FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT MASS INTENTIONS: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4 + David Reed Harrison (Birthday) (Paul & Jean Harrison) 8:00 a.m. Sunday, March 5 + James Davison, Jr. (Keith & Renee Davison) 10:00 a.m. Sunday, March 5 For the People 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 6 + Bridget Murphy Cline (Paul & Jaga Sebastian) 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 7 Gloria Caviteno (Birthday) (Paul & Jaga Sebastian) 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 Donald Trump to be a Holy Leader (D. J. Stapleton) 8:00 a.m. Thursday, March 9 + Becky Skinner (The Thompson’s) 8:00 a.m. Friday, March 10 All Souls (Donor) 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 10 Stations of the Cross 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11 + Rosemary Stuhldreher (Keith & Renee Davison) 8:00 a. m. Sunday, March 12 For the People 10:00 a.m. Sunday, March 12 + John & Ann Cornett (Dick & Marge Cornett) SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES:

Sunday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday:

First Sunday of Lent Ss. Perpetua and Felicity St. John of God St. Frances of Rome Abstinence Purim (Jewish festival of the story of Esther) begins at sunset

Total collection: Feb. 25/26 $2,555.00 Average expenses last 4 weeks: $3,607.44 Total in Electrical Fund: $130,559.13 Total Pledged for Electrical as of 1/12: $128,709.25 Attendance: 5:30 (62) 8:00 (72) 10:00 (103)

Pastor’s Notes Each year on the first Sunday of Lent we hear the account of our Lord’s temptations in the desert. Just as we enter into our time of fasting and prayer to prepare us for Easter, we recall how Jesus, Himself, spent forty days in the desert, fasting and praying to prepare Himself for His public mission. Satan comes to Jesus and tempts Him to abandon that mission just as the devil temps us to give up on our Lenten practices. Jesus perseveres and thus gives us a model of how we too can overcome our temptations. But, in order to relate better to what Jesus experienced, we need to take a closer look at the three temptations St. Matthew describes. In short, the devil tempted Jesus to do three things: First by changing stones into bread, Satan tempted Jesus to use His divine power to be self-serving. In short, Satan tempted Jesus to be selfish. In tempting Jesus to leap from the Temple, Satan tempted Jesus to abandon doing God’s will and instead force the Father into doing Jesus’ will. In other words, the devil tempts Jesus into trusting His own judgement rather that the Father’s. And finally, by tempting Jesus to worship him, Satan tries to trick Jesus into thinking He can complete His mission by abandoning God altogether. Jesus’ mission is to bring the whole world to the Father. Satan wants Jesus to believe He can accomplish this by subjecting Himself to the devil and worldliness. Jesus defeats Satan not by His divine power but in His human nature. Jesus in His divinity could certainly have gotten rid of the devil, but even here Jesus wanted to teach all of us that it is possible to fight off temptations by putting our total trust in God and loving God above all things. By keeping ourselves focused on God we can defeat the greatest temptations we face. Jesus showed us that we can by His own life. The root causes of all sin is human pride coupled with the refusal to trust in God. We think that we know what is best for us better than God and that all God is out to do is to spoil our fun and keep us from doing those things that can make us happy. In short, we see God not as One who loves us with unconditional love but as an ogre who seeks to enslave us for His own amusement and selfish pleasure. Sin occurs when we see God as almost the total opposite of who He really is. Jesus answered the devil in all the temptations by quoting Scripture. Jesus showed us that we can conquer temptations by truly knowing our faith and seeking true knowledge of God. By studying Christ’s own life, we can come to an understanding of who God really is and what God is all about and thus come to love God more and more. Through knowledge of our faith and using the graces that God gives us in all situations we too can fight off temptations and serve God as Jesus did in His human nature: totally and faithfully with unconditional love.

