1 ST. JOAN OF ARC CATHOLIC CHURCH March 31, 2019 (View this bulletin on-line at Page Spring Hill Drive Spring Hill Florida ~ Telephone: (352) Fax: (352) Pastoral Team Rev. Patrick Rebel, Pastor Assisting: Rev. Jerry Murphy, Rev. Edward Reiter, Rev. Michael Kouts, Rev. Paul Coughlin, Rev. Dennis Kaelin, Msgr. Joe Sobiesiak Deacons: Deacon Fred LaPiana, Deacon José Cruz Business Manager/Secretary: Anne Cofone Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Direct Phone: (352) Faith Formation Director: Mary Jo Waggoner Youth Ministry: Nancy Lovelock, Youth Minister Director of Music: Joyce Thorpe Church Office Website: Church Emergencies Only: (352) or (352) Ministers of the Eucharist: Please notify the Parish Office if you, or someone you know is sick, in the hospital, homebound or shut-in. Eucharistic Liturgies Saturday Vigil: 4:00 p.m. Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. (Spanish) Weekdays: Monday Saturday 9:00 a.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and by appointment Baptism for Children: Parent preparation Matrimony: If you are contemplating marriage at St. Joan of Arc Church, please be mindful that there is a six month prior notice request required. RCIA/RCIC: Rite of Initiation into the Catholic faith. In His Footsteps Soup & Sandwich Lunch Program: Served on the second Thursday of each month Noon - 2:00 p.m. in our Parish Hall and on the fourth Thursday of each month for the homebound only. Mary & Martha s Gift Shop: Closed during all Masses Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Saturday: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. St. Vincent de Paul Society: (352) Parish Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday: 9:00 a.m. - Noon. Closed daily 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Phone: (352) Notre Dame Catholic School: Phone: Website:
2 Page 2 (View this bulletin on-line at Notes from the Pastor Lent Keep It Simple One Sin All of us know at least one area of sin to focus on during Lent. If it is hard to narrow our sins down to a these days, there are six deadly sins besides lust. As a matter of fact, there are some deadly sins that can be even deadlier than lust. These sins include pride and self love. St. Thomas Aquinas called these sins, the cause of ever sin. If we are having difficulty identifying which sin to concentrate on this Lent, we can ask God in prayer to reveal that sin to us. If we are still having trouble we can ask close family and friends to help us. However, we must be humble and listen to them and accept their assessment. The 7 Deadly Sins Pride: an excessive love of self or the desire to be better or more important than others. Lust: an intense desire, usually for sexual pleasure, but also for money, power, or fame. Gluttony: over consumption, usually of food or drink. Greed: the desire for and love of possessions. Sloth: physical laziness, also disinterest in spiritual matters or neglecting spiritual growth. Anger or Wrath: uncontrolled feelings of hatred or rage. Envy and Jealousy: sadness or desire for possessions, happiness, talents, or abilities of another. The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian is: O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power and idle chatter. Instead, grant to me, your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience and love. O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brother; for You are blessed now and forever. Amen. Adapted by Our Sunday Visitor by Fr. James Shafer March 31, 2019 Notes from Deacon Fred Healing Hugs He was eating with the swine in the mud. He squandered all his father had given him. He hit rock bottom. No friends, and a family he abandoned because of his selfishness. To whom could he turn? He thought that perhaps, just maybe, if he returned home his father would give him a job out of compassion. He had no where else to go. He was scared to go back and so he rehearsed his plea over and over again. And so he left for home. I am so scared. I m almost there.. there he is, so far away. Wait, he s looking toward me.. Here goes. Ah-oh he s running towards me.. what will I do? I must take courage and Father, I am sorry.. I am lifted off the ground as he hugs me. I am loved again! Forgiveness melts the heart and touches the divine. Forgiveness frees us to live again as God s children. In 1997 there was a young man who was involved in a snowmobile accident which left his arm and shoulder in great pain. After an MRI was performed he was found with three shattered vertebrae in his neck which even when fused and fixed led to a condition similar to MS. The doctor gave him two years to live. He was angry with God Why me? His sister who survived breast cancer earlier attributed her healing through her beginning the process of forgiveness for those who have hurt her in the past and asking forgiveness from those she had hurt. He decided to take her advice and try. He went back to his faith and started to really believe in God s promises. He started to live the way that Jesus taught. He forgave his father for abandoning his family when he was only 12 years old. He shed his bitterness and anger. He chose not to be angry with God. He became unafraid of death was at peace again. Healing began and remained. He went back to school, earned a doctorate in counseling and began a ministry known as Wellspring Ministries. He spreads the word that forgiving from the heart is a choice. I purpose and I choose to forgive from my heart. Anger, bitterness, resentment and fear are sin and God gave us and answer to sin - Love not condemnation. When we experience moments of anger, resentment, bitterness and especially fear we need to remember that these are sin and we need to turn to God for the grace to change. No matter how far away from Him we might find ourselves, if we turn back to him, we won t finish with our prayer... before He lifts us off the ground and hugs us with his loving arms to welcome us home!
