April 2, 2017
Our Parish Lenten Retreat
We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe
What Time is it for You?
Feeling frazzled by no time?
Bored with too much time on your hands?
It is time to wake up!
God can help you every time. God is always with you in the nick of time, whenever you make time to pray. God’s presence, wisdom and peace are with you, here in this moment. The time is now.
The clock reminds us that Time is God’s gift. When you see a clock or watch, remember that it is always Prayer Time. Prayer closes the circle of our past, present and future with our God who is here for us. Prayer makes us aware of God right now! We Remember our past blessings, lifting our hands in faith. We Celebrate God’s presence now, opening our hands, in hope, with trust. We Believe that our future is our mission to do Christ’s Work, empowering us to reach out our hands in love and service.
Always Prayer Time
Waiting is an opportunity to pray. Wait with God. While at a red light, on line, on hold or while watching the computer download, be mindful of God.
Got Five Minutes?
Time is God’s gift to us; we return the gift by giving God our time in prayer. There are 720 minutes in only 12 waking hours; giving God five minutes is less than 1%. How to use the time? Find a quiet place alone. Take some deep breaths in and out using the Latin word for peace, pacem– pa- –cem. Follow the guide below.
Turn the Hands of Time in Prayer
Turning the hands of time in prayer involves three sweeping moves into your past, present and future.
We Remember: call to mind your past blessings and thank God. God did provide. Gratitude grows Faith.
We Celebrate: affirm God’s presence with you in this very moment. Pray, “Lord, I trust that you are with me now in mind, body and spirit. My hope lies is in you.” God is providing. Trust gives hope.
We Believe: you were created to receive and to give love. Imagine your future. How is God inviting you to live your mission in doing Christ’s work? God will provide all that you need. Second by second, you are being endlessly supplied and empowered to love and to offer service to others.
LENTEN HYMN and PRAYER
We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe
Marty Haugen Adapted
We remember in our prayer time we’ve been blessed, And so we celebrate for you are with us here. And we believe that you entrust us With your work, of love and service, Lord.
We remember, we celebrate, we believe.
No Time at All? You have Time for this Prayer!
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS
Make the sign of the cross. As you do, know that this desire to pray is God’s gift. You are praying.
• Touch your forehead…
Remember God’s blessings in your life. Say, “Thank You” which is the perfect prayer.
• Touch your heart…
Celebrate God’s presence in you. Smile.
• Touch your left and right shoulders…
Believe that you were created to receive and give love.
What love and service are you giving next?
Lent Reflection Week V
CLOSE THE CIRCLE
Winston Churchill, one of Great Britain’s most notable leaders of the 20th century, left specific instructions for his funeral at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. After the recessional hymn, but before the flag draped coffin was taken from the Nave, a single Bugler played the plaintive tune, Taps- Day is Done. Immediately following, the notes of the morning call for a new day – Reveille echoed through the Cathedral’s arched vaults.
Taps the sound of the end of day and Reveille the song of a new day symbolized the circle of life.
In our Gospel story today, we see the pattern of life, death and resurrection in the story of Lazarus. We Remember that we share in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We Celebrate that we are created by God in glory. We Believe that in time we shall pass through death and return to God in glory, closing the circle of our God given life.
God’s power not only helps us from this life to the next, but is also present with us here in order to help us to close the circles in our lives. Notice in our Lenten Theme Banner the center of the clock with the unclosed circle and arrow. God desires to assist us in closing the circles in our life as a way to inner peace. Tasks undone, relationships in need of attention and all the things we leave unfinished are unclosed circles.
Unclosed circles draw our attention, our energy and our strength away from us. Our energy is often spent on needless spinning anxiety over what is undone. Our ability to love others freely is diminished when we have unresolved circles. We can turn to God in prayer to learn what unclosed circles God is calling us in very concrete ways to complete.
Closing circles in even simple things, done with God’s help, brings us a sense of accomplishment. Finally getting the oil changed in the car, sending promised photos or making “that call” are circles easily closed with God’s help. Yes, God does want to be a part of our everyday challenges.
Some circles such as hurt in a relationship or long-range goals with many steps are not so easily completed. These are opportunities for us to turn to God and to trust God with our unclosed circles.
Prayer is our time to place our unclosed circles in God’s hands.
Listen to Taps or Reveille or both in your prayer time. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Reflect on these questions with God in prayer.
1. What unclosed circle is God directing you to close? What is the next right or loving task that you need to take in order to close these circles in your life?
2. What circles are you unable to close? Give God these unclosed circles in you, for other people or in various situations. Remember that God has provided. Celebrate that God is providing. Believe that God will provide. God desires to help us to close all the circles in our lives until we return to God in glory.
SEASON OF LENT OPPORTUNITIES
Renew your faith and your spiritual life for service and love for one another.
• Participating in weekly or even daily celebration of the Eucharist is the most perfect prayer and Lenten observance
• Engage in the variety of opportunities for community and private prayer and reflection in our Parish Retreat, Prayer Time: We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe
• Meditation Hour: Thursday, April 6th at 7 PM in Marian Hall
• Welcome Home: Sacrament of Reconciliation; Monday from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Saturday, April 8th 10:00 AM to 12 Noon in Church
• Living Stations of the Cross: Friday, April 7th
• Lenten penance includes acts of self-denial as a tool for mindfulness of God’s bountiful gifts and presence and/or an increase in charitable acts and works of kindness.
• Days of Fast and Abstinence: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence when we refrain from eating meat and have one full meal and two lesser meals. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
• Lenten Bible Study: St. John’s Gospel – Seven week series Mondays at 11 AM in the Molloy Center
The theme, We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe is part of our Lenten Bible journey as we remember the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, while studying the latter chapters of St John’s Gospel.
We meet every Monday of Lent beginning at 11 AM in the Molloy Center with 30 participants. Everyone is welcome.
Join us on Monday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM
in the Russo Room
as we journey through Holy Week with Fr. Joe
Find rest in His Presence
Please join us for prayer, guided meditation and reflection on Thursday, April 6th at 7:00 PM in Marian Hall.
LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Presented by the Youth Group
and 2nd Year Confirmation Candidates
On Friday, April 7th at 7:00 PM in Church
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