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      On the evening of that first day of the week...

      Jesus came and stood in their midst

      and said to them, "Peace be with you."

      Reflection:

      When the resurrected Christ bids peace to his frightened disciples, his word brings the reality it announces – forgiveness, healing, and restoration. His word does what it says. Conscious that we too are in need of healing and forgiveness we listen for the same Christ to speak a word of peace to us. We receive his peace and look for ways to share it with others who are frightened and hurting.

      So we ask ourselves:

      • Shall we open the door of our lives and invite Christ to enter with his word of peace?
      • To whom should I speak that same word of peace and forgiveness

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      Anointing of the Sick

      Wednesday at the 8:15 am Mass. 

      Next Anointing May 7, 2014.


      The sacraments of Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick are the two sacraments which heal and save the baptized person from sin. We also recall that a sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. The sign is the anointing of the forehead and palms of the hands with oil, which was blessed on Holy Thursday, specifically for this purpose. The grace comes in varied ways, spiritually and/or physically. The question arises, "Who should be anointed?" According to the Constitution on Sacred Liturgy, we include those who are undergoing surgery, the dying, the seriously ill of any age, the elderly and those who have been anointed before if the condition worsens. The illness may be one of mind, body or soul. Therefore, the Sacrament of Anointing can be administered to those who suffer from chronic illness, those who are seriously ill, those about to have surgery, the seriously handicapped, or those whose health continues to decline. 
       

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    • STEWARDSHIP NEWS

      “A Life of Servanthood”
       

      Our focus for this week of Stewardship is “Living as Servants.”  Jesus said that he came “not to be served but to serve” (Matthew 20:28).  As a servant to others, Christ showed God’s goodness.  Jesus did not take on merely the outward form of a servant; Jesus’ whole being was a servant.  His purpose in coming to earth was to serve, the ultimate act of service being his work on the cross. 
      In contrast, we by nature are self-focused and not inclined to see, much less seek, opportunities to serve others.  Through the indwelling and transforming power of the Holy Spirit, we can become servants who are enabled to live a life of servanthood.
      Jesus calls us into servanthood not just because others need our service but because of what happens to us when we serve.  Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).  We receive through our giving.  In serving others we often gain more than those receiving our service.
      Richard Foster wrote, “Nothing disciplines the inordinate desires of the flesh like service, and nothing transforms the desires of the flesh like serving in hiddenness.  The flesh whines against service but screams against hidden service.  It strains and pulls for honor and recognition.”  As God’s stewards, we are to serve all people, not just those who can bring us status or clout or return the favor.  Helping others minimizes the problem of self-absorption or pride that interferes with a life of servanthood.  When we do mundane, unnoticed acts of service for others, we receive the reward of knowing that it is really Christ we are serving (Matthew 25:40).
      Being a servant means, first of all, being available.  It also means being willing.  We may at times need to have our agendas interrupted for service opportunities.  A true servant serves without thinking because it happens naturally.
      Mutual servanthood and submission characterize God’s kingdom.  Jesus said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave” (Matthew 20:26).  As we become servants who seek to serve the Lord through others we are conforming to God’s ways and not the world’s.
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      St. Joseph Catholic Church
      4122 S. Bonham St.
      Amarillo, TX  79110
      (806) 355-5621
      FAX: (806) 355-5622

      Office Hours:

      Monday - Thursday:  
      8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      Friday:
      8:30 a.m. - noon
       
    • Pastor's Corner

      The Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation involves four parts: contrition, confession, penance and absolution.

      • Contrition: a sincere sorrow for having offended God and the most important act of the penitent. There can be no forgiveness of sin if we do not have sorrow and a firm resolve not to repeat our sin.
      • Confession: confronting our sins in a profound way to God by speaking about them —aloud— to a priest.
      • Penance: an important part of our healing is the “penance” imposed in reparation for our sins.
      • Absolution: the priest imparts the words which reconcile a sinner to God through the merits of the Cross.



      The Light Is On for You

      “The Light Is On for You” is an initiative to allow all Catholics to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confession is a wonderful opportunity to set aside our sinful ways and to draw closer to our Lord. Confessions are held every Saturday from 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

       If you have been reluctant to come to the sacrament, have been away for some time, or just find it difficult to get to a Saturday afternoon confession time, this is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with Christ and his Church.   I am available for confessions at your convenience.  Call the office for an appoinment.  

      Haven’t Been to Confession in a While?

      Interested, but worry you don't remember how to give a good confession?  No problem.  Simply pick up the Reconciliation brochure at the back of church for helpful "how-to" guidance.  Then, stop by for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and quiet prayer sometime.

       

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      JOVENES ADULTOS
      (18-30 anos y solteros) 
      Reunion todos los martes a las 7:00 pm
      Spanish-speaking young adults every Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

       

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