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March 1, 2020 ✙ 1st Sunday of Lent

Readings for March 1st, 2020

        LENT RECALLS THE FORTY DAYS Jesus spent in the desert, during which time he was tempted by the devil. But through prayer, fasting, and fidelity to the word of God he overcame the tempter. We too have to face temptation.
        Let us reflect for a moment on our temptations and how much we need God’s help to resist them. Lent provides us with a great opportunity to follow more closely the footsteps of Jesus.
        Lord, you call us to repentance. Lord, have mercy.
        Lord, you call us to self-denial. Christ, have mercy.
        Lord, you call us to prayer and works of charity. Lord, have mercy.

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MONDAY, March 2nd:✟ Frank Garcia, by Alvin & Maria Garcia
TUESDAY, March 3rd: Intentions of Anita Wittig
WEDNESDAY, March 4th : In celebration of the Birthday of Jo Hansen ,by Jan Dusik
FRIDAY, March 6th:✟ Dave Barnett

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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
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

Pruning Time

        Pruning time is a painful time for a fruit tree. The pruner rids it of all those suckers which use up a lot of energy but produce no fruit. However, the aim of this surgery is not to inflict pain, but to help the tree produce more and better fruit.
         Lent is a kind of spiritual pruning time. There is much that is useless and perhaps harmful in our lives, which saps our energy, and diminishes our spiritual fruitfulness. Of what shall we prune ourselves this Lent so that we may become more fruitful branches of Christ, the true vine?

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Why Do Catholics Do That?

What are the ways to navigate a Holier Lent? (continued)
5. Make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. Spend time in front of the tabernacle where the Eucharist is kept or in front of the Blessed Sacrament during Adoration on Tuesdays of Lent from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Jesus will be waiting for you and He will give you strength for the journey.
6. Spend time in spontaneous prayer. What better way to find the way to our final destination than to consult the one who is calling us? God doesn’t necessarily speak in an audible voice, but during prayer time, you might experience feelings of joy, peace and love. God also works through other people and situations, so keep your eyes and ears open, especially during this holy season and spiritual journey.
7. Buddy up. Find a good friend with whom to share your Lent journey. The right travel companion can make a huge difference. He or she can help to maintain perspective when the going gets tough, can challenge us to grow, and make the whole trip more enjoyable.
8. Travel light. Give something up to which you are attached and offer the resulting discomfort as penance. Common examples are watching your favorite TV show or using social media. The idea is not to reject all that is pleasant and enjoyable, but to occasionally free ourselves from attachments to them. Then we can love God more completely.

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

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