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Perfect for Lent

Offer some of your time to visit Jesus in
the Eucharist. He waits in love for you and considers every
minute with you to be a precious offering. Eucharistic
adoration on Mondays 7-9 pm; on Saturdays 3:30-4 pm.

Fasting and Abstaining during Lent

 Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday, are
bound to abstain from meat - i.e., they may not eat meat - on Ash Wednesday, all the
Fridays of Lent & Good Friday.
FASTING: Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday & who have not yet celebrated their 60th birthday, are bound to fast - i.e. they may
only eat one full meal each day & may eat nothing between meals - on
Ash Wednesday & Good Friday.
EXCEPTIONS: A proportionately grave inconvenience excuses from the
laws of fast & abstinence - i.e. medical reasons may excuse one from
fasting or abstaining.

Upcoming formation/education activities and events: 

Contact Monica Lucas
Lenten Study: If you are interested in a Lenten study, led by Art Turner, please contact Monica to get on the list. Date and times to be announced.

Last Religious Ed: April 24
First Communion: April 28 (11am Mass)

Senior Mass: May 5 (11am Mass)

May procession: May 12 (11am Mass)

WLHN 95.3 FM Meade County Catholic Radio (MCCR)

A non-profit radio station which broadcasts the EWTN radio signal to the citizens of Meade County located in Kentucky. MCCR does not receive any financial support from the Archdiocese of Louisville. It is able to stay on the air due to the generosity of the listeners and the support of the four local parishes: St. John the Apostle, St. Martin of Tours, St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi, and St. Theresa of Avila.

Women's Retreat

It’s been a few years since our last overnight women’s retreat at St Meinrad.

Are you interested maybe late summer or early fall? It would be an overnight retreat, typically Friday or Saturday night, preference for Saturday night. 

Topic TBD, attend 2-3 sessions. We would attend Mass with the monks and have time to explore Saint Meinrad. It’s a wonderful experience.

Cost for the retreat could be between $60-120. I am working on a grant that would get us the lower price, but I don’t know anything yet.

Please let Monica know if you are interested

Did you Know

The sign of the cross originated in the early church
probably starting with the sign being used during
baptism and when Saint Paul stated in Galatians 6:17
" that his body was marked with the sign of Christs cross".
We celebrate claiming ourselves for Jesus.
It is a confession of Faith to a renewal of baptism.
a mark of discipleship for a defense against the devil
and a victory over Self Indulgence.
A mini version of the Creed where you profess your
belief in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The sign of the
cross is an external sign of our faith as Roman Catholics.

Current Events

When is Lent 2019?
Lent 2019 starts on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 (in 13 days) and ends on Saturday, April 20th 2019 (in 57 days)

Lent celebrants participating in a street procession during Holy Week.

Lent is the annual period of Christian observance that precedes Easter. The dates of Lent are defined by the date of Easter, which is a moveable feast, meaning that it falls on a different date each year. Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and its observance (although not its liturgical period, as Sundays are not fast days and are therefore not counted – see below) lasts for 40 days, mirroring the 40 days that Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness before starting his ministry. It can also be seen to mirror the 40 hours that Jesus spent in the tomb prior to his resurrection.

Lent is a penitential period, involving the dual disciplines of abstinence and fasting. During Lent many Christians commit to fasting or giving up certain foods, habits or luxuries - for example meat, cakes and sweets, alcohol, smoking - for its duration (the money saved is often then donated to charity). This is done both as a form of penitence and as a spiritual tool to tame the body and 'sharpen the spirit' for prayer, reflection and contemplation in preparation for the celebration of Easter.

Lent lasts for 40 days and the first day is always Ash Wednesday (the day after Shrove Tuesday). Nevertheless, there is often confusion as to when Lent ends! This is partly due to the fact that there are in fact always 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, and partly due to confusion between the period of the Lenten fast and the liturgical 'season' or period of Lent.

