Weekly Bulletin – March 8, 2015

Queen of the Apostles
A Catholic Community
Reina de los Apostoles
Comunidad Catolica de Belmont
Pastoral Staff
Father Frank Cancro
[email protected]
Emergency #: 704-825-9907
Rev. Mr. Chip Wilson
[email protected]
Chrissy Glisson
[email protected]
Office: 704-825-9600 ext. 28
503 North Main Street Belmont, NC 28012
Phone: 704-825-9600 • Fax: 704-825-1413
Office Hours: Monday through Friday,
8:30 am-12:30 pm and 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Website: QueenoftheApostles.org
March 8, 2015
Third Sunday of Lent
Jeanne LaFrancis
[email protected]
704-825-9600 ext. 27
Debbie Seeger
[email protected]
704-825-9600 ext. 26
Jayme Cannon
Faith Formation Assistant
[email protected]
Father Christopher
Adult Formation
[email protected]
Cam Tracy
[email protected]
Padre JoséJuya
[email protected]
Mary Jo Stiles
[email protected]
Susan Colone
[email protected]
704-825-9600 ext. 25
Roger Duncan
[email protected]
704-825-9600 ext. 22
Scott Phillips
[email protected]
Weekday Eucharist
Weekend Eucharist
Holy Day Celebrations:
Misa en Español:
Monday and Wednesday: 9:00 am
Tuesday and Friday: 12:15 pm
Saturday: 5:00 pm, 7:00 p.m. (en Español))
Sunday: 8:00, 9:45 & 11:30 am
Saturday: 4:00 pm, and by appointment
12:15pm and 7:15 pm
Todos los Sabados a 7:00 PM
Baptism: This important sign of initiation is celebrated in the community at
any one of the weekend Masses. Parents must complete the preparation
program (offered every other month). Please contact the church
office at least two months prior to your anticipated date for Baptism.
Marriage: This sacrament provides an opportunity for a couple to stand as a
sign of God’s love in the community. To this end, a period of preparation is
important and necessary.
Contact the church office
at least six months prior to
your proposed marriage
date to begin this process.
Anointing of the Sick: If
you are preparing for surgery
or hospitalization, this
sacrament can be celebrated
with you on any weekend at
the church. In an emergency,
contact the church so we can
pray with you at home or in
the hospital.
Mission Statement
With the Blessed Virgin Mary, the first disciple of Jesus Christ, as our example and patron, the mission of Queen of the Apostles Catholic
Church is to live and proclaim the Gospel entrusted to us.
We strive in our rich diversity to be a community of welcome and hospitality: one with the Risen Christ, each other, and the whole Church.
Through the Word of God and the life of the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, we are empowered to engage in a variety of ministries
of service to the parish family and the communities where we live.
Our Weekly Tithe:
Thank you for your support of the parish!
Last week, because of your generosity in the
offertory, we were able to send a tithe of $807.00 to
Family Promise. This week we will use our tithe for
House of Mercy housing and caring for homeless
with HIV and AIDS.
