ASH WEDNESDAY

February 26, 2020

There will be Mass in English with imposition of ashes at 8 am and again at 5 pm in the church. Imposition of ashes outside of Mass will take place at 12 noon, in the church. A bilingual Mass with imposition of ashes will take place at 7 pm.

A Sunday Reflection

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

The desire for revenge seems to be ingrained in the human heart. We forget that the injunction “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” (Ex 21:24) was meant to restrain, so that the aggrieved party would not exact retribution that was greater than the offense.

Jesus invites us—no, commands us—to something higher, yet more difficult: “offer no resistance” (Mt 5:39); “love your enemies” (5:44). “Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (5:48). A tall order, indeed!

Yet, Moses had already hinted at this when the Lord orders, in the reading from Leviticus: “Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy” (Lev 19:2). St. Paul reminds us, as well, that we are “the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you” (1 Cor 3:16), and that “the temple of God, which you are, is holy” (3:17).

Can we do this on our own? Certainly not. This Lent, let us ask the Lord to bless our efforts at becoming holy as He has asked, knowing that by ourselves we can do nothing. God bless you.

PS. My sincere thanks to all who have contributed to the ABCD campaign. If you have not yet done so, please remember that just $1 a day goes a long way towards reaching our goal.

Fr. Luis R. Largaespada

News

LENTEN CALENDAR

Ash Wednesday
Mass in English 8:00 am
Imposition of Ashes 12:00 pm
Mass in English 5:00 pm
Bilingual Mass 7:00 pm

Holy Hour of Adoration
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday after the 8:00 am Mass
Thursday, all day

The Way of the Cross
Fridays after the 8:00 am Mass

Bilingual Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 6:30 pm

Traditional Latin Mass
Thursday, March 19, 7:00 pm

Spanish Virtual Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 pm

Reconciliation Weekend
Friday, March 27, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm in the church
Saturday, March 28, 9:00 am-3:00 pm in the church

Bilingual Stations of the Cross and Taizé Prayer Service
Friday, April 3, at 7:00 pm

Around the Parish

The Knights of Malta sponsored a Mass with procession of the Blessed Sacrament and anointing of the sick to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Around the Parish

The St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series sold tickets to their February 21 concert.

Matrimonios St. Hugh

Matrimonios St. Hugh prayed the Rosary for unborn children during their last meeting. There are 37 couples participating in this ministry.

LIVE BROADCASTING

English Mass
Sunday, 9 am

English Mass
Sunday, 10:30 am

Misa en español
Domingo, 12:30 pm

What You Need to Know About Lent

EACH YEAR CATHOLICS (and many Christians) commemorate the season of Lent, a special time of preparation before the glorious celebration of Easter. Here are the basics of our Lenten journey toward Easter.

According to the norms established by the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, Easter Sunday falls each year on the first Sunday following the first full moon of Spring. Easter Sunday is celebrated this year on April 12; counting 46 days back, we get Ash Wednesday, February 26.

Lent lasts 40 days in imitation of Jesus fasting in the desert, and ends on Holy Thursday. The six Sundays in Lent are not considered part of the official “Lenten fast”. Holy Thursday marks the official end of Lent and the beginning of the “Triduum” that culminates at the Easter Vigil.

The three pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Lent is a time to practice these essential spiritual practices and clean out our interior house.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting while all Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence from meat*.

Philip Kosloski, Lent is almost here! Here’s what you need to know
Original in Aleteia.org, January 26, 2018. Used with permission.

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