hear God’s cry: ‘Where is your brother?’ (Gen 4:9). Where is your brother or sister who is enslaved? Where is the brother and sister whom you are killing each day in clandestine warehouses, in rings of prostitution, in children used for begging, in exploiting undocumented labour? Let us not look the other way. There is greater complicity than we think. The issue involves everyone!” Pope Francis wrote.“We couldn’t be more thrilled that the focus will now be international. Our brothers and sisters around the world want to prevent human trafficking as much as we do. It’s awe-inspiring to think that Catholics from so many different countries will gather together on the same day to pray for the same cause,” said Ambassador Johnny Young, executive director of USCCB Migrat...

  • WASHINGTON—Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders of 25 national religious organizations wrote to President Obama today urging “a renewed, determined U.S. effort, in coordination with the Quartet, to work with Israel and the Palestinian Authority to achieve a negotiated two-state peace agreement before it is too late.” The entities comprising the Quartet are the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia.  The religious leaders warned that the Gaza war “demonstrated once again that there is no military solution to the conflict” and given developments on the ground, including violent clashes in Jerusalem, “simply urging the parties to return to negotiations is no longer sufficient.”The signers of the letter represented the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East. Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, represented the U.S. bishops.“We believe the outline for a two-state peace agreement is widely known and would likely be accepted by majorities of Israelis and Palestinians if presented by their leaders as the only viable alternative to more violence and war,” they wrote. “UN Security Council Resolutions 242, 338 and 1397, the Taba Agreement (2001), the Arab Peace Initiative (2002), People’s Voice Initiative (2003), the Geneva Initiative (2003), and the (unofficial) Israeli Peace Initiative (2011), taken together, provide practical and reasonable ideas for resolving all the issues, including borders and security, settlements, refugees, and the future of Jerusalem.”The leaders urged President Obama “to authorize Secretary of State Kerry, coordinating with the Quartet and drawing on internationally accepted principles and practical ideas from previous official and informal negotiations, to offer a...

  • WASHINGTON—Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), urged support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act when it comes before the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, H.R. 36, introduced by Representatives Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), proposes a ban on abortions at 20 weeks after fertilization. In a January 20 letter to the House, Cardinal O’Malley wrote that there are many lessons learned from Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s imprisonment in 2013 for murder and other crimes committed while providing abortions. “This tragic circumstance led many Americans to realize that our permissive laws and attitudes have allowed the abortion industry to undertake these procedures. All decent and humane people are repulsed by the callous and barbarous treatment of women and children in Gosnell’s clinic, and in other clinics that abort children after 20 weeks,” Cardinal O’Malley wrote.  “The Supreme Court’s past insistence that unborn children must be ‘viable’ to deserve even nominal protection is not meaningful or workable,” Cardinal O’Malley added. Whether “viable” by the Court’s definition or not, he said, eyewitnesses confirmed that “the children were born alive and crying or screaming in pain, until their lives were intentionally and deliberately ended.” “These procedures after the middle point of pregnancy also pose serious dangers to women – as evidenced by Dr. Gosnell’s own manslaughter conviction for one woman’s death, and news about the death or serious complications of other women undergoing such procedures,” he said.“For all these reasons, the proposed ban on abortions at 20 weeks after fertilization is a place to begin uniting Americans who see themselves as ‘pro-life’ and as ‘pro-choice,’” Cardinal O’Malley added. “On behalf of our country and the children whose lives are at stake, I urge you to support the c...

  • WASHINGTON—Yesterday, in the case of Holt v. Hobbs, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of a Muslim inmate in an Arkansas state prison who sought to wear a half-inch beard in accordance with his faith.“The decision in Holt v. Hobbs is a great victory for religious freedom,” said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, “because it underscores that each and every person enjoys this basic human right.”“You don’t lose it if you subscribe to a minority faith, or even if you enter prison — in fact, you never lose it,” Archbishop Lori explained. “That is because, as the Second Vatican Council taught 50 years ago in Dignitatis Humanae, ‘the right to religious freedom has its foundation in the very dignity of the human person.’”The Court found that the State of Arkansas could not meet the requirements of the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA), which forbids the imposition of a “substantial burden” on religious exercise, unless the burden is the “least restrictive means” to serve a “compelling government interest.”  This “exceptionally demanding” test is virtually identical to the one established by the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), which is the principal basis for the successful federal civil rights lawsuits challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that employers cover sterilization, contraception, and drugs and devices that may cause abortion.In May 2014, USCCB joined other religious groups in filing an amicus curiae brief at the Supreme Court in support of the position that prevailed in yesterday’s decision. That brief is available online: www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/Holt-v-Hobb-Arkansas-Dept-of-Corr...

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