Liturgical Ministers:
Masses This Week
Saturday, March 14, 2015—5:00pm
Readers: Jim Adams, Justin Rick
EMCs: Joan Lynn (SC), Loretta Bell (C),
Joe Bell (C), Linda Adams, Diane Hess
Ministers of Hospitality: Fred & Lynn Kimsey,
Peter Liberatore
Altar Servers: Nnamdi & Kasie Nwachukwu
Sunday, March 15, 2015—8:00am
Readers: Steve White, Ken Raymond
EMCs: Blaise Aziague (SC), Steve Geiger (C),
Deacon Chip Wilson
Ministers of Hospitality: Alison & Mike Minnick,
Kimber Walters
Altar Servers: Claire Paluszak, Kindall Davis
Sunday, March 15, 2015—9:45am Mass
Readers: Richard Swakla, Beth Kreitzer
EMCs: Jeanne LaFrancis (SC), Linda Huffsmith (C),
Beth McCain (C), Joe Bruno, Stuart LaFrancis,
Doug & Mary Meador
Ministers of Hospitality: Clare & Dave Charzewski,
Seth Kane, Mark McManus
Altar Servers: Mallory Gardner, Grace Lamadrid
Children’s Liturgy: Melissa Gardner
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Misa en Español
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Billie Murray +
For the People
Monday, March 9, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Communion Service
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
No Services
Friday, March 13, 2015
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross
Sunday, March 15, 2015—11:30am Mass
Readers: Lynda Bernard, Sue Dolphin
EMCs: Bethsy SanMillan (C), Karen Riemer (C),
Jan Kauer, Marta Miranda, Mike Riemer,
Cristina & Juan Saiz
Ministers of Hospitality: Judy Dobies,
Neil & Jake Kauer, Patricia Rodriguez
Altar Servers: Marissa Cannon, Dezi Kauer
Children’s Liturgy: Donna Snyder
9:45 & 11:30 MASSES
Other Ministries:
Traffic Ministry—March 15, 2015
9:45am—Walt Hinson, Charlie Boyd
11:30am—Greg Hoehne, John Fink
Coffee & Donuts—March 15, 2015
8:00am—Nick Guida, Elizabeth Hinman
9:45am—Melissa Gardner
11:30am—Pressley Family, Lee Stocker, Lynda Woods
Art & Environment:
March 8: Kimber Walters, Clint Phillips/Jan Bodnar
March 15: Nancy O’Brien/Alfreda Tanski,
Don & Danuta Holler
From the Pastor’s Desk...
We are moving toward the mid-point of our Lenten celebration and looking
down the road toward Easter. Thanks to so many who have given up time
to be part of our programming this season in the parish. I hope you are
finding the opportunities for reflection and prayer a blessing!
As we look to Easter, there are a few hard facts we have been considering.
At 9:45 AM and 11:30 AM Masses on Easter Day there were more people
in the MAK Family Life Center than in the church. The church squeezes
about 300 folks. There were 390 and 400 respectively in the hall at those
two Masses, huddled around a small TV for such a crowd. Clearly, this is a
less than optimal way to worship and we have been trying to figure out a
way to accommodate 700 people at a time so we all might pray and
worship together.
To this end, we are looking to relocate Masses on Easter Day and reducing
the number of Masses to two in a new locale. We attempted to use the
new Stuart Cramer High School but that will not be possible for us.
Currently, we are trying to see if we can use the auditorium at South Point
High School which would allow us to accommodate just under 1,000
people at each of our services. We, of course, would decorate and prepare
the environment and transport our choir and brass to this new locale.
There are also infant baptisms scheduled for Easter that would be
celebrated there. The high school is within the parish and not far from the
church location so it seems like it might work for us logistically.
If this pans out (please pray that it does) we would celebrate Mass at 9:30
AM and at 11:30 AM there on Easter Sunday. The Solemn Easter Vigil, of
course, would be here in the church on Saturday evening as usual, with
the Sacraments of Initiation. There would be no 8:00 AM Mass. We will
keep you posted on any changes, but we wanted you to be aware of what
direction we were heading in trying to create a meaningful celebration of
Easter here in the parish.
We believe this will be a more humane solution. If it does not work out
(we should have an answer this week) we will have to look at other
solutions (if you have any ideas of how to accommodate large crowds with
one priest and concern for our ministries, please let me know). Christmas
is our next challenge!
As you may be aware, we already have to choose alternate plans to
celebrate Confirmation this year because of the size of our group and have
had to double the number of celebrations of First Eucharist for the same
reason. This will continue to be our challenge (a good one to have) but it
requires flexibility and support. I hope I can depend on you for that.
Change is not something we accept easy, but in this case it is clearly a
necessary one to fulfill our mission as a worshipping community here in
Eastern Gaston County.
I hope this Lent helps you grow deeper in an understanding of God's
mercy! Be blessed this week.
