Bulletin: 2nd Sunday of Lent

Posted 2024-02-23 by @saintmichaelyyc


What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:


Moments of Self-Giving

February 25, 2024

The transfiguration was an awe-inspiring experience of God’s presence for Jesus and for His disciples. The illumination of this experience would carry Him through the dark days of confusion, insecurity, and terror that would come after this encounter with the Other. Jesus received the affirmation of His mission to give Himself up.
The transfiguration was a time to listen to God’s will in His life and to resolve to give, rather than receive.   
All of us need some graced memories or God-filled experiences to recall or return to when faced with difficulty and challenge in our journey of faith. These graced-filled experiences or God-moments can inspire us and carry us through the darkness and difficulty of our trying periods of our journey. Our own stories of struggle in the faith can sustain us in our trials and tribulations. These God-moments may not approximate Christ’s transfiguration on a mountaintop, but their significance can help us in efforts to do God’s will when we recognize and acknowledge it in our prayer and discernment. These moments are marked with self-giving and generosity that fulfill the deepest hunger of our soul.
All grace-filled memories or God-filled experiences are times when we realize giving ourselves to others in the spirit of self-sacrifice and true love. These are moments when we imitate God’s generosity and love which embody the essence of our personal commitment to Christ who gave Himself up for our freedom from sin and death. Our struggling efforts to offer ourselves to God and others can be transformed into meaningful faith experiences by returning to our graced-filled memories when we experienced God’s love and presence in our lives.  
Our spirit of self-giving gives us a sense of fulfillment that is rooted in the gospel value of offering our life in order to gain it, to give in order to receive, to die to oneself in order to secure our eternal life. Our acts of sharing and giving are expressive of our personal commitment to Christ who shared and gave his own life for our salvation. Christ’s self-giving, which we celebrate in the Eucharistic sacrifice, is our blueprint for a life that is shared and broken for others. By sharing in Christ’s brokenness in the Eucharist, we can be transfigured and transformed into God’s holy people.  



Healing Lines

Becoming Transfigured. As the Lord is transfigured and we are instructed to “listen to Him”, so we must change ourselves into those who have compassion and listen to our fellow human beings when they suffer from the effects of abuse and harassment. Let us become more like Christ with each passing day.

Lenten Insights
1st Sunday:
Less is more. Less talk, more acts of kindness. When we give the Sign of Peace at Mass (before Holy Communion), we share the gesture or sign of peace in silence, not with words or verbal greetings of peace. Less food and drink, more fasting. Fasting creates an emptiness or vacancy for God in our lives which can all be about ourselves. Selfishness makes us sinful and veers us away from God’s power and presence. Communal prayer and obedience is more difficult than personal piety and devotion. Starting this Lenten season, the Morning Prayer will be recited as a community every Sunday at 8:30am, before the 9am Mass. Singing as a congregation is the ideal way of doing music at Mass, not leaving the choir to do the music for us. Alleluia is not recited or sung during the Lenten season in anticipation/preparation for the Alleluia Sunday (Easter Sunday). It is also not recited or acclaimed at Dismissal, unless provided by the rubrics during the Easter season. Outside the Easter season, alleluia is proclaimed during the Gospel Acclamation. Communal unity is more important than individual effort or action. Whatever we do can appear to be very important for us, but all should work towards unity. As we embark our Pastoral Renewal as a parish, let us reflect more about what we can do or share with the community, rather than what the community or parish can do for us. We do ministry, that is, all efforts are done on behalf and for God and His people, and not for us or for our own preferred or personal goals. “Whenever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of the liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment.” (Pope Benedict XVI) “At Calvary, there were also those who applauded Christ’s death: the soldiers and the demons.” (Padre Pio) Liturgy is never about individual or group performance, but about God’s action through us.
2nd Sunday:
It used to be that the priest celebrated Mass and the people attended as silent spectators. But it is the whole Body of Christ with Christ our Head that celebrates the liturgy. Full participation at Mass  means much more than congregational participation in the music. Participation includes listening to the proclaimed Scripture readings, dialogue with the celebrant and other liturgical ministers. It includes praying the texts of the Mass with the rest of the assembly and, yes, singing those psalms, hymns, and Mass parts as well. Attentiveness is the key, even in the sacred silences of the Mass. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal indicates a number of specific locations in the liturgy where “silence” is mandated. For example, silence is mandated before the Act of Penitence and before the Opening Prayer. The Opening Prayer, called the “Collect” begins with the priest celebrant giving the invitation, “Let us pray.” The General Instruction indicates there is to be a period of silence following this invitation. The purpose of this period of silence is “so that all may be conscious of the fact that they are in God’s presence and may formulate their petitions mentally.” This silent period takes on a heightened importance for the engagement of the people in this communal prayer. Between the invitation to pray and the priest praying the Collect prayer, the rest of the people have something to do. This is the time that each person brings his or her hopes, joys, and concerns to mind to be included in this prayer. Then the priest, addressing God the Father, “collects” the people’s prayers by summing up the character of the celebration. The people, uniting themselves to this entreaty, make the prayer their own with an “Amen.” This Sunday when the priest gives the invitation, “Let us pray,” let us do just that. Let us all bring to mind our intentions, joining of our hopes, joys, sorrows, and concerns as we engage more fully, actively, and consciously at every Mass.
Mass Schedule for this Weekend
Saturday, February 24 at 5pm:  Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, February 25 at 8:30am:  Morning Prayer with Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, February 25 at 9am:  Fr. Jose Bustalino
Sunday, February 25 at 11am:  Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, February 25 at 5pm:  Fr. Jose Bustalino





