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February 23rd, 2020 ✙ 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Readings for February 23rd, 2020

        JESUS TELLS US that God loves all of His children,deserving and undeserving. And He urges us to imitate this all-embracing love of God.
        We know how difficult love can be, especially in relation to people we don't like. Jesus not only shows us how to love but helps us to love.
        Lord, you show us that God cares for all of His children, deserving and undeserving. Lord, have mercy.
        Lord, you show us how He lets the sun of His love shine on good people and bad people. Christ, have mercy.
        Lord, you show us how He lets the rain of His mercy fall on saints and sinners. Lord, have mercy.

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MONDAY, February 24th:Intentions & healing of Mary Forster, by the Altar Society
TUESDAY, February 25th: ✟ Pedro Jauregui, by Maria Garcia
WEDNESDAY, February 26th : ✟ John Garcia, by Maria Garcia
FRIDAY, February 28th:✟ Irene Zanni, by the Tadina Family

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Return of Palms

         Father is requesting parishioners who have palms from last year to return them to church. The ashes used on Ash Wednesday are made from the burning of palms blessed in the previous year's Palm Sunday celebration, when Christians carry palms to recognize the Gospels' reference to Jesus's path being covered in palm fronds on the day He entered Jerusalem.

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A Prayer for our Troops

Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Please Pray for these men and women in the service of our country:

< SFC Gilbert Delgado Tim Birimisa-Fasano, Army Frank Baker-Gleason, US Coast Guard Master Sgt. Matthew Rossini, Army Commander Michael Quigley, US Navy Kristin Chapman, USAF Sarah Manley, USAF Andy Harrison, USAF
SFC Gilbert Delgado
Brian Tucker
Tim Birimisa-Fasano, Army Kyle McGill, US Army Infantry
Frank Baker-Gleason, US
Coast Guard

Nick Kennedy, USN

Army Commander Michael Quigley, US Navy James Chapman
Kristin Chapman, USAF Seamus Weston
Sarah Manley, USAF Alicia Delahunty
Andy Harrison, USAF Robert A. Wharton
Nickolaus Swanson
Master Sgt. Ray Olmos Jr.
SSG Trevor Oxman Roy Walters

Amen.

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Reflections

Turning Enemies Into Friends

        When Abraham Lincoln was running for president of the United States there was a man called Stanton, who never lost an opportunity to vilify him. Yet when Lincoln won the election he gave Stanton a post in his cabinet. Why? Because he considered him the best man for the job. And Lincoln was proved right.
         Stanton gave him loyal service. Asked why he didn't destroy his enemies, Lincoln replied, "Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?"

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Why Do Catholics Do That?

What are the ways to navigate a Holier Lent?
         Throughout the year,we can get off track from what is most
important in our journey to Heaven. Lent is a time during
which we can realign our priorities and get back on track. We
take steps to put God – who alone can make us truly happy
– in His rightful place in our lives.
Try these ways to help you make the most of Lent:
1. Read good books. A good way to challenge yourself
to grow spiritually is to read something you haven’t read
before. Pick a saint you’ve never heard of and read his or her
biography or something he or she wrote. Select a book of
daily meditations. You may feel as if you are viewing the world
through a different window.
2. Make a nightly examination of conscience to ensure that
you stay on track. Reviewing the choices we make each day
will alert us to where our weaknesses (and strengths) are and
catch sinful habits before they start.
3. Fast. From age 18 and onward, Catholics are obligated to
fast on Ash Wednesday (February 26 this year) and Good Friday (April 10). When fasting, a person is allowed to eat
one full meal and two smaller meals that together do not
equal a full meal. Catholics are also obligated to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all other Fridays
during Lent.
4. Make the fast count. Take up something in place of the
thing you gave up. If, for example, you give up using your
phone in the evening, you can spend that time doing a chore,
or reaching out to someone who needs attention. If you give
up watching television, you can spend that time in prayer.

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✟ ✟ ✟ Lenten Schedule of St. Anthony's , Mt. Shasta &
St. Joseph's, McCloud ✟ ✟ ✟

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