We have already begun the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday and this Sunday is the 1st Sunday of Lent. The Gospel for this Sunday is from Mark 1:12-15 and talks about Jesus being driven out into the desert where He remained for 40 days and was tempted by Satan. Temptation is everywhere, be it in a wilderness, on the streets, in the Church, on our phone/computer, or in our very rooms. The call of the world is strong and the lure of the flesh is real.
All of us experience temptation in one way or another. In fact, even Jesus was not spared Satan’s enticements. How do we overcome temptation? Jesus tells us today that the best way is to pray (“The Holy Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness”) and to fast(“He was in the wilderness for 40 days”).
As we know temptation is strong in the wilderness. Anyone who goes through any “wilderness,” be it physical, emotional, financial, social or spiritual, is often buffeted by waves of despair and hopelessness, and the temptation is to hold on to anything or to anyone that can remedy the difficult situation. Jesus reminds us today that often there is no quick fix or drive-through solution to problems that beset us. Like Jesus, we must learn not to escape from, but to stay in, the wilderness, and there find Him and remain in His loving embrace.
May the season of Lent encourage us to reflect upon: what is our goal for this Lent? What should we do to overcome our temptation?
Fr. Aegidius Warsito, SCJ
Lenten Fasting and Abstinence
- Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence from eating meat for those who are over 15 years of age.
- Good Friday (April 2) is a day of fasting for adults up to the age of 60 and abstinence from eating meat for those who are over 15 years of age.
Works of charity or exercises of piety can be substitutes for fasting and abstinence. During this time parents should educate their younger children in the authentic sense of penance.
Our parish is offering Holy Communion services to parishioners for Saturday and Sunday.
- Saturday: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. (English)
- Sunday: 9:00 am to 11:00 am (English)
- Sunday: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (Spanish)
Please call the parish office to register a time slot for your attendance since Communion is being distributed every 15 minutes. Please register by Friday noon and be on time as only 9 people are allowed in the Church at a time.
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Prayers Needed for the Sick
We are praying for the sick of our parish: Demetria Meneses, Bernadette Timmers, Faustina Odina, Rita de Cruz, Mary Lavrisa, Dr. Frank Browne, Rita Browne, Bill Quinn, Frank Kovacs, Rita Britto, Raj Udayasekaran, Ingrid Pereira, Titus Passanha, Wilf O’Connor, Joe Rizza, Ma. Concepcion C. Reyes, John Difalco, Nico Bonifacio, Richard White, Dean Menard, Alex Fernandes, Lee Esmonde, Edward Vella, Leopoldo Presto and those with COVID-19. May they be supported by our prayers and pastoral ministry and by the grace of God.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
• First Holy Communion preparations will be available when our Church is open.
• Due to COVID restrictions Confirmation preparations are postponed until further notice.
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
• Classes for R.C.I.A. candidates have already begun.
Mass Intentions for February 20–27, 2021
Saturday 5:00 p.m.
Intentions of Josie Elsner
Sunday 8:30 a.m.
+Ivor Thomas, requested by M. Thomas
Sunday 10:00 a.m.
+Yusuf Patel, requested by the family
Sunday 11:30 a.m.
Intentions of the parish community
Sunday 8:00 p.m.
+Orlando DeAsis, requested by Judy
Monday 9:00 a.m.
In thanksgiving, Mario Enriquez
Tuesday 7:30 a.m.
Intentions of the Pillainayagam family
Tuesday 7:00 p.m.
+William Quinn, requested by J. & M. Quinn
Wednesday 7:30 a.m.
+Bert Villarica, requested by I. & Z. Galang
Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
+Joseph Mallia, requested by the family
Thursday 7:30 a.m.
+Felipe Mantes, requested by the Eucharistic Ministers
Thursday 7:00 p.m.
+Basilio Olegario Alejorde,requested by M. Del Mar
Intentions of Viraj Fernando
+Marilou Fores & Geronimo Timuat, requested by the Abad family
Friday 7:30 a.m.
+Felipe Mantes, requested by the D’Mello family
Friday 7:00 p.m.
+Adoracion & Eliseo Madulid, requested by the family
Saturday 9:00 a.m.
+Milagros Biclar, requested by J. Carrillo
Once when I was being crushed by these dreadful sufferings, I went into the chapel and said from the bottom of my soul, “Do what You will with me, O Jesus; I will adore You in everything. May Your will be done in me, O my Lord and my God, and I will praise Your infinite mercy.” Through this act of submission, these terrible torments left me. Suddenly I saw Jesus, who said to me, I am always in your heart. An inconceivable joy entered my soul, and a great love of God set my heart aflame. I see that God never tries us beyond what we are able to suffer. …one act of trust at such moments gives greater glory to God than whole hours passed in prayer filled with consolations. Now I see that if God wants to keep a soul in darkness, no book, no confessor can bring it light. (78)
–St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in my Soul
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