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St. Michael Event Schedule


Lent Schedule

Lent Fridays:  Feb. 16 to Mar. 22 | Mass 6:00pm | Stations of the Cross 6:30pm

Fish Fridays:  Feb. 23 & Mar. 8 | Mass 6pm | Stations 6:30pm | Fish Supper 7:00pm

Holy Thursday:  Thursday, March 28 | Mass 7:00pm | Adoration 8:00pm – 12:00am

Good Friday:  Friday, March 29 | Services 12:00pm and 3:00pm

Easter Vigil:  Saturday, March 30 | Mass 9:00pm

Easter Sunday:  Mass 9:00am, 11:00am, and 5:00pm

St. Michael Event Schedule

February Regular Events: 

Sundays | Coffee Sundays | Narthex | After 9:00am & 11:00am Masses

Mondays | Bible Study: Lectio Eucharist | 7:00-9:00pm

Tuesdays | Rosary Group | Day Chapel | 6:30-7:00pm

Tuesdays | Grief Share | Rooms 143 & 144 | 7:00-9:00pm

Tuesdays | RCIA | St. Nicholas Room| 7:00-9:00pm

Wednesdays | TMIY | Day Chapel | 6:00am

Wednesdays | Bible Study: Wild Goose | 10:00am-12:00pm | St. Nicolas Room | or Zoom 7:00-9:00pm

Thursdays | Coffee Thursdays | Narthex | After 9:00am Mass

Thursdays | Moms & Tots | St. Nicholas Room | 9:30-11:30am

Thursdays | Knitting Ministry | Library | 10:00am-12:00pm


February 2024:

February 25 | Altar Server Training | Sanctuary | 12:00pm

February 27 | PPC Meeting | St. Michael’s Room | 7:00pm

February 27 | SSVP Monthly Meeting | St. Gabriel Room 145 | 7:00pm

February 28 | Community Celebration: Restoring Our Hope and Peace | Sanctuary | 7:00pm


March 2024:

March 6 | Sacrament for Teens Session 4 | Library | 7:00pm

March 8 | Fish Friday | Narthex | 7:00pm

March 9 | Baptism Prep | St. Nicholas Room | 9:00am

March 12 | CWL General Meeting | St. Michael’s Room | 6:30pm

March 12 | Presentation: Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes with Barcelona | Day Chapel | 7:15pm

March 14 | First Communion Session 2 | Various Rooms | 6:00pm

March 15 | Confirmation Session 4 | Various Rooms | 7:00pm

March 16 | Youth Rally Impact Night | Grades 7-12 | Guest: Joe Melendrez | Sanctuary | 7:00pm

March 18 | Knights of Columbus Monthly Meeting | 7:00pm

March 20 | Sacrament for Teens Session 5 | Library | 7:00pm 

March 21 | Parish Wide Reconciliation Night | Reconciliation Rooms and Surrounding Rooms| 7:00pm

March 23 | Sacrament for Teens | Pizza Party and Retreat, St. Nicholas Room, 12:00pm | Reconciliation, Reconciliation Rooms, 3:00pm

March 24 | Cancelled:  Altar Server Training

March 26 | SSVP Monthly Meeting | Room 145 | 7:00pm

March 28 | Holy Thursday | No Daily Mass at 9:00am | Sanctuary Mass at 7:00pm | Adoration 8:00pm

March 29 | Good Friday | Services at 12:00pm and 3:00pm

March 30 | RCIA Retreat | Day Chapel and St. Nicholas Room | 8:00am

March 30 | Easter Vigil | Sanctuary | 9:00pm

March 31 | Easter Sunday | Mass at 9:00am, 11:00am, 5:00pm




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