3 March 31, 2019 (View this bulletin on-line at Page 3 T M S. J A P J,,,. GOD FORGIVES The Lord said to Joshua, Today I have removed the reproach of Egypt from you. After forty years of wandering in the desert, this hard-headed people have finally reached the Promised Land. No more do they eat the manna in the desert, but they partake of the fruits of their new homeland. God has kept the promise to their parents in Egypt. Even though they were a sinful people, many times questioning God and even worshiping false gods, God has forgiven them and fulfilled the promise. The takeaway for us is that there is no sin that is unforgivable. We may have offended our neighbors, given a bad example to someone, even worshiped the false gods of money and power. But God is a merciful God, true to the words spoken to us. God forgives all and calls us back to love. TODAY S READINGS First Reading The Israelites ate of the yield of the land of Canaan (Joshua 5:9a, 10-12) or 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a. Psalm Taste and see the goodness of the Lord (Psalm 34) or Psalm 23. Second Reading Whoever is in Christ is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17-21) or Ephesians 5:8-14. Gospel This man welcomes sinners and eats with them (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32) or John 9:1-41 [1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38]. READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: Is 65:17-21; Ps 30:2, 4-6, 11-13b; Jn 4:43-54 Tuesday: Ez 47:1-9, 12; Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9; Jn 5:1-16 Wednesday: Is 49:8-15; Ps 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18; Jn 5:17-30 Thursday: Ex 32:7-14; Ps 106:19-23; Jn 5:31-47 Friday: Wis 2:1a, 12-22; Ps 34:17-21, 23; Jn 7:1-2, 10, Saturday: Jer 11:18-20; Ps 7:2-3, 9bc-12; Jn 7:40-53 Sunday: Is 43:16-21; Ps 126:1-6; Phil 3:8-14; Jn 8:1-11 SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES Sunday: Fourth Sunday of Lent; Second Scrutiny Monday: April Fool s Day Tuesday: St. Francis of Paola Thursday: St. Isidore of Seville Friday: St. Vincent Ferrer; First Friday; Abstinence (no meat) Saturday: First Saturday TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION Today, Laetare Sunday, breaks the somberness of Lent for a little rejoicing, and the readings all summon us to an awareness of reconciliation. One of the best-loved stories of our tradition is today s Gospel story of the runaway son and the prodigal father. Prodigal, of course, is an adjective meaning spendthrift or extravagant to a degree bordering on recklessness, and although the boy maxes out the credit cards, it is really the father who is prodigal with forgiveness. Part of the excitement of this Laetare Sunday is rooted in the ancient catechumenate. Long ago, midway through Lent, the elect were focusing more and more on the gift of reconciliation accomplished for them by Christ and about to be realized in the Easter sacraments they were preparing to celebrate. In some places, the elect were even bedecked with roses on this day. A person bedecked with roses sticks out in a crowd; a person formed by the Eucharist and committed to living a life of reconciliation does, too. That s you! James Field GOD S CAPACITY FOR FORGIVENESS Where is the foolish person who would think it in his or her power to commit more than God could forgive? St. Francis de Sales HAPPINESS Happiness will never be ours if we do not recognize to some degree that God s blessings were given us for the well-being of all. Anonymous Whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