- Father Frank
God’s Gifts:
DSA 2015
We are now one month into the
Diocesan Support Appeal, and as
of today, 62 of our parishioners
have contributed. We need each
of you to help us reach our goal of
Ministry Moments:
Ministers of Hospitality
What ministry has the least
number of people but is one of
the most important ministries on
Sunday? Our Ministers of
Hospitality are the smiling faces
and handshakes that greet you as
you enter the church, help you
find a seat, pass the baskets for
the collection, guide you at
communion time, and hand out
the bulletins as you leave. It is so
important to make both weekly
and visiting members feel at home
and welcome each week at Queen
of the Apostles. For more
information, contact Neil Kauer at
This Week
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Saints and Special
William Reeves, Jo Ann Rick,
Harrell Rick
Sunday: Third Sunday of Lent;
First Scrutiny;
Daylight Saving Time
Girl Scout Sunday
Monday: St. Frances of Rome
Friday: Abstinence
9:30-10:45am—Faith Formation
(Sacred Heart Campus)
9:45am & 11:30am Masses—KidZone
9:30-10:30am—Bible Study (Library)
10:00-11:00am—RCIA (Ed Building)
1:00-2:00pm—RCIC (Library)
Readings for the Week
5:00-6:00pm—Teen Bible Study
(Family Life Center)
Monday: 2 Kgs 5:1-15b; Ps 42:2,
6:00-8:00pm—HS Youth Ministry (FLC)
3; 43:3, 4; Lk 4:24-30
Monday, March 9, 2015
Tuesday: Dn 3:25, 34-43;
6:15-7:30pm—Girl Scouts (Education
Ps 25:4-5ab, 6-7bc, 8-9;
Building: Rooms A & C)
Mt. 18:21-35
7:00-8:00pm—Cub Scouts (Education
Wednesday: Dt 4:1, 5-9;
Building: Room D/E)
Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 197:30-9:30pm—Knights of Columbus
20; Mt 5:17-19
Business Meeting (Family Life Center)
Thursday: Jer 7:23-28;
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Lk 11:14-23
9:00-11:00am—MOMS (Nursery,
Friday: Hos 14:2-10;
Conference Room)
Ps 81:6c-11ab, 14, 17;
2:00-3:30pm—Tuesday’s Word
Mk 12:28-34
(Conference Room)
Hos 6:1-6; Ps 51:3-4,
6:30-8:00pm—Financial Peace
18-21ab; Lk 18:9-14
University Preview (Conference Room)
Sunday: 2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23;
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Ps 137:1-6; Eph 2:4-10;
1:30-3:00pm—Small Faith Group
Jn 3:14-21
(Conference Room)
Alternate readings (Year A):
5:00-8:00pm—First Eucharist
1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a;
Preparation Workshop (FLC)
Ps 23:1-6;
6:00-6:30pm-Children’s Choir (Church)
6:30-7:15pm—Youth Choir (Church)
Eph 5:8-14; Jn 9:1-41
7:15-8:00pm—9:45 Choir (Church)
[1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38]
7:30pm—12 Step Program (Ed Bldg)
8:15-9:00pm—11:45 Choir (Church)
Thursday, March 12, 2015
9:30-11:00am—Weekend BackPack
Ministry (Nursery)
7:00-8:30pm—Just for Ladies Small
Faith Group (Conference Room)
7:00-9:00pm—Spanish Choir Practice
7:30-9:00pm—Boy Scouts (Ed Bldg)
Friday, March 13, 2015
7:00-9:00pm—AA Meeting (Ed Bldg)
Saturday, March 14, 2015
9:00-10:30am—Passion Play Practice
10:001m-3:00pm—Retreat Makeup
Session (Conference Room)
6:00-8:00pm—Young at Hearts (FLC)
If we give our time, talent and
treasure according to God’s
principles, God will not disappoint
us. The young man, who gave his
loaves and fishes to help feed the
multitude, didn’t have to go
without dinner.