The Lenten Fast (which is the period that most people consider to be 'Lent') starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (not to be confused with Easter Saturday, the Saturday after Easter). This is a period of 46 days. However, the six Sundays within the period are not fast days (Sundays are always feast days in the Christian calendar) and therefore not counted in the 40 days of Lent.

The liturgical period of Lent also begins on Ash Wednesday, however it ends on the evening of Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday). In addition, Palm Sunday (or alternatively the day before Palm Sunday) is sometimes considered to be the last day of Lent. This is incorrect and based on a misunderstanding about the liturgical periods of Lent and Holy Week. They are not exclusive of each other, and Lent in fact continues into Holy Week (see above), meaning that the liturgical season of Lent ends on Holy Thursday.

Purple is the color most associated with Lent - during this period purple church vestments (altar cloths and the priests' liturgical garments) are used. The purple is symbolic in two ways: it is the traditional color of mourning (recalling Jesus' death) and also symbolic of royalty (celebrating Christ's coming as King).

In Eastern Orthodox Christianity Lent is called 'Great Lent' and is the most important fasting period of the year, in preparation for the most important celebration of the year, Pascha (Orthodox Easter Sunday). As in Western Christianity, the period of Lent differs in its dates from year to year, with the dates defined by the date of Pascha, which is a moveable feast. Great Lent begins on Clean Monday (the beginning of the 7th week before Pascha) and runs for 40 days (including Sundays) until Lazarus Saturday (the day before Palm Sunday). Fasting continues until the morning of Pascha.

All Americans, both elected officials and ordinary citizens, “must stand together” to “call out and reject religious bigotry no matter where it comes from,” 

WASHINGTON (CNS) — said U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii. 

We must “fight to protect the freedoms and principles that bind us together as Americans,” she said in an Jan. 8 op-ed for The Hill.
“Whether we think of ourselves as Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Sikh, Buddhists, Jews, atheists, agnostics, or anything else,” she said, “it is imperative that we stand united in our commitment to protect religious freedom and the right to worship or not worship, safely and without the fear of retribution.”

Gabbard, who is Hindu, said that “for too long in our country, politicians have weaponized religion for their own selfish gain, fomenting bigotry, fears and suspicions based on the faith, religion or spiritual practices of their political opponents.
In the op-ed, she said she objected to the treatment of Brian Buescher, a Catholic nominated for a judgeship for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, is seen at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in this 2016 file photo. (CNS photo/Mike Segar, Reuters) During his Nov. 28 confirmation hearing, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, expressed concern about Buescher being a member of the Knights of Columbus because of the organization’s opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. She criticized the Knights for being “an all-male society comprised primarily of Catholic men.”  Another Judiciary Committee member, Sen. Marie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said the fraternal organization “has taken a number of extreme positions” and asked Buescher: “If confirmed, do you intend to end your membership with this organization to avoid any appearance of bias?” In her op-ed, Gabbard said that while she doesnot support Buescher’s nomination, “I stand strongly against those who are fomenting religious bigotry, citing as disqualifiers Buescher’s Catholicism and his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus.”

“If Buescher is ‘unqualified’ because of his Catholicism and affiliation with the Knights of Columbus, then President John F. Kennedy, and the ‘liberal lion of the Senate,’ Ted Kennedy, would have been ‘unqualified’ for the same reasons,” she said.
“Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution clearly states that there ‘shall be no religious test’ for any seeking to serve in public office,” said Gabbard, who declared Jan. 11 she is going to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
She also criticized Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, for telling another Catholic court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, that “the dogma lives loudly within you,” during 2017 hearings for her nomination as a judge of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“No American should be told that his or her public service is unwelcome,” Gabbard said “While I absolutely believe in the separation of church and state as a necessity to the health of our nation, no American should be asked to renounce his or her faith or membership in a faith-based, service organization in order to hold public office,” she wrote. “The party that worked so hard to convince people that Catholics and Knights of Columbus like Al Smith and John F. Kennedy could be both good Catholics and good public servants shows an alarming disregard of its own history in making such attacks today,” she added.

