Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Sunday Bulletin

First Sunday of Lent

February 18, 2018

   

Your ways, O Lord, make known to me; teach me your paths.— Psalm 25:4

MASS INTENTIONS

Sat. Febuary 17 4:00 pm Repose of the soul of Lance Herrera-Dempsey by Lorena Franco

Sat. Febuary 17 6:00 pm Pro Populo

Sun. Febuary 18 8 :00 am Intentions of Jim Ellis by Pastor

Sun. Febuary 18 11:00 am Pro Populo

Mon. Febuary 19 7:00 am Intentions “For the KofC Council 8628 Members and Wives & Widows with Birthdays in January.

Tues. Febuary 20 7:00 am Repose of the soul of Miguel Arturo Gamboa by Familia Gamboa

Wed. Febuary 21 7:00 am Repose of the soul of JoAnn Mitchell by Misty Butterfield

Thurs Febuary 22 7:00 am Repose of the soul of Jake Mitchell by Misty Butterfield

Fri. Febuary 23 7:00 am Repose of the soul of Fr. Dan Coyle by Pastor Sat. Febuary 24 4:00 pm Intentions of Sharkey Family by Lorena Franco

Sat. Febuary 24 6:00 pm Pro Populo

OUR SICK/REZA POR NUESTROS ENFERMOS

Andrew Dixon - The James Ellis Family – Lori Luczak -Randy Scott - Barbara Crosby - Richard Gouin, Jr. - Lisa Marshall-Vargas - Dan Brown - Christie Sackett - Kayla Connolly - Christopher Anderson -Sandra Culp - Pat Olsen - Harry Brown - James Gamber-Julie Oldenburg Klekas - Jo Chastain - Gail Frampton - Mary Glennon - Sheila Merrill - Louis Lab – Mr & Mrs Herrera - Joseph Clubb- Jack Johantgen - Doris Elliott - Jim McMullen - Jean Poole - Gloria Llamas - Charlie and Rose Hardy - Janet Girardot - Patricia Giuffrida - The LeCavalier Family- Jimmy Elsworth- Gerardo Rico- Robert Connelly- Evelyn Perez- De Ann Strang- Kylee Anderson- Kim Lihigh-Gorge Maldonado-Kathy Powell- Diana Laird- Terry Wilkenson- John Morgan- David Savage-Margaret Workman- Abraham Workman- Margie Snow-Rex Becerra-Pat Wert- Fred Wallis- Phil Hartz-Cindy Schlick-Carmelita Lustig- Paul Lustig- Alan LeCavalier- Lynn Burgoyne-Brigit-Sullivan Salamon- Marie Neis-Jacob Gersick-Gustavo Bedoya-Ignacio Patron- Brandon Browning- Paige Butterfield- David Lehr- Michael Myers-Gabe Jacobsen-Vivian Connelly-Coss Connolly- Kalea Ramos- Cap Aubrey Sr.- Briley Patterson- Stu Butterfield- Pat Gardner- Downing Morgan-Amailia Henson- Kathy Lehr

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EXTRA ORDINARY MINISTERS OF EUCHARIST AND LECTORS

Training meeting for Extra Ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and Lectors is scheduled for Monday, February 26th at 3:00 p.m. In the church. If you are interested in either of these ministries, please be there.

EASTER LILLIES

If you would care to make a donation for the purchase of Lillies for Easter. Flower Envelopes are located in the vestibule. Please note on the outside of the envelope your donation is for Easter Lillies. Thank you for your generosity.

OFFICE CLOSED

In observance of President's Holiday, The office will be closed Monday, February 19, 2018. The office will reopen on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

NO CCD

There will be NO CCD classes Sunday, February 18th , 20th , and 21st , 2018. Classes will resume February 25, 2018.

ST. STEPHEN’S CATHOLIC MISSION

ANNUAL RUMMAGE AND BAKE SALE EXTRAVAGANZA

St. Stephen’s Catholic Mission in Big Pine will be holding its annual Rummage and Bake Sale Extravaganza on Saturday, March 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Big Pine Town Hall on Dewey Street. Something for everyone and bake goods too! For donations call Rose Todd 938-2911. All proceeds go to St. Stephen’s Building Repair Fund.

EASTER EVE CHOIR

We are having a Children's Choir sing for Easter. Our first practice will be February 18th at 9:00 a.m. Practice will be for one hour in the Choir Loft on Sundays.

If you have any questions, please call the parish office for more information at 760-873-8862

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Stations of The Cross, will be every Friday during Lent except Good Friday. The Stations of the Cross, will be at OLPH, at 5:45pm, followed by confession

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY

Starting on March 21st there will be a Lenten Bible Study for the women of our parish. We will be meeting from 8:30-10:30 am in the Parish Library. Please bring your Bibles. Other study materials will be provided. If you have any questions please call the parish office at 760-873-8862

WITNESS TO LIFE

Witness to Life will meet in the chapel this Sunday, February 18, at 2:30. If you have any questions please contact Patty at 760-873-6945.

