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Quadragesima Sunday

February 10, 2008 – Lent I- St. Scholastica, V

Today we have the Blessing of the Sick followed by the Blessing of Religious Articles after all Masses. Early Lenten Vespers and Benediction are at 1:10 PM. A Triduum to mark the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Lourdes will be said after all Masses. Special Lenten 2nd Collection: This special collection today is for Disaster Relief for two of our traditional Catholic families out Arkansas way whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the Shrove Tuesday tornadoes. Please be generous!

This Week
Monday – February 11th: Join us for a festive Mass honoring the 150th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Lourdes and the conclusion of the triduum. Our Lady of Lourdes reveals to us just how much the tenderness of God is in the Immaculate Heart of the one who is most just… and how much He desires to share that tenderness with us through Mary. May the love of the Blessed Mother of God present us with Her Son as a pleasing offering to the Father.

Wednesday – February 13th: at 3:00 PM every Wednesday in Lent, we offer the traditional Children’s Stations of the Cross and Holy Communion.

Thursday – February 14th: St. Valentines Day. “The month of February abounds with pink and red laced-trimmed hearts heralding the giddiness of St. Valentine’s day, which falls on Thursday–but the holy season of Lent summons us to embrace the boundless love of God that far exceeds the sentimentality of Cupid and chocolates. The cross of ashes trimming our foreheads alerts the world to what God once declared to Samuel: “Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart.” We enter into Lent looking into our own hearts and into the Sacred Heart of our loving Savior with the penetrating regard of God Himself. Putting aside superficial, secular vision is a large part of our Lenten penance. The ashes beckon the world to look in this same divine way.” —Fr. P. Cameron, O.P. Give a Spiritual bouquet instead of candy this year. Come to Mass, or give a Mass. Light a candle for a loved one.

Friday – February 15th: Join us for our traditional “Evening of Recollection” including 5:45 PM Mass, sermon and Sacred Heart novena, followed by the Parish Potluck Plus Supper, Stations, Sermon, Sorrowful Mother Novena, Blessing of the Sick, closing Benediction and Holy Communion.

Lenten Potluck Plus Supper
Each year on the Friday nights in Lent we offer a Parish Potluck Plus Supper following the Mass, and before the Stations of the Cross. Last year we introduced the idea of “theme foods” for each of the Plus Friday nights. Here are the suggestions for this year:
Feb. 15th: Pasta Night
Feb. 22nd: Soup, Salad, Bread Night
Feb. 29th: Tuna Night
March 7th: Mac & Cheese, Salad Night
March 14th: Baked Potato Night

A sign-up sheet is be posted in Helfta Hall. Please let us know which Friday night you would like to sponsor. The church will cover the expense of the ingredients. If you plan to eat with us we ask that you bring a dish to share that will coordinate with the theme, such as vegetables, salad, pasta, etc. Please, since it is Lent, no desserts. Bon appetit!

Ember Days
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of this week are the Lenten Ember Days. All Catholics, age seven and older, must keep the abstinence, partial on Wednesday and Saturday; total on Friday. All those between the ages of 21 and 59 are obliged to follow the Church laws of fast—one full meal a day.

Children’s Day of Recollection
This year our Children’s Day of Recollection will take place on Wednesday, February 20th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for both Grade School and High School Students. Separate spiritual talks will be given for both groups. Please make every effort to have your children attend this spiritually enriching day. Please call the school (513-645-4216) by Monday, February 18th to let us know if you plan to have your children attend. A lunch will be provided. No charge!
• 9:00 AM: Opening of the Day of Recollection
• 11:25 AM: High Mass
• 2:50 PM: Closing Stations & Benediction

Upcoming Events
Friday – March 7th: Knights of the Sacred Heart: Father / Son All Night Lenten Adoration – 9:00 PM, closing with 6:30 AM Mass on Saturday the 8th.

Next Sunday
Next Sunday is the Third Sunday of the Month. The Blessing of Expectant Mothers follows all Masses. Early Lenten Vespers and Benediction are at 1:10 PM.

Set your missal: February 17th. Lent II with the commemoration of the Flight into Egypt. Pref: Lent.

From the Pen of Fr. Cekada
The “Mass of John XXIII” made legal in the One World Church last July, is already being changed. The original John XXIII Missal lasted less than two years before the changes of Vatican II. This one only made it seven months, and at the behest of the Jews is already being changed. Abe Foxman, and his ADL have a lot of clout with Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, and don’t like the idea of Jewish blindness or perfidy mentioned in the prayer for their conversion on Good Friday. Be glad Ratzinger is not our pope, or any kind of a pope, for that matter! These are Fr. Cekada’s comments:
The change in the prayer is the nose of the camel under the tent, folks, and ecumenism is riding the camel.
Wait till Abe Foxman figures out what St. Peter Fraternity clergy and other users of the John XXIII Breviary will be chanting during the Second Nocturn of Tenebrae on Good Friday.
“We know what was the gathering together of the froward amongst Jewry, and what was the insurrection of wicked doers. How were they wicked doers? In that they desired to kill the Lord Jesus Christ. …Let not Jewry say: We did not kill Christ. For they delivered him up to Pilate’s tribunal in order that they should themselves seem innocent of his death. Thus when Pilate said to them: Take ye him, and crucify him: they answered: It is not lawful for us to put any man to death. So it was that they sought to cast the guilt of their crime upon a human judge: but by this could they deceive God the Judge? …But if we hold him to be guilty who did it against his will, shall they be innocent who did force him to do it? By no means. …But O ye, his own Jewish people, ye in full truth did kill him. And how did ye kill him? With the sword of the tongue. For like a sword ye whet your tongue. And when did ye strike the blow, but when ye cried out: Crucify him, crucify him?”
That’s St. Augustine. Perhaps the Vatican will rewrite Migne as well.

Our Second Annual Jog-A-Thon
Here we “run” again!
“Who would have thought so few people (69) could do so much ($14,105.10!) in so short a period of time (2 months).”
Do you remember how completely amazed we all were when we finally found out the results of last year’s fundraiser? Well, we want to do it again this year, only this time with a lot more people involved so we can make a lot more profit. The Jog-A-Thon is a great plan to reach out to the community to help bring in funds for our church, school and youth groups. We hope everyone, this year, will get involved. (Look at what we did with only 69 [mostly children] last year!) Packets of forms and all the necessary information will be handed out by the ushers after all of today’s Masses. If you can run, jog, walk or crawl around a 1/4 mile track – get a sponsor – that’s how easy it is. We hope to hold this event on April 26th, again at the Lakota Freshman Track, so we don’t really have that much time. Once you have a chance to look over the information supplied in your packet, there will be someone in Helfta Hall before and after the 9:00 AM Mass to answer any questions. We KNOW this a wonderful fund raiser for our church, school and youth groups. What will make it successful again this year is YOUR participation. YOU are the only limit to our potential. Pick up your packet today. And should you run out of forms – the Book Store will always have more. Do your part, don’t get left behind!

Our prayers and sympathy are ex-tended to the family and friends of Mrs. Eileen Bartels who was buried from this church last past Thursday. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her, may she rest in peace. Amen. Everything we labor for in this present world scarcely lasts until death. Death intervenes and cuts off the fruit of our labor. But what we do for eternal life remains even after death; it begins to appear only when the fruits of our physical labors cease to be visible. —St. Gregory the Great