SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 2024
First Sunday of Lent
Written by THE FAITHFUL DISCIPLE
GROW AS A DISCIPLE | PRAY, STUDY, ENGAGE, SERVE
GROW: Today is the first day of Lent! It is the beginning of a new liturgical season in the Church, a season of prayer, service and self-sacrifice. It is a time of preparation, culminating in the holiest day of the year: Easter. As we embark on our Lenten journey, we hear a reading from Genesis in which God makes a covenant with Noah where he promises, “the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all mortal beings.” The Lord has said that no matter our disobedience, sin and rebellion, he will never destroy us! Saint Peter explains how the story of Noah, “in which a few persons … were saved through water,” prefigures baptism, and baptism, as we know, marks us as the Lord’s own forever. We are sealed with a sign that can never be relinquished. So, just as the great flood signaled a rebirth for the world, our baptism is a rebirth of our soul in Christ. We are washed clean of our original sin, and the door to salvation is opened for us. It is fitting that at the beginning of our Lenten journey we hear the story of the beginning of our eternal covenant with the Lord. Both the covenant, and Lent, will be fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
GO EVANGELIZE | PRAYER, INVITATION, WITNESS, ACCOMPANIMENT
GO: As a child, Lent meant lentils for dinner, Stations of the Cross on Fridays, and no TV ever. For a 10-year-old, it was a time to be endured. Now, as an adult, Lent can still be hard, but I recognize it as a time of opportunity as well. It is a chance to strip away all the excess in my life and focus on what matters most. While I am not exactly jumping for joy at the thought of fasting, I can’t deny that it is easier for me to spend time in prayer when I’m not mindlessly grazing on chips and chocolate all day long. I may grumble at times, but with God’s grace I have grown in understanding of the Church’s wisdom in encouraging us to fast, pray and give alms during Lent. All three practices invite us to reflect on the great sacrifice of the Lord and prepare our hearts to receive him each Sunday in the Eucharist, as well as on our final judgment day.
PRAY: Lent is the perfect time to take stock of your current spiritual practices and add new ones to your daily routine. Remember the words we heard from Jesus today: "The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." Start off your Lenten season right by taking time to receive the sacrament of reconciliation and designating a time each day to pray. If you aren’t sure what to say to God during this time, choose a verse or two of Psalm 6 and let your heart take it from there.
St. Jude's Catholic Church
3824 Mitchell Road, Ceres, CA 95307
● Office Hours: Mon-Fri. 10 am-5 pm
(Closed for lunch 12:00 - 1:00 pm)
Rev. Gustavo Quintero V., Pastor WELCOME TO OUR PARISH COMMUNITY OF ST. JUDE
Our Current Mass Times
● WEEKDAYS Mon-Fri: 8:00 am (Bilingual) & 6:00 pm (Spanish)
● SATURDAY: 4:00 pm (English) & 6:00 pm (Spanish)
● SUNDAY: 8:00 am & 12:30 pm (English)
6:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm (salon), 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm (Spanish)
● CONFESSIONS: Thursday: 4:00 pm | Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm
● HORA SANTA: Thursday: 5:00 pm
● NEW! EVENING ADORATION with the Blessed Sacrament every first Friday of the Month after the 6pm mass.
The institution of the Eucharist
1337 The Lord, having loved those who were his own, loved them to the end. Knowing that the hour had come to leave this world and return to the Father, in the course of a meal he washed their feet and gave them the commandment of love. More>>>
Call parish office with the following information: ●Name for intention
●What is the intention for
●Date and time of intention
●Your name and phone number
● You can place your Sunday offering in the box located at the front of the altar. Second Collections can be placed in the baskets at the entrance.
● Today's second collection is for BMA. Thank you for your generosity.
● BMA campaign: We have collected $43,571.40 leaving us a balance of $25,502.60. Thank you for helping us reach our goal. Thank you for your generous gift.
● Tax letters for 2023 donations over $250 are going out this week. If you do not receive yours or find an error, please call our Parish Office and it would be helpful to give us the breakdown that you have.
● We will be having Evening Adoration with the Blessed Sacrament every first Friday of the Month after the 6pm mass. The next one is this Friday, February 2nd. For further information please call the Parish Office.
● We have temporarily closed the first entrance to the dirt side parking area due to the rain.
FASTING AND ABSTINENCE REGULATIONS
All Catholics 14 years and older are obligated to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday of Lent. Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday by al Catholic’s who are between the ages of 18 and 59. Those who are committed may take only one full meal per day. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary, to maintain strength according to ones needs. Eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. More>>>
Offering Our Gifts to God
St. Jude parish appreciates your offering during this time to support our parish continue to serve the needs of our community. What you have received through faith, you want to return to God showing your love for
Him and for community. You may bring your offering every week when you come to Church or send it to the parish office. If you have questions about the Parish Project, please call the parish office (209) 537-0516. Thank you for your participation.
