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Gospel reading Mark 11:1-10

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion - March 29, 2015

When Jesus and his disciples drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethpage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately on entering it, you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone should say to you, 'Why are you doing this?' reply, 'The Master has need of it and will send it back here at once.'" So they went off and found a colt tethered at a gate outside on the street, and they untied it. Some of the bystanders said to them, "What are you doing, untying the colt?" They answered them just as Jesus had told them to, and they permitted them to do it. So they brought the colt to Jesus and put their cloaks over it. And he sat on it.

Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out: "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! Hosanna in the highest!"

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Msgr. Kenneth Schwanger

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion - March 29, 2015

Message from Our Pastor


Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,

Lourdes to Lourdes! In the spirit of the Holy Trinity - As we look to our association with the Sanctuaries at Lourdes in the years ahead we hope always to be able to offer and share in three annual pilgrimages to Lourdes: the Adult Volunteer Service, the Youth Pilgrim Service, and the Special Needs Pilgrimage.

As I mentioned earlier the Adult Volunteer Service is what we have been participating in these past few years. An international team of 8,000 volunteers offers assistance in the baths, at the train station and airport, and in the Sanctuaries helping the sick and disabled pilgrims from around the world. We are now part of that team. The dates for this service are September 4th through the 14th.

The Youth Pilgrim Service takes place in June and we are already fully booked for that pilgrimage. The Youth Pilgrim Service serves and is part of the Special Needs Pilgrimage that takes place in June because students are generally free in June. Currently the June Special Needs Pilgrimage does not have a leg that leaves directly from Miami to Paris. The Special Needs Pilgrimage that departs Miami for Paris is in October.

Fr. Elvis will be joining the October Special Needs Pilgrimage leaving from Miami. This pilgrimage is for those of us who need special assistance to make the pilgrimage to Lourdes. These pilgrimages will stay at the Accueil Notre-Dame, a Sanctuaries' facility overlooking the Grotto that is a fully handicapped accessible facility unique to Lourdes offering hospital beds and Hoyer lifts to accommodate any physical need. Shared accommodations provide for pilgrims, families, caregivers, companions and medical professionals situated on the same floor.

We have pamphlets with information about the Special Needs Pilgrimage in October available in the vestibule of the church and on the website. Reservations and down payment should be made as soon as possible. Full payment is due by July 13th. We already have some of our parish family making this year's Special Needs Pilgrimage. I look forward to more of our parish family who need special support having the opportunity to come to Lourdes and even to offering the opportunity to our brothers and sisters from throughout the Archdiocese of Miami.

Having these three pilgrimages as a permanent part of our yearly rhythm is going to make the world of difference – to us and everyone who know us.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. St. Bernadette, pray for us.

Blessings,
Msgr. Schwanger

Praying like a child

March 26, 2015

When we are children, our spirituality is very simple: God is our Father, and we are his children. We pray to him, and he answers our prayers. At the end of today's Gospel, Jesus gives us a lesson that we learned in preschool: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Matt 7:12)."

It is a very simple lesson which is why we learn it very early in our lives, but we forget very easily as we grow older. As adults, sin makes us jaded, cynical, and we do not trust or confide totally in God as our children do.

As we continue our Lenten journey, it would we good to recover some child-like spirituality. To pray to God as we did when we were children. To treat each other with kindness. To share the things that we have. To smile a bit more often. To delight in the wonders that delighted us when we were kids.

In God's eyes, we are still little children, and He has so many blessings that he wants to bestow upon us. Yes, we must become like children to enter the Kingdom, but it wouldn't hurt to become like children when it comes to our prayer lives as well.

These reflections are adapted from the daily Lenten blog of Father Manny Alvarez, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Hialeah.

Source: Read them all at fathermanny.blogspot.com/

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