IMMACULATE HEART OF THE EASTERN SIERRA, SVDP

The Immaculate Heart Of The Eastern Sierra, Society of St. Vincent de Paul next meeting will be on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm at parish classroom.

HERE ARE THE CHURCH REGULATIONS FOR FASTING AND ABSTINENCE DURING LENT:

· Everyone 14 years of age or older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent* and Good Friday.

· Everyone 18 or older, and under 59 years of age, is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

· On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.

· Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves from these prescribed minimal penitential practices.

 REFLECTION:

Jesus went out into the desert to be alone. He is on the brink of inaugurating his public ministry. Something new and important is about to happen. He does the natural thing: goes off alone to think things through and confront the demons that would dissuade him from his mission. Then he goes to Galilee to proclaim the gospel of God. This defines in a nutshell what Lent is all about: we, too, spend extra time by ourselves during Lent so that we can come to the Easter celebration better able to proclaim the gospel.

VINCENTIAN MEDITATION:

The Manual of the Society states: Vincentians are called to holiness by striving to conform ourselves to Jesus, doing God’s will, and devoting ourselves to the service of God’s suffering and poor. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is composed of women and men who seek personal holiness by works of charity. In this essential way, the Society differs from charitable associations or agencies whose principal objective is not the spiritual advancement of their members but the doing of good for others.

St. Vincent De Paul wrote,” To be involved in the service of Jesus, is a sacred trust to which we have been invited”.

For Assistance Call St. Vincent De Paul: 760-920-1605

TODAY’S READINGS

First Reading — God’s covenant with Noah when he was delivered from the flood (Genesis 9:8-15).

Psalm — Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant (Psalm 25).

Second Reading — The water of the flood prefigured baptism, which saves you now (1 Peter 3:18-22).

Gospel — This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand (Mark 1:12-15).

The English translation of the Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

PEOPLE OF THE COVENANT

            If there is one word that stands out in today’s readings, it is “covenant.” God’s faithfulness and goodness serve as examples to us of how to live. Genesis tells the story of Noah and of God’s covenant not only with all people, but with all of nature. Never will the cleansing waters of the flood bring their destructive power to all the earth again. The sign, the reminder to both God and nature, is the rainbow in the heavens.

            The psalm reminds us of this compassion of God, and begs God to remember us, not because of our goodness, but because of God’s goodness and fidelity to the promise. God shows us how to be good, not by decree, but by example.

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TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION

The Holy Father usually marks the solemn opening of the Lenten fast with a procession and Mass on Ash Wednesday evening. He walks from the Benedictine monastery, San Anselmo, down the Aventine hill to the Dominican monastery of Santa Sabina. This very old tradition was revived by Pope John XXIII in the late 1950s. Have you ever wondered who gives the pope his ashes? It’s the cardinal who has been given the “title” of the church of Santa Sabina. The pope’s homily at this Mass states his theme for Lent.

            Santa Sabina dates from the fifth century, and is one of the most beautiful churches in Rome. One of the panels on its main doors features the Crucifixion, a scene not normally depicted in art until much later. In the year 1219 the pope gave the church to Saint Dominic for his new religious order, the “Order of Preachers,” commonly called the Dominicans, and it remains their world headquarters to this day. That pope, Honorius III, was a member of the Savelli family, and this church was their personal family chapel. Sabina was a wealthy Roman lady who became a Christian and was martyred, and whose home became a place of prayer. Later, the church built on that spot was dedicated to her memory.

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READINGS FOR THE WEEK

Monday:  Lv 19:1-2, 11-18; Ps 19:8-10, 15; Mt 25:31-46

Tuesday:  Is 55:10-11; Ps 34:4-7, 16-19; Mt 6:7-15

Wednesday:  Jon 3:1-10; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19; Lk 11:29-32

Thursday:  1 Pt 5:1-4; Ps 23:1-3a, 4-6; Mt 16:13-19

Friday:  Ez 18:21-28; Ps 130:1-8; Mt 5:20-26

Saturday:  Dt 26:16-19; Ps 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8; Mt 5:43-48

Sunday: Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Ps 116:10, 15-19; Rom 8:31b-34; Mk 9:2-10

SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES

Sunday: First Sunday of Lent; Rite of Election; Rite of Calling the Candidates to Continuing Conversion; Rite of Sending

Monday:  Presidents’ Day; Julian Calendar Lent

Wednesday:  St. Peter Damian

Thursday:  Chair of St. Peter the Apostle; Washington’s Birthday

Friday:  St. Polycarp; Abstinence

GOD’S POWER

            We are not in our power, but in the power of God.

—St. Perpetua

 TRAINING

            Those who wish to hold the fortress of contemplation must first of all train in the camp of action.

—Pope St. Gregory the Great

 GOD BLESS!