4 Page 4 (View this bulletin on-line at March 31, 2019 Notitas del Diácono José SATURDAY March 30 9:00 a.m. Benigna Colon (D) req by Awilda Fortis 4:00 p.m. Stanley Thorpe (D) req by Marie and Herb Duphiney SUNDAY March 31 7:30 a.m Lilliane and Warren Trachtman (D) req by Mario and Yanick Tryfonos 9:00 a.m. For our Parish Community 11:00 a.m. Carmine Colotti (D) req by His loving Daughter 1:00 p.m María Rodriguez (D) req by Rosary Ladies MONDAY April 1 9:00 a.m. Jean McQuade (D) req by The Lunch Bunch TUESDAY April 2 9:00 a.m. Clinton and Margie Waggoner (D) req by Daughter, Mary Jo Waggoner WEDNESDAY April 3 9:00 a.m. Stanley Thorpe (D) req by Diane Caraynoff - THURSDAY April 4 9:00 a.m. Arcangelo Galello (D) req by Lucia and Angela FRIDAY April 5 9:00 a.m Deceased Husbands of our Widows Group SATURDAY April 6 9:00 a.m. In Honor of Our Lady of Fatima req by Rosary Association 4:00 p.m. Annette Smith (D) req by Gallagher Family SUNDAY April 7 7:30 a.m Szidonia Steiger (D) req by Mary Jo Lovill 9:00 a.m. Robert DeChiara (D) req by His loving Mom and Dad 11:00 a.m. Donald and Bruce Chenail req by Evelyn and Julie 1:00 p.m For our Parish Community Alégrate, es como comienza la antífona de entrada de hoy inspirándose en el tema de este domingo de alegría. Nos alegramos no solamente porque estamos a mitad de camino de la Cuaresma, sino también porque sabemos que Dios está siempre dispuesto a reconciliarse con nosotros. Las lecturas de hoy celebran eso. Los israelitas han llegado por fin a la tierra prometida. San Pablo nos señala que Dios se ha reconciliado con nosotros y por tanto nosotros debemos reconciliarnos con Dios. El padre del hijo pródigo se reconcilia inmediatamente con su hijo, sin ningún preámbulo. Lo importante no es cuánto nos hemos alejado; lo importante es que Dios está siempre dispuesto a recibirnos de nuevo. Celebremos y alegrémonos, pues tenemos la oportunidad de volver a la vida. Pablo reafirma que ahora somos una nueva creación: Todo lo viejo ha pasado. Ya todo es nuevo (2 corintios 5, 17). Puesto que Dios ha reconciliado a la humanidad por medio de Cristo, el pecado no sólo ha sido borrado, sino que somos una creatura nueva. Ya no somos lo que una vez fuimos. Paradójicamente, los vínculos familiares son frágiles y fuertes a la vez. En el Evangelio el hijo menor está dispuesto a romper el vínculo familiar sin pensarlo mucho y ansioso de satisfacer sus propios deseos. Pero fue cuando se sintió lo más abatido posible que pudo admitir su necedad y su pecado, y regresó a su padre aun sintiéndose indigno de ser tratado como hijo. Ese fuerte vínculo con su padre fue lo que lo hizo regresar al hogar, aun cuando no podía reconocerlo así. Que esto les dé esperanzas a aquellas personas cuyas familias han sufrido separaciones. Pregunta de la Semana Con quiénes necesito reconciliarme? Qué debo hacer durante las próximas tres semanas para reconciliarme con esas personas? You cannot out-do the generosity of God. Stewardship Report for March 3, 2019 Attendance: 988 Envelopes : $7, Offertory Cash $2, nd Collection $ Total: $10,389.00
5 March 31, 2019 (View this bulletin on-line at Page 5 This week, we take up The Catholic Relief Services Collection to help Jesus in disguise. This collection helps six Catholic agencies provide relief and support to struggling communities and work for peace and reconciliation among our marginalized brothers and sisters here and around the world. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection. Learn more about the collection at catholic-relief. The Rosary is prayed in the sanctuary every First Saturday of the month immediately after the 9AM Mass. Come join in and learn about the many graces promised by Our Lady of Fatima to those who embrace this devotion for 5 consecutive First Saturdays. Please join us on April 6th. Benediction and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is always First Thursday of the month from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Please join us on April 4th. The St. Joan of Arc Columbiettes Annual Mildred Baylis Scholarship applications are available in the parish office. All applicants in their senior year must be families that are registered parishioners of