Third Sunday of Lent
Announcements from our bulletin of March 24, 2019
Fast and Abstinence
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are both days of abstinence from meat for all who are 14-years and older.
They are also days of fast (one full meal, two smaller meals which do not equal one, and nothing in between meals) for those between 21 to 59 years of age, unless there is a medical reason.
Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat for those 14-years of age and older.
Operation Rice Bowl
Operation Rice Bowl is the official Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services. Each Lent, parishes, school and other faith communities participate in Operation Rice Bowl to learn more about the work of CRS and put their faith into action. As a Lenten solidarity program, Operation Rice Bowl calls Catholics to reach out to assist our brothers and sisters around the world through the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving while learning about their lives overseas.
This year, join over 15,400 groups in the United States participating in Operation Rice Bowl and foster solidarity between your community and those who struggle with hunger and poverty around the world. Rice Bowls are available at the doors of the Church starting on Ash Wednesday. Please take one and return it on Holy Thursday.
Please, No Flowers during Lent
Lent is a time of austerity and penance. As a result, there will be no flowers inside the Church during Lent.
Please do not bring flowers again until after Easter.
Stations of The Cross
Every Friday, at 7:00 PM, there will be Stations of the Cross, prayed in English & at 8:00 PM in Spanish.
Treasures of our Tradition
Hollywood has given us an image of Moses slipping off his shoes before a burning bush. God has just called Moses by name, and so that Moses doesn’t miss the meaning of this breakthrough in human history, God requires that all barriers to the experience be eliminated. If you’ve ever tried to maneuver barefoot across hot sand, or pick your way along a rocky beach, you know how sensitive feet can be.
Within the Church, there are religious orders with a custom of going barefoot, not merely to show poverty, but to be an outward sign of a desire for connection with creation, a desire to go through life alert to what God is doing. In early days, when reconciliation was a once‑in‑a‑lifetime possibility, penitents often went barefoot for a long period of time as a sign of their conversion. Even today, people follow an ancient practice of slipping off their shoes to walk in the procession to the cross on Good Friday. It is striking that the first use of our newly‑scrubbed feet from Holy Thursday night is to walk resolutely in the footsteps of Christ to the cross.
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- Planned Giving
Please consider making a gift to our parish in your will as a way of expressing your gratitude to God for all the blessings you have received from Him. For more information on charitable giving, contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110.
“He said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none.’” (Luke 13:7)
At times, we can all be like the barren fig tree. Do we take care and nurture the gifts the Lord has given us in order for them to bear fruit? Do we cling to what we have or do we generously share with others? How will you respond when God asks you what you have done with all the gifts He has given you? Remember, not only are we called to be generous, we are called to develop and nurture our gifts and return with increase.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Spring Bazaar
Sunday, March 31 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Parish Hall.
The Society will gratefully accept donations of any kind home-made goodies, jewelry, clothing, new unwanted gifts, electronics, raffle prizes, money, etc.
Tickets for the raffle will be sold on Saturday & Sunday, March 16-17 & 23-24 after the all weekend Masses.
Please bring your donations to the Rectory Office during regular schedule hours.
Becoming a godparent/sponsor in the Catholic Church
Being chosen as a godparent for baptism is an honor, for the godparent traditionally becomes a spiritual companion to the one being baptized in a journey of faith.
Please decide if your faith life makes you ready to publicly pledge that you have been leading a life in harmony with the Catholic tradition. Godparents should be both role models and resource persons, individuals who are at ease with the practice of their faith and would normally be considered as “active Catholics.” They should be people who are comfortable with answering questions about their personal relationship with God as experienced in the Catholic Communion, even if they are unsure of all the technicalities. Godparents should be people who are interested in and will continue to spiritually support the “godchild” in the years ahead.
Catholic Church Requirements - To be a godparent, a person must be:
- A baptized Catholic who has received the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion and is practicing the Catholic faith.
- Mature enough to undertake the responsibility.
- A member of the Catholic Church canonically free to carry out this responsibility. If a person is married, the marriage must have been a Catholic marriage, not just a civil marriage. Catholics currently living in a marriage not considered valid by the Catholic Church or cohabitating are excluded from being a Godparent.
- Someone other than the father or mother, spouse or fiancé of the one who is to be baptized.
* In order to be a Godparent/Sponsor St. Mary Magdalen Church requires that the person be registered member of our parish at least 6 months previous to the date of the Baptism.
|Evening & Weekend Schedule|
|Tuesdays & Thursdays||Sobriedad 2000 AA in Spanish||8:30 PM - 10:30 PM|
|Wednesday||Al Anon in Spanish||7:30 PM – 9:00 PM|
|Friday||Spanish Charismatic Group in Spanish||7:15 PM – 9:30 PM|
|Sunday||Gambler's Anon in English||7:30 PM - 9:00 PM|
|Saturday||St. Vincent de Paul Society Bi-lingual||1:00 PM - 3:00 PM|