This week’s Gospel journey continues to demonstrate Jesus was the champion of knowing how to love. In fact, with everything he did was to show us how we to truly love and that we belong to each other. Jesus did not come to just spend time with the popular, Jesus loved all. He has tried to show us that true love is more than a feeling. It is a deep yearning for what is best for the other. He showed this by who he called to be his first disciples,and those he encounters on the way to the cross. This week we look at the story of Jesus healing the person with leprosy. Jesus was so kind and tender with someone who most people would avoid in fear. The man had faith in Jesus. He healed his body and his dignity. Jesus was all about showing love and respect for all. Who might Jesus be using us to reach out in love? Do the people around us know they are loved by us and more importantly God? How can we be champions of love and follow the way Jesus taught us? One of my favorite pictures of Pope Francis is when he tenderly hugs the man who has worts on his face. We belong to each other.
This Week's Prayer:
Using the Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 Every time you see the word Love replace it with your name or someone you want to pray for ( or both) Try doing this at least once a day until St. Valentines Day.
Love is patient, Love is kind, Love does not envy, Love does not boast, Love
is not proud. Love is not rude, Love is not self seeking, Love is not easily angered, Love keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes.
and Love always perseveres. Love never fails.
Ash Wednesday is February 17
Masses are at 8:00am and 6:30pm
Service at 4:00pm
Extra Confession time on Mondays at 6:00pm-7:00Pm starting 2/22
Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7:00 pm starting 2/19
Families with Children in grade k- 4:
This week we focus on LOVE and the season of LENT. Two great things that go together like chocolate chip cookies and milk:)
We have the Sacrament of Reconciliation to help us cleanse of mistakes and do better with God's love! A special prayer we need to learn is called the Act of Contrition. It is when we say sorry to God for what we have done wrong.
We pray this during the Sacrament of Reconciliation but we can pray it every day.
Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent starts next week.
For Families with kids in grades 5-7:
This week we are continuing the journey with Jesus as he teaches us the REAL meaning of LOVE. Jesus teaches us that we are all connected and called to Love. Love is more than a feeling. REAL LOVE is when you look out for others and want what is best for them. REAL LOVE includes everyone. Real Love is when you truly want what is best for someone else. Jesus suffered and died for our sins because he Loves us. Jesus reached out and extended his LOVE to all. Love is patient, LOVE is kind. This week's Gospel is how Jesus healed a man with the disease of Leprosy. Someone with this disease was an outcast because it was contagious.
Next Wednesday starts the Season of LENT with Ash Wednesday.......some reminders below on what Lent is about!
For families with YOUTH in grades 8-12:
This week's theme could not be better timed..... God's Love and compassion for all. (Perfect for Valentines DAY).Jesus is the GOAT! ( greatest of all time). What are examples of Jesus showing us how to Love? How do we imitate Jesus? Do we show the love
of God theough our actions? We also have to start thinking about LENT. ( YES, it begins next WEDNESDAY 2/17)