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Fr. Okumu's Reflection on the 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A

"This is my son with whom I am well pleased; listen to him".

 

Lent is a time to change, a time of renewal and a time of transforming oneself in preparation for Easter.  I would like to invite all of us today to think of those moments and places that we have ever experienced the liberating, healing and peaceful presence of God.  We can experience the presence of God just by looking at a sunrise or sunset, or by sitting and looking at the physical features of a given location.

The narrative in today's gospel reading depicts God's presence being experienced on the mountain by Jesus in the company of Peter, John and James.  In Matthew, it is reported that: His face shone like the sun, his clothes became white as light, and behold two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah who appeared in glory spoke of the exodus he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.

In the Hebrew bible, Moses and Elijah where great experts of change and development, while Moses led the people of Israel from the Egyptian bondage of slavery through the desert to the promised land.  Elijah on the other hand, brought change to the people of Israel from an old sinful nation into a glorious nation of the people of God.

The change that is experienced at the transfiguratin is pointing to the glory of God.  The Glory that we are all called to strive for , while still in the world.

Overwhelmed by the beauty of the experience, Peter requests, that they make three tents, one for Jesus, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.  Peter wished to continue experiencing that beautiful environment.  This was followed by clouds that cast a shadow on them and with a voice saying:  "This is my beloved son with whom I am well pleased; listen to him".  Many times we fail to open our hearts to listen to the voice of the son of God calling us to holiness, repentance, forgiveness and reconcilition.

As we listen to God's son, let us go down from the mountain top to the vallely of the lonely, to the valley of those in tears, to the valley of the poor, the valley of the sick and the dying, to the valley of the wounded and fallen away people of God and invite them all into a new communion of hope, love, peace and tranquility.

The story of the transfiguration invites us into a new way of living in him as transformed, changed and transfigured members of his body the church.  The transfiguration invites us into a new way of living in him as transformed, changed and transfigured members of his body the church.  The transfiguration was meant to strengthen the faith of the disciples, so it is meant to give us strength and uplift us especially in those moments when our faith is shaken or challenged.

As we walk the Lenten journey, let us allow our lives to be transformed, our deeds and works to be transfigured and above all let us resolve to remain always in the presence of God listening and doing the will of God.  This is my son with whom I am well pleased, listen to him.

 

 

 

 

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Lent 2017 " Who is My Neighbor?"

“I want a Church which is poor and for the poor. They have much to teach us. … We need to let ourselves be evangelized by them.” - Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, no. 198

Photos: Danny Gadd

Photos: Danny Gadd

This Lent we invite you to journey with us and recommit yourselves to our loving  God.   Our parish is going to reflect, pray and share a meal every Friday at 6 pm either Stone Soup or Knights of Columbus Fish Fry.  The Stone Soup proceeds go to the Operation Rice bowl who indeed help the poor and those in poverty.

We also invite you to join our community to reflect at the Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7 pm.

Knights of Columbus Fish Frys

March 3rd, March 24th & April 7th

Stone Soup

Proceed for the Stone Soup goes to Operation Rice Bowl

  • March 10th the Filipino Community will host.
  • March 17the Vietnamese Community will host.
  • March 31st the Eritrean Community will host.

All in Dalton Hall starting at 6pm.

Rice Bowl Operation

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1st, our community will participate in Operation Rice Bowl, the largest and oldest Catholic Lenten practice in the U.S. It is run by Catholic Relief Services, the international humanitarian arm of the U.S. Bishops, reaching 101 countries on five continents.  The cardboard bowls and calendars help to guide Lenten prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. For over four decades, this faith-in-action program has given families the opportunity to come together in solidarity with people in need.  Grab your rice bowl in the Narthex this Lent, and visit crsricebowl.org to watch videos of the people whose lives your Lenten gifts are changing.  Drop your bowls at the parish by Palm Sunday, April 9th.

Lent

What is "Fast and Abstinence"?

The penitential observances for Lent include fasting and abstaining from meat.  Catholics age 14 throughout their lifetime are obliged to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.  Catholics from the day after their 18th birthday to the day after their 59th birthday also are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  In the Catholic tradition, fasting is loosely interpreted.  The law allows one full meal only, but does not prohibit the taking of small amounts of food at the other meal times; however, the combined quantity of food taken at the two lighter meals should not exceed the amount at the full meal.  Illness releases a person from these rules.

 


 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

                            

Pope Francis invites people around the world to  focus on God’s mercy and the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation during a Lenten “24 Hours for the Lord” March 24-25, 2017. Our Sunday Visitor and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization worked together to offer a free pastoral guide to help you or your parish celebrate “24 Hours for the Lord. Click on the link below for ” The  “I Desire Mercy” guide.

I Desire Mercy Guide   

 
 

Lenten Special Masses

Women's Mass
March 8, 7 pm

Men's Mass
March 15, 7pm

Lenten Mission
March 27 & 28, 7 pm

Lenten Penance Service
March 29, 7pm

 

Holy Week and Easter Masses

Holy Thursday
April 13th, 7pm

Good Friday
April 14th, 7pm

Holy Saturday
April 15th, 8:30pm

Easter Sunday
April 16th
8:30am, 10:30am & 12:30pm

MASS SCHEDULE
Weekend Masses
Saturday 5 PM
Sunday 8:30 AM
Sunday 10:30 AM

Weekday Masses
Tuesday 9 AM
Wednesday 9 AM(Mid June-Aug)
Wednesday 8:30 AM(Sept.-Mid June)
Thursday 9 AM
Friday 9 AM

Reconciliation
Saturday 3:30-4:30 PM
or by appointment

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Washington State Catholic Conference
North West Immigrants Rights Project
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Catholic Refugee and Immigration Services
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