Palm Sunday – March 29, 2015

Pastor’s Desk:
Greetings to all! I just want to thank Rebecca and Sean Brown and Brook, [Rebecca’s friend] for repairing our sound system. Now our mike on the Ambo and the altar is working. I heard it was very involved to find the problem in the system. It entails crawling underneath the church and checking the cable wire that connects to the system. But eventually through their efforts and perseverance they have located the problem. Thank you!
And also on Wednesday, we had to buy a new phone in our rectory office as the phone finally stopped working. If you were wondering why we never answered the phone during the office hours, it’s because the phone itself ceased to function with new batteries.
And I would like to thank Peter Quistgard, our local plumber for repairing the leaks in the kitchen sink and as well as repairing the leaks in my bathroom. Now, I can use my shower rather than going downstairs to take shower. And most of all he donated his time and service fixing the problems. THANKS!
And also I want to thank Pat Green, our local electrician for fixing the electrical problem we had in the rectory washer and dryer machine and now I am able to wash my clothes. And he also donated his time and service to the church. Praise God!
This Sunday is Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday, two liturgies in one day that is why we have two gospel readings. One that proclaims Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem which is the Palm Sunday celebration and during the Liturgy of the Word, the gospel reading is the Passion of Christ, to commemorate Passion Sunday.
The celebration of the Passion Sunday starts the Holy Week, [Triduum]. I would like to invite all of you to participate in the celebration of this great liturgy and experience the full of effect of the Easter Season.
Peace and blessings!
Fr. Luis
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Holy Thursday Mass starts 5:30 p.m. followed by SEDER MEAL, @ 6:30 p.m.
Good Friday service starts with STATION OF THE CROSS at 1 p.m. then followed by Adoration of the cross and Eucharist at 2 p.m.
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil at 5 p.m.
Easter Sunday mass at St. Elizabeth @ 9 am. And at St. Coleman at 11 a.m.

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Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
March 29, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, the holiest week in the church’s calendar. Today we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The celebrating people in Jerusalem laid down their cloaks in front of Jesus, and also palm leaves and small branches of trees, showing that they considered him worthy of the highest honor. Today we also hear the reading of the Passion and death of Jesus. Only one week earlier the people were welcoming Jesus as a King; now they wanted to crucify Him. Our hymns this week help us to reflect on the mystery of the cross, Jesus’s institution of the Eucharist, His example of service as He washed his disciples’ feet, His suffering and death, and finally His victory over sin and death. Bring your bells to ring during the Gloria on Holy Thursday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday!

Palm Sunday: Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Processional Hymn: The King of Glory (BB # 738)
Psalm 22: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Gospel Acclamation: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.
Preparation of Gifts: Near the Cross (choir)
Communion Song: Behold the Lamb of God (BB #156)
Recessional Song: Jesus Remember Me (BB #412)
Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper, 5:30 pm
Processional Hymn: Glory in the Cross (BB # 724)
Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax.
Psalm 116: Our blessing cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.
Gospel Acclamation: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.
Washing of the Feet: Ubi Caritas (BB # 482 )
Preparation of Gifts: The Servant Song (BB # 374)
Communion Song: Taste and See (BB # 332)
Recessional Song: Pange Lingua Gloriosi (BB pp. 109 – 110)
The liturgies for Holy Week are rich in imagery and symbols: cross, candles, incense, water, light. We have diligently prepared beautiful music to make these liturgies musically rich and prayerful. The choir will provide music for all the Holy Week Liturgies, including Holy Thursday (5:30 pm), Good Friday (1 pm), Holy Saturday (5 pm) and Easter Sunday morning. Let us invite our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to church. An invitation may be all they need! God bless you!

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Fifth Sunday in Lent – March 22, 2015

PASTOR’S DESK

Greetings, to all! This Sunday we’re in 5th Sunday of Lent and I hope everyone are looking forward for the Holy Week, and ready for the celebration of Easter.  This 5th Sunday of Lent we have my favorite scripture, “Unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest [Jn.12:24].”

