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ST. JOSEPH'S PARISH MISSION - MARCH 9, 10, 11, 2014
Begins 7pm on Sunday evening - and 2 sessions on Monday and Tuesday,
at 11am and 7pm for your convenience (same content at each).
"What can we possibly learn from the poor??"
Pope Francis has said he wants us to be “a poor Church for the poor.” It is a challenging idea. When we think of the poor we mostly think of what they need and how we might help them. But picking up on Jesus’ self-identification with the poor (“whenever you did this to the least of my brothers and sisters you did this to me....”) Pope Francis is suggesting a much more radical idea: that we have much to learn from them.
The Holy Father’s call to care for the poor is a very practical way to learn more fully what God desires for us. Fr Mark will use the traditional practices of Lent - prayer, fasting and almsgiving - to explore practical opportunities to accompany Jesus through the passion and cross to a richer and more fulfilling life.
During the masses for the First Sunday of Lent, and over the course of the retreat, Fr. Mark will offer the opportunity to take up the Holy Father’s challenge in a direct and straightforward way by sponsoring a child, youth or aging person through UNBOUND, a sponsorship organization founded by lay Catholics in 1981and today serving over 320,000 children, youth and aging in 21 countries around the world (you may remember their visit 4 years ago—then CFCA– Christian Foundation for Children and Aging—now newly named UNBOUND)
Fr. Mark Lane, C.O. who was born in Australia and ordained in Sydney in 1981. He is a member of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in Brooklyn, NY. He has been a pastor, professor and is now a preacher. He has lived and worked in Turkana, Kenya, as well India, Guatemala and El Salvador. Fr. Mark is an engaging and insightful speaker who has a reputation for bringing the Gospels to life in stories and images drawn from everyday life. His talks are at times humorous, heartfelt and inspiring.
Our Lenten retreat will begin at all the masses on the First Sunday of Lent (March 8 & 9). At the masses Fr. Mark will explore the Gospel of the day, its connection to the unique and highly personalized sponsorship program run by UNBOUND, and make an invitation to participate in the parish Lenten retreat.
Please mark your calendars and join with your fellow parishioners in making this a lent to remember.
“Broaden your gaze and open your hearts.” Pope Francis
Here are some helpful websites to view and learn more ABOUT OUR CATHOLIC FAITH:
www.usccb.org (United States Council of Bishops)
www.mncc.org (Minnesota Council of Bishops)
www.archspm.org (Archdiocesan web site)—Click on green link on right side of home page labeled 'Pray for life, marriage and religious liberty'
Check out our parish "Book" table located in the gathering space near the parish office door.
Here you will find for sale the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the YOUCAT, the youth version of the Catechism, for $15. We also are offering great Catholic Books for $3. Some featured titles are: Rediscover Catholcism, 4 Sign of a Dynamic Catholic--and others.
Check this 'self serve' table out anytime you are here! Don't forget our great Lighthouse Display as well - many wonderful audio CD's for just $3 - they make great gifts and are awesome for those long car trips!
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