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March 31st ✙ Fourth Sunday of Lent

Readings for March 31st 2019

          "FATHER I HAVE SINNED AGAINST heaven and before you" – so said the prodigal son whose story we hear in today's Gospel.

          " At the start of this Eucharist we are invited to call to mind our sins, which means we are invited to make our own the words and the sentiments of the prodigal son. Fortunately God is prodigal with his forgiveness.

          " Lord Jesus, you reconcile us to one another and to the Father. Lord, have mercy.

          ;" You heal the wounds of sin and division. Christ, have mercy.

          " You intercede for us at the right hand of the Father. Lord, have mercy.

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MONDAY, April 1: ✟ Bishop Quinn
TUESDAY, April 2: Intentions for Norman Menor
WEDNESDAY, April 3: Intentions of Jan Weldon, by Olga Rossetto
FRIDAY, April 5: ✟ Melvin and Mary Rossi, by Carol Ross

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Prayer List....

Mary Ann Bader Jim Mathews
Lee & Christine Crook Patti Summers
Tom Clark Sarah Bryan
Lynn Lockett John McAvoy
Denny Heikura Joe Bonchonsky
John Del' Amico Charles Ely
Barbara Entwisle Joe Spini
Marilyn Brickett Kitty Lyons
Lori Wise Robert & Cathy Neptune
Janet Renon Ed Flynn
Esther Aw Steve Smith
  Gerardo Rodriguez-Coronado

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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:

Frank Baker-Gleason, US Coast Guard Master Sgt. Matthew Rossoni, Army Commander Michael Quigley, US Navy

Kristen Chapman; USAF

Sean Eastis, USMC Sarah Manley, USAF Andy Harrison, USAF Nickolaus Swanson
SSG Trevor Oxman

Brian Tucker

Kyle McGill, US Army Infantry Nick Kenndy, USN
James Chapman Seamus Weston Alicia Delahunty Robert A. Wharton
Master Sgt. Roy Olmos Jr. Roy Walters    

Amen.

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Liturgical Ministers

March 30th, Saturday
Eucharist:Frank Melo
Cups:Chuck Rosencrantz & Connie Melo
Lectors: Oralee Floria & Jan Dusik
Altar Servers: Daniel Forslund & Adam Aguirre
Ushers: Bill Acord & Mark Clure

March 31st, Sunday
Eucharist: Bruno Zamperin
Cups: Maria Zamperin & Deacon Ed Pecis
Lectors: Linda Valenzuela & Cathy Jourdan
Altar Servers:Adam Domansky & Jacob Chapman
Cross Bearer: Benny Gazave
Ushers:Alvin Garcia & Mike Rodriguez

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Refections

Loved in Our Sins

The prodigal son came home empty-handed.
He had no trophies to show his father, no achievements with which to earn his praise, his welcome, and his love.
He was a failure. Worse - he was a sinner.
He deserved to be punished - and he knew it.
Yet punishment was the last thing he needed.
To punish him would be like pouring water on a dying fire.
What happened? When the father saw his lost son coming towards him, his heart went out to him, and next minute they were in each
other's arms.
It is an extraordinary experience to be loved in one's sinfulness.
Such love is like a breeze to a dying fire, or rain falling on parched ground.
Those who have experienced this kind of love, know something about the heart of God.

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Laetare Sunday

         The Fourth Sunday of Lent is traditionally called Laetare Sunday. Laetare is a Latin word that means “rejoice.” Today's Gospel describes the reason for our joy: God's great love for us has been revealed in Jesus. Through his Passion, Death, and Resurrection, Christ has reconciled us with God and one another.
          A little light breaks into this Sunday when the Church takes a bit of a breather from Lenten practice and opens Mass with the Entrance Antiphon, “Rejoice, Jerusalem … Be joyful, all who were in mourning!” On this Sunday, we look with expectation to the great Solemnity of Easter for which we have been preparing ourselves as a Church during the Lenten season. By its anticipation of the joy of Easter, Laetare Sunday is meant to give us hope and encouragement as we slowly progress towards the Paschal Feast.
          In church, flowers may be used to adorn the altar on this day. On both Laetare Sunday and Gaudete Sunday (the Third Sunday of Advent), a priest may wear rose vestments. The color rose is used as a sign of the joy which characterizes these two Sundays.

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The Seven Deadly Sins....

PRIDE – an excessive love of self or the desire to be better or more important than others.
LUST – an intense desire, usually for sexual pleasure, but also for money, power, or fame.
GLUTTONY – over-consumption, usually of food or drink.
GREED – the desire for and love of possessions.
SLOTH – Physical laziness, also disinterest in spiritual matters or neglecting spiritual growth.
ANGER or WRATH – uncontrolled feelings of hatred or rage.
ENVY and JEALOUSY – sadness or desire for the possessions, happiness, talents, or abilities of another.

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Messianic Genealogy Chart of Jesus Christ - Click this link or image below for bigger version!

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