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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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  • WASHINGTON—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) welcomed the announcement by President Barack Obama of the release of Alan Gross and other prisoners, and of the administration’s action to normalize relations with Cuba, December 17.Full text of the statement follows:                                        STATEMENT ON RELEASE OF ALAN GROSS AND                                           THE CHANGE IN U.S. POLICY TOWARD CUBA                                                         Most Reverend Oscar Cantú                                   Chairman, Committee on International Justice and Peace                                            United States Conference of Catholic Bishops                                                                 December 17, 2014We share the joy of the family of Alan Gross and of all Americans upon hearing the news of his release from over five years of custody in Cuba, as well as the humanitarian release of other prisoners. We are also encouraged by today’s announcement by the Administration of important actions that will foster dialogue, reconciliation, trade, cooperation and contact between our respective nations and citizens. Our Conference has long held that universal human rights will be strengthened through more engagement between the Cuban and American people. For decades, the USCCB has called for the restoration of diplomatic relations between our nations. We strongly support the review of Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.  We believe it is long past due that the United States establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba, withdraw all restrictions on travel to Cuba, rescind terrorist designations aimed at Cuba, encourage trade that will benefit both nations, lift restrictions on business and ...

  • WASHINGTON—Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, decried the opening of a 2,400-bed detention center in Dilley, Texas, constructed to house, among others, families fleeing persecution in Central America.The detention center, operated by a private, for-profit group, was inaugurated December 15.“It is inhumane to house young mothers with children in restrictive detention facilities, as if they are criminals,” said Bishop Elizondo December 16. “Already traumatized from their journey, these families are very vulnerable and need care and support, not further emotional and psychological harm.” Studies have shown that detention has a harmful psychological impact on children.Bishop Elizondo added that the Obama administration’s pursuit of a deterrence policy– including detention and interdiction– against children and families fleeing violence undermines basic human rights.“Many of these families are fleeing persecution and should be afforded the full benefit of domestic and international law,” Bishop Elizondo said. “As we saw in the case of Artesia, detention denies mothers and children with valid legal claims meaningful access to due process, including legal representation.” A temporary detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, housing families was recently closed down, in part, because of strong opposition to due process violations and conditions there, especially for children. The average age of children detained in Artesia was six and a half years old.Bishop Elizondo added that humane alternatives to detention exist, particularly community-based alternatives based on a case management model.  “Past community-based programs have shown that vulnerable groups such as families can be placed in a community setting and still appear at their immigration hearings, provided they are given the proper support,” Bishop Elizondo said. “The ...

  • WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has made the daily readings for Mass in Spanish available online. “Being able to provide the daily readings in Spanish online has been a long journey. We are happy to see this work turned into a reality,” said Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Communications. “This is part of our continued efforts to answer the pastoral needs of Hispanics and Spanish speaking Catholics and to provide them resources and information in ways that encourage them to grow in their faith.”The daily readings in Spanish are drawn from the Lectionary published in Mexico and approved for use in the United States by the U.S. bishops. Hispanics represent 16 percent of the total U.S. population and about 40 percent of U.S. Catholics; 64 percent of Hispanic Catholics attend church regularly. The daily readings in English are among the most popular resources on the USCCB website with a monthly average of 3.3 million unique page views. Nearly 49,000 people receive the daily readings in English by email, a feature that soon will be available for the Spanish-language readings.  The daily readings in Spanish can be found at www.usccb.org by selecting: “Bible,” “Today’s Readings,” and “En Español.”USCCB also provides updates on USCCB news and faith-building resources in Spanish on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USCCBEspanol and Twitter at https://twitter.com/USCCBEspanol. Bilingual resources for dioceses, parishes and ministry groups are also available at www.myusccb.org.---Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, da...

  • WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe approved 79 grants for a total of $2,854,878 in aid to finance pastoral projects in Central and Eastern Europe. The subcommittee evaluated and approved grant proposals for 2015 during the bishops’ annual fall General Assembly on November 9 in Baltimore.The projects focus on rebuilding Catholic schools and orphanages, charitable programs, formation programs for seminarians, and the preservation and dissemination of Catholic education and intellectual life. The geographical area served by these projects includes 20 countries and extends into Central Asia. These grants are funded by the annual Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.“Our brothers and sisters in Central and Eastern Europe stand in great need of our help and solidarity,” said Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, chairman of the subcommittee. “In these countries, the Church continues to face enormous challenges, both from the recent political upheaval in many areas and from the continuing influence of the secular culture on families, and particularly on the youth. Through our funded projects, Catholics in the United States offer a strong message of support and gratitude to the faithful in these countries.” Several grants focused on Catholic education in Albania, one of the poorest countries in Eastern Europe. The subcommittee approved 6 grants for pastoral work in Albania, which include several grants that will support schools. Many Albanians attend Mass regularly and the faith is growing and spreading among the population. Most of the students are from very poor families who do not have the resources to support the schools or pay full tuition. Faced with this need, many of the Catholic schools are run by religious orders, which finance the schools through their own limited means. The subcommittee funded one grant that will purchase uniforms ...

  • WASHINGTON—On December 3, the U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule to implement President Obama’s July 21 Executive Order prohibiting federal government contractors from what the Administration deems “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination. In response, four chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a statement. Those chairmen are Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development; Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage; Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty; and Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, chairman of the Committee of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.  The full statement follows:The regulations published on December 3 by the U.S. Department of Labor implement the objectionable Executive Order that President Obama issued in July to address what the Administration has described as “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination in employment by federal contractors. We will study the regulations carefully, but we note the following initially. Our Church teaches that “[e]very sign of unjust discrimination” against those who experience same-sex attraction “should be avoided” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, CCC 2358)—but it appears on an initial reading that these regulations would prohibit far more than that “unjust discrimination.” In particular, they appear also to prohibit employers’ religious and moral disapproval of same-sex sexual conduct, which creat...

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