March 05, 2017

Our Parish Lenten Retreat

PRAYER TIME

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.

PRAYER TIME

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

Time Out!
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.

Activity:

Invite God to be with you as you prayerfully read or sing the Hymn. Reflect on the words, their meaning and significance in your life. Take it bit by bit. If some idea or image impresses you, stay with it. Speak and listen to God who is with you.

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 I

Once upon a time, when God made the first clock, the little clock asked, “What am I supposed to do?” God answered, “Every second you tick tock.” The clock started to calculate. The clock thought, “O no! That will be 60 tick tocks a minute, 3,600 tick tocks an hour, 84,000 tick tocks a day, 604,800 tick tocks a week and over two million times a month!” Horrified, the clock prayed, “God, help me.” God said gently, “Be at peace, all you really have to do is to take one tick at a time.” The clock was so grateful that it threw up its little arms in praise at 10:00 and at 2:00. That is why whenever you see a picture of a clock or watch, the time is always set at ten after ten.
Prayer helps us to remember that all we are asked to do is the next right thing, only one tick at a time. When you see a clock or watch, remember God’s blessings, celebrate God’s presence and believe that sharing our love in action are reasons to lift our hands and hearts in thanks and praise.

SEASON OF LENT OPPORTUNITIES

Renew your faith and your spiritual life for service and love for one another.

Lenten Practices:

• 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 Hours:  Thursday, April 6th at 7 PM in Marian Hall
Spirituality Workshop:  Tuesday, March 7th at 7 PM in the Russo Room
Adoration/Benediction Hour: Tuesday, March 28th   7:00 PM in Church
Welcome Home: Sacrament of Reconciliation;
Mondays 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Saturdays 11:00 AM to 12 Noon
Saturday, April 8th 10:00 AM to 12 Noon in church
Stations of the Cross: Fridays 7:00 PM 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
CRS Rice Bowls which support Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Service Programs are available in the vestibule of the Church.

SPIRITUALITY WORKSHOP WITH FR. JOE

Tuesday, March 7th at 7 PM in the Russo Room
Your Time Is Now

This time is all about you! Our workshop will explore ways to live prayerfully in the present moment with God. Receive and give more joy, love and peace. Share your time in prayer. God cannot be outdone in generosity.

RCIA

Journey with Us – Discover the Keys to the Kingdom

Join us on Monday, March 6th at 7:00 PM
in the Russo Room
as Fr. Joe discusses the Sacrament of Baptism.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education Classes schedule
Grades 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6: March 26, April 2
Grade 2:  March 19, 26, April 2
Grades 7, 8: March 19, April 2, May 7
Confirmation Grade 9, 10:  March 19, April 2, May 7

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