From Padre Alejandro's Desk
Dear brothers and sisters,
Throughout the Scriptures we see God performing mighty acts to save his people from death and destruction, from Noah's ark that spared his family from the flood of wickedness that had spread across the land to Moses and the Israelites who crossed through the parting waters of the Red Sea as they fled the armies of Pharoah their slave Master and oppressor.
Throughout the Gospel accounts Jesus praised individuals who put their faith in God as they remembered the great and wonderful deeds He had performed time and again. Jesus even praised outsiders, non-Jews and pagans from other lands who had heard about the mighty deeds of the God of Israel. One example Jesus mentioned was Naaman the pagan army commander from Syria who was afflicted with leprosy - a debilitating skin disease that slowly ate away the flesh.
Saint Monica's Catholic Community
Lent Starts This Week
Ash Wednesday Schedule
- 8:15 a.m. Mass with Ashes
- 12 p.m. Service with Ashes
- 4:30 p.m. Service with Ashes
- 7 p.m. Mass (bilingual) with Ashes
Lenten Fish Fry
The Knights of Columbus are back with their renowned Lenten Fish Fry every Friday beginning Friday, February 12th. Come by the school cafeteria to dine in or take out beginning at 5 p.m. Plates are $7 for adults and $4 for children (5-13 yrs).
New Spanish Mass
We will be adding a new Spanish Mass beginning Sunday, April 3rd at 7 p.m. The 5:30 p.m. Sunday Mass time will be moved to begin at 5 p.m.
Healing Mass February 11th
On Thursday, February 11th, we will celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes. The following is the Mass schedule: 8:15 a.m. Mass (English) with anointing of sick after Mass and 7 p.m. Healing Mass (bilingual) with anointing of sick . We encourage everyone to come especially those who are unwell either physically, emotionally or spiritually. For those who are in need of reconciliation, the best way to prepare for the anointing is to go to confession first.
Pilgrimage with Fr. Alejandro
On Thursday, February 11, 2016, there will be a meeting in the Bauman Room of the Parish Hall beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting is for all who are interested or have already registered to go on the pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Italy that will be lead by Padre Alejandro del Bosque. Please come at 6:45 p.m. to begin the meeting promptly at 7 p.m.
Receiving Holy Communion is Very Personal
No one can dictate how one is to receive Holy Communion. When receiving our Lord in Holy Communion, we should receive him in the same way we encounter a loved one: with reverence, gratitude and humility. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops accepts and the Church permits receiving the Eucharist either on the tongue or in the hand, either standing or kneeling. It’s at the discretion of the one receiving Holy Communion.
For the comfort and safety of those wishing to kneel, kneelers will be placed at the point of distribution in the center of the aisle of the church, but it will not be exclusive to kneeling, just an option for those who wish to kneel when receiving holy Communion. If you have knelt when receiving the Body of Christ, it is not necessary to kneel when receiving the Blood of Christ. Standing when receiving the Precious Blood is a better choice due to the possibility of spilling the Precious Blood and for safety concerns.
Regardless of how you choose to receive the Lord, all of us should receive with great reverence and respect. For to receive our Lord in Communion, is, indeed, the most profound union we can have with God this side of eternity.
Other Parish Events
- Women's ACT Retreat in Spanish 2015
- Seniors, Get Your Hair Done by a Certified Stylist
- Helping Those Most Vunerable