Leave a Legacy
Lent is an opportunity to
strengthen our devotion to God
through prayer, fasting and
almsgiving. It can also be a time to
consider a planned gift that will
strengthen the future of our parish.
Baptism is celebrated
at weekend Masses
at anytime of the year except the
Lenten season. Parents wishing to
present a child (under six years of
age) for Baptism must complete an
Evening of Preparation here in the
parish. These are offered six times
a year. During pregnancy or after
the birth of a child are appropriate
times to attend. The next
scheduled Prep Session is on
Tuesday, April 14 beginning at
7:00pm in the church. Please call
the church office to make a
Make a safe,
reservation to attend this upcoming
secure donation program. If Sponsors (Godparents)
to QOA by going are also here in the area, we invite
them to attend as well.
to our website and clicking the eGive link on the home page below
the Google translator tab.
Please pray for...
Those in Nursing Homes:
Patrick Bragg
(Meadow Wood Nursing Center,
Sick and Homebound:
Marie Giermanski,
Ducky Huffstetler, Rosann Louy,
An anonymous support group for
men and women dealing with
addictive sexual behavior. For more
information, call 704-266-0722 or
visit charlottessa.org.
Community Happenings
Rice Bowls
Rice Bowls are available in the Narthex to
take home and share with your family.
This year, Catholic Relief Services
celebrated forty years of working with the
world’s poorest through a network of more than 160
Catholic agencies to end hunger. What you give up for
Lent truly changes the lives of millions.
March Food Collection
Lenten Luncheon Series
First Presbyterian Church ~ Belmont
102 South Central Avenue,
Thursdays, 12:00noon ~ 1:00pm
March 12: Reverend Micah Kearney
Pastor, Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter, Belmont
Lunch includes soup, sandwich dessert and tea ~ $4
Child care is available by making a reservation at
704-825-3357 or at www.fpc-belmont.org/ll by noon each
Wednesday before the luncheon.
Please bring a bag lunch for each child.
Our collection in March will be taken for SOCKS
(Serving Our Community with Kindness in Springwood).
They have requested soups, stews, hot and cold
cereals, green beans, corn, tomatoes, macaroni and cheese, canned fruit, and pork and beans. Please bring
your donations to place in the baskets on the altar the weekend of March 28-29.
Young at Heart Covered Dish Supper: Saturday, March 14, following 5:00 pm Mass.
All parishioners over 50 are invited to attend. It is held in the MAK Family Life Center. Call Charlie or Cathy
Boyd at 704-825-4669 for additional information.
Community Breakfast: Saturday, March 21, MAK Family Life Center, 8:00-11:00am
The leprechauns are trying to get into the kitchen for the March 21 Breakfast. If they do, we will have green
pancakes and green coffee! Be at the MAK Family Life Center and be sure to wear some green or the
leprechauns might pinch you! Breakfast is free to all so invite your friends!
Rosary Makers
Free rosaries are available in the narthex. Need a rosary repaired? Simply put your broken rosary parts in an
envelope with your name and phone number and drop at the church office. We also teach how to make twine
rosaries for the Catholic missions
Make FPU a part of your Lenten jour- around the world. We meet from
10:30am-12:30pm on the same
ney! FPU is a 9-week video curriculum taught by financial expert Dave
Saturdays as our community
Ramsey, that incorporates smallbreakfasts. The next meeting is
group discussions to encourage accountability and discipleship. This course will March 21. Please join us.
provide you and your family the tools necessary to win with money. This is
Questions? Contact Marilyn
NOT a get rich quick scheme. It is a step by step, biblically based guide on
Warmington at 704-827-0823.
how to get out, and stay out, of debt and take control of your financial life.
This not for profit course has a small fee ($93) to cover the cost of course materials. However, Queen of Apostles will be providing scholarships to 8
committed families free of charge, please see Father Frank for details. It
also includes a lifetime membership so you and your family can attend the
many classes offered year round in the area.
