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Lent 2019 Blog

Saturday, March 23

Let’s look at the psalm we will use tomorrow: If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts

Say this phrase over and over. What causes me to harden my heart? How can I let joy and thankfulness replace the hardness?

GOING DEEPER:

Read the words of the whole psalm (or listen to the sung version we will use at Mass here)

Which word or phrase sticks out for you?  Pray with that word or idea.  Listen for what God may be telling you about this work for phrase.

Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9

R. (8)  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
"Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
 as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
 they tested me though they had seen my works."
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

As you abstain from meat today consider those who don’t have a choice as to whether or not they will go without basic things, like water.

Add to your water cup the amount you would have spent on a nice meaty meal out.

GOING DEEPER:

In our marriages we thirst for connection, intimacy and love… Take time today to pray these Stations of the Cross for your marriage and family or with your spouse. Praying together for your marriage and for one another is a powerful way to connect!

Today is World Water Day - click here to find more information on the crisis of water in the world.

 

Thursday, March 21

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Those who are coming into the Church through Baptism go through a process with various steps as part of their preparation. Lent offers opportunities to fully discern and prepare for Baptism. This weekend you will witness those to be Baptized called forward during the time of the intercessions. Listen closely to the words used, prayerfully scrutinize your own heart during this time.

GOING DEEPER

Watch the video below about the Period of Purification and Enlightenment

Wednesday, March 20

Today we will pray with our second finger—the index finger.  The index finger represents those in our lives who instruct us, guide us or heal us.  They need support and wisdom to show and direct others. 

Identify those in your life who instruct you, guide you or heal you.

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Dear God

Be with those who lead me, guide me, and instruct me…

GOING DEEPER:

Take time to really think about those who lead you and instruct you. Write your own personal prayer asking God to care for them and that they be led by the Spirit. The prayer below can be used as inspiration for your own personal prayer.

Prayer for teachers:

Heavenly Father, who promised that all those who instruct others in the ways of holiness will shine as stars for all eternity, fill our hearts and minds with true knowledge and the art of teaching. Give us patience and understanding, justice and prudence, humility and fear of the Lord. Grant us wisdom and charity so that with a pure and holy love of God we ourselves may enjoy all these gifts and impart them to our pupils. Teach our children to be obedient to your laws and docile to your inspirations. Let them be instruments of your peace in their homes, in our land, and in the family of nations as becomes children of the sons of God in the Mystical Body of Christ. May the blessings of your sevenfold Gifts be in all who teach and in all who learn through the Holy Spirit who is the Love of the Father and the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

(From: https://www.catholicity.com/prayer/prayer-for-teachers.html)

Tuesday, March 19

Today is the Feast of St Joseph - to learn more click here

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RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Here at OLIH you will find it on our website under “Becoming Catholic”. Here we offer classes at two different times of the year one group starts in September and enters the church at the Easter Vigil, many of them through Baptism. The second group each year begins in February and comes into the church at the Feast of All Saints, those attending this group are already Baptized.

GOING DEEPER:

Watch the video below for more information on initiation…

The average person will need around 1.5 gallons of water to drink daily to survive in moderate   climate with little activity. An average American uses 100-175 gallons of water per day. A 5 minute shower uses approximately 12.5 gallons. If we were able to conserve our use of water, it shows solidarity. Earth is 75% covered by water; 97.5% is saltwater. We have only 2.5% of freshwater

PRAY: Each day of this week, read this Bible verse as a family and add any special intentions.         

    “For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”                                                                                                                                                                                           -Galatians 5:14

ACT: Limit your showers this week to 5 minutes.  If you take baths, consider taken 1 fewer baths this week, or switching to a short shower. Turn off water when you brush teeth.  Donate $.25  per bath & shower this week.

 GOING DEEPER

Here is a power point presentation that explains further the water project in Tanzania.

Today’s Gospel: Luke 9:28-36

“this is my chosen son, listen to Him”

How do we listen to Jesus in our day to day life? When I hear Him do I want to be like Peter and build tents to stay on the mountaintop or am I ready to go and share what I have with others?

GOING DEEPER:

Listen and pray with the Gospel using Lectio Divina:

 

Saturday, March 16

Let’s look at the psalm we will use tomorrow: The Lord is my light and my salvation 

Say this phrase over and over. Do I believe it? Is the Lord my light and salvation? What does that mean?  What does light and salvation mean and how do I allow Jesus into my life as light and salvation?

GOING DEEPER:

Read the words of the whole psalm (or listen to the sung version we will use at Mass here)

Which word or phrase sticks out for you?  Pray with that word or idea.  Listen for what God may be telling you about this word for phrase.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14.

R. (1a)  The Lord is my light and my salvation.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life's refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Hear, O LORD, the sound of my call;
have pity on me, and answer me.
Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Your presence, O LORD, I seek.
Hide not your face from me;
do not in anger repel your servant.
You are my helper: cast me not off.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

No meat today.  This may seem like a small sacrifice, or even an easy thing to do.  It’s not about the difficulty of it, it’s about opening your heart and mind to giving up meat in solidarity with all other Catholics and opening your heart and mind to making more room for God. 

To assist you in your abstaining from meat today join family and friends at the OLIH Fish Fry.