This is “religious bigotry,” she said. “This is true not just when such prejudice is anti-Catholic, but also when it is anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-Hindu, or anti-Protestant, or any other religion.”

She pointed to the “heartbreaking atrocity in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were murdered while worshipping at their synagogue” last October as “the latest reminder of the horrible potential consequence of prejudice and bigotry.”

A 2012 shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, a 2016 shooting at a New York mosque “and too many others to list serve as devastating and atrocious reminders of what this kind of hatred and this kind of bigotry can lead to,” Gabbard said.

“Hatred and bigotry are casting a dark shadow over our political system and threatening the very fabric of our country,” she said.
A major in the Army National Guard who was first elected to Congress in 2012, Gabbard said that when she was deployed in the Middle East in 2005, she “saw firsthand the suffering and violence that is inherent to religious bigotry, adding that “insane sectarian divides and prejudices gave rise” to the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations.

“If we can all agree that we do not want prejudice and bigotry to rule our nation, then we must stand united to denounce it whenever it raises its ugly head … and fight to protect the freedoms and principles that bind us together as Americans,” she said.

People must confront their evil desires, beg God for mercy, pope says

Nov 21, 2018 , y Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

Vatican City — God handed down his commandments not for people to hypocritically follow the letter of the law with a proud and righteous heart, but for people to recognize the truth of their weaknesses and acknowledge their need for help, healing and salvation, "Blessed are those who stop fooling themselves, believing they are able to save themselves from their weakness without God's mercy," which is the only thing that can heal a troubled heart, he said Nov. 21 during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

"Blessed are those who recognize their evil desires and, with a penitent and humiliated heart, stand before God and humanity, not as one of the righteous, but as a sinner," he said. The pope continued his series of talks on the Ten Commandments, reflecting on the final commands, "You shall not covet ... your neighbor's wife" and "anything that belongs to your neighbor." The last commandments, he said, encapsulate the essence of all of God's commands -- that every sin or transgression stems from "coveting" and being caught up in evil thoughts and desires.

The commandments aim to set clear limits, which, if they are crossed, do great harm to oneself and to one's relationship with God and others, the pope said. But what compels people to cross those boundaries? he asked. All transgressions and sins, he said, stem from "one common inner root: evil desires." These desires "stir the heart and one enters the fray and ends up transgressing. But not a formal or legal transgression. A transgression that wounds, wounds oneself, wounds others."

He said Jesus explains in the Gospel of St. Mark that what is evil comes from what is inside a person, what is in their hearts -- evil thoughts like, "unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly." "Each one of us could ask ourselves which of these desires occurs often in me," as part of an examination of one's heart and recognition of the truth, he said.

The Ten Commandments will have no impact or effect if people do not understand the source of sin is inside them and the challenge is to "free the heart from all of these evil and ugly things," the pope said. God's laws could be reduced to just a "beautiful facade of a life that is still the life of a slave and not children" of God, he said. "Often, behind that pharisaical mask of asphyxiating correctness, something ugly and unresolved is hiding," he added. "Instead, we must let ourselves be unmasked by the commandments" in order to reveal one's spiritual poverty and be led to "a holy humiliation," recognizing one's failings and pleading to God for salvation. The laws of the Bible are not meant to "deceive people that a literal obedience (to the law) brings one to an artificial and, for that matter, unattainable salvation," he said. The law is meant to bring people to the truth about themselves -- to recognize their poverty and to authentically open themselves up to the mercy of God, "who transforms us and renews us. God is the only one who is able to renew our hearts as long as we open our heart to him. That's the only condition."

The commandments help people face "the disarray of our hearts in order to stop living selfishly" and become authentic children of God, redeemed by the Son and taught and guided by the Holy Spirit.