Bulletin: 5th Sunday of Lent

Posted 2024-03-15 by @saintmichaelyyc


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


A Deacon’s Reflection


March 17, 2024

Lent is a time where we reflect on what this battle between good and evil looks like and how we should understand it. In our gospel today, Jesus is anticipating Holy Week when He says, “Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler for this world will be driven out.”

When we look at the cross, we have to remember that the crucified Jesus is God. The only way you can nail Jesus to a cross is if He wants to be there. Why does Jesus want to be on the cross? There are three answers, with each having a partial answer: Jesus is showing us the love of the Father; Jesus is making atonement for our sin; Jesus is going to war to rescue us.

One way to understand this is to think about the Passover. The Passover is about God’s love for the Children of Israel. It is also about atonement for sin. The Passover lamb points to the death of Jesus on the cross. The animal had to die to remind the people that their sin was deserving of death. The cross reminds us that our sin is also deserving of death. So, atoning for sin was very much a part of it.

The Passover was also about God going to war and fighting the Egyptians and rescuing the Israelites from slavery. It was a victory that radically changed the lives of the people. It moved them from a place of hopelessness and despair and put them on the road to the Promised Land flowing with milk and honey. Jesus is the new Moses. He goes to war with Satan just as certainly as Moses went to war with Pharoh.

We tend to domesticate Jesus. We see Him as someone who went around saying nice things and doing good deeds. We can make Him boring. We have trouble thinking of Him as a warrior. Yet the scriptures see Him that way. Look at when He casts out demons. That is a warrior-like thing to do. One time the Pharisees challenged Him on it. He said:

How can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house. The strong man is Satan. What are his possessions? That is you and me. Remember, Satan is the ruler of the world. So, Jesus is saying He is going to overpower Satan and tie him up. That is how we get free.


Healing Lines

Victims of domestic violence may maintain a code of silence – never tell on a husband or boyfriend – with the hope that the situation will one day improve. In fact, wife beating, abuse, and violence within the family is given tacit approval as one aspect of home life and it manifests itself through emotional, physical, and verbal assaults on the entire family. Family violence is not limited to simply one culture or class. What can our Church, community, or government do to address this issue? What would Jesus have wanted you to do about the persistence of violence in the family?


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.
4th Sunday: 
Making the Sunday Eucharist a priority… The Eucharist is “the source and summit” of the Christian life (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324-1327).  All we do during the week should culminate with our Sunday Mass where we offer our sacrifices, joys, frustrations, faults, and petitions as an oblation to the Father.  All the other days of the week should lead to Sunday which we make holy with our worship and thanksgiving. We have to plan in advance to comply with our Sunday obligation.  It is an act of justice, giving back to God what we have received from His love and forgiveness.  As a worshipping community, we are the incarnate Church.  We pray together in person, encountering God in real time in His sanctuary. The Eucharist gives us spiritual sustenance and strength.  The Eucharist unites us as an family and as a community.  Our coming to Church is our solidarity with our fellow believers.  When we skip the Sunday Eucharist, we separate ourselves from communion with the Church.  The Sanctuary is our worship space.  As we sign ourselves with Holy Water from the Baptismal Font, we enter into God’s holy ground.  We observe prayerful silence as our expression of reverence for God and respect for others.  Posture during Mass… Our altar servers show us how to observe the reverent postures during Mass.  In Canada, we all kneel at the start of the Eucharistic Prayer until consecration.  We stand as we proclaim the Mystery of Faith together.  During Holy Communion, we all remain standing until the last communicant is done.  As God’s family, we respectfully wait for everyone to finish the Eucharistic banquet (meal).
5th Sunday: 

Holy Week Reminders: Observe more silence. Meditate on God’s word.  Listen to the voice of God, especially in your conscience.  Focus on the Lord.  Minimize gadget use for leisure.  Pray more with family, friends, or loved ones.  Go to confession on March 21, 7pm and be sorry for all your sins.  Consider attending the Paschal Triduum celebrations: Mass of the Last Supper (Holy Thursday 7pm), Good Friday Service (12noon or 3pm) and Easter Vigil (Saturday 9pm).


Mass Schedule for this Weekend

Saturday, March 16 at 5pm:  Fr. Edmund Vargas with Dc. Randy Gritter

Sunday, March 17 at 8:30am:  Morning Prayer with Dc. Randy Gritter

Sunday, March 17 at 9am:  Fr. Jose Bustalino with Dc. Randy Gritter

Sunday, March 17 at 11am:  Fr. Edmund Vargas with Dc. Randy Gritter

Sunday, March 17 at 5pm:  Fr. Jose Bustalino with Dc. Randy Gritter





Please see this weekend’s bulletins for all announcements:

Download St. Michael bulletin

Download Diocesan bulletin (Condensed)

Download Diocesan bulletin (Full Length)



St. Michael Event Schedule


Lent Schedule

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

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 16 | Youth Rally Impact Night for Grades 7-12 | Guest: Joe Melendrez | Sanctuary | 7:00-9:00pm

March 17 | Coffee Sunday | Narthex | After 9:00am Mass | After 11:00am Mass

March 18 | Bible Study Lectio Eucharist: Last Session | St. Nicholas Room | 7:00pm

March 19 | Rosary Group | Day Chapel | 6:30-7:00pm

March 19 | RCIA | St. Nicholas Room | 7:00-9:00pm

March 20 |TMIY | Day Chapel | 6:00-7:30am

March 20 | Women’s Ministry Bible Study | St. Nicholas Room | 10:00am-12:00pm

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

March 21 | Moms & Tots | St. Nicholas Room | 9:30-11:30am

March 21 | Knitting Ministry | Library | 10:00am-12:00pm

March 21 | Knights of Columbus Monthly Meeting | St. Michael’s Room | 7:00pm

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

March 22 | 40 Days for Life | Kensington Abortuary

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

March 23 | Sacrament for Teens | Reconciliation | Reconciliation Rooms| 3:00pm

March 24 | Cancelled: Coffee Sunday

March 24 | Cancelled:  Altar Server Training

March 26 | Cancelled: SSVP Monthly Meeting

March 26 | Cancelled:  PPC Meeting

March 26 | RCIA | St. Nicolas Room | 7:00-9:00pm

March 27 | TMIY | Day Chapel | 6:00-7:30am

March 27 | Women’s Ministry Bible Study | St. Nicholas Room | 10:00am-12:00pm

March 28 | Cancelled: Moms and Tots

March 28 | Cancelled: Knitting Ministry

March 28 | Cancelled: Coffee Thursday

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

March 29 | Good Friday Services | 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 | Cancelled: Coffee Sunday

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



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