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Letter of Father Lester,3/23/2023

Dearest Parish Family and Friends,

“When we contemplate the sufferings of Jesus, He grants us, according to the measure of our faith, the grace to practice the virtues He revealed during those sacred hours.”
~ ~ ~ St. Angela Merici

“Humility, obedience, meekness, and love are the virtues that shine through the cross and the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. O my Jesus, help me imitate you!”
~ ~ ~ St. Anthony Mary Claret

God is waiting for you! This evening at 5:30 pm there will be confession at St. Anthony. Four of us priests will administer the sacrament of healing and mercy. Don’t miss this great opportunity to be reconciled with the Lord. God loves you very much and he just wants to pour upon you His forgiveness.

Welcome Spring! Originally, spring was known as lent which came from the Old English lengthen, which means to make longer. The season of spring was named after the fact that the days were getting longer. Later on, lent was replaced by springing time, when most plants that had been dormant over the fall and winter finally began to grow again. May this new season bring us new hope, renewed spirit and fresh beginnings as we continue our Lenten journey.

A few days from now we shall be entering the most holy of all weeks. Make time for you and your family to participate in all of our liturgical celebrations. In joining with Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection, may we find strength in living our faith and get to heaven someday.

Keep praying, persevering and loving.
One with you in the journey,
Fr. Lester


Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will, all that I have and possess.
Thou hast given all to me. To Thee, O Lord, I return it.
All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will.
Give me Thy love and Thy grace, for this is sufficient for me.
-St. Ignatius Loyola

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Readings for March 26th,2023

God will open the graves and restore the people of Israel.
(From 1st Reading)
Ezekiel 37:12-14

Thus says the Lord GOD: 
O my people, I will open your graves  and have you rise from them,  and bring you back to the land of Israel.

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"Sunday Connection" from Loyola Press

The Spirit of God dwells in you.
(From 2nd Reading)
Romans 8:8-11

If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies (also), through His Spirit dwelling in you.

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Fifth Sunday Of Lent from "Catholic Culture"

Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.
(From the Gospel)

Excerpt taken From the Gospel of:
John 11:1-45 (shorter version John 11:3-7,17,20-27,33b-45)

Jesus raised His eyes and said:
“Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.”
(And)When He had said this, He cried out in a loud voice:
“Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”

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