Father Tom

MINISTERS: SAT. MARCH 11 5:30 PM SUN. MARCH 12 8:00 AM SUN. MARCH 12 10:00 AM____ ___ EUCHARIST: _ __LILIA BABBITT PAM ROACH PAUL SEBASTIAN _________ LECTOR: RENEE DAVISON NATHAN FRAZEE ALLEN WHITE __ SERVERS: GRETCHEN MCCONELL GARRETT FRAZEE LAYNE OURS KRYSTAL DAVISON GABE FRAZEE MICHAELANNE OURS ________ USHERS: KEITH DAVISON ALLAN STAPLETON ALEX WHITE _ ROBERT KING BRUCE DAVISON MIKE STAPLETON __________ LOVE AND DEEDS: God doesn’t want our deeds; God wants the love that prompts them. — St. Teresa of Ávila

FATHER THOMAS HAMM, JR. PASTOR

MARCH 5, 2017_________

STRENGTH AGAINST TEMPTATION The first Sunday of the season of Lent always includes a Gospel account of the temptation of the Lord Jesus in the desert by the devil. This year, the story is set against the backdrop of the first reading from Genesis, which recounts the very first temptation by the devil. That story is set in a garden of delight. The Gospel story is set in the desert. As believers, we know that temptation comes our way in our own gardens of delight as well as the deserts of our lives. As Lent begins, our attention is drawn to that temptation within each of us to become like God—we want control, power, and answers to all of life’s difficult questions. As communities of faith, we are given this season of repentance so that we can join our hearts with others on the difficult journey of conversion. We look to God and to one another for strength against temptation. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co., Inc. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION TODAY FROM 11:00 -4:00 PM. CONFIRMATION CLASS TODAY SUNDAY, MARCH 5 THIS IS A WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS AND SPONSORS AFTER THE 10:00 AM MASS. CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CLUB will meet on Monday, March 6. Rosary will be at 1:00 PM and meeting will be at 1:30 PM. MASS ON MONDAY, MARCH 6 AND EVERY MONDAY DURING LENT WILL BE AT 5:30 PM. MASSES ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 IS AT 5:30 PM. BIBLE STUDY ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 AFTER THE 5:30 PM MASS. PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION CLASSES ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 AT 6:00 PM. LENTEN LUCHEON AT GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ON THURSDAY, MARCH 9 HOSTED BY NEW LIFE LUTHERAN AT NOON. FRIDAY MARCH 10: MASS AT 8:00 AM; FISH FRY 4:30-7:00 PM.; STATIONS OF THE CROSS 7:00 PM. FIRST PENANCE RETREAT Saturday, March 11 from 9:00-12:00 PM. This retreat is for all second graders and their parents. COLLECTION FOR THE CHURCH IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE:: This collection supports the Church in over 20 countries, many of which are still struggling to recover in the aftermath of Soviet rule. Funds from this collection support pastoral care, catechesis, building renovations, and seminary formation. Your support restores the Church and builds the future in this region. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection. LENTEN FISH FRIES on Friday, March 10. We are asking for cash donations to buy the grocery items we need in bulk. You can put your donation in an envelope mark Fish fry and drop in the collection basket. We also need for you signup each week on the sheet on the table in back of church to bake all the wonderful desserts (just a note when sending in desserts please do not send anything with peanuts or peanut butter due to the fact of people with allergies) and we need you to be generous with your time and signup to work every Friday. COLLEGE LIVE-IN WEEKEND AT THE JOSEPHINUM The Pontifical College Josephinum is hosting a “Come and See” College Live–in March 2325 for men in high school or older. This is a great opportunity to participate in the daily seminarian schedule while also having the opportunity to interact with the men from this diocese who have begun their formal discernment process. There is no charge for the weekend. To register, the men should contact Father Matthew Gossett at 740-264-0868 or email at [email protected] NAMES ON THE PRAYER LIST WILL REMAIN FOR 30 DAYS AFTER 30 DAYS THEY WILL BE REMOVED UNLESS YOU NOTIFY THE OFFICE.