It reminds us to be able to grow in our faith that we are going to die in ourselves, to be able to let go of our own ego.  There is a wonderful story of a mother whose son was preparing for college, wrote the following letter to the college president:

Dear Sir:  My son has been accepted for admission to your college and soon he will be leaving me.  I am writing to ask that you give your personal attention to the selection of his roommate.  I want to be sure his roommate is not the kind of person who uses foul language, or tells off-color jokes, smokes, drinks, or chases after girls.  I hope you will understand why I am     appealing to you directly.  You see, this is the first time my son will be away           from home, except for his three years in the Marines.

Nothing, apparently, could make that mother let go.  Not college or even the United States Marines.  But Jesus comes to us today telling us we’ve got to let go.  In today’s Gospel lesson, Jesus is trying to prepare His disciples for His death.  They don’t want to hear about it.  They refuse to accept it.  They cannot believe that HE whom they had experienced as Lord of Life is going to be executed.

In order to help them understand, Jesus tells them a simple, liberating little parable: “Unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest” [Jn.12:24]

 

Even when it feels as though life’s burden and responsibilities are crashing down on you, it is possible for you to be free.  “Fear not!” Jesus is telling you, “Follow me!”  For when you commit to the New Life in Christ, you never ride alone.  And how can we not love that?

Peace and blessings!

Fr. Luis

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Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

March 22, Fifth Sunday of Lent

 “I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people”

Today we pray the beautiful penitential psalm, Psalm 51, composed by King David after the prophet Nathan went to him exposing his sin of murder and adultery.  David repented, and went on to become one of the most influential kings in Israel’s history.  We, you and I, probably don’t have sins of this magnitude to confess, but we all have things that keep us from God.  Let us come back to him with all our hearts, and choose Christ, choose love, choose mercy.

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  Return to God  (SS)

Psalm 51: Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Gospel Acclamation:  Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Preparation of Gifts:  Fly like a Bird  (BB # 467)

Communion Song:  I Will Choose Christ  (BB # 520)

Recessional Song: Save Your People (BB # 131)

Next Sunday, Palm Sunday, begins Holy Week.  We are diligently preparing lots of beautiful music to make these liturgies musically rich and prayerful.  The choir will provide music for all the Holy Week Liturgies, including Holy Thursday (5:30 pm), Good Friday (1 pm), Holy Saturday (5 pm) and Easter Sunday morning.  Let us invite our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to church.  An invitation may be all they need!  God bless you!

Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 15, 2015

Pastor’s Desk:

Greetings, to everyone this weekend we celebrate Laetare Sunday has typically been viewed as a “break” from Lent before we enter the final two weeks of Lent in Passiontide and Holy Week.  The priest’s vestments are changed, is usually the rose colored vestment if we have one, the Gloria is chanted again, and after this Sunday, the sanctuary slowly but surely begins to look barren as statues and other images are covered up in the build to Good Friday, in which the normally ornate sanctuary is empty and somber.

In one of his dramas, the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw wrote, “The worst sin toward our fellow creature is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them, that is the essence of inhumanity.”

 As we venture forward with our Lenten journey the purpose of Lenten season is to work on the things that withhold our relationship with God and with one another.  My prayers to you is that in this season of ‘repentance,’ ‘Metonoi,’ may you be open to his spirit of change as to grow as His disciples of God.

I would like to thank all of those who have been very kind in driving me around and cooking lunch for me.  I am touched by your kindness!

Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis

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Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
March 15, Fourth Sunday of Lent
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” Jn 3:16
John 3:16 is probably the most often quoted scripture verse in all the Bible, at least by Christians. In it is the fullness of the truth of Christianity.
This week we celebrate two of the most prominent figures in the history of Christianity: St. Patrick, apostle of Ireland, and St. Joseph, Guardian and Patron of the Universal Church. St. Patrick, an Irish slave, later returned to Ireland as a Bishop to convert the Druids and pagans. He preached throughout Ireland for some 40 years.
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Processional Hymn: Return to God (SS)
Psalm 137: Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
Gospel Acclamation: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.
Preparation of Gifts: I Will Choose Christ (BB # 520)
Communion Song: With the Lord There is Mercy (BB # 672)
Recessional Song: Save Your People (BB # 131)

Third Sunday in Lent – March 8, 2015

PASTOR’S DESK

The Season of Lent is a time for conversion of life; this also includes conversion of the way we speak.  The three traditional ways to attain to true conversion of heart and life are: 1) prayer, 2) almsgiving, 3) Fasting.