Coordinator Mike Warstler is a Belmont Abbey graduate and the current Controller of the Belmont Abbey Monastery. With 20+ years in banking, financial
and consulting industries, along with personal experience with Financial Peace
principles, he is excited to share his experiences and assist you in the commitment and journey of attaining Financial Peace. To learn more or to register
online, go to http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/locations/org/37394/
class/275435 or to learn more about the class in person, a free preview session
will be offered at Queen of the Apostles on Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 PM in
the Conference Room. Weekly classes will begin on Tuesday, March 17 at
6:30pm and run through May 12.
Bingo & Movie Night:
Saturday, March 21
from 6:30-10:00Ppm
in the MAK Family Life Center
The Parish Life Commission is
sponsoring Bingo with prizes as
well as cash awards. Food, drinks
and snacks will be available. Child
care will be available for children up
to 4 years old. We have movies for
the over-four crowd. Please bring
your entire family and all your
friends for a fun evening of BINGO!
Faith Formation
High School Youth Ministry
On Sunday, March 8, the HSYM will gather from
6:00-8:00pm in the MAK Family Life Center with a
guest speaker on Social Justice. It should be an
interesting and informative time. On Sunday,
March 15 we invite the MSYM to join us for a St.
Patrick’s Day celebration. Wear green and invite
someone new to join you!
Teen Bible Study
High School Youth please join us for Teen Bible
Study on Sundays from 5:00-6:00pm before High
School Youth gatherings. This study follows the
High School Youth meeting schedule. On March 8
we will be continuing the Lenten Mercy video
Middle School Youth Ministry
MSYM will be meeting with the HSYM on March
15 in the MAK Family Life Center to celebrate
St. Patrick’s Day. Fun activities are planned. Come
join us! Friends are always welcome.
Registration forms will soon be available for
Summer Faith Formation 2015 and Faith
Formation 2015-2016. This year, we will be
having pre-registration. Please be sure to
return all forms by the indicated deadline.
Summer Faith Formation is available to all and
a great way to keep on schedule for the
sacrament preparation programs. Two
consecutive years of religious education or
attending Catholic school is required to be
participating in the sacrament programs.
Attending Summer Faith Formation fulfills one
year requirement. For more information on
these programs, please contact Debbie at
704-825-9600 ext. 26 or email
[email protected]
Our KIDZONE MINISTRY is a faith based ministry offered for the
youngest members of our church ages 6 months –3 years of age during
the 9:45am and 11:30am masses each Sunday. It is a time for young
children to grow in their faith and relationship with God. KIDZONE is located in the nursery in the
MAK Family Life Center. Just look for the KIDZONE check-in station in the MAK Family Life Center to
participate. KIDZONE is being supervised by Angela Shirley. If you have any questions or would like
to volunteer, please call Debbie at 704-825-9600 or email [email protected]
Go to http://ustre.am/17WGN or
use the QR code provided for smart phone users.
First Eucharist
Preparation Session
Wednesday, March 11
From 5:00-8:00pm
In the MAK Family Life Center
The first meeting for parents
and children in the sacrament
preparation program for First
Eucharist is scheduled from 5:00
-8:00pm on Wednesday,
March 11 in the MAK Family
Life Center. Pizza will be
provided. Please bring a side
dish or dessert to share.
Small Faith Groups
Our Lenten DVD based Small Group Study titled
Mercy continues! There are still some spaces
available and time to sign up. Plan to join
members of all the groups for a Wine and Cheese
Social on Sunday,
March 29 in the MAK
It Isn’t Too Late!
Family Life Center from
7:00-8:30pm. For more
information or to sign up, please call the church
office at 704-825-9600. You can also email
Debbie at [email protected]
Smart phone
users link to our
Adult Faith
Formation web
site here.
Adult Faith Formation
Web Site
Please be sure to check out our
Adult Faith Formation web site.
It’s a great source to find
available programs here at the
parish and resources that encourage and promote ongoing faith formation.
