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SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT FROM THE PASTOR: For the weeks to come I will be sharing with you something I call the Mass Participation Primer. These are my reflections on the Mass, the importance and meaning of it and how it relates to each of us personally. After the procession and opening song, reverence of the altar by the ordained ministers, sign of the cross, greeting and introduction, penitential rite, and the gloria, the „Introductory Rites‟ are concluded with the „Opening Prayer.‟ The priest begins with the invitation, “Let us pray,” which should be followed by a moment of silence while each one of us recalls the presence of God and formulates our petitions to him. Then the priest assumes the „orans‟ position, and prays in the name of the whole congregation. The „orans‟ position is very ancient. It is a sign of our openness and receptivity to God. The „Opening Prayer‟ is also called the „Collect.‟ This is because it sums up and gathers together all the prayers of the people, and focuses us to hear the word of God that is about to be proclaimed. The people respond „Amen,‟ which could be translated, „So be it.‟ By saying this Hebrew word to close the prayer, the people make it their own. FINANCES: You may have notice that the Offertory Basket is only being passed around once at Mass. In an effort to allow everyone to spend more quiet spiritual time with our Lord after receiving Communion we have eliminated passing the basket around the second time. We will still have a second envelope when there is a second offering. Please place both envelopes in the one offertory basket. Thank you for your patience. Last week‟s Offertory amounted to $3,070.00. There were 101 identifiable contributions amounting to $2,644.00 for an average contribution of $26.18. There was no second envelope for this week. The second envelope for March 19/20 is for Catholic Education. Last week‟s collection for the new patio and handicapped ramp amounted to $1,665.00, bringing the total to date to $26,331.00. Our goal is $35,000 to $40,000. If you have not yet donated to the fund for the new patio, envelopes are available at the doors to the church. Thank you for your generosity. ALTAR SOCIETY: Preparation for March 26/27 will be done by Mae Gough & Lorrie Fenwick. Thank you for your dedicated service. LECTOR SCHEDULE: Saturday, March 26, 4:00pm – Eddie Abell; Sunday, March 27, 8:30am – Karen Spalding; 11:00am – Joe Ashworth. Thank you for your dedicated service. ALTAR SERVERS: Saturday, March 26, 4:00pm – Van Ryswick; Sunday, March 27, 8:30am – Bilko; 11:00am – Sachs. Thank you for your dedicated service. EMMAUS NIGHT: Mondays at 7:00pm we will meet for Instruction on the Catholic Faith, followed by Adoration, Confession and Benediction, 7:45 to 8:30pm. Take the opportunity to go to confession and to increase your knowledge in your Catholic Faith, and pray quietly in front of the Blessed Sacrament. SAINT OF THE DAY: Saints and holy people we remember this week are: Sunday, March 20th - St. Salvator of Horta; Monday, March 21st – Blessed John of Parma; Tuesday, March 22nd – St. Nicholas Owen; Wednesday, March 23rd – St. Turibius of Mogrovejo; Thursday, March 24th – St. Catherine of Geona; Friday, March 25th – Annunciation of the Lord; Saturday, March 26th – Blessed Didacus of Cadiz. To learn more go to www.americancatholic.org. SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2011 & ITS VIGIL For Church Visits: Remember 34125 Mass Intentions Pray for the intentions of our sick: Sunny Wallace, Elsie Sat Mar 19 4:00pm Betty Russell Good, Hope Dutton, Christina Howe, Ethan Swayze, Sun Mar 20 8:30am Marguerite Brubacher Frances Rohland, Steve Raley, Judy Conrad, Ronnie Hall, 11:00am Our Lady‟s Parishioners Margaret Morgan, Sara Hammett, Mary Wathen, Dominic Mon Mar 21 8:00am George Thorne Abell, Earl Thorne, Grace Webb, Landon Bucher, Ina Tue Mar 22 8:00am Tommy Cryer Wed Mar 23 8:00am No Mass Higgs, Jean Bowles Wathen, Dr. William Marek, Joyce Thu Mar 24 8:00am Virginia Stone Thompson, Robert Perry, Sr., Bert Abell, Ellen