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Third Sunday of Lent

Announcements from our bulletin of March 7, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

How can we "turn back" to our Lord, with all our heart. Our desire in this Lenten journey is greater freedom - freedom to cooperate with, to respond to God's grace. The "work" of Lent is to discover where and in what concrete ways I'm not cooperating - where and when I'm resisting the gift that God is giving me in Jesus. When I don't want to honor our God, or when I am aggressive or covetous (desiring what is not mine or what is not good for me), then I'm out of balance and I can be quite closed to the love God wants to give me.

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Thank You for your Gift!

With a grateful heart, thank you to those who generously made a commitment to the 2021 Archbishop's Charities and Development Drive (ABCD). As of today, 54 of our parishioners have responded to the call for help. Thanks to the generosity of many, the ABCD can bring hope by serving others in their time of need, help our students continue on their journey of learning and prepare them for the future and raise a unified voice for peace and dignity of all human life. Together, we are One in Faith, One in Hope and One in Charity.

If you have yet to make a gift to the ABCD, we need your help to reach our parish goal of $70,000. Please make your pledge and return it to the church office or in the collection basket. We are confident that, with God's help and yours, we will unite as a Catholic community to and spread the love of Christ beyond our parish doors.

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This national collection supports many pastoral projects that benefit the faithful in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the mountains of northeastern Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, the Diocese of Cúcuta has been a migration point for needy Venezuelan refugees coming in search of food, medicine, and daily necessities. For several years, the diocese's welcome centers have served more than 1,000 meals each day to hungry migrants. The primary center, at Casa de Paso Divina Providencia, has been addressing the needs of these refugees with diocesan resources as well as assistance from local businesses, charities, and parishes.

The Collection for the Church in Latin America, in solidarity with these vulnerable refugees and the local diocese serving them, provided much-needed assistance to ensure that Casa de Paso Divina Providencia can continue its work of hospitality and mercy. Your contribution to the collection not only supports and sustains these invaluable efforts but also allows you to stand in closer unity with refugees and those serving them.

Take this opportunity to share your faith with our sisters and brothers in Latin America and the Caribbean. Your support truly makes a difference.

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 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.

God of compassion, May our prayers, challenge us to love and embrace those who are poor and vulnerable.

May our fasting challenge s us to live simply and be better stewards of Your creation;

May our almsgiving challenge us to give generously to those in need.

Amen!

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.

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Your generosity allows the Catholic community to continue the programs and services that touch the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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Careful Estate Planning can be one of the best gifts you give your family and your Parish. For more information on what and how to give, contact the Office of Planned Giving today! (305) 762-1112. contact the Office of Planned Giving today! (305) 762-1112.

You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything…” - Exodus 20:4

How many “gods” do you put before God? “Idols” do not always take the shape of physical things, things we can touch and feel. Those are easy to recognize. Many times, they take the form of things we cannot touch and are much harder to spot like pride, power, ego, time, comfort or health. Pray for God's help to prune our vices and to grow in virtue

March 14, 2021 Daylight Saving Time Begins.

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.

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