+ For our Holy Father, Pope Francis; Archbishop Naumann; Fr. Quentin and all religious.
+ For Nicholas Ashmore, Brent Stull, Joe Wahlmeier and all those discerning their vocation.
+ For Noah Foster, Kyle Mares, Stephen Sazalsky, Greg Smith, Dominic Wahlmeier and all our military family members.
+ For all those dealing with the natural as well as man made disasters. May help and mercy be theirs.
+ For all our faithful departed, those that will die this day and for all the souls in purgatory.
Please pray for all those in need of the Lord’s healing touch…
Don Adams, Gary Jackson, Sue Baldwin, Rachel Belcher, Baby Girl Braden, Wallace Birk, Jim & Linda Booth, Patt Bray, Amy Chapman, Courtney Cowan, Marty Ferrell, Lynn Foster, Liz Fraas, Mary Fraas, Matt Fraas, Fr. Paul Frank, George French, Paige Grasser, Jan Heins, Ronald Heinz, Angela Rehn Henning, Garald Hodges, Rick Huber, Ken Hughes, Tony Jamar, Doyle Johnson, Jean Kraus, Marilyn & Roy Kuhlmann, Cade Lenon, Al Lielshnieder, Frankie Marie, Garrett McCoy, Janice McDonald, Shawn Mead, Jamie Myers, Deb Neil, Jim Nolan, Dennis Rice, Kay Salisbury, Brenda Schulte, Caroline Spatz, Kinsley Spletcher, Harold Stubby, Rosie Waner, Jerry Whitworth, Ann Wiley, Danielle Wooten, Deanna Zeilmann
The Jesus Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen.
Act of Faith
O my God, I firmly believe in you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe in Jesus Christ As my Savior and Redeemer, And in the holy Catholic Church and all the truths it teaches. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Trinity
Glory be to the Father, Who by His almighty power and love created me, making me in the image and likeness of God.
Glory be to the Son, Who by His Precious Blood delivered me from hell, and opened for me the gates of heaven.
Glory be to the Holy Spirit, Who has sanctified me in the Sacrament of Baptism, and continues to sanctify me by the graces I receive daily from His bounty.
Glory be to the three adored Persons of the Most Holy Trinity, now and forever. Amen.
Prayer for Vocations:
Heavenly Father, with a deep trust in your love for us, give to all young people the courage to respond generously when you call them to the priesthood and religious life. May the gifts of your Holy Spirit lead them to pattern their lives after Mary, who was not afraid to let it be done to her according to Your Word (Lk 1:38). We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
What are the Church’s Customs of the Triduum?
Holy Thursday - The Mass of the Lord’s Supper is how the first day of the Triduum begins. We reenact how Jesus washed the feet of his Apostles. We also strip the altar at the end of Mass to symbolize how Jesus was stripped of his garments.
Good Friday features the reading of the Passion, venerating the cross and Holy Communion as well as praying for the Church and the whole world.
Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil concentrates on the readings which are the story of salvation from God’s creation of the world, the sparing of Noah and the flood, the deliverance of God’s people from Egypt and then the Gospel of Jesus rising from the grave to redeem us all. We also welcome all new members of the Church during this time and renew our own baptismal vows.
The 3rd Pillar of Lent is Almsgiving .....
We can become more like Jesus during Lent by being generous. With your family select a charitable organization and collect donation money or use the CRS Rice Bowls to help those in need.
Here are some suggestions for collecting money.
1. Put a jar or the rice bowl container on the kitchen table. Contribute a set amount of money, determined by your family, each day of Lent.
2. Give up buying junk food and contribute that money to the jar or rice bowl.
3. If you have young children who cannot contribute money, let them contribute by decorating the jar or container.
4. Hold a yard sale and contribute the proceeds to the collection.
– from Loyola Press Lent
2nd Pillar of Lent is Fasting....
Fasting can help us recognize our bad habits and overcome them. It can help us live with an awareness of our dependence on God’s love.
Here are just 2 ways to fast during Lent:
1. Choose at least one meal each week of Lent at which you will eat less food than normal. At that meal be especially aware that many people will go without a meal this day.
2. Fast from spreading gossip or judging others. We are often tempted by our own righteousness to want to judge or say hurtful things about others to make us feel better about ourselves. Gossip dehumanizes and is disrespectful. When you feel the desire to speak negatively about others, pray instead to have a more loving heart.
– from Loyola Press Lent
The 1st Pillar of Lent is Prayer.....
Prayer can help us to become more responsive to those around us and to those who suffer. Find ways to pray often during Lent, here are a few suggestions.
1. Gather with your family to identify those in need of prayer help in your, parish, community, world or family itself.
God our Father, we know that you hear the cries of all those who suffer. Hear us as we pray for those who suffer so that their plight might be relieved. We pray also for those that need a change of heart and see the error of their ways. We pray for ourselves that we might have the compassion and the courage to do whatever we can to do what is good and right in all things. We ask you this through Christ, our brother. Amen.
2. Read aloud one of the Church’s Readings for Lent with your family before one meal each week during the season of Lent. You can find a list of the readings at: www.usccb.org/bible/index.cfm
3. Gather at home to say a family Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy or read from the Bible. Allow each person in the family to lead prayer time. Or as a family, attend Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, an extra daily Mass or Stations of the Cross together and focusing on growing closer to Jesus.
God Bless you on your Lenten prayer journey. – from Loyola Press on Lent
Lenten Abstinence of Meat - Why do we do that?
On Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent, all Catholics (in good health), 14yrs of age and older, are to abstain from eating meat.
Why? Because meat has often been seen as a luxury in many cultures and used in many celebratory events (Thanksgiving = Turkey, Christmas = Ham, etc.)
God doesn’t need us to give up meat and God does not want us to suffer, but God does want us to grow in holiness!
The heart of holiness is LOVE, and the way we express our love is through obedience. Abstaining from the meat won’t make a person closer to God, but having a posture of obedience to the Church that Christ established will. Why? Because we sinners like to do things our own way. It is often hard to be told what to, but to submit is to place our lives in our Father’s hands. To hunger for “meat” is to relate to “hunger for more” than what this earth can offer, we “hunger” for God and what He alone can provide.
If you resent having to give up meat and see it as pointless, look more deeply this Lent into what prompts you to think that way. Is it really the Spirit of Christ? Or a spirit of rebellion and self? One choice leads you to God…..and, well, the other in the opposite direction.
- Exerts from Fr. Mike Schmitz, UMD Newman
No Catholic should excuse her/himself lightly from keeping the fast and abstinence of Lent.
Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light; and
Where there is sadness, joy.
Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.