Holy Family Radio Parish Bulletin Board
Now therefore saith the Lord: Be converted to me with all your heart, in fasting, and in weeping, and in mourning. And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil.
— Joel 2:12-13 (Douay-Rheims)
Many of the parishes in the Diocese of Harrisburg are hosting Fish Dinners to help you keep your days of abstinence during Fridays of Lent. To find one near you, consult the Listings in the Catholic Witness on-line at www.hbgdiocese.org.
Has your child or a loved one drifted away from the Church? Have you struggled with how to be a bridge back to the faith? The St. Monica Ministry of St. Margaret Mary Parish will hold a monthly Holy Hour devoted to praying for our loved ones’ return home to the Catholic faith. The next Holy Hour will be Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 PM at St. Margaret Mary Church, 2800 Paxton Church Rd. with Fr. Samuel Houser presiding. All are welcome to attend. Contact email@example.com for more information or call the parish office.
The members of the Serra Vocations Club of Harrisburg invite you to their meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at the Diocesan Center, in Harrisburg. Mass is celebrated by Father Joshua Weaver at noon in the chapel at the Center, followed by prayers for our priests, sisters, deacons and seminarians, and lunch. Meetings consist of prayer, announcements, a timely speaker and other instructional or spiritual events. If you would like to attend a meeting, please email Stella at firstname.lastname@example.org [The organization, named after Saint Junipero Serra, has, as objectives, to promote priestly and religious vocations in the Catholic Church, by supporting our clergy and prospective clergy prayerfully and financially.]
Seven Sorrows Catholic Church in Middletown is again selling melt-in-your-mouth candy eggs through Easter. The delicious eggs are available in peanut butter, coconut, or butter cream coated in either milk chocolate or dark chocolate and can be purchased at the EGG store located at 280 N. Race Street, Middletown or in several local businesses. For more information visit https://www.ssbvm.org/ and click on “Chocolate Eggs”.
On Wednesdays in Lent, from February 21st through March 20th, St. Ann Byzantine Catholic Parish on Locust Lane, Harrisburg, will be hosting hot fish dinners 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. In addition to the hot fish dinners, which by the way sound amazing, frozen perohi and kielbasa rings will be available for purchase on Lenten Wednesdays 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to Noon. For information go on-line to www.stannbyz.org or call 717-652-1415.
Women of Grace presents: a Morning of Grace with Sue Brinkmann, Women of Grace Staff Journalist, along with a Young Women of Grace (ages 13-17) activity hour at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg, Saturday, March 16th. For the details email Chris Arnold at email@example.com or call 717-379-6041.
The St. Joseph Italian Mass will be Sunday, March 17th, 1:00 PM, Church of the Holy Spirit, Palmyra. Father Joshua Brommer and Father Anthony Dill will Concelebrante
the Holy Mass, followed by an Italian dinner. For more information call Mariella at 717-278-9420 OR Maria at 717-554-5698.
The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites all women of the Diocese to their 98th annual convention, April 6th, commencing at 8 AM, at the Diocesan Center, Harrisburg. This year’s theme: “Be Still & Listen” with keynote speaker Annie McHugh.
On Saturday, April 27th, The Diocese of Harrisburg will host a workshop with St. Paul Street Evangelization at St. Columba Catholic Church, Bloomsburg from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Learn non-confrontational techniques for sharing the gospel. Additional information, cost and registration on-line at www.hbgdiocese.org
Father Kenneth Smith will lead a pilgrimage to Ireland, April 17th to 26th. Trip includes Daily Mass, professional local guide, accommodations in Dublin, Galway, Knock, and Donegal. Contact George’s International Tours for all the details, 1-800-566-7499.
The Diocesan Office for Laity and Family is seeking Diocesan and Parish Leaders, both lay and clergy, to assist in the following ministries: The Red Bird Ministry - a grief support ministry for those who have lost a child; Springs in the Desert — supports those experiencing infertility; and Life-Giving Wounds — a ministry of healing for adult children whose parents are divorced. To learn more contact Melissa at 717-657-4804 extension 331.
Join Bishop Ronald Gainer as he follows the path of Paul the Apostle: October 8th through the 18th. Discover natural beauty. Learn ancient history traveling through the countryside of Greece and Turkey. For complete information, contact Kelly Gollick at 717-657-4804.
