This Week’s Pastor’s Notes

This Week’s Pastor’s Notes

Together in Mission, 25th Anniversary-“Let us Love”

     As baptized Christians it is our responsibility to spread the Gospel and bring others to Christ. Your gift to Together in Mission ensures that throughout our Archdiocese there is a local parish to celebrate our universal faith and shine Christ’s light for others.

     If you have not made a gift in the past to Together in Mission I invite you to make a pledge of $100.00 payable over 10 months in honor of the 25th anniversary of the appeal. Your gift will serve as a generous act to join the community of people continuing to work to serve the poor in our Archdiocese.

     You can support Together in Mission with transfers of stock, gifts from qualified charitable distribution funds and estate gifts. For more information please visit www.ourmissionla.org/how-to-give or call at 213-637-7672.

 

Lenten Devotions

a. Daily Mass is the devotion par excellance. Our daily Mass is at 8:15 am.

b. The Stations of the Cross is a meditation on the last hours of the Lord Jesus from his condemnation by Pilate to the placing his body in the tomb. Through the Stations we see the Lord Jesus perfectly obedient to His Abba, freely allowing evil human machinations to unfold and Jesus’ act of supreme love which brings us eternal life. We pray the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 the Friday evenings of Lent.

c. The rosary, the Liturgy of the Hours and a short reading of Bible verses followed by brief meditation are also excellent Lenten practices.

d. Sunday Mass. Sunday Mass is the saving action which is essential for our Catholic lives; it is God gathering us as God’s holy people, renewing the one perfect sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary, making present for us that one perfect sacrifice and inviting us to unite ourselves to Jesus in that life-giving death and glorious resurrection. It is our weekly supper as God’s family at which the Lord speaks to us and then nourishes us with the Bread of Heaven.

e. Practice the corporal works of mercy: to feed the hungry; to give drink to the thirsty; To clothe the naked; To shelter the homeless; To visit the sick; To visit the prisoner; To bury the dead. (Mt. 25)

f. Practice the spiritual works of mercy: To instruct the ignorant; To counsel the doubtful; To admonish sinners; To bear wrongs patiently; To forgive offences willingly; To comfort the afflicted; To pray for the living and the dead. (Isaiah 58, Heb. 13)

St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Francis de Sales

     The conference volunteers of our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society is active and available to assist the needy for emergency services. If you know of someone who may be in need, please refer him/her to our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society hotline number 818-784-8825.

     Assisting the poor and needy is so at the heart of the Gospel that the Church encourages it in declaring it to be a corporal work of mercy. When you can give an hour or so a month to assist those in need, please call our parish hotline number 818-784-8825.

Los Angeles Religious Education Congress 2018
– Nor just for Religious Educators
The Religious Education Congress is ready to enrich and
revitalize us once more.
March 15 (Youth Day) and March 16 – 18 (Adult Days)
Anaheim Convention Center

All are welcome to attend! If you have never before attended Congress, it promises to be a wonderful experience. The Congress, sponsored by the Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, offers a variety of opportunities for personal faith enrichment. The weekend begins with Youth Day, gathering high school age youth to celebrate and strengthen their Catholic Faith through workshops and prayer opportunities. The weekend continues with three days focused for adults offering over 300 workshops, covering topics of interest from spirituality and personal development to Biblical Studies, theology and catechesis – there is a topic of interest for you. Other highlights include various prayer opportunities including liturgies and sacred space, film showcase and noontime and evening concerts. Do not miss out! Register now for this spirit-filled and enriching weekend! You may access the Registration Guidebook online and register by visiting www.RECongress.org. To obtain a Registration Guidebook,
contact your parish religious education office or call the RECongress info line at 213-637-7348.

Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center Guild

Spring Club Party 2018

“Putting on the Ritz”

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Place: Lakeside Golf Club

4500 Lakeside Drive

Burbank

Reservations: $45.00 per person

Contact information: Terri Lee – 818-769-2119 or

Maria Balke – 818-902-1273

Pope Francis: Why we should go to Mass on Sundays

and not be slaves to work

At the December 13, 2017 general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the need to go to Mass on Sundays, and the need to rest on that day, abstaining from work and spending time with family and the community. “Many people ask why we should celebrate the Eucharist on Sundays. We could answer by saying that right from the start the disciples celebrated that day because it’s when the Lord rose from the dead, and we received the gift of the Holy Spirit,” he said. Pope Francis, citing the example of the disciples, also invited Catholics to go to “Mass on Sunday to find the risen Lord, or—more accurately—to let Him find us.” He highlighted the importance of listening to the Word of God and “feeding ourselves on the bread of life, in communion with the whole Church.” For the Catholic Church, the Eucharist is a sacrament which celebrates and makes present the mystery of Jesus’ resurrection. It commemorates the Last Supper of his life, replacing the celebration of the Jewish Passover. Pope Francis insisted that Sunday should be a day of rest that reminds us that we are not slaves of work and of professional obligations. “The celebration of the Sunday Eucharist gives meaning to the whole week, and also reminds us, as we rest from our occupations, that we are not slaves, but rather children of a Father who constantly invites us to put our hope in Him.” He also exhorted his listeners not to lose the meaning of Sunday and of the Eucharist. “For many people, unfortunately, Sunday Mass has lost its meaning; they think it’s enough if we are good and love each other. That’s necessary, but it’s not possible without the Lord’s help, without obtaining from the Lord the strength to do it,” he explained. The Bishop of Rome pointed out that, in the Eucharist, the faithful receive from the Lord what they need most: “The Lord Jesus gives us Himself as food, and encourages us to keep going.” “The Mass is also the prefiguration of the eternal banquet to which we are called; the Sunday without sunset, when there will be no crying, no mourning, but rather joy and the happiness of always being together with Jesus.” At the end, he greeted the pilgrims, and said, “Let us pray to the Lord for all the communities that cannot celebrate Mass each Sunday due to the lack of priests, or for other circumstances.”