Second Sunday of Lent
Announcements from our bulletin of February 25, 2018
Fast and Abstinence
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
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.
Treasures From our Tradition
The second Sunday of Lent every year recalls the Transfiguration of the Lord. Since the fourth century, Mount Tabor has been the focus of devotion to this event. As mountains go, it is not particularly lofty, rising about fifteen hundred feet, within view of the Sea of Galilee and very close to Nazareth. Scripture doesn’t identify the mountain, but in the year 348 Saint Cyril of Jerusalem said he preferred Mount Tabor to Mount Hermon as the site of the Transfiguration, and his opinion won. It has long been a strategic military site, and ancient fortresses are visible on the heights. Over the centuries, churches and fortified monasteries rose on the mountaintop, only to be destroyed by various invaders. Six hundred years ago, local Christians started to decorate the ruins with flags and banners on the Feast of the Transfiguration. In 1631, the Sultan granted permission to the Franciscans to live on Mount Tabor, and they have been there ever since, discovering the ruins of an old Crusader church and constructing the present church on the site in 1924.
The top of the mountain is divided into Greek Orthodox and Latin (that’s us) zones. At one time, tourists arrived on the summit by bus, but this is no longer permitted. Some ride bicycles up a challenging and winding path, while others take the four thousand three hundred steps constructed for Christian pilgrims in the fourth century. It’s hard to imagine the fishermen following Jesus up this craggy mountain without complaint. Visitors will sympathize with Peter’s plan to construct booths and stay put with Jesus, Moses, and Elijah for a while, enjoying the view, and planning the trip back down.
Attention! 2018 Parish Contribution Envelopes
If you used Sunday Collection Envelopes previously, or requested them recently, please pick up them at the Parish Office.
If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office at (305) 931-0600.
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- Planned Giving
“How shall I make a return to the Lord for all he has done for me?” Psalm 116:12
As we are examining our lives during lent, it is a good time to also examine all we own.
- Do we need to clean house?
- Do you own something you no longer need but could help the Church?
That something may be an old life insurance policy. You can give your no longer needed insurance policies to St. Mary Magdalen Church. If the policy has a cash value, you may also get a tax deduction.
For more information, contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110.
“’Here I am!’ he answered.” - Genesis 22:11
It is easy to say, “Here I am, Lord,” when we are kneeling in church. But how easy is it to say, “Here I am, Lord,” when a neighbor needs our help, when we are invited to join a parish ministry, or when we are asked to provide financial support? Many times, we are called upon when it’s not convenient for us. Discipleship is not always easy, most of the time it will make us uncomfortable and vulnerable.