Letters From a Pastor to His People

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    Back by popular demand! Fr. James with his niece Addy (2) and nephew Sebbie (3)

    Letters from a Pastor to His People- February 23, 2020

    Dear Parishioners,

    Paul's letter is pure gold.  First, he gives the monumental line: "Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16).

    This is key for the spiritual life.  This reality—that we are temples—is the foundation for all prayer. 

    I'm big into prayer, as you know.  To me, it's the center of a priest's life.  If a priest isn't praying, his life is meaningless.  It's a train wreck.  Why?  Because prayer is relationship with God.  Think of being married and never communicating with your spouse.  Your life would be a contradiction.  Same with a priest.

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Lenten Resources 2020

The 2020 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26, for Latin-rite Catholics with Easter Sunday on April 12. 

During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to practice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: "Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).

In Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.

The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ. Catholics are also encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives during Lent. (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Events

Ash Wednesday Services in the Church, Wednesday February 26, 7:00am, 8:30am (with the school), 1:30pm and 7:00pm (with Religious Ed) 

Fridays March 6th - April 3rd: Eucharistic Adoration in the Chapel 9:00m to Benediction at 5:45pm in the Chapel; Holy Thursday April 9th 8:30pm-11:00pm in the Church

Fridays March 8th - April 10th: Stations of the Cross 9:00am in the Church and 6:00pm in the Chapel; Good Friday 11:30am & 7:00pm in the Church

  • Palm Sunday Vigil - April 5th - 5pm
  • Palm Sunday - April 6th - 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:00am, and 5:00pm
  • Holy Thursday - April 9th
    • Mass of the Lord's Supper - 7:00pm
    • Adoration - 8:30-11:00pm
  • Good Friday - April 10th
    • Morning Prayer - 9:00am
    • Stations of the Cross - 11:30am
    • Confessions - 12:00 - 1:00pm
    • Passion of Our Lord Service - 3:00pm
    • Stations of the Cross - 7:00pm
  • Holy Saturday - April 11th
    • Morning Prayer - 9:00am
    • Blessing of the Baskets - 11:00am
    • Easter Vigil Service - 7:00pm
  • Easter Sunday - April 12th
    • Masses - 7:30am, 9:30am, & 11:00am
  • Divine Mercy Sunday April 19th @ 3:00pm

Lenten Family Calendar

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a period of spiritual renewal which helps us prepare for the celebration of the Paschal mystery of Christ, his passion, death and resurrection.

The ashes we receive on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday are both a reminder of our earthly mortality and a call to repentance.  The ashes are made by burning the palms that were distributed the previous year on Palm Sunday. The ashes are blessed by the priest, who then dips his thumb in them and makes the Sign of the Cross on each person’s forehead, while saying these words: “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return" (Genesis 3:19) or "Repent, and believe in the Gospel."

Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and a day of abstinence from meat. Fasting applies to Catholics between the ages of 18 and 60 and means you should only eat one full meal and two smaller meals if needed.  All Catholics age 14 and above should abstain from eating meat on the day. Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation, but Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass to begin their Lenten journey. Please join us for Mass in the Church: 7:00am; 8:30am; 1:30pm; 7:00pm

 

Eucharistic Adoration

Adoration Video 2017 from St. John Neumann on Vimeo.

Eucharistic Adoration  will take place every Friday of Lent in the church starting after the 9:00am Stations of the Cross and ending with Benediction at 5:45pm and 8:30pm -11:00pm on Holy Thursday. Please consider stopping by to spend some time with Jesus.

Volunteer adorers needed so that the Blessed Sacrament (Jesus) is never left alone. Please sign up as a volunteer adorer. At least one adorer needed for each 1/2 hour time slot. Sign-up book at the back of church. Your time for Jesus and St. Juliana Parish is greatly appreciated.  Learn More

The Stations of the Cross.

The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. They are a Lenten devotion that offer witness to Jesus’"Passion and Death."

The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day. We use our senses and our imagination to reflect prayerfully upon Jesus’ suffering, Death, and Resurrection, and to simply experience the visual images to reflect on Christ’s love for us. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.

Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday in Lent in Church at 9am and in the Chapel at 6pm. Good Friday Stations of the Cross will be 11:30am & 7:00pm in the Church

Additional Resources

Real Life Catholic

Dynamic Catholic

Arts and Faith: Lent Ignatian Spirituality

Archbishop Barron on Lent

Venerable Fulton Sheen on Good Friday

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