Sunday School: First Sunday of Lent
Feb15

Sunday School: First Sunday of Lent

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-First Sunday of Lent Cycle B

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From the Rector: Do you want to Fast this Lent?
Feb15

From the Rector: Do you want to Fast this Lent?

Do you want to Fast this Lent? In the words of Pope Francis ¨ Fast from hurting words and say kind words. ¨ Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude. ¨ Fast from anger and be filled with patience. ¨ Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope. ¨ Fast from worries and have trust in God. ¨ Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity. ¨ Fast from pressures and be prayerful. ¨ Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy. ¨ Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others. ¨ Fast from grudges and be reconciled. ¨ Fast from words and be silent so you can listen....

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Ash Wednesday Services
Feb12

Ash Wednesday Services

Ash Wednesday Services February 14, 2018 6:30 AM Mass with Distribution of Ashes 8:00 AM Mass with Distribution of Ashes 12:00-1:00 PM Confessions 12:15 PM Liturgy of the Hour with Distribution of Ashes 5:15 PM Mass with Distribution of Ashes  

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Stations of the Cross
Feb12

Stations of the Cross

Sacred Heart Cathedral Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday during Lent at 7:00 p.m. Please join us in this beautiful prayer.

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Sunday School: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B
Feb08

Sunday School: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle...

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From the Rector: Ash Wednesday
Feb08

From the Rector: Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, February 14th (The following is a condensed version of an article by Father Michael Van Sloun, pastor of St. Bartholomew in Wayzata, that first appeared in 2008 in The Catholic Spirit.) The imposition of ashes is a solemn ritual that signals the beginning of the holy season of Lent. The ceremony is distinctive; there is no liturgical action like it throughout the entire church year. The ashes come from a previous Palm Sunday. The palms are burned, the ashes collected and then crushed into a fine, sooty powder and placed into bowls. The ashes are blessed by the priest during the Ash Wednesday Mass after the homily. Then, in a Communion-like procession, people are invited to come forward, and the ashes are applied to each person’s forehead in the shape of a cross as the minister says either, “Turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15), the usual prayer, or “Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19), the older, more traditional invocation. Ashes symbolize two main things in the Old Testament: Death, repentance Ashes are equivalent to dust, and human flesh is composed of dust or clay (Genesis 2:7), and when a human corpse decomposes, it returns to dust or ash. For example, Abraham told God, “I am but dust and ashes” (Genesis 18:27), a reference to his human mortality. Jeremiah described death as a “valley of corpses and ashes” (Jeremiah 31:40). Ashes are an ominous sign, and we use them on Ash Wednesday to remind ourselves of our own impending deaths. Death may come sooner, or it may come later, but it will surely come. And if death is coming, we need to be prepared, and the time to prepare for death is now, and the way to prepare is to live according to God’s ways. When the prophet Daniel shamefacedly clothed himself in sackcloth and ashes, they were a sign of his people’s contrition for their rebellion, wickedness and treachery (Daniel 9:3). When Jonah warned the Ninevites that God planned to destroy their city because of their corruption and depravity, the people covered themselves with sackcloth and ashes as a sign of their intention to turn from their evil ways (Jonah 3:6,10). Ashes are a plea to God for mercy and compassion, pardon and forgiveness. Moreover, they are a public admission of guilt, an expression of sorrow for sins that have been committed, a promise to reform and a pledge to resist temptation in the future. We, too, are sinners. When we come forward to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday, we are saying that we are sorry for our sins, and that we want to...

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Sunday School: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Feb02

Sunday School: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle...

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