Mass Intentions
Monday, February 8
6:30 am
† Sr. Elizabeth Carey, IBVM
8:30 am
† Antoinette & Lawrence Breckel
Tuesday, February 9
6:30 am
† Thomas Fanning
8:30 am
† Charles Richardson
Wednesday, February 10
6:30 am
Parish of St. Jerome
8:30 am
Troike Family
6:30 pm
 
Thursday, February 11
6:30 am
† John Downs
8:30 am
Emeofa Family for true love & unity
Friday, February 12
6:30 am
Jim Frazier
8:30 am
† Julie Tyska
Saturday, February 13
5:00 pm
† Matt, Veronica & Maureen Libert
Sunday, February 14
8:00 am
† Charlene DeVos
10:00 am
Parish of St. Jerome
1:00 pm
Fr. Gary Regula
4:00 pm
† Justin Strong
6:00 pm
Fr. Ben Drapeau
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The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis

Hey now,

As you know by now, during this coming week we begin our journey into Lent. We have prepared here by burning our palms, turning them into the ashes that will mark us out as ambassadors for Christ. Hopefully, long after those palms are washed off we will still shine forth with the joy that we have that in being Christ to others we encounter on our journey of faith. The church's environment will be stark and simple, as it beckons us to shed off those things and even mindsets that keep us from giving our all to Christ and becoming like Christ in word and deed.

Lent truly is a season that is a gift to us from our God. May it be a gift that we do not trudge through merely counting down the days waiting for the time that we can once again eat or drink our favorite goody or sugary elixir. Rather, may we awaken and look with joy at the opportunities that the new day will bring for us over these forty days of Lent. One gift that we can give ourselves (and I hope we do) is to buy a copy of the recent book by Pope Francis.

The book is beautifully named, The Name of God is Mercy. It is based on an interview that Pope Francis gave after returning from his trip to South America in 2015. I had known that it was coming out, but wasn't breaking down the doors to get it and read it. However, God must have had other plans for me as someone who received two copies as a gift, gave one to me. Thus, it moved to the top of my book pile, but wasn't there very long as I read through it in one night. For those who have read anything from Pope Francis he talks in a very down to earth manner, which is another gift, as that will invite more people to be drawn into his simple yet profound message of God's mercy.

While the stories he shared are so heart-warming and enlightening, I have to admit I enjoyed reading the Appendix. (I know you are probably thinking who reads the appendix of a book right? :) ) Well I did and it was a wonderful reminder of why Pope Francis declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy. If we only read one book this year (and its appendix) please let it be this book, as we are reminded of the unconditional, limitless love of our God. "Mercy will always be greater than any sin, and no one can place limits on the love of God who is ever ready to forgive."

Isn't that what Lent is about? We, as sinners, humble ourselves before God and baring ourselves tell God what we have done, and then we are bathed in the light of mercy and love. Mercy and love are gifts from God that we do not deserve or merit, but with which we are blessed throughout our lives. May our entrance into this most beautiful season of Lent be a time that we recognize God's mercy as it abounds in our lives, and may the journey so inspire us to be the mercy we receive to others. For as we are reminded, "In our parishes, communities, associations and movements, in a word, wherever there are Christians, everyone should find an oasis of mercy."

In Christ's Peace,
Fr. Gary

Hola a todos,

Como ustedes saben ahora, durante esta semana iniciaremos nuestros recorrido por la cuaresma. Nos hemos preparado quemando nuestras palmitas del año anterior, convirtiéndolas en las cenizas que nos marcaran como embajadores de Cristo hacia afuera en la comunidad. Esperemos que después de que las cenizas se hayan limpiado, todavía podamos brillar con la alegría que tenemos que ser como Cristo, para los que encontremos en nuestro camino de fe. El ambiente de la iglesia será simple y sombrío, como las cosas o esquemas mentales que nos impiden darnos con todo a Cristo y ser como Cristo en palabra y obra. Cuaresma es una temporada que es un regalo de nuestro Dios. Puede ser un regalo que nos arrastra a través de simplemente contar los días esperando el momento que una vez más podamos comer o beber nuestro plato favorito o golosinas azucaradas. Por el contrario, podemos despertar y mirar con alegría las oportunidades que traerá el nuevo día para nosotros sobre estos cuarenta días de Cuaresma. Un regalo que podemos darnos a nosotros mismos (y espero que hagas) es comprar una copia del reciente libro del Papa Francisco.

El libro esta nombrado maravillosamente, "El nombre de Dios es misericordia". Se basa en una entrevista que dio el Papa Francisco después de regresar de su viaje a América del sur en el año 2015. Yo sabía que estaba por salir, pero me demore para conseguirlo y leerlo. Sin embargo, Dios tenía otros planes para mí; alguien que recibió dos ejemplares como regalo, me dio uno a mí. Así, se pudo trasladar a la parte superior de la pila de mis libros, pero como no estaba muy grande lo leí en una noche. Para aquellos que han leído algo del Papa Francisco saben que habla de una manera muy sencilla, que ese es otro regalo y es una invitación poderosa para que más personas puedan ver su simple pero profundamente el mensaje de la misericordia de Dios.

Mientras que las historias que comparte son tan reconfortantes y esclarecedoras, tengo que admitir que disfruté leyendo el apéndice. (Sé que usted probablemente está pensando quién lee el apéndice de un libro; J ) Así lo hice y fue un maravilloso recordatorio de por qué el Papa Francisco declaró un año jubilar de la misericordia. Si sólo leemos un libro por año (y su apéndice :) ) por favor que sea este libro, ya que nos recuerda del amor incondicional, sin límites de nuestro Dios. "Misericordia siempre será mayor que cualquier pecado, y nadie puede poner límites en el amor de Dios que está siempre dispuesto a perdonar".

¿No se trata de eso la Cuaresma? Nosotros, como pecadores, humillarnos antes Dios y desnudarnos ante El de lo que hemos hecho, y luego nos bañamos a la luz del amor y la misericordia. Misericordia y el amor son regalos de Dios que no merecemos o que no ameritamos pero que sin duda somos bendecidos a través de nuestras vidas. Puede que nuestra entrada a esta temporada más bonita de la Cuaresma es un momento que reconocemos la misericordia de Dios, que abunda en nuestras vidas y puede que nuestra jornada nos inspire para ser misericordia que recibimos de los demás. Para que no se nos olvide, "En nuestras parroquias, comunidades, asociaciones y movimientos, en una palabra, donde hay cristianos, cada uno debe encontrar un oasis de misericordia".

La Paz de Cristo,
Padre Gary

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Adult Faith Formation Classes

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7th & 8th graders: Confirmation and First Communion Mini Retreat

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