Rossignol, Fri Mar 25 8:00am Paul Hampton, Sr. Jody Van Ryswick, Timothy Sauler, Curtis Parrigan, Sat Mar 26 4:00pm Warren Trossbach, Sr. Jimmy Morrisette, Margaret Cheseldine, Elsie Stone, Pat Sun Mar 27 8:30am Mr. “Dick” Hammett Weber, Amelia Bean, J Merton Jarboe, Jacob Johnson, Mr. & Mrs George Wigginton Shane Copsey, Lee Robinson, Mary Eva Abell, and Susan 11:00am Our Lady‟s Parishioners Fenwick. MASS INTENTIONS: There is a Mass Intention Book available in the area near the St. Joseph statue. If you would like to schedule a mass for a loved one or a special intention, you can select a date and write in the information. Your stipend (donation) may be placed in the envelope provided and put in the offertory basket at any weekend Mass. If you need a Mass card they are available as well. If you have questions please call the rectory at 301-475-8403. INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUP: A book is available for parishioners to write in their requested intentions, such as the name of an ill or dying family member, or simply write in “special intention(s)” and Our Lady‟s Prayer Group would pray daily for those intentions listed. The group would only meet about 3-4 times each year, in the church to pray together, on a specific First Saturday. If you would like to join the Prayer Group, there is nothing you need to do, just when you say your daily prayers remember the intentions listed. You could also watch the bulletin for notices regarding First Saturday meetings (optional) and join us in group prayer. If you have intentions you would like to have remembered, just record them in the book located near the Blessed Mother statue. An explanation of the process will be in the book. Our next meeting will be Saturday, April 2nd. We will recite the Rosary after the 8:00am Mass. 31 CLUB REMINDER: Those praying for vocations this week are deacon Spalding on Sunday, March 20th, Jane Coyne on Monday, March 21st, Irene Dixon on Tuesday, March 22nd, Marie Bailey on Wednesday, March 23rd, Donna Granger on Thursday, March 24th, David Duziec on Friday, March 25th, and Barbara Duziec on Saturday, March 26th. Thank you for you dedication to praying for vocations. NEEDED: USED 1ST COMMUNION DRESSES, SUITS AND SPORT COATS: Heavenly Presents is now collecting used 1st Communion Dresses, Suits and Sport Coats. In these difficult financial times, we want to offer these items for FREE through our store to those who need them during the upcoming 1st Communion Season. A box will be at our front door for after hours drop off. Operated by volunteers, store hours are Wed, Thurs and Sat 10am to 3pm and Fri 10am to 6pm. For more information call (301) 475-9770. PLEASE JOIN US FOR A LUNCH BUFFET & HELP SUPPORT: Little Flower School DATE: March 26, 2011 TIME: 11am- 1:30pm TICKETS: $15 in advance $20 at the door an Outback Luncheon that Little Flower School is having on March 26th, 2011. The Outback location is 23415 Three Notch Road, California, MD 20619 and tickets can be purchased in advanced at the school. 3RD ANNUAL KNIGHTS TO KNIGHTS SPEAKER SERIES WITH FR. LEO PATALINGHUG - SAVE THE DATE: All are welcome to a free presentation by nationally renowned Catholic Priest Fr. Leo Patalinghug. Fr. Leo is a seminary professor at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, MD and host of "an award winning website and cooking show on the internet". He has been featured on TV including PBS, ABC, CBS 700 Club, EWTN and the Food Network. His topic for the evening will be based on the international movement, "Grace Before Meals," on the importance of family time at the dinner table. He will also be available for book signing. The talk will begin at 7:00 pm on Thursday March 31st at St. Mary‟s Ryken High School. This event is sponsored by Knights of Columbus - St. Mary's Council 1470, St. Mary's Ryken High School and J.F. Taylor, Inc. For additional info, contact us at email@example.com or 301 904-0210. You can see Fr. Leo's shows at www.gracebeforemeals.com FATHER ANDREW WHITE SCHOOL EVENTS: REGISTRATION for the 2011-2012 school year at FAW is on-going. For more information, contact the school office at 