February 17, 2019
Prayers for the Living: Richard Saldana
Prayers for the Deceased: All those we hold dear in the silence of our hearts.
February 17th is Follow-up Sunday: Last weekend, Archbishop Gomez invited all Catholics to make their annual commitment to the 2019 Together in Mission Appeal. This year, our parish has been asked to raise 2019 PARISH GOAL $14,200.00. If you and your family have not had the opportunity to make your pledge, I ask that you complete a pledge card found in the pews, or make your pledge online by visiting archla.org/give. Your gifts to Together in Mission ensure that every Catholic living in the Archdiocese has a parish to celebrate their faith and access to a Catholic school education. You are living your faith through your actions when you support Together in Mission.
17 de febrero es domingo de seguimiento: El fin de semana pasado, el Arzobispo Gómez invitó a todos los católicos a hacer un compromiso anual para la campaña de Unidos en Misión 2019. Este año, a nuestra parroquia se le ha pedido recaudar 2019 META PARROQUIAL $14,200.00. Si usted y su familia no han tenido la oportunidad de hacer un nuevo compromiso para este ano, les pedimos que completen una tarjeta de compromiso que se encuentra en las bancas, o haga su promesa en línea visitando el sitio archla.org/give. Sus donativos a Unidos en Misión aseguran que los católicos que viven en esta Arquidiócesis tengan una parroquia para celebrar su fe y acceso a una educación escolar católica. Ustedes están viviendo su fe a través de sus acciones cuando se comprometen a ayudar a Unidos en Misión.
Join the Knights of Columbus for St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, Sunday, March 17 in the Parish Hall: Dinner Times: 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Prepared by the Knights of Columbus.
Children 12 and under: $5.00
Senior Citizens, Veterans, & Military: $5.00
Pre-Sale tickets are available
Call Tim Neville 310-650-5474 with KOC
For inquiries & to purchase tickets today!
Weekly Reflection: Today’s readings speak of an essential quality for the Christian steward — hope. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit (CCC 1817).”
In many ways this is the very definition of a stewardship way of life — focusing on eternity as we live our daily lives and relying on God to provide for our needs and satisfy our
deepest longings for meaning and happiness right now.
The First Reading from Jeremiah, paints a vivid picture of the difference between the person who puts his trust in fellow humans versus the person who relies on — or, in other
words, hopes in — the Lord. “Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh... He is like a barren bush in the desert that enjoys no change of season but stands in a
lava waste.” Not a pretty picture!
On the other hand, the prophet teaches, “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is in the Lord. He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its
roots to the stream: it fears not the heat when it comes; its leaves stay green.”
Notice that the one who trusts in the Lord does not escape the heat any more than the one who has put his trust in human strength — his own or another’s. The difference between the
two is that the one who fails to trust in the Lord becomes barren in the heat, while the one who trusts in God is given the means to persevere and even thrive in the midst of the challenging times.
“It’s leaves stay green; in the year of drought it shows no distress but still bears fruit.”
In the Second Reading, St. Paul reminds the Corinthians that it is foolish to think of hope in the Lord with only an “earthly” vision since God desires nothing less than our eternal happiness. “If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable people of all.” To aim only for comforts orpleasure or honors in this life is actually an impoverished way of living.
In today’s Gospel from Luke, Jesus describes the true richness of life that is possible for those of us who are willing to live as his disciples. We are all familiar with this passage in which Jesus reveals the Beatitudes: blessed are the poor; they have the kingdom of God. Blessed are those now hungry because they will be satisfied. Blessed are those who weep because they will laugh. Blessed are those who are hated, excluded and insulted because they are disciples of Jesus; they will be greatly rewarded in heaven. Jesus is describing here the character of one who is living a life of hope — the life of a Christian steward whose trust is firmly rooted in God and who is focused on others and eternity. It is not always an easy life, but it is a deeply meaningful life and one that leads to eternal reward.
Did you Know? Some predators will use comments and conversations to groom potential victims. Be on guard any time an adult is talking to a child about sex, no matter how they’re presenting it (hygiene, reproduction, etc.). Physical flattery can be another red flag — predators sometimes try to make children feel good about themselves by commenting on their physical appearance. For a copy of the VIRTUS® article “When are Words Warning Signs?” click here.
Sabías Que? Algunos depredadores usarán comentarios y conversaciones para preparar a las posibles víctimas. Manténgase alerta en cualquier momento en que un adulto esté hablando con un niño sobre sexo, independientemente del área que se esté tratando en la conversación (higiene, reproducción, etc.). La adulación física puede ser otro banderazo de alerta; los depredadores a veces intentan hacer que los niños se sientan bien consigo mismos al comentar sobre su apariencia física. Para obtener una copia del artículo de VIRTUS® “When are Words Warning Signs?” (¿Cuándo son las palabras señales de advertencia?), haga clic aquí.
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