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LECTIO
DIVINA

Lectio divina is a method of prayer from the monastic tradition of Christianity. It is translated as “holy reading,” “divine reading”, “meditative reading,” or “spiritual reading.”

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IGNATIAN GOSPEL CONTEMPLATION

Ignatian contemplation is a very active way of praying that engages the mind and heart and stirs up thoughts and emotions and is suited especially for the Gospels.

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Weekly Reflection

Lent begins this Wednesday, February 26 – Ash Wednesday.

02-23-2020Fr. Mathew Vettath Joseph, SDV

Dear brothers and sisters,

This week, on the day we call Ash Wednesday, we will begin our Lenten journey. Lent is truly a season of grace, a time of sacrifice, penance and prayer as we prepare to celebrate the greatest event of our faith; the resurrection of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. This is a real opportunity to reexamine our relationship with God.

I am always encouraged by the close relationship of Lent with the spring season, which is a time of new beginnings. The flowers and plants begin to blossom again. Individuals or families engage in spring cleaning. Attics, garages and closets are emptied of old stuff or other items that have not been used in many years. We can also see Lent in this way. Every year, the Church gives us these seven weeks so that we can engage in our own spiritual spring cleaning. As we go through life, we acquire many things that weigh on our souls and slow us down on our journey towards God. This Lenten season will help us to embrace our baptismal commitment in a renewed way and to turn us away from sin and back to God.

In the Gospel reading for Ash Wednesday, our dear Lord Jesus, speaks to us of the three traditional pillars of Lent; Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.

In prayer, we spend more time listening and not necessarily talking all the time. We practice the art of being quiet as we wait for the answer to the question: "What is God trying to tell me?"

We fast not only fast from food or drink, but also from the routines we all fall into that prevent us from living consciously. We fast from the things that dull our awareness of God's presence in our lives at every moment, in every relationship, in every human encounter.

Almsgiving is more than the few dollars that we might offer to someone in need, but rather spending time looking for, finding, and acting in a concrete way to reach out to the poor and the marginalized.

This year, therefore, we encourage every family to participate in as many Lenten activities as you can. Fr. Cyril and I look forward to praying with you at the Stations of the Cross, Lenten mission days, Penance Service, day of reflection, Eucharistic Adoration, etc. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God "with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment" (Joel 2:12-13).

May we refuse to settle for a mediocre Christian life. May we grow in friendship with our Lord Jesus who is our faithful friend who never abandons us. May the beginning of this Lenten season allow you and your family to grow closer to God.

May God Bless you all!
Fr. Mathew Vettath Joseph, SDV

Queridos hermanos y hermanas,

Esta semana, el día que llamamos Miércoles de Ceniza, comenzaremos nuestro viaje de Cuaresma. La Cuaresma es verdaderamente un tiempo de gracia, un tiempo de sacrificio, penitencia y oración mientras nos preparamos para celebrar el mayor evento de nuestra fe; la resurrección de nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo. Esta es una oportunidad real para reexaminar nuestra relación con Dios.

Siempre me alienta la estrecha relación de la Cuaresma con la temporada de primavera, que es una época de nuevos comienzos. Las flores y las plantas comienzan a florecer nuevamente. Individuos o familias se dedican a la limpieza de primavera. Los áticos, garajes y armarios se vacían de cosas viejas u otros elementos que no se han utilizado en muchos años. También podemos ver la Cuaresma de esta manera. Cada año, la Iglesia nos da estas siete semanas para que podamos participar en nuestra propia limpieza espiritual de primavera. A medida que avanzamos en la vida, adquirimos muchas cosas que pesan sobre nuestras almas y nos retrasan en nuestro viaje hacia Dios. Esta temporada de Cuaresma nos ayudará a aceptar nuestro compromiso bautismal de una manera renovada y a alejarnos del pecado y volver a Dios.

En la lectura del Evangelio para el Miércoles de Ceniza, nuestro querido Señor Jesús, nos habla de los tres pilares tradicionales de la Cuaresma; Oración, Ayuno y Limosna.

En la oración, pasamos más tiempo escuchando y no necesariamente hablando todo el tiempo. Practicamos el arte de estar callados mientras esperamos la respuesta a la pregunta: "¿Qué está tratando de decirme Dios?"

Ayunamos no solo de la comida o la bebida, sino también de las rutinas en las que todos caemos y que nos impiden vivir conscientemente. Ayunamos de las cosas que opacan nuestra conciencia de la presencia de Dios en nuestras vidas en cada momento, en cada relación, en cada encuentro humano.

Dar limosna es más que los pocos dólares que podríamos ofrecer a alguien que lo necesita, sino más bien dedicar tiempo a buscar, encontrar y actuar de manera concreta para llegar a los pobres y marginados.

Este año, por lo tanto, alentamos a todas las familias a participar en tantas actividades cuaresmales como puedan. El P. Cyril y yo los acompañaremos en oración durante los Vía Crucis, la Misión Cuaresmal, el Servicio de Penitencial, el día de reflexión, la Adoración Eucarística y más. Esta temporada nos llama urgentemente a la conversión. Se les pide a los cristianos que regresen a Dios "vuélvanse a mí de todo corazón, con ayuno, llantos y lamentos; rásguense el corazón y no las vestiduras. Vuélvanse al Señor su Dios, porque él es bondadoso y compasivo, lento para la ira y lleno de amor, cambia de parecer y no castiga." (Joel 2:12-13).

Neguémonos a conformarnos con una vida cristiana mediocre. Crezcamos en amistad con nuestro Señor Jesús, que es nuestro amigo fiel que nunca nos abandona. Que el comienzo de esta temporada de Cuaresma te permita a ti y a tu familia estar más cerca de Dios.

¡Que dios los bendiga a todos!
P. Mathew Vettath Joseph, SDV

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Events

EDGE Night for Middle School Youth

Feb 27, 2020: 5:30pm - 7:00pm (weekly)

in the Youth Room

Fridays during Lent

Feb 28, 2020 (weekly)

Stations of the Cross, 7:00pm in the church
Fish Dinner, 5:00-7:30pm in the Parish Center

Viacrucis, 7:00pm en la Iglesia
Cenas de Pescado, 5:00-7:30pm en el Centro Parroquial

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Lenten Parish Mission

Mar 1, 2020 - Mar 3, 2020: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

A three night Parish Mission: Education, Inspiration and Motivation with Deacon Patrick O'Toole
Sun, Mar 1 – Tue, Mar 3 - 6:30-7:30pm in the Church

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Council of Catholic Women Meetings

Mar 2, 2020

Board Meeting: 1st Monday of the month, 6:30pm in FF01

General Meeting: 2nd Monday of the month, 6:00pm in the Parish Center

Lenten Evening Prayer

Mar 4, 2020: 6:30pm (weekly)

Join us for Lent Evening Prayers every Wednesday of Lent at 6:30pm in the Chapel

Fridays during Lent

Mar 6, 2020 (weekly)

Stations of the Cross, 7:00pm in the church
Fish Dinner, 5:00-7:30pm in the Parish Center

Viacrucis, 7:00pm en la Iglesia
Cenas de Pescado, 5:00-7:30pm en el Centro Parroquial

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Called Youth Summit

Mar 7, 2020: 10:00am - 3:00pm

at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Orlando

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19th Annual Pantry Golf Tournament

Mar 8, 2020: 12:00pm

at Zellwood Station Golf Club, 2126 Spilman Drive, Zellwood, FL 32798

"Scramble" Golf Tournament: Men's, Women's, and Mixed Divisions

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