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February 9th, 2020 ✙ 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Readings for February 9th, 2020

        WE ARE CHRIST'S DISCIPLES. As such we are called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. This is a wonderful task but a difficult one.
         Let us reflect on how much we need God's help if we are to be faithful.
         Lord Jesus, you call us to trust in you and to rely on your strength. Lord, have mercy.
         You call us to overcome our laziness, selfishness and cowardice. Christ have mercy. You call us to be generous, merciful and just in our dealings with others. Lord, have mercy.

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MONDAY, February 10th John Lamanna, by Leslea LaGro
TUESDAY, February 11th: Intentions/Healing of Inga Bonchonsky,
By Jan Weldon
WEDNESDAY, February 12th : Intentions/Healing of Oralee Floria
FRIDAY, February 14th: ✟ Carl Koestner, by Leslea LaGro

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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


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Salt of the Earth

         Salt was literally worth its weight in gold in ancient times. It was vital for preserving food before the invention of refrigeration. Also, people cooked food very quickly to preserve fuel. It did not acquire the taste that slow roasting would bring. Salt thus helped bring out the flavor of the meal. It was also used in the Kosher process, whereby excess blood was absorbed from meat.
          Once the salt had completely soaked up this fluid it was useless for anything except for drying icy or muddy roads. Jesus may have had several of these aspects in mind when He spoke of His followers as having to be "salt for the world".

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Let Your Light Shine

        The most important thing about each of us is our capacity for goodness. We can be a source of light. We have hands that can care, eyes that can see, ears that can hear, tongues that can speak, feet that can walk, and above all hearts that can love.
         Unfortunately, through laziness, selfishness, and cowardice, our light can be dimmed, so that we become shadows of the people we could be.
         Lord, help us to believe in our own goodness, and to let the light of that goodness shine. On seeing this light, others find their way and you will be glorified.

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Why Do Catholics Do That?

Things To Do and Not Do in Mass (continuation)

15) Pray after Mass, if you feel called to do so. It is a good
custom, though not required, to offer a prayer of thanksgiving after Mass is over.
16) Respect Boundaries others may have. You might want to hold hands to pray, they may not. They might be sick and not want to shake during the sign of peace. These are all OK. Do not make any unnecessary judgment because they worship differently.
17) Actively Participate. You are invited to be active by listening, responding, praying, singing, and reflecting on what is happening. The Holy Mass is very important and it deserves all your attention.
18) No Food and Drink in Church. The exception would be a drink for small children, water for the priest or choir and water for those who are ill. Bringing snacks into church is not appropriate, because we want to set the church apart as a place of prayer and reflection.
19) Take loud children to the back. Every parent knows that sometimes the baby is going to have a bad day. Sit at the end of a pew, if you can, and take the child to the back quickly. Don’t wait too long before you make a move.
20) Don’t sit at the ends of the pew if you sit down before others. Rather, sit in the middle so others don’t have to climb over you. Furthermore, you may offer your seat to any elderly or disabled parishioners.
(Mass Etiquette: 20 Things To Do and Not Do in Mass)

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