GOING DEEPER:

Sometimes we just don’t understand the need for fasting. It’s not an easy concept in our day and age. This article is a beautiful explanation of fasting and how it can become a gift rather than a burden!

Thursday, March 14

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Last Sunday, those to be Baptized attended a special ceremony called the Rite of Election.

GOING DEEPER:

The video below explains the Rite of Election

Wednesday, March 13

Every Wednesday a staff member prays for the parish in the Chapel, so we will make Wednesdays our day of prayer.  Using the “Five Finger Prayer” – Today we will pray with our thumb “the thumb is closest to you so pray for those closest to you.

When your pray for family and friends, ask the Lord to bless them with what they need to get through whatever trials they are going through.

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Those closest to me

Jesus please bless _____

Give them the (strength, courage, faith, etc) to ____

GOING DEEPER

There are many ways to pray for those who are close to us. Click here to go to the USCCB website and the list of prayers we can use to pray for our families in various stages of family life.

Tuesday, March 12

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Many of us were baptized as infants and that choice was made for us. Take some time to prayerfully consider what your Baptism means to you today. As we continue this Lenten journey and walk with those preparing to be Baptized prepare yourself to be renewed in your Baptismal promises at Easter!

GOING DEEPER:

Check out the video below on your role in the church by virtue of your Baptism:

In one day, it is estimated that more than 152 million hours of women & girls’ time is consumed for the most basic of human needs—collecting water for domestic use. Millions of women &     children in the developing world spend untold hours daily, collecting water from distant, often polluted sources, then return to their villages carrying their 40 lb. jerry cans on their shoulders.

PRAY: Each day of this week, read this Bible verse as a family and add any special intentions.         

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”                                                                                                                                                      -Matthew 25:35-36

ACT: Often the women & children who spend their days collecting water have badly damaged or no shoes.  Donate $.25/per pair of shoes in your house. 

GOING DEEPER:

Check out this video on the rotary water projects!

Today’s Gospel: Luke 4:1-13

Jesus “was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil.”

Lent is a time of retreat, a time to recognize the hunger and thirst that we feel for God in our lives.

Today is the Rite of Election.  This is a diocesan service in which those to be Baptized are “chosen” and deemed “fit” for discipleship. The ones who attend this rite are those who will be Baptized at the Easter Vigil. It is through our Christian Baptism that we become disciples. Those who will be presented at the Rite of Election are: Eric Carter, Julie Lara, Brandi Newberry, Jeremy Sheaffer, and Cory Wisecup. Please join in lifting them up in prayer as they continue their final preparations fro Baptism!


GOING DEEPER:

Spend time praying with the Gospel today. Listen to the video below as Patty leads you through meditating on the Temptations of Christ and how you face your own temptations today.

Saturday, March 9

Let’s look at the psalm we will use tomorrow: Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble. 

Say this phrase over and over. Do I believe it? Do I trust that the Lord is with me in times of trouble?


GOING DEEPER:

Read the words of the whole psalm (or listen to the sung version we will use at Mass here)

Which word or phrase sticks out for you?  Pray with that word or idea.  Listen for what God may be telling you about this word for phrase.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15.

R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.
You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
say to the LORD, "My refuge and fortress,
my God in whom I trust."
R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.
No evil shall befall you,
nor shall affliction come near your tent,
For to his angels he has given command about you,
that they guard you in all your ways.
R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.
Upon their hands they shall bear you up,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the asp and the viper;
you shall trample down the lion and the dragon.
R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.
Because he clings to me, I will deliver him;
I will set him on high because he acknowledges my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in distress;
I will deliver him and glorify him.
R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.

Friday is a day of abstinence (abstain from meat) – consider putting the $$ you’d use to buy a meaty lunch into your water cup. 

Each time you choose to not eat meat today be reminded of how when we consciously give up something so normal in our daily life that this little sacrifice is an act of strengthening ourselves against temptations. 


Going Deeper

Friday’s are great days for coming to OLIH and participating with your parish family in prayer:

8:30am - Daily Mass
9:00-noon - Adoration in Daily Mass Chapel
5:30pm - Daily Mass
6:00pm - Stations of the Cross

Thursday, March 7

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Lent is the time that we, the faithful, walk alongside our those who will be Baptized at the Easter Vigil.

GOING DEEPER:

What is my role as a Baptized person in the church? Watch the video below

MASS TIMES for Ash Wednesday: 7:00am, 5:00pm, and 7:00pm

Today is a day of both fasting (eating only one full meal) and abstinence (refraining from eating meat).  Each time you are tempted to eat or want meat, offer a prayer for those who are hungry or thirsty in this world.

Today’s Gospel reading: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

Jesus said to his disciples: "Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

"When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

"When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you."

Read the gospel for today.  How is God calling you this Lent to enter into this season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving with joy? How is God calling me to prepare for the renewal of myr Baptismal promises at Easter? 


GOING DEEPER:

How will Lent be different this than past years?

How will I invite God into my Lenten journey?

Where will I find joy, so that I can share the living water?





Ash Wednesday is tomorrow!

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See you for Ash Wednesday tomorrow!

7:00am, 5:00pm, & 7:00pm

Remember to pick up your

OLIH Lent 2019 Booklet!

“With Joy You Shall Draw Water”

Bishop Barron on Lent

Bishop Barron shares with us going back to the basics during Lent…