These names will remain until March 31, 2017 Please pray for the health and the healing of our friends and relatives:

Resty and Gisela Alonzo, Kali Blazer, Brett Bokovitz, Bob & Joan Browning, Aniston Cooper, Nathan Cummons, Harriett Davison, Karen Davison, Keith Davison, Betty Doerfer, Sue Freyberg,. Jonnie Lou Gabrielli, Adrian Gibson, Albert Grable, Kelly Haas, Larry Haas, Betty Hamm, Doug & Barbara Johnson, Everett King, Robert King, Noah Knackstedt, John Lemley, David Leport, Davey Mathney, Lee Ann Mollohan, Dorothy Musgrove, Phoebe Neal, Carla O’Dell, Baby Ours, Linda Plymale, Mark Porter, Bart Repass, Herlinda Reyes, Jeff Rider, Remo & Helen Rocchi, Ken Ryan, Leo Ryan, Janet Schaad, Charlotte Shaffer, Lyle Shillington, Cameran Smith, Dr. Anthony Sola, Katy Sprow, Wendy Stiles, Irene & Charles Surber, Sandy Vanco, Tyler Ward, Harry White, Patrick Wolfe and Tombo Woodward.

BLESSED IS HE THAT CONSIDERETH THE POOR: THE LORD WILL DELIVER HIM IN TIME OF TROUBLE. Psalm 41. LOAVES AND FISHES wish to extend a thank you to the following who donated to the dinner on Sunday, February 26: Lilia Babbitt, Margie Calvert, Sue Freyberg, Kitty Griffith, Mary Louise Hennesy, Yolande Howard, Kathleen Marchi, Janet Merry, Valerie Merry, Martha Roderick, Remy Simon and The Thompson family. 285 meals were served. MAKE THE MEN’S CONFERENCE A FATHER & SON EVENT. The men are encouraged to bring their teenage sons, grandsons, godsons, nephews, students, and friends to the Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal Saturday March 18 from 9 am – 3:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Church Church in Caldwell. By listening to the experiences of Capt. Guy Gruters as a POW in Vietnam, the young men will be able to live the history they only read about and learn from his heroic faith. Register today. Contact Paul Sebastian (245-9404) to register. Enjoy the fellowship by going in the parish van, which leaves at 6:30 am from the Parish Center. A LENTEN RETREAT: OVERSHADOWED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT The Franciscan Sisters, T. O. R. invite you to be immersed in the Holy Spirit at our Lenten retreat on Saturday, March 25, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The retreat includes Mass, Adoration, lunch, talks, testimonies, and more. The retreat will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Monastery in Toronto, Ohio. Registration is required by Monday, March 13th. Suggested donation is $25. Register online at www.franciscansisterstor.org/lenten-retreat-2017 or call 740-544-5542 ext. 112. OUR KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL #3335 are now selling their Super Cash Bonanza tickets. Tickets are $5.00. Drawing will be on May 27, 2017. Our Knights use the money they receive from the sale of these tickets for their scholarship fund. If interested contact a member of the Knights of Columbus.

TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in various forms of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Some people suggest that this recovers an ancient tradition in the church, when in fact the practice belongs to a later time. The custom of showing the consecrated host to the people, encased in a vessel called a monstrance, developed in a period of history when even very pious people received Communion only rarely. The opportunity to see the host raised high above the head of the priest at Mass, or to see the host exposed outside of Mass, was thought by many to be a form of spiritual Communion. Without question, our Catholic practice of reserving the consecrated host both for adoration and Communion of the sick and dying is a cherished tradition. Over the next few weeks, we’ll look at how these traditions developed and how the Church envisions reservation and adoration today. We do this by the light of the liturgical reforms that have restored a heightened appreciation for how receiving the Body and Blood of Christ is central to our worship. “Perpetual Adoration,” “Reservation,” “Benediction,” and “Reposition” are all part of the Catholic vocabulary. Often the terms are misused, and a tangled history—as well as widely varying practices in our parishes—adds to the confusion. Many Catholics today have never participated in Benediction, or even spent time in adoration on Holy Thursday night. There’s plenty of interesting history, much of it surprising and challenging, and we will do our best to inform you along the way. —Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

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