Almighty God, Our Father, you have given us life and intend for us to live forever. Grant us your blessings as we stand together and pray for LIFE. Ground us in the belief that human life is sacred, because all people were made in your image and likeness. And give us the courage to stand up and defend all life from creation until natural death. Help us to teach by word and example that all men, women and children, in every land, on every continent are precious because we are a gift from God, who is all Love. Grace us with the strength and the wisdom we need to eliminate poverty, discrimination and ignorance that diminish the value of life in our country. May the tender mercy of God shine on those who sit in darkness and death’s shadow and guide our feet into the path of peace. Amen.
SPIRITUAL ADOPTION PROGRAM
THE 7TH MONTH AFTER CONCEPTION
Your spiritually adopted baby continues to grow and mature. Brain waves, though already detectable for over five months, now resemble those of a full-term baby. This baby’s brain is also now capable of controlling his or her own body temperature. In addition, your baby’s bones are strengthening more, and he or she is putting on weight more quickly. The extra fat will improve insulation and provide an energy reserve for the baby following birth. Though birth is not far off, please keep praying for your spiritually adopted baby and his or her mother.
The Come, Lord Jesus Bible Study Group invite you to join them on a Lenten Journey. For more information contact Buzzy at (504) 628-7511 or email@example.com.
LENTEN CONFESSION SCHEDULE:
Wednesdays, March 22, 29, April 5,from 5-6:30 PM
Saturday, April 8 from 2:00-3:30PM
Wednesday, April 12 from 5-7 PM
NO Confessions on Good Friday or Holy Saturday
Way of the Cross during Lent
Fridays in Lent @ 2:30PM & 7:00PM in Church: March 24, & 31
Living Way of the Cross on April 7 @ 8:00PM
Adult Lenten Program
Explanation of the Mass on Thursday, March 23 at 7PM in the Church
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.
If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.
A Reflection on Lenten Fasting: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/catholic-reflection-on-lenten-fasting-father-daniel-merz.cfm
With professional instruction, Natural Family Planning has proven itself to be safe, effective, and a moral way for couples to plan their families. It is a method which respects the meaning of human sexuality as God created it and thus marital love is enhanced and strengthened. Come join the class series that Family Life Apostolate is offering in the Sympto-Thermal Method of Natural Family Planning conducted by Caroline Sholl of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The dates of the class series are March 21, April 4, April 18, and Monday, May 15, 2017. The classes will be held at St. Dominic Parish in New Orleans. Pre-registration is required and the cost is $100.00. For more information and registration please call: Family Life Apostolate 504-861-6243.
Everyone loves the beauty and innocence of a baby. As an expression of that love, our parish announces an adoption program for young and old alike. The members of our parish family have the opportunity to “spiritually” adopt a child who is newly conceived this month. You see, not all newly conceived babies are allowed to be born. In fact almost 4000 babies lose their lives to abortion each day. It is these babies, who are in danger of having their lives ended before birth, that you are being asked to “adopt”. You may “spiritually adopt” a child on your own by naming the child for whom you will be praying, thereby giving the baby the humanity he or she deserves. You are also asked to pray for your unborn child and for all unborn children everyday, for the power of prayer is great. Beginning September 1, you will receive monthly reports in the bulletin describing your baby’s development and your child will be born in May. There are millions of unborn babies desperately in need of your prayers. Won’t you please ‘spiritually’ adopt one and share the love for life that God has given you?
You are invited to participate in the Spiritual Adoption Program by taking a prayer card & baby from the table in the Respect Life corner in the church. You are asked to pray for an unborn child for the next 9 months.