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Gospel reading Luke 5:1-11

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time : Feb. 7, 2016

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore.Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that the boats were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.

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Msgr. Kenneth Schwanger

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time : February 7, 2016

My Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,

Happy Feast Day!

Thursday, February 11th, is the Feat of Our Lady of Lourdes but the celebration is already well underway! I want to thank everyone who is working so hard at the Festival as well as the whole parish family for turning out and enjoying each other’s company. Re-member we will close the Festival with the drawing of the raffle winners around 10 p.m. Sunday night.

Tuesday evening we will have a special presentation in the parish hall by those who have served at the Sanctuary of Lourdes. I think Fernando will also be there to share how it is possible for those who need special assistance to make the pilgrimage to Lourdes to go – and worth it! Come and find out why! I am convinced that Our Lady is joining us in a very intimate way to this minis-try at Lourdes and that service in the Sanctuary will be something that our parish family will look forward to each and every year.

Thursday, the night of the feast, we will celebrate a multi-lingual Healing Mass with the Sacrament of the Sick. Mass will be followed by the Lourdes candlelight procession to the Grotto. The Healing Mass is the highlight of our celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. God has used Our Lady and her intercession at Lourdes to bring healing to His people both physical and spiritual. She does that by bringing them to her son Jesus Christ. The Sacrament of the Sick is Jesus himself reaching out to touch and heal all who are gravely ill.

Please invite all those you know who are gravely ill to join us for the Mass. If special assistance is needed just call the parish office in advance so that we can be prepared. Let us not forget as well those who are caring for the sick. Their generous gift of them-selves is truly an embrace of the cross for the love of another. They too need our prayers and support and the Mass will offer them comfort and strength as they go forward in Christ.

I am sure that you share with me gratefulness to God for bringing us together as a parish family with Our Lady of Lourdes as our patroness and guide. May God continue to shower His blessings upon us. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. St. Bernadette, pray for us.

God Bless,
Msgr. Schwanger

The issue of water

February 7, 2016

Other indicators of the present situation have to do with the depletion of natural resources. We all know that it is not possible to sustain the present level of consumption in developed countries and wealthier sectors of society, where the habit of wasting and discarding has reached unprecedented levels. The exploitation of the planet has already exceeded acceptable limits and we still have not solved the problem of poverty.

Source: Laudato Si’

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