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Archbishop celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at McCarthy High

Archbishop celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at McCarthy High

La Virgen de la Caridad: cubana y universal

La Virgen de la Caridad: cubana y universal

En el Instituto Pedro Arrupe de Conciencia y Transformacion Social

En el Instituto Pedro Arrupe de Conciencia y Transformacion Social

Stories in stained glass: St. Henry

Stories in stained glass: St. Henry

Priest urges: Become involved in life issues before it’s too late

Priest urges: Become involved in life issues before it’s too late

Centro Mater: a ‘culture of excellence’ in child care

Centro Mater: a ‘culture of excellence’ in child care

Pastoral Bulletin February 2016

Pastoral Bulletin February 2016

Keynote talk at DART convening

Keynote talk at DART convening

Religious celebrate ‘adventure’ of radical Gospel-living

Religious celebrate ‘adventure’ of radical Gospel-living

Religious honored for 535 years of consecrated life

Religious honored for 535 years of consecrated life

National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue launched

National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue launched

The Catholic roots of 'carnival'

The Catholic roots of 'carnival'

Science teacher journeys to the desert, sees stars, and God

Science teacher journeys to the desert, sees stars, and God

Casa Sant’Angelo: Peace of mind for retirees

Casa Sant’Angelo: Peace of mind for retirees

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Gospel reading Luke 4:1-13

First Sunday of Lent : Feb. 14, 2016

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil.He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry. The devil said to him,“If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”Jesus answered him, “It is written, One does not live on bread alone.”Then he took him up and showed himall the kingdoms of the world in a single instant.The devil said to him,“I shall give to you all this power and glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I may give it to whomever I wish.All this will be yours, if you worship me.”Jesus said to him in reply,“It is written:You shall worship the Lord, your God,and him alone shall you serve.”Then he led him to Jerusalem, made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him,“If you are the Son of God,throw yourself down from here, for it is written:He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,and:With their hands they will support you,lest you dash your foot against a stone.”Jesus said to him in reply,“It also says,You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.

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Msgr. Kenneth Schwanger

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

First Sunday of Lent : February 14, 2016

My Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,

Happy Lent!

With the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes so close to Lent I didn’t have a chance to write about our schedule or about our unique Lenten Mission for this year. Many of you already know because we passed out Matthew Kelly’s book “Rediscover Jesus” at all the Masses of Ash Wednesday. We are passing out all that remain at the Masses this weekend. Matthew Kelly is part of a ministry called “Dynamic Catholic” and is himself a very dynamic Catholic writer and speaker. He is the author of the very popular “Rediscover Catholicism”.

I have read “Rediscover Jesus” and I recommend it. It is written in 40 chapters of two to three pages with points to ponder, discuss, and practice at the end of each chapter. It is perfectly laid out for us to make a grand Parish Lenten Mission out of it. The back cover of the book introduces the Best Lent Ever program: a free program that features daily two-minute videos that take you through “Rediscover Jesus”, chapter by chapter. I am inviting each of us to use “Rediscover Jesus” as our Lenten meditation tool. Let us each read a chapter a day and then ponder and share the points brought up, encouraging each other to rediscover Jesus this Lent.

Let us also renew our commitment to participate in 40 Days for Life. 40 Days for Life, a regular part of our yearly Lenten schedule, is the national campaign where we are asked to join our brothers and sisters throughout the Archdiocese of Miami in a Lent-long prayer vigil, asking our Lord to set us free from the darkness and death of abortion. As a parish family, Our Lady of Lourdes is committed to pray in front of the abortion center at 6660 SW 117th Avenue each Tuesday of Lent from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Our Respect Life Ministry will be at the entrance to the church with the sign-up sheet to be sure that we have the whole day covered. Please choose an hour to come and pray with us.

Entering anew into the Lenten rhythm of the parish may the Lord greatly bless our journey to Easter and new life!

God Bless,
Msgr. Schwanger

‘Water poverty’

February 14, 2016

Fresh drinking water is an issue of primary importance, since it is indispensable for human life and for supporting terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Sources of fresh water are necessary for health care, agriculture and industry. Water supplies used to be relatively constant, but now in many places demand exceeds the sustainable supply, with dramatic consequences in the short and long term. Large cities dependent on significant supplies of water have experienced periods of shortage, and at critical moments these have not always been administered with sufficient oversight and impartiality. Water poverty especially affects Africa where large sectors of the population have no access to safe drinking water or experience droughts which impede agricultural production. Some countries have areas rich in water while others endure drastic scarcity.

Source: Laudato Si’

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