2nd Sunday of Lent

It’s another fantastic week at Newman. We’ve got Adoration on Monday night 9-10, plus all Friday morning for First Friday Adoration. Tuesday there’s Stump the Priest during lunch at the caf. Wednesday we’re having an info session for the Spring Break Service Trip to Idabel, Oklahoma. Don’t miss this free chance to serve and grow spiritually!

Furthermore, we’re launching a new speaker series called Fireside. It will be a casual evening with a distinguished guest and conversations around the fire, either in our lobby or on the new patio if the weather permits. Our first Fireside guest, Deacon Kenny Longbrake, will be speaking on the Prodigal Son painting in our chapel. Snacks, desserts, and light refreshments will be included.

It’s not too late to get involved with the Clear Creek Abbey Work Day. We’ll carpool from Newman at 6:00a sharp. Finally, don’t forget about the opportunity every Friday in Lent for Stations of the Cross, a meager meatless meal, and the Catholicism film series starting at 5:00p.

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This week’s bulletin: Bulletin-2013-02-24.pdf

The Gospel reading for next Sunday (Luke 13:1-9):

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. Jesus said to them in reply,  “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way  they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed  when the tower at Siloam fell on them— do you think they were more guilty  than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!”  And he told them this parable:  “There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard,  and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree  but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?’ He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also,  and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it;  it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.’”

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?

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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.”

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