St. Joan of Arc and must be attending an accredited two or Four Year college or university. Applications must be returned no later than May 31st. Any questions, please contact Joanne Lambraia ( Foundations of Life Tampa Bay Walk/Run For Life 2019 Saturday - April 13, 2019 Ben T. Davis Beach 7740 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway Registration: 8-9 am Walk/Run Begins: 9 am 1 mile 2 miles 5K Benefitting Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center: Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco & Pinellas Knights Women s Center, Project Rachel & Perinatal ComfortCare Register Today at Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center 6515 N. Armenia Avenue, Tampa, FL Phone: Register Online at: FoundationsofLife.org - Click Events Icon SAVE THE DATE!!! The CCW will be hosting our Annual Spring Luncheon and Games on Thursday April 25th. Lunch will be Pizza, salad and brownies and ice cream for dessert. Cost is $15 per person. Doors open 11:30, lunch at 12 and games to follow. Come join us for a fun day of games, food and fellowship. Any questions contact Rosalie Courage Retreat A Day of Recollection will be offered by the Courage and Encourage Apostolates of the Diocese of St. Petersburg on April 6, Courage supports men and women who experience same sex attraction and strive to live chastely in accord with the beautiful teaching of the Catholic Church about the goodness and inherent meaning of human sexuality. Encourage offers spiritual support to family members of those effected by same sex attraction. For more information contact: Encourage.tampabay.org; Register at: Take your FAITH ON A JOURNEY, to Fátima, Lourdes & Shrines of Spain (Portugal, Spain and France) on this 12 night experience. September 24th October 5th, Your included destinations while on this Journey: LISBON-SANTARÉM- FÁTIMA-BRAGA SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN, BURGOS SAN IGNACIO DE LOYOLA LOURDES, FRANCE, CARCASSONNE BARCELONA, SPAIN. Plus, Mass and Rosary will be offered throughout your journey. Land prices begin at $1749 per person, based on double occupancy. Deposits of only $400 per person will reserve your space. Space is VERY LIMITED. For further info or to register, contact Doug or Eileen at
6 Page 6 (View this bulletin on-line at March 31, 2019 April 2019 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat G - Garden H - Hall L - Library N - Nazareth NU - Nursery O - Orleans S-Sanctuary pm 3 Rel. Ed. Classes 5:45pm (Nu, L,H) Youth Group 7:30 pm Choir Reh. 6:30 4CCW Board 9:30 am Benediction 6 pm (S) Adult Ed. 6:30 pm Knight of Columbus mtg. 5 Widow s Group 9:30 am Fish Fry 4:30-7 pm Stations 6Mass 9 am Confession 10-11am (S) Hispanic Apostilate mtg. 9:30 am CCW Retreat 9:30 am (H) Vigil Mass 4:00 7Masses- 7:30-9:00-11am 1 pm Spanish Sac Prep 9:30 Liturgy of word 11 am RCIA 10 am (Nu) Edge Noon (H) 8 SVdP mtg. 10 am West Hernando Coin Club Mtg. 6:30 pm (H) 9 Travel Club Mtg. 10 am DOSP mtg. 5:30 pm (Nu) 7 pm 10 Rel. Ed. Classes 5:45pm (Nu, L,H) Youth Group 7:30 pm Choir Reh. 6:30 11CCW Gen l mtg. 9:30 am Soup Sandwich lunch Noon (H) Symbolan mtg. 6:30 pm 12 Fish Fry 4:30-7 pm Stations 13Mass 9 am Confession 10-11am (S) Confirmation 11:30 am (S) Vigil Mass 4:00 14 Masses- 7:30-9:00-11am 1 pm Spanish Sac Prep 9:30 Liturgy of word 11 am Choir Prc. 6:30 18 NO 9 am Mass Mass of the Lord s Supper 7:00 Parish Office Closed 19 NO 9 am Mass Passion of the Lord 3 7 pm Stations Office Closed 20 Blessing Food baskets 10 am Easter Vigil Mass 8: am Sunrise Service 9:00, 11:00 & 1:00 pm Spanish 22 SVdP mtg. Parish Office Closed 23 7 pm Ethnic Festival Mtg. 24 Rel. Ed. Classes 5:45pm (Nu, L,H) Youth Group 7:30 pm Choir Reh. 6:30 25 CCW Spring Lunch 11 am (H) Knights of Columbus mtg Mass 9 am Confession 10-11am (S) Vigil Mass 4:00 Hispanic Anniversary Dance 3 pm (H) 28 Masses- 7:30-9:00-11am 1 pm Spanish Sac Prep 9: pm