Bulletin: 3rd Sunday of Lent

Posted 2024-03-01 by @saintmichaelyyc


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The Theology of Anger

March 3, 2024

When Jesus cracked the whip in the temple, He did not exceed His authority for His hands were the hands of God’s Anointed.  As such, He was above human laws. When asked for a sign to justify His action, He pointed to His resurrection to come. By His resurrection, He would prove Himself as Lord of all creation.  
Anger is an emotion not easily understood.  Feeling angry can be perceived as a weakness, even a sin.  In many cultures, the ideal is to keep one’s cool and maintain one’s serenity.  Isn’t anger listed as one of the deadly sins?
Yet, Jesus was often angry.  We must conclude then that, in itself, anger is not a sin. It is a God-given human passion meant to resist, among others, threats and dangers, evil and injustice under any form.  If it happens without going beyond the limits of justice and charity, it is just anger, as was the anger of Jesus.  Jesus does not use His improvised whip against persons, but only a crop to shoo away the animals.  He achieves the very difficult balance of being nonviolently angry.  In this respect, as in all others, He remains our model. 
As St. Paul writes: “If you are angry, let it be without sin.” (Ephesians 4: 26)  We can be angry without sin, if we know how to express our anger and at what objects it should be directed.  We can even say that we must be angry at times.  We must be angry at the attack against the weak and defenseless including the unborn, racism, political corruption, and many other heinous crimes against humanity.  Not to be angry at such outrages is not Christian forbearance, but unchristian spinelessness.
Let us examine and reflect on our sense of anger.  Do we understand that anger can be the just and appropriate response to a given situation?  Are we angry at sin itself and its harmful consequences or are we angry at persons who deserve our love and respect?  How do we express our anger constructively or nonviolently? 



Healing Lines

March 8 is International Women’s Day.  Women in every country, often divided by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, and political differences, come together to celebrate this important date that represents equality, justice, peace, and development.  This year’s theme is Inspire Inclusion. We inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion for a better world.  When women are inspired to be included, there’s a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment. Collectively, let’s forge a more inclusive world for women.  Let us find ways to make the women in our lives count equally in all ways, recognizing that they too are the way-showers for others to find Christ.

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.
3rd Sunday:
Why Incense at Mass? “Let my prayer be counted as incense before thee, and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice!”(Psalm 141:2) Frankincense was one of the precious gifts brought by the Three Kings to the Baby Jesus, a sign of His function as priest in addition to His two other functions as prophet and king. In his apocalyptic visions of heaven, St. John mentions incense being used at God’s heavenly throne. (Revelation 5:6-8)  When we see incense at Mass, it reminds us of heaven, that our worship of God in the liturgy is divine in origin, that our prayer rises to God like the smoke from the censer, purifying our worship of Him, and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us. Incense adds solemnity, mystery and transcendence to the Mass which literally links heaven with earth, allowing us to enter into the presence of God. The Mass transcends space and time, while the use of incense helps the worshiper to enter into this eternal reality through the use of the external senses. That is why incense, fragrant to the senses and visually compelling for the mind and heart, is such a powerful liturgical gift. 
Why bells at Mass?  Although it is not a required practice, bells are rung during the consecration to draw attention to the precise moment when transubstantiation,  the conversion of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, takes place. The bell are rung, once or three times, immediately after the consecration of the bread and of the wine. In some parishes, the large bells of the church are also rung. This homage to medieval practice serves as a stirring witness to the Church’s faith in the Real Presence, as the sound of the church bells resonates through the city streets, inviting all to observe a moment of prayerful gratitude to Christ for making Himself present to us in the Holy Eucharist.
Mass Schedule for this Weekend
Saturday, March 2 at 5pm:  Fr. Jose Bustalino
Sunday, March 3 at 8:30am:  Morning Prayer with Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, March 3 at 9am:  Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, March 3 at 11am:  Fr. Edmund Vargas
Sunday, March 3 at 5pm:  Fr. Kevin Chukwurah with Dc. Randy Assisting





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St. Michael Event Schedule


Lent Schedule

Lent Fridays:  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

March Regular Events: 

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

Mondays | Bible Study: Lectio Eucharist | St. Nicholas Room | 7:00-9:00pm

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

Tuesdays | Grief Share | Rooms 143 and 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


March 2024:

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

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

March 8 | 40 Days for Life | Kensington Abortuary 

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

March 9 and 10 | Christians of the Holy Land Display and Sale | Mezzanine | After All Masses | Closed During Mass

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

March 12 | Grief Share: Last Session | Rooms 143 and 144 | 7:00pm

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 | Daily Mass | Moved to the Day Chapel | 9:00am

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 | Bible Study Lectio Eucharist: Last Session | St. Nicholas Room | 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 21 |Knights of Columbus Monthly Meeting | St. Michael’s Room | 7:00pm

March 22 | 40 Days for Life | Kensington Abortuary 

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 | Cancelled: SSVP Monthly Meeting

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