I found this article in one of the Catholic website and I hope everyone will find it helpful in their seriously making this Lent a time of conversion and not just another Lenten practice.  The article was written by Father Ed Broom.

True, one can and should fast from food, especially on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting can be done in many other ways.  For example, fasting of the eyes from harmful TV programs, fasting from laziness at work, fasting from being overly critical and judgmental in our hearts.

Still there is another form of fasting: fasting of the tongue, fasting in speech, fasting from offending others with our words. Why not undertake this on your Lenten journey as you head to the Cross on Good Friday, with your hearts joyfully awaiting the Risen Lord Jesus the day of the Resurrection?

Indeed this practice could result in promoting harmony in your home with your family members, peace in your relations at work, and charity towards all people you meet!

The following are two short but powerful supports to help us carry out successfully a Program of fasting in our speech.

  1. Pentecost Experience and Speech. The Apostles during the Public life of Jesus made many mistakes in word and deed. However, they experienced one transforming event—it was Pentecost.  The twelve Apostles spent nine days and nine nights in prayer with the Blessed Virgin Mary and boom!!! There was an explosion of grace.

The Holy Spirit descended upon them in tongues of fire. Emphasize the word tongues!  Then they were endowed with the ability—with their own tongues—to preach the Word of God powerfully and convert countless souls.  The message and its meaning?  Simple!  If our speech is to be edifying and sanctifying, then we must be purified, converted and sanctified by the fire of the Holy Spirit. All of us must have and experience  a daily Pentecost experience; we all must invoke the Holy Spirit on a daily basis so that He will guide our minds, our hearts and the words that usher forth from our mouths! “Come Holy Spirit, come, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

  1. The Golden Rule and SpeechEvery person on earth can understand the Golden Rule given to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: “Do to others what you would like them to do to you.” Everybody responds positively towards a kind word, friendly smile, and charitable gesture.  Why not apply the Golden Rule of Jesus to how we will speak to others. A bitter or sarcastic word can leave irreparable wounds in the soul. On the contrary, a kind word motivated by a pure and loving heart can lift somebody out of the pits of desolation.

Saint Bernard, in one of his edifying homilies, reminds us of three rules to apply to our speech:

  • 1) Speak to accuse ourselves of our own failures (great way to do this is a good confession)
  • 2) Speak to praise God. Saint Ignatius of Loyola in the Spiritual Exercises in the meditation Principle and Foundation reminds us as to why we are here on earth: “To praise God, reverence God, serve God and then to save our souls…”(Spiritual Exercises text # 23)
  • 3) Finally, St. Bernard asserts that we should speak so as to edify our neighbor.

The word “edify” technically means “To build up”.  Our words should serve to build up our neighbor. Today the world has been inundated by a Tsunami of gossip, criticism, negativism, sarcasm and irony—not to mention lies and slander. We must counteract negative and poisonous speech by using our tongue to lift others closer to God who is in heaven. We should never forget that God’s ear is keenly attentive to every word, letter, syllable that issues forth from our mouth.

The Word of God reminds us that he who does not control his speech is not on the highway to holiness. However, the man who controls his tongue is being led by the Holy Spirit and is following the pathway to heaven—the narrow path that Jesus taught us.

In conclusion, let us turn to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who spoke only seven times in the Gospels that we would learn the art of fasting in many ways. However, especially in the Holy Season of Lent, let us fast from all words that could offend others and God who is offended when we offend others with our speech. Let us learn to praise God, with Mary, with our words and with our lives: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Let us praise God, with Our Lady, in time and forever in heaven!

Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis

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Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
March 8, Third Sunday of Lent
Entrance antiphon; “I will pour clean water upon you and cleanse you from all your impurities, and I will give you a new spirit, says the Lord.”
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus goes up to Jerusalem and drives the moneychangers out of the temple. The Temple in Jerusalem was intended to be the seat and sign of the divine presence of God with his people. The Temple, however, had departed from all this and had become worldly, resembling a public market. Jesus promised a new temple, his own risen body (“destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up”), calling us, all believers in Him, to a life of holiness, adherence to His commandments, and faith in the resurrection.
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Processional Hymn: Return to God (SS)
Psalm 19: Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.


Gospel Acclamation: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.
Preparation of Gifts: More Than Gold
Lord, I love your commands, more than gold is your word,
so precious to me.


Communion Song: Fly Like a Bird (BB # 467)
Recessional Song: Save Your People (BB # 131)
The Gloria is omitted during the Lenten season, as is the “Alleluia”, both of which will be brought back in all their glory during the Holy Thursday and Easter liturgies.

Second Sunday of Lent – March 1, 2015

PASTOR’S DESK

Greetings, to all and thank you for all those who have brought me ‘chicken soup,’ and ‘get well,’ cards, as well as those who pick up groceries when I was bedridden.  I was caught off guard by that ‘bug,’ just sneaks in fast and hard.  And I thought I was getting stronger and healthier after I did my one week of detoxifying my body, well; it showed me that we are not in control of our life.  We just do the best what we can do on what life presents us.

In today’s Lesson, for the disciples who witnessed the transfiguration Event was awesome —– so awesome in fact that they didn’t want to leave when it was over.  They actually had seen the glory of God shinning through the Body of Christ.  Of course they wanted to stay on the mountaintop to reflect and meditate on the wondrous vision.  Of course they wanted to build a chapel to commemorate it.  Of course they wanted to stay with Jesus in the place where they had just spent the supreme moment of their lives.  but in that supreme moment.  They had heard the voice of God say, “Listen to Him!”  And, of course they had to obey Jesus when he ordered them to go back down the mountain to where there were people in need —to minister to those who are most precious to him.

To us disciples of Christ who have come together in this place, shouldn’t this worship event be awesome?  The glory of God still shines through the Lord Jesus who is in our midst now.  The loving Presence of God is made real to us now through the Body of Christ.  And the unmistakable voice of God is speaking to us now:  This is My beloved Son who is most precious to ME… Listen to Him!  Follow Him from this place to where there are people in need — and minister to them!

The Lord Jesus Christ is most precious to God.  we Christians have no trouble at all accepting that reality.  But we do seem to have trouble accepting the reality that we ourselves are precious to God.  You and I, and the members of our families, and all our friends, and all our neighbors, and all whom we consider to be our enemies, and every passing stranger, and every human person God chooses to create —all are precious to God.

Indeed, when God made the earth, He filled it with everything that is most precious to Him! Oh Dear Lord, help us to see more clearly what God has done for us, in the through the Lord Jesus!

Peace and Blessings,

Fr. Luis

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Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

March 1, Second Sunday of Lent “From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: This is my beloved Son, listen to Him.” In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus takes three of his disciples up to a high mountain and is transfigured before their eyes! On this mountain, called Mt. Tabor, the disciples see Jesus conversing with Moses and Elijah! The actual Feast of the Transfiguration, celebrated on August 6th, celebrates the revelation of Christ’s divine glory on Mt. Tabor. The brightness was not something added to Christ but the manifestation of His divine nature. It was also a glimpse of the resurrected body that Jesus promises to all Christians.

Songs for the 9 am Mass: Processional Hymn:

Return to God (SS) Psalm 116: I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

Gospel Acclamation: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Preparation of Gifts: From Glory to Glory (BB # 699)

Communion Song: This Alone (BB # 403)

Recessional Song: Save Your People (BB # 131)

The Gloria is omitted during the Lenten season, as is the “Alleluia”, both of which will be brought back in all their glory during the Holy Thursday and Easter liturgies.