CATHOLIC FAITH AT HOME RESOURCES

For Our Family of Parishes

St. Thomas More, St. Bernadette, St. Mary's, St. Peter's

February 26

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT REFLECTION


During Lent's 40 days,

we are invited as Christians

to follow in Jesus' footsteps and

face the spiritual battle with the Evil One

with the strength of the Word of God. 


 Not with our words, they are worthless. 

 The Word of God – this has the only strength to defeat Satan.


Thus, it is important to be familiar with the Bible,

to read it often, meditate on it, assimilate it. 


 The Bible contains the Word of God,

which is always effective for the time we read it.


Ponder this:

What would happen we treated the Bible

as we treat our mobile phone?


What would happen if we spent as much time

reading God’s messages in the Bible

as we often spend reading email or text messages?


  The comparison is perplexing.


But the season of Lent is given to us

to spend time reflecting on our choices.


Would you like a few more ideas to find choices that

are meaningful to you,

you can commit to and

you can keep?


Here are 75 new and creative ways

to practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving!


Click below to see:

PRAYER IDEAS FOR LENT


ULTIMATE LENTEN LIST


If you haven't yet figured out

what to give up for Lent,

check out this


absolutely ultimate and lengthy


list of choices designed to help you grow in discipline this Lent!


Click below for Bud's :

ULTIMATE LENT LIST




WHAT IS HALLOW’s PRAY40?


The largest virtual prayer event

in the world,

with hundreds of thousands of Catholics

praying together every day leading up to Easter.


Exclusively on Hallow,

you’ll be led in prayer by

world-famous Catholics, including actors:

Mark Wahlberg

Jonathan Roumie from The Chosen

Jim Caviezel from The Passion of the Christ

and

Host of Bible In a Year podcast Fr. Mike Schmitz

Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza! 


Choose to join Pray40 with millions of Catholics worldwide to:


  • Learn to imitate Christ in your daily life through meditation on the 2nd most published and read Christian book, behind only the Bible, The Imitation of Christ, led by Jonathan Roumie and Jim Caviezel


  • Develop greater discipline through daily prayer and fasting on Fridays with motivation from Mark Wahlberg 


  • Reflect deeply on the Gospel with Sunday homilies from Fr. Mike Schmitz


  • Grow in humility through silent and devotional prayer with Immaculée Ilibagiza to respond more fully to His call to imitate Him


  • Spend forty days alongside Jesus following His Way, carrying your cross, and trusting in His mercy and love


  • Meditate on the Stations of the Cross and Works of Mercy to prepare your heart for Holy Week and Easter


Click the link below to:

GET STARTED WITH HALLOW


WHAT IS THE AMEN APP?


A free Catholic prayer app

that inspires

your daily conversation with God

through faithful meditations and

nourishing Scripture.


Its audio content spans a dozen prayer, meditation, and Scripture categories.


Click the link below to enjoy: 

SAMPLES FROM THE AMEN APP 


LENTEN RESOURCES ON FORMED.ORG


FORMED is excited to present

curated content to help the Church

journey through this Lenten season.


In this collection are resources to help the faithful

deepen their understanding of various

Lenten days, practices, and devotions.


You can find resources on prayer,

the mystery of Christ's Passion,

the roots of Holy Week found in Judaism,

and many things to help guide you

through the holiest days in our liturgical year—the Triduum.


Click below to view all the