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February 16th, 2020 ✙ 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Readings for February 16th, 2020

        JESUS SAYS, "If you are bringing your offering to the altar and while there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering."
         Let us reflect on those words for a moment. Now let us confess our sins to God and to one another.
         I confess to almighty God...

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MONDAY, February 17th:✟ John Lamanna, by the Knights of Columbus
TUESDAY, February 18th: ✟ Henry Kaminski, by Leslea LaGro
WEDNESDAY, February 19th : ✟ Milton Bonneville, by Jan Weldon
FRIDAY, February 21st:✟ Carl Adams, by Cindy Corrales

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Why Do Catholics Do That?

WHY DO CATHOLICS DO THAT?
Are The Ten Commandments Still Important? God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. They were destined for all people. The Ten Commandments are also called the Decalogue, which is Greek for “ten words” (of God). With these words God wants to help us to lead good lives. The first three of the Ten Commandments are about your relationship with God. The fourth through Tenth Commandments are about your relationships with other people.
God’s Gift: Ten Commandments
1. I am the Lord your God; you shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them;
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
3. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
4. Honor your father and your mother.
5. You shall not kill.
6. You shall not commit adultery.
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
The Ten Commandments teach us how to love God and neighbor by willingly offering something of yourself to another.
(Tweeting with God)

Reflections

A Prayer for the End of the Day

         Grant, O Lord, that each day before we enter the little death of sleep, we may undergo the little judgement of the day past, so that every wrong deed may be forgiven and every unholy thought set right.
          Let nothing go down into the depths of our being which has not been forgiven and sanctified.
          Then we shall be ready for our final birth into eternity, and look forward with love and hope to standing before you, who art both judge and savior, holy judge and loving savior.
Bishop Appleton

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Reflections (Continuation)

This Week's Gospel

         When Matthew speaks of “the Law and the prophets” he means the whole Scripture. Matthew’s Jesus does not overturn the Law of Moses, nor does he set his followers free from the Law. He requires his followers to go beyond the Law.
***The Law condemned murder;
***Jesus condemns anger.
***The Law condemned adultery;
***Jesus condemns even lustful looks.
         The written scriptures and their interpretation in tradition are surpassed by Jesus whose life and teaching are the definitive revelation of the will of God.

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Ash Wednesday

         Before Ash Wednesday, we should start asking ourselves some questions and we should start with some preparations.
         You might ask: "What does God want to give me this year?" This question may require that I slow down a bit and listen to my inner spirit.
        Something all of us can do is commit ourselves to being more reflective during Lent. We can reflect upon our desires and which of them needs to be purified, which may need to be abandoned, and which are wonderful desires, but haven't been acted upon. Naming our deepest desires will guide the choices we make to establish new patterns for Lent.

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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:

Tim Birimisa-Fasano,Army Brian Tucker
Frank Baker-Gleason, US Coast Guard Kyle McGill, US Army Infantry
Master Sgt. Matthew Rossini, Army

Nick Kennedy, USN

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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