DON'T BE ANXIOUS
People have, it seems, a natural penchant for misplaced emphasis on unimportant things. They can easily get caught up with what they’re having for dinner or what they will wear.
Often it is a tragedy that helps people to refocus on what is really important. What I shall wear is an irrelevant question when I am facing surgery or chemotherapy. What’s for dinner is immaterial to those living through grief or unemployment.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us not to worry. He doesn’t say, “Don’t eat. Don’t cook. Don’t buy clothes.” He says, “Don’t worry.” Jesus asks us not to relinquish our responsibilities but to let go of our anxiety. Anxiety betrays a lack of trust and Jesus reminds us that “Your heavenly Father knows” all that you need (Matthew 6:32).
By the early 1950s some scholars were calling for the restoration of Communion of the faithful on Good Friday, since by then only a priest received, consuming the host from the Holy Thursday repository. In 1955 the new Good Friday liturgy was timed to begin at three o’clock everywhere, and included the option of Holy Communion, but without the Precious Blood that had originally been part of the liturgy. Today, there is increasing debate among theologians. Some feel that it would be better to fast from the Eucharist on Good Friday, focusing on the mystery of the cross and highlighting the Easter Communion. Others say that this Communion infuses the sadness of the day with awareness of Christ’s victory. It is not a day of mourning, of course, and the Passion according to John grounds the liturgy in a sense of Christ’s victory over death and the triumph of the cross. The tradition is rich and varied, and we are still in the early stages of recovering an ancient way of doing things.
Why do we call the day “good”? The English and Dutch languages share this name, and its origin stems from the name “God’s Friday.” The traditional name for the day in Latin is Feria VI in Parasceve , which translates as “The Sixth Day of the Week of Preparation.” Other languages make do with “Holy Friday.” In another part of England, as in Denmark, the people used to call it “Long Friday,” a good description for a quiet day without work and no chance for play or a good meal!
Abstinence: Everyone over 14 years of age is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent.
Fast: Everyone over 18 and under 59 years of age is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and continuing the fast on Holy Saturday is encouraged.
Stations of the Cross:
Beginning March 3rd and every Friday during Lent there will be Stations of the Cross.
English Stations will be followed by a simple meal of soup and bread in the parish hall.
Continuing Pope Francis’s call you are invited to celebrate the 2nd Annual 24 Hours for the Lord to experience the Lord’s loving mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
This year’s Lenten celebration will be marked with 24 hours of continuous confession in each of the 12 deaneries from noon on March 10 to noon March 11. To find a parish please visit www.bit.ly/24Lord.
Help contribute to St. Paul Building Fund as we plan another Bus Trip to Feather Falls Casino:
Date: March 23, 2017
Boarding Time: 8:45am
Departure Time: 9:00am St. Paul parking lot
For reservations please contact:
Rose Basos 381-3845, Emilia Dones 849-5617, Paz Cajucom 667-8235 or Naty Fontillas 362-7541.
Vocation Cross Pray Program provides excellence opportunity for families to pray at home for all level of Vocations and teaches children to appreciate the value of Priesthood and Consecrated Life.
Family can sign up to receive the Vocation Cross from St. Paul and pray at home during the following week. Family will spend less than ten minutes each day praying the scripted prayers included in the package then returns the Cross to church at the following Saturday or Sunday Mass.
St. Paul currently has six Vocation Crosses which can accommodate six families per week.
This area provides a place where we can remember our deceased loved ones: give thanks for all we have received, or recognize someone who is special to us. Sitting in the Meditation Area, when everything around you is quiet, provides a very spiritual experience. It allows you to pray silently, meditate, give thanks, or just bring back memories of those memorialized in the pavers of the meditation area.
If you are interested in placing a paver in the Meditation Area contact the office for a form to fill out. Even if you are not particularly interested in placing a paver yourself, stop by, relieve some of your daily stress, and say a prayer of thanks for all you have received.
Click on this link to download the Meditation Paver Flyer.
Flu season is here. If you are sick, or think you might be sick, or are concerned about contracting an illness, you should refrain from receiving the Blood of Christ. Be assured that “since Christ is sacramentally present under each of the species, communion under the species of bread alone makes it possible to receive all the fruit of Eucharistic grace.” [from the Book of Catechism, #1390]
Our Dream Continues- In service to all Campaign Update
When our campaign ended in June of 2016 our outstanding loan from the Dioceses for the construction of the Religious Education Center was $849,235.64. Pledge payments and “Pink Envelope” contributions have allowed us to repay $170,519.88 as of February 9th. Our current balance is $678,715.76.
In addition to the amount we have repaid we also incurred and paid $19,480.12 in interest charges.
Thank you to all those who made pledges and are fulfilling their commitment, and parishioners who continue to use their “Pink Envelopes”.
Bishop Soto’s ONE CAMPAIGN Update
Our campaign had two parts the repayment of our loan and a required contribution to the Diocese ONE campaign conducted to provide support for Catholic education, care for retired Diocesan priest, improve our ability to communicate with our Spanish speaking community, and provide for social services and expand youth ministry opportunities. Our allotted contribution is $158,600. As of February 9th we have paid $36,650.01, leaving us a balance of $118,949.99.
Your commitment to our Parish is truly outstanding. Thank You!!
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas #172 will be meeting once again on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in Room 1 at 7 p.m. Ladies, everyone has a unique talent or ability to share - from the gift of gab to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is easy! You can do as much or as little in the group as you choose - you chose the projects you are most interested in.
We decide together on every aspect of every project. We are a likeable bunch of ladies!! We seek to find Christ in the programs we embrace.Why belong to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, founded in 1903?
The gift of faith requires a gift of return. Be of faith and service to God through service to the people around you. Each member shares in the good works of the entire organizataion with little effort on the part of the individual. The spiritual life of members is enhanced through the various spiritual and charitable activities of CDA. Growth in grace, knowledge, and friendship develop because of your gifts of time, talent and treasure. Please think of joining our group at St. Paul Church. For more information contact Nellie Basquez - Regent at 916-381-1365.
Donuts and Coffee
The Knights will be hosting donuts November 13, 20, & 27th in the parish hall. Come and enjoy donuts, coffee, hot chocolate and tea for just a donation.
Join the Knights of Columbus
If you would like to find out more about becoming a Knight please ask any Knight, they should all be wearing their name badges, or call Roger Tafoya at (916) 936- 3810.
Pictures of the 2016 St. Paul Crab Feed online - see them here.
Recent funerals or memorial Masses at St. Paul Parish - your prayers are requested - Your prayers are requested for the families and friends of St. Paul Parish whose funerals or memorial Masses were celebrated during the 2016-2017 church year.
Eternal rest grant them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Sundays - 7:30 am, 9 am, 11 am and 1:00 pm en español
(Children's Choir sings first and third Sundays of the month.)
Saturdays - 4 pm [vigil]
First Saturdays - 8 am