Sunday School: Third Sunday of Lent
Mar01

Sunday School: Third Sunday of Lent

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

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From the Rector: Prayer for Lent
Mar01

From the Rector: Prayer for Lent

Prayer of petition to live well the holy season of Lent Lord, as we begin the holy season of Lent, I ask you for your help. You have said: “Be converted to me with all your heart”(Joel 2:12). I hunger to do your will. I long to please you in all that I think and say and do. During Lent I want to grow in my love for you. I want to show you my deep sorrow and repentance for all my past sins, offenses and negligence. I know I have often fallen short of what you as my Creator and Father have the right to expect from me. I know that I have often chosen my will over yours. I have given in to pride, greed, envy, anger, impurity, gluttony and laziness. I have often acted against your commandments, deliberately choosing my comfort, pleasure or gain over that which pleases you. I have failed to correspond to your graces. At times I have been indifferent to my faith, my love has been self-centered, I have placed my hope in earthly matters. I have been impatient. I have allowed my senses and imagination to wander. I have frequently failed to think of you, the only source of all that is good in my life. I have often failed to spend time with you in prayer. I have ignored your calls and thought only of myself: my time, my plans, my interests and ambitions. I have not fulfilled my duties to family and friends. I have put off my studies and been lazy about my work. In these and countless other ways I have fallen short of what I should be. But now I want you to know that my soul is filled with sincere sorrow for the wrong I have done and the good I have failed to do. I repent of all my sins and faults and I turn to you, my Father and Lord, to beg your forgiveness. O my Jesus, I count on your grace. You lived and suffered and died on the Cross to redeem me from sin. I trust in your mercy. I will confess my sins to my brother the priest. I will do penance and I will try to convert what has been darkness and sin in my life into works of light. I come to you with the confident words of the repentant thief: “Lord, remember me.” Lord, I know that I need this time of Lent to deepen my sorrow for the past, to do penance by voluntarily denying myself some of the pleasures of this life, to pray more and...

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From the Rector
Jan27

From the Rector

I recently had a conversation with someone concerning the role of God’s Providence in our lives. The Conversation led to us looking up some definitions in Church documents of exactly what is meant by God’s Divine Providence: PROVIDENCE: God’s all-wise plan for the universe, and the carrying out of his plan by his loving rule or governance. The eternal world plan and its fulfillment in time are together called divine providence. As expressed by the First Vatican Council (1869-1870), “God in His providence watches over and governs all the things that He made, reaching from end to end with might and disposing all things with gentleness” (Denzinger 3003). Divine providence is universal in that all events, even the most personal decisions of human beings, are part of god’s eternal plan. It is infallibly certain because the ultimate purpose that God has for the universe will not fail. And it is immutable because God himself cannot change. (Etym. Latin providentia, foresight, foreknowledge.) Creation’s Destiny (Catechism #302-305) God did not make creation “complete from the beginning,” but willed “a state of journeying.” God always guides all creation toward its ultimate perfection by Divine Providence. “By his providence God protects and governs all things which he has made” (First Vatican Council). God’s care for every creature (from least to greatest) is concrete and immediate. God does “whatever he pleases” (Ps 115:3). Christ opens and no one shuts, shuts and no one opens” (Rev 3:7). “The purpose of the Lord will be established” (Prov 19:21). Scripture, in attributing actions to God without mentioning any other causes, is not using a “primitive mode of speech” but is professing a faith in God’s lordship over all history. Jesus tells us not to be anxious: “Your heavenly Father knows what you need. Seek first his kingdom and all these things shall be yours as well” (Mt 6:31-33). Inviting Us to Cooperate (Catechism #306-308) God uses our cooperation. In his goodness, He gives us our existence and by our free will the opportunity to cooperate in his plan. God even invites us to “subdue the earth and have dominion over it (Gen 1:26-28). He invites us to complete his work of creation. As knowing collaborators, we are “God’s fellow workers” (1Cor 3:9). We believe that God, the Creator (the first Cause) is always at work in us (the second cause). “For God is at work in you” (Phil 2:13). We can do nothing without God, especially gain eternal life. “Without a Creator, the creature vanishes” (Second Vatican Council). We might do well to take to heart the famous saying of St. Padre Pio, “Pray, hope, don’t worry!”...

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Sunday School:  All Saints Day
Nov05

Sunday School: All Saints Day

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page for All Saints Day, please click on the link below: Sunday School All Saints Day cycle B

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Remembering 9/11
Sep04

Remembering 9/11

SEPTEMBER 11TH ANNIVERSARY MASS You are invited to attend the anniversary Mass honoring all emergency first responders and in remembrance of all those who lost their lives during the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Mass will be celebrated, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, on September 11, 2015 at 5:15 p.m. We need to continue praying for the safety of our first responders and in particular for peace in the world. “I did not see the devil’s face at Ground Zero. I saw the face of God in the people working, caring, sweating, crying, rescuing, recovering and being very spiritual in their very humanness.” quote by Franciscan Father Joseph Bayne while working at ground...

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation
Feb19

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Confession schedule for Lent:   Monday through Friday from 7:00-8:00 AM Wednesday 12:00-1:00 PM Thursday 6:00-7:00 PM Saturday 9:00-10:00 AM and 3:00-5:00 PM

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Catechetical Sunday -God’s Gift of Forgiveness
Sep18

Catechetical Sunday -God’s Gift of Forgiveness

God’s Gift of Forgiveness This week’s article is taken from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s website. Click on the link below to read the article by Pierre-Marie Dumont in its entirety. The Effective and Indubitable Sign of...

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