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Saint Gabriel Church
Third Sunday of Lent
March 24, 2019
“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!” (Lk 13:2-3). Is Jesus threatening us? By no means. What he tells us is that we are all subject to good and evil, joy and suffering. And we are all in need of repentance. God is very patient with us like the gardener who wants to leave the fig for one more year, hoping that it will bear fruit (Lk 13:8-9). But God’s patience also has its limits, like the patience of the owner of the orchard who will cut down the fig tree if it does not produce fruit. (Lk 13:9). Therefore, let us “not desire evil things” and let us “not grumble” (1Cor 10:6, 10), always resisting, with the help of God’s grace, sin and immorality.
Forgive that you may be forgiven….ourselves
During this beautiful season of Lent the Lord offers us the time to look within ourselves to uncover those areas of unforgiveness. Forgiveness encompasses two things - forgiveness of ourselves and forgiveness of others. Today we will focus on forgiving ourselves. When we go to confession do we leave our sins there or do we leave and continue to hold on to them by not forgiving ourselves for what we did. Corrie Ten Boom used to like to say " when we confess our sins, it's like God throws them out into the deepest ocean - and then He posts a sign: "No fishing allowed". After you confess your sins, do you still bring them to the surface and hold onto them. Did you know that after you sincerely confess your sins, when you bring them back up and talk to God about them - He basically says "What are you talking about". He forgets them - you should also. Do we think we know better than God and feel we need to hold those sins. Remembering them to do better is one thing - holding them because we cannot accept the mercy of God is another. Let's look at two prominent figures in the Bible. Peter and Judas. Both betrayed our Lord - but they each took two separate paths. Peter had true remorse, true sorrow. Because of this he saw a glimmer of hope and a sense of God's infinite mercy. This gave Peter a chance to accept that mercy and start over. He accepted his weakness and allowed God to work through him. And we all know how Peters life turned out. Judas on the other hand also betrayed the Lord, but his real tragedy was not in the betrayal but in the despair, the hopelessness that led him to believe he was beyond saving. He believed he was unable to be forgiven, was truly abandoned and held on to what he did and could not accept the Mercy of God. You see we all betray Our Lord each time we sin, the question you need to ask your self is am I like Peter who will freely accept God's mercy in the Sacrament of Confession and leave the sins there or will we be like Judas who could not see himself as redeemable and held on tight to his sins. Remember - NOTHING - absolutely nothing is unforgivable by God - but we need to know and believe that and go to Him and experience His unfathomable Mercy. Our Bishop has asked every parish in the Diocese to participate in "The Light is on for You" every Monday evening (during Lent) for an opportunity for you to experience God's Mercy in confession - check bulletins for these extra parish confession times. We are sons and daughters of a KING who loves us unconditionally - go to Him - get clean - experience His Mercy.
REMINDER…..NEXT BAPTISMAL CLASS IS scheduled for Monday, March 25th @ 7:00 PM in the Rectory.
“PRAY AND PROCLAIM”…..MINISTRY SKILLS WORKSHOP
“Pray and Proclaim!” Saturday, April 6 2019 from 9:00AM-2:30PM Nativity of Our Lord Parish Sacred Heart Hall 529 Stephenson Street, Duryea Proclaim!: An introduction to basic public speaking techniques, and provide opportunity for participants to try out these methods.
Pray: Participants will cover topics such as: Why do we pray? How do we pray? What are some ideas and resources for planning prayer with groups, or in the classroom? The ways in which ministers cultivate spirituality outside of the Mass not only enriches Sunday worship but can bring the reality of God into our everyday lived experience.
2019 Ministry Formation Skills Workshop Series
For more information contact Kitty Scanlan at 570-207-2213.
FLOWER MEMORIALS - If you are interested in an Easter Flower Memorial which are published Easter weekend in the Bulletin, please fill in the name(s) on the back of your Flower envelope found in your packet of monthly envelopes.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
11:30 AM (English) & 7:00 PM (Spanish)
******WEEKLY PARISH INCOME ( March 17, 2019)*****
Holy Redeemer High School announces its Art Show, Spring Concert
and Senior Waltz
Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 in McCarthy Auditorium.
Art Show begins at 6:00 p.m. and Concert/Waltz at 7:00 p.m.
Adults: $5 Senior Citizens/Students: $3
MONDAY, MARCH 25TH we celebrate the Annunciation of the Lord. Since we are named after the Annunciation we will have a special Mass at 5:30 PM as well as the 7:00 AM and 12:10 PM. All are most welcome!
Well Spring is almost here and that means……RUMMAGE SALE!!!!!
Start going thru cabinets, closets, attics, cellars, etc. They take just about everything, EXCEPT clothing, shoes, personal hygiene items, no exercise equipment or large furniture. No encyclopedias. Only “G” rated movies.
Dates of the sale – April 26th Friday Night Preview Sale and Saturday, April 27th .
DROP OFF dates: Monday, April 22nd – April 25th from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. More info will follow in the next few weeks.
MUSIC DIRECTORS, INSTRUMENTALISTS, CANTORS AND CHOIR MEMBERS
AN Intercultural Music Ministry Workshop on Saturday, March 30 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 134 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Damaris Thillet, Director of Worship for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, will be leading the day workshop designed for pastors, liturgical coordinators and music ministers serving in parishes with Hispanic and Latino populations. Topics will include:
Liturgical formation of music ministers
Planning music suitable for the liturgy as envisioned by the church document, Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship
Preparing bilingual liturgical celebrations that are truly intercultural
The cost for the day is $30.00 and includes lunch. To register, please contact Luis Rivera, Coordinator for Parish Cultural Integration, at 570-207-2213
ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD FRIDAY, MARCH 29th
7:00 AM Michael Berish…Sharon 7:00 AM Beatrice Kesselring…Charles
& Keith McAndrew
12:10 PM Vincent Kundrik…Steve/Gloria 12:10 PM Rosemary Ferrara Ceatobene..
5:30 PM For the People Family
TUESDAY, MARCH 26th SATURDAY, MARCH 30TH
7:00 AM Nina Ravina Lee..Betty Bloch 8:00 AM Mary Kosiak..Peggy Albano &
12:10 PM John & Leona Sabo…DavidTeresa Fay
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27th 4:00 PM Brian Thompson….Ann Hines &
7:00 AM Robert Vernborg…Family Jerry Toter
12:10 PM Becky Wright….Fay Family SUNDAY, MARCH 31st
THURSDAY, MARCH 28th7:30 AM Ann Hartzel Calek…St. Gabriel
7:00 AM M/M John Kapes High School Class of ‘65
12:10 PM S. Brown…A Friend 10:15 AM Bill & Theresa Fay…Family