We’ve changed the web site address to make it easier to access; it’s now
Just for Men
Men of the parish age 45 and older are invited to reflect on God’s Word, pray and spend time
together. We meet for an hour on the first Monday of each month in the Conference Room.
During Lent we will meet three additional Mondays to complete the Mercy Lenten Group Study.
We will also meet on March 16, 23 and 30. For more information, call Roger Duncan at 412289-9147 or Deacon Chip at 704-488-5822 [email protected]
Tuesday’s Word
This adult Bible Study will continue on Tuesday, March 10, 17 and 24 from 2:00-3:30pm in the
Conference Room. For these sessions we will be doing the Mercy Lenten DVD series.
Refreshments will be served.
Sunday Morning Bible Study
with Sister Mary Hugh: Please join us as we study the Gospel of John. All are welcome to join in
this class! It runs from 9:30-10:25 in Mercedes Hall, room 108 (the place where we hold our
Faith Formation Classes). This study operates on the Faith Formation schedule. Please bring your
bibles and join us! Coffee and refreshments are served!
MOMS Group
The next meeting for our Ministry of Mothers Sharing will be Tuesday morning, March 10 from
9:00am-11:00am. Meetings will take place twice a month. The meeting is for Moms with children
of all ages. For the next four gatherings we will focus on the Mercy Lenten program. It will be a
time for fellowship and study for spiritual growth. If you have an interest in attending, please
email Marianne at [email protected] Nursery is provided for this meeting time.
Spiritual Direction
forms provided on the shelf
beneath the board—no personal
Are you trying to discern what God notices or résumés. Please copy
is doing in your life, what he is
the information from the board if
calling you to be, where he is
you are making use of it and leave
leading you? Or perhaps you simply the posted slips so that others may
want to be more aware of God’s
also take advantage of the
presence in your life and deepen
your relationship with him. Spiritual
direction is the thing for you.
Spiritual direction is not counseling. Adorers are Needed
It is listening to another, making
at Belmont Abbey College
space to observe and hear the Holy Adoration Chapel in front of the
Spirit. For more information call
Blessed Sacrament. Coordinators
Bethsy San-Millan at
will arrange an hour that is
convenient for you. Please call
Margaret at 704-827-8921.
us long for a more conscious
experience of God’s presence and
love.” To learn more about Spiritual
Direction and/or obtain services,
please contact Rose Castillo at
704-718-2876 or
[email protected]
Queen of the Apostles
Online Prayer Ministry
Coordinator Doris Spivey accepts
prayer requests Monday through
Friday each week from 9:00am5:00pm. Emergency requests are
accepted anytime and on
weekends. Please e-mail Doris at
[email protected] If you
Friends Helping Friends
would like to join the prayer
Registered parishioners are invited Spiritual Direction
ministry and do not have access to
“Spiritual direction encourages the a computer but have VOICE MAIL,
to post requests for services
needed or services they are able to exploration of a closer relationship please contact the church office.
provide on the bulletin board in the with God. In the midst of our busy You will be called with the daily
lives and at the deepest level, all of prayer requests.
