Weekend Reflection for February 20/21, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
When we receive ashes, we hear the words: "Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return" or "Repent and believe in the Gospel." Both phrases Pope Francis has said are "a reminder of the truth of human existence: We are limited creatures, sinners always in need of repentance and conversion."
Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to practice charity in Lent this year by caring for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. In his
for Lent 2021, the pope asks people to "experience Lent with love," which "rejoices in seeing others grow."
"To experience Lent with love means caring for those who suffer or feel abandoned and fearful because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In these days of deep uncertainty about the future, let us keep in mind the Lord's word to his Servant, 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you' (Isaiah 43:1). In our charity, may we speak words of reassurance and help others to realize that God loves them as sons and daughters."
The pope emphasized that even a small amount of almsgiving, when offered with "joy and simplicity," can multiply, as did "the loaves blessed, broken and given by Jesus to the disciples to distribute to the crowd."
Love is a gift that gives meaning to our lives. It enables us to view those in need as members of our own family, as friends, brothers or sisters. A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness."
This Lent, as we become still, let us not engage in too much navel-gazing or self-absorption but rather focus our energies on those who really need our help, our companionship, our encouragement. Let us practice Words and acts of kindness, of inclusion.
With Love and Blessings,
Daily Readings from USCCB
Fr Chris Dayton will give a 2 night retreat to prepare for Lent.
The first part will be Monday February 15th at 7pm in Saint Rose Church. The first night will be a presentation on the Lenten disciplines of penance, prayer, and alms giving.
The second night will be hosted at Saint Margaret Church in Spring Lake at 7:30pm on Tuesday February 16th. The topic of the second night will be living an authentic life of holiness.
Both nights are open to the public and both nights will be live streamed. Please join us.
Live stream for Saint Rose:
Live stream for Saint Margaret:
As a reminder, our parish has obtained access to Bishop Barron's
Word on Fire
video library for all parishioners and we can view any of his incredible series. A group of about 70 parishioners has been watching a video a week virtually. We've just started Bishop Barron's first series,
, a beautifully filmed and powerfully delivered overview of our faith. Please join us by texting the word BARRON to 84576 or go to
Live Stream Links
St. Catharine School Playground on Facebook
St. Catharine Church
St. Margaret Church
If you would like to volunteer please click on the link below and put your name in one of the spaces.
Please remember that masks are required at all times while on the church grounds. This is not only for the safety of our visitors but also our priests and worship team.
Virtual Prayer Book
Do you know someone that is in need of prayers?
Are they sick and need prayers of healing?
Do they need prayers for strength to get through this crisis?
Do they need prayers for patience while homeschooling their children?
Is someone lonely and could use a little lifting up by the Holy Spirit?
Add their name to our Virtual Prayer Book
. During the Prayer of the Faithful we will include them collectively by saying, "all those listed in our virtual prayer book" and they will be included along with all of the intersessions we are praying for during mass.
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