301-475-9795. CAR RAFFLE: FAW will be sponsoring a raffle for 5 different cars! Drawings will take place in May, 2011. Tickets will be on sale for the next few months. If you would like to purchase a ticket, contact Ana Blake @ 240-256-5976 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy Barthelmes @ 240-298- 0390 or email@example.com. PAPA JOHN’S BOGO (Buy One Get One): FAW is selling BOGO cards for Papa John‟s that won‟t expire until June 2012! For every large pizza purchased, you get one FREE! The cost of the BOGO card is $15. For more information or to place an order for cards, contact Lisa Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-769-2531 (home), or 301-247-2807(cell). LUAU/AUCTION: Saturday, April 9. Tickets on sale soon! There is still time to donate an item for the auction. Contact Kathy Bell at email@example.com for more details. FAW 1ST ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT: Thursday, May 12, 2011, Shotgun starts at 9:00 AM, at Breton Bay Golf & Country Club. Plan now to join us for the fun! Donor and Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org STAY CONNECTED with our school by visiting our website: www.fatherandrewwhite.org. Tell a friend! Thank you for your support and prayers. IC ANGELS, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Knights of Columbus fundraiser Open House: (Pampered chef/ Longaberger Basket) Sunday afternoon, March 27th from 2 to 4 P.M. Refreshments will be served. Immaculate Conception Church hall (located up the hill behind the church) 28297 Old Village Avenue Mechanicsville, Maryland. HOLY ANGELS CHURCH -- ANNUAL SEAFOOD DINNER: On Sunday, March 27th, 2011, from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Holy Angels Church in Avenue, MD, will be serving a delicious Seafood Dinner. The menu includes: Fried Oysters, Steamed Shrimp, Crab Balls, Fried Chicken, Parsley Potatoes, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Pickled Beets, and all the trimmings! Served buffet style -- all you can eat! Adults - $23.00; Children (6 to 12) - $8.00; and Children (5 & under) - Free. Carry Outs available at $21.00 each. There will be Delicious Homemade Desserts and a Craft Table! The Raffle Prize this year is for a total of $1,500 in cash! First prize is $1,000, Second prize $500, Holy Angels Church is located on Colton Point Road (Rt. 242) in Avenue, Maryland. For more information please call 301-769-3332 or email email@example.com EASTER FLOWER ENVELOPES: Please complete your envelope and return it, in the offertory basket, by April 10th for inclusion in the published list. COME JOIN US AT IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY PARISH as we gather to pray for an increase in holy vocations to the priesthood, religious life and marriage. Our monthly holy hour consists of a reflection, recitation of the rosary, and quiet time to spend before the Blessed Sacrament. There will also be an opportunity for confession. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 7pm. If you have any questions feel free to call the parish office at 301-863-8144. LONGABERGER BASKET BINGO TO BENEFIT LITTLE FLOWER SCHOOL: Date: Sunday, April 10, 2011. Time: Doors open at 1:00 p.m. Bingo games begin at 2:00. Place: Little Flower School, Great Mills, MD. Admission: $20.00. ** Dinner and snack items available for purchase. ** Raffle basket chances: $1.00 each or 6/$5.00. ** Grand raffle $2.00 each. For advance reservations for 6 or more call 301-862-9652. WITH THE HELP OF GOD: On our own we cannot live the life God intends for us. Like Abraham, our lives can produce great fruit only if we follow God in faith. This week, pray for the grace to follow God with stronger faith. Pray also for the gift to see the poor in our midst so that we may assist them, for the fruit of faith is love. Catholic Relief Services‟ Operation Rice Bowl supports programs that help the most vulnerable in communities around the world. “Rice Bowls” are available in the pews. Please take one home and fill it with change, cash or include a check and return it on Easter Sunday.
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