breezeway. Please use only the
Parish Pastoral Council
Chairperson: Scott Phillips
[email protected]
Vice Chairperson: Matt Gibbons
[email protected]
Secretary: Michelle Curnow
[email protected]
Pastor: Fr. Frank Cancro
[email protected]
Clare Charzewski
[email protected]
Mark Ebreo
[email protected]
John Fout
[email protected]
Jerry Gardner
[email protected]
Debra Pavicic
[email protected]
Scott Spanbauer
[email protected]
Bill Starr
[email protected]
Ellen Wentz
[email protected]
Finance Council
Chairperson: Charlie Boyd
[email protected]
Welcome Stewardship
Chairperson: Colleen Sutton
[email protected]
Buildings and Facilities:
Marilyn Whitney
[email protected]
Jan Kauer
Evangelization & Communications:
Mark Colone
[email protected]
Nasser Miranda
[email protected]
[email protected]
Education & Formation:
Parish Life:
Clare Charzewski
[email protected]
Kathy Lindgren
[email protected]
Community Ministries:
Tricia Vasil
[email protected]
Liturgy and Worship:
Steve White
[email protected]
Art & Environment: Jan Kauer
[email protected]
Young at Heart: Cathy Boyd
[email protected]
Youth Ministry: Debbie Seeger
[email protected]
704-825-9600 ext. 26
Knights of Columbus:
Grand Knight: Justin Rick
[email protected]
Traffic Ministry: Walt Hinson
[email protected]
(704) 904-0743
Noticias de Nuestra Comunidad Hispana
Compartiendo los Regalos de Dios:
DSA 2015
La campaña de la Campaña Diocesana de Apoyo
ya lleva un mes. Necesitamos la ayuda de todos
para poder llegar a nuestra meta de
La Taza de Arroz
Las tazas de arroz estarán disponibles en el
lobby de la iglesia para que las lleve a casa y la
comparta con su familia. Este año, Catholic
Relief Services celebro 40 años trabajando con
los pobres alrededor del mundo en más de 160
agencias católicas para acabar con el hambre.
Que dará usted durante la Cuaresma para
cambiar la vida de millones?
Sesión de Preparación para La
Primera Comunión
El miércoles 11 de marzo de 5:00-8:00 en el
MAK Familia Center será la primera reunión
para padres y niños que se encuentren en el
programa de preparación para el Sacramento
de La Primera Comunión. Habrá pizza para
todos. Por favor traiga un plato de comida o un
postre para compartir.
Retiro de Familia
Marzo 13 y 14 será el Retiro de Familia, con el
Padre Llamas, en St. Michael, viernes de 6pm a
10pm, sábado de 8am a 4pm con una Hora
Santa en la noche del sábado; es necesario
hacerse inscribir con Alba Sepúlveda, los cupos
son restringidos, ya que es para toda la Vicaría
de Gastonia. Valor $10 dólares por persona, es
para todos, de 14 años en adelante.
Charla para matrimonio
Las parejas interesadas en tomar el
Sacramento del Matrimonio, la próxima charla
será en abril 18/2015, es necesario anotarse
con Alba Sepúlveda.
El celo de tu casa me devora. Jesús por primera
vez llama Padre a Dios, arde de celo al ver que la
casa de Dios ha sido convertida en mercado. No se
puede honrar a Dios con ofrendas de animales o
de dinero. Dios ser adorado en espíritu y verdad.
Sólo el intenso amor hacia su Padre lo autoriza a
cumplir una acción fuerte e inaudita. Dios no
acepta la lógica del comercio, tampoco agradece
las genuflexiones de quienes pisotean a los pobres.
Más bien acepta al peregrino que va a encontrarlo
para tomar conciencia de las propias
responsabilidades espirituales y sociales. Es
necesario librarse de la idea de creer poder
arreglar las propias infidelidades pagando al Señor
con monedas constantes y sonantes, obteniendo a
cambio un certificado de buena conciencia. Lo que
nos pide el Señor es la transparencia de nuestra
vida y recordar que nosotros somos templos vivos
del Espíritu Santo. La pregunta sería: Cómo está
ese templo? Está lleno del amor de Dios o al
contrario está lleno de muchas cosas, como un
mercado...Esa debe ser nuestra reflexión. Si
nuestra vida está llena del amor de Dios, pues los
efectos son muy bellos, llenos de amor, caridad,
misericordia, nada que esconder, pero estar llenos
de muchas cosas es decir como un mercado, pues
seguramente los efectos son de orgullo, envidia,
donde no hay paz y amor.
En este tiempo de Cuaresma, les invito a
reflexionar y hacer un cambio de vida y de
conversión. Que María Santísima nos ayude a
caminar con Jesús y hacer de nuestras vidas,
verdaderos templos de Dios.
Con cariño: P. José Antonio Juya V.