Certain that I am the only person in Charlestown who receives so many pieces of mail inviting me to change my life, expand and be all I want to be by choosing to sign up for a certain credit card, I am reluctant to write about this distinct privilege that has been sent my way. You see, some of these invites are deeply inspiring. For example, Make life rewarding and, Love every day and All you need and All it takes. What kind of a fool would I be not to now carry in my wallet, every one of these cards— seeking to harvest all these promises?
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Religious Education was back in session last week! We reflected on the season of Lent and brainstormed with our families about what we could sacrifice or “do extra” for Lent. St. Theresa said, “Christ has no hands on Earth now but ours.” We are going to do our best to be Christ’s hands this Lent!
When God makes a covenant with us, God says: “I will love you with an everlasting love. I will be faithful to you, even when you run away from me, reject me, or betray me.” In our society we don’t speak much about covenants; we speak about contracts. When we make a contract with a person, we say: “I will fulfill my part as long as you fulfill yours. When you don’t live up to your promises, I no longer have to live up to mine.” Contracts are often broken because the partners are unwilling or unable to be faithful to their terms.
But God didn’t make a contract with us; God made a covenant with us, and God wants our relationships with one another to reflect that covenant. That’s why marriage, friendship, life in community are all ways to give visibility to God’s faithfulness in our lives together.
Readings, prayers, and actions to help you and your family observe Lent in 2014—prepared by Bread for the World (adapted)
First Week in Lent March 9-15
Jesus is Tempted in the Wilderness
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11
Steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord. — Psalm 32:10b
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. — Matthew 4:1-2
REFLECTION: “Lent is a time to remember those who live in a desert not of their choosing, those who have been deserted and forgotten.” —Lawrence Cunningham, Emeritus Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame
ACTION: During the 40 days (not including Sundays) of Lent, many Christians give up some favorite food. Others participate in special fasts as a way to remember those who are hungry. You may prefer to fast for just one day—or simply skip one meal. Contribute the money you save to your church’s or denomination’s hunger appeal.
PRAYER: O God, your son Jesus Christ endured all the temptations and trials of human life. As we follow Christ during Lent, instill in us the love for all our neighbors, especially those without enough to eat. Amen.
The CathlicTV network reaches 10 million viewers nationwide via broadcast and its growing web site, CatholicTV.com.
Thirty years ago as I would bring Holy Communion to homebound members at my first parish, it was common that I would arrive at some of the homes during the daily celebration of Mass on Boston Catholic Television. Back then I had no experience with televised Mass and the importance of this program to countless persons, not just in the Parish where I was serving, but also to men and women throughout the Archdiocese and beyond. The faithfulness of the followers of the Mass on television is deep, and I was inspired by how clearly persons felt connected to the Church in this televised community of faith.
Years later, BCTV became Catholic TV and has grown to serve millions of viewers in many regions of the United States. Father Bob Reed is the President of the Catholic TV Network and has done a wonderful job developing and growing this crucial ministry. Fr. Bob was ordained a couple of years after I was and assigned to Immaculate Conception Parish in Medford/Malden, where I also was serving in my first assignment. We enjoyed several years in ministry together before I left for the St. James Society and Ecuador.
Parish priests all over the Archdiocese are invited to take a turn and offer the daily Mass on Catholic TV. It is a joy to do so. Whenever it is my turn, I have invited members of the Parish who would like to join me to come along. Once again I will be driving over to the studios of Catholic TV on Monday, March 10. We leave the Parish Center at 8:00 AM and Mass is broadcast live at 9:30. Usually we return to Charlestown before 11:00. Please let me or Sister Nancy know if you would like to join us this Monday morning.
Advertising enables the Parish to get our weekly Bulletin printed for free. Gayle Doherty Beals of LPi (the bulletin publisher) is trying to find new sponsors and needs your assistance. If you or someone you know has a local business, would like to run an ad for a favorite charity (for example, the American Cancer Society or Make a Wish Foundation), or in memory of a loved one, please get in touch with Gayle at 978-210-1165.
Save the date! Come to the Harvest on Vine Fundraiser on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus hall on 545 Medford Street. Good food, entertainment, comedy, and prizes! Tickets are $40 per person or $400 per table and will be available for purchase soon.
Harvest on Vine Emergency Food Pantry is one of Charlestown’s best resources for those in need. Each month, the facility supplies food to 600 client families in the community. Recently, the pantry relocated from the former St. Catherine of Siena school hall to the adjacent Annex.
Religious Education classes are back in session this Sunday, March 2. Please join your student in the Parish Center for a full family faith-formation reflection at 9:00 a.m. Thank you!
“He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich.”
This Wednesday, March 5, is Ash Wednesday. Liturgically we move from Ordinary time into the season of Lent. Below is Pope Francis’ Lenten message.
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Nativity Preparatory School is now accepting applications for 4th and 5th grade boys. Nativity Prep is a tuition-free Jesuit school located in Jamaica Plain (near the Jackson Sq. T-stop) for students who come from low-income families. With a student body of only 75 boys, the school provides a very rigorous program with a challenging curriculum, various sports, music (among other extracurricular activities), an extended day and an evening program with tutors who help the students to complete their homework in a safe and quiet environment. Nativity also has a mandatory summer program that runs during the month of July. Nativity was founded in 1990 and since its beginnings it has stayed true to its mission that is to prepare its students for Catholic and private high schools and colleges. The High School Placement and Graduate Support offices work closely with the students and their families to achieve this goal. Thanks to this effort and hard work of the students and families we are proud to say that 99% of our students graduate high school and over 80% enroll in college. For more information about how to apply, please call Orlando Emiliano at (857) 728-0031 x20 or visit nativityboston.org.