Clear Creek Abbey Workday – Sat, Mar 2

What is Abbey Work Day? It’s the annual day when over 400 members of the Catholic community descend onto the monastery’s gorgeous and expansive property to help the monks with the upkeep of their farm. It’s a perfect time to see a religious community and put your youthfulness to work. Also, the monks always dish out a delicious lunch. Challenge yourself to go. Look for a signup on the lobby table. We’ll carpool from Newman at 6:30a sharp, have lunch courtesy of the monks, and finish up projects in the afternoon before returning in the evening.


1st Sunday of Lent

Let’s start off this week with our hearts set on Christ and His mission for us. The bulletin can be found at


The Gospel for next Sunday (Luke 9:28-36):

Jesus took Peter, John, and James
and went up the mountain to pray.
While he was praying his face changed in appearance
and his clothing became dazzling white.
And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah,
who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus
that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep,
but becoming fully awake,
they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus,
“Master, it is good that we are here;
let us make three tents,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking,
a cloud came and cast a shadow over them,
and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.
They fell silent and did not at that time
tell anyone what they had seen.

Let Lent Begin

Today is Ash Wednesday. There’s an extra 12:05p Mass in addition to the normal 9:30p Mass. Let us throw aside earthly things in pursuit of the heavenly. If you didn’t get the word or need a reminder, everyone in our Newman Center community is encouraged to do two things this Lent:

  1. Make a sincere Confession.
  2. Join a Bible study.

Can you do that?


The Gospel reading for today (Matt 6:1-6, 16-18):

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms,
do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray,
do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room,
close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast,
do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast,
anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”