The St. Anselm Deanery of Benedictine Oblates meets the second Sunday each month at St. Pius the Tenth Church, Selinsgrove. The deanery is affiliated with St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe. For more information, call or text Teresa Warlow at 717-275-2346.
Are you looking for a great school for your child? If so, consider Catholic Schools. The Catholic schools in the diocese of Harrisburg are noted for excellent academics, affordable tuition, high graduation rates, and college scholarships. To find a school near you go on-line to www.gocatholicschools.org
The Flower of Carmel Hermitage is seeking volunteers to assist in the development of funding and construction of a Laura which is a small colony of hermits who spend their entire life in prayer alone with God. In the Diocese of Harrisburg the hermit’s way of life is approved by our Bishop who is their superior. These consecrated hermits live alone praying constantly and doing penance for the the forgiveness of their sins and those of the whole world. As of old, they rely on the support of others. If you want to learn more, explore the life, or want to assist in the building of something beautiful for God go on-line to, https://flowerofcarmelhermitage.org/ or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Needed: Catholic men and women volunteers for a prison ministry team (approximately one hour monthly) at the Camp Hill Prison (Fridays from 9:30- 10:30 AM). No experience necessary, orientation to be scheduled. For more information contact Bob Ribic at 717-571-4217.
The Knights of Columbus invite the faithful to join the Father McGivney Guild. Blessed Father McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, is one miracle away from sainthood. All are welcome to join the Father McGivney Guild. To learn more about Fr. Mc Givney or to join the guild, go https://www.fathermcgivney.org .
Have you served in the military? The Catholic War Veterans are reactivating their Central Pennsylvania Chapter. Any baptized Catholic who has served in uniform can join. The first year of membership is free. For more information, contact Bob DeSousa: 717-648-8317.
In 1981, Mother Angelica, a cloistered Franciscan nun, launched what has become the largest media network in the world, the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). Mother Angelica was born Rita A. Rizzo in a small home in the southeast end of Canton, Ohio during the Roaring Twenties. Her life was not easy... still, with a few miracles and perseverance along the way, Mother’s EWTN now reaches over 700 million homes in 145 countries in various media formats. You can learn all about her life by visiting the Mother Angelica Museum located at the Saint Raphael Center in Canton, Ohio. To learn more about visiting the Center call 1-800-548-8270 or visit online at http://motherangelicatour.com.
Holy Family Radio Prayer & Thoughts
The doctrinal notes in my hand missal reminds me that “Lent is a kind of retreat made by Christians of the whole world, leading to Easter Confession and Communion.” It is like a retreat in which we wrestle with (battle against) our own sinfulness borne by pride and self-love. For our sin, at the Church’s recommendation, we impose upon ourselves prayer, fasting, and almsgiving/good works — I.e. penance.
In the Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent Jesus goes apart from the world into the wilderness and battles the devil. Jesus prepares Himself with 40 days worth of prayer and fasting before the threefold attacks begin. If you look at the devil’s temptation of Jesus, we see the tools used by Satan are an attempt to bring Jesus to pride and self-love. Think about this: The person Jesus has two natures, human and divine, both in their perfect state — His human nature is without Original Sin and His Divine Nature is equal to that of the Father. It was, therefore, a supreme act of humanity to allow Himself to be tempted by the creature Satan. In doing so, Jesus shows us the way to freedom from sin: Be humble and detached from the world. The World cannot rule you unless you let it. How this is done, as said before, Jesus shows us the way.
Like Jesus, greater meditation/prayer, fasting and abstinence and mortification of the senses brings greater detachment from the pleasures and riches of this world. This in return leads us to be more generous in heart, and, the generous heart leads to more generous almsgiving.
Another slightly different but related point of view about Lent is that it is a time in which we practice the virtue of penitence or repentance. We look upon our own sinfulness and hate the sin because it is an offense against God promoting us to a firm purpose of amendment never wanting to commit that sin again because we love God. This should prompt us to avail ourselves of the Sacrament of Penance. I think of the many times in the Gospel when people seeking some sort of physical remedy were first met with these words of Jesus, “Your sins are forgiven.” I think this would be a holy meditation for Lent especially before going to confess.
Lent: a time of prayer/mediation, fasting and abstinence, almsgiving, good works and Penance.
(Prayerful Recommendation: Meditate on King David's prayer for forgiveness, Psalm 51(50)
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SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:
"Remember, man, that thou art dust, and into dust thou shalt return"
--Prayer during the distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday
See Genesis 3:19