Society of San Vincent de Paul of St. Jude
We reopen to serve those in need in our parish and community. Open once a week. The food pantry will be opened:
Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 pm.
● Interview outside, clients wait in the car ●Wear mask ●Social distancing ●Food only, no clothing . ●Wear mask ●Social distancing ●Food only, no clothing.
We are giving a try and things are subject to change!
HELP THE POOR
You can place your Sunday offering in the box located at the front of the altar. Second Collections can be placed in the baskets at the entrance. In the states United we have approx. 38 million people in poverty and with your generous donations 25% of the funds raised remain in the diocese to fund local projects against the poverty. Help us fight poverty in this nation.
Thank you for your generosity.
With the contributions of all parishioners who have participated in this project, we hope that it will be a good place for activities in our parish. Thank you for your love and support of our parish.
"The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value,
One of God's greatest gifts to us, his creation, was the gift of song. In words and music, our ancestors in faith—Moses, David, Deborah, Paul, St. Gregory—have taught us how to revel in God's infinite love, proclaim his glory, give thanks for his abounding generosity, and plead for mercy and forgiveness. Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, guidelines approved by the bishops of the United States in 2007, recalls this vast, rich musical tradition as it provides basic guidelines for understanding the role and ministry of music in the liturgy. Standing on the foundational work of the Council fathers,
In the celebration of the Eucharist, the lector has his own proper function,
When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his word, proclaims the Gospel. Therefore, the readings from the Word of God are to be listened to reverently by everyone, for they are an element of the greatest importance in the Liturgy. Although in the readings from Sacred Scripture the Word of God is addressed to all people of whatever era and is understandable to them, a fuller understanding and a greater efficaciousness of the word is nevertheless fostered by a living commentary on the word, that is, by the Homily, as part of the liturgical action.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a minimum 2-year process
Catechumenate Period - This is the period is a longer amount of time where the Catechumens are given pastoral formation and guidance towards living a good Christian live. More intense catechesis is given to them and they develop to grown in the parish community. The Church helps these Catechumens learn and understand the liturgical rites, and strengthened by God's blessings, work toward their purification and better understanding of the Eucharist. This is a period of faith formation, understanding and participation in the liturgy and apostolic activities, and beginning of parish life.
The Ladies Guild of St. Jude Catholic Church will offer scholarships:
-Applicant must be Catholic, a registered member: of St. Jude Parish or a child / grandchild of a living or deceased member of the St. Jude Ladies. Guild.
-High School students must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
-College students must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
-Students must be enrolled at an accredited high school, four-year college, university, or community college during the 2019-2020 academic school year.
To be considered, all applicants must complete an online application, submit letters of recommendation, using Google Drive,
ST VINCENT DE PAUL
SSVP is a charitable organization of lay persons,in a spirit of love, justice and charity.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul began in Paris, France, in 1833 when a young law student at the Sorbonne, Frédéric Ozanam, was challenged during a debate to demonstrate what he and his fellow Catholic students were personally doing to help the poor in Paris. Ozanam's reaction was immediate. Within weeks, Ozanam, at 20 years of age, and six of his peers formed the first "Conference of Charity." Under the conference, this group of seven men financed their works of charity out of their own pockets and from contributions of friends. They visited the poor in their homes, providing them with needed aid and assistance.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families.
OUR HISTORY AND HERITAGE
Founded on the principles of charity, unity and fraternity, the Knights of Columbus was established in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Conn., and a group of parishioners. Their intent? To bring financial aid and assistance to the sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Today, Father McGivney is being considered for sainthood.
A LEGACY OF FAITH & SERVICE
Founded by a young parish priest now on the path to sainthood, the Knights of Columbus has helped strengthen men, their families,
The Ministers distribute Holy Communion, either within Mass or taking it to the sick.
The role of the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is extremely important during the celebration of the Eucharist. The USCCB has instituted strict requirements of individuals who are commissioned to this very important liturgical role. As one is called to serve, this ministry requires you to grow in confidence, dexterity, agility, and most of all, reverence in handling the sacred species of the consecrated Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Extraordinary ministers are hand-picked by the priest and lay minister assigned to coordinate the ministry.
The altar servers are assistants to a member of the clergy during a Christian liturgy.
Although institution into the ministry of acolyte is reserved to lay men, the diocesan bishop may permit the liturgical functions of the instituted acolyte to be carried out by altar servers, men and women, boys and girls. Such persons may carry out all the functions listed in no. 100 (with the exception of the distribution of Holy Communion) and nos. 187 - 190 and no. 193 of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.
The determination that women and girls may function as servers in the liturgy should be made by the bishop on the diocesan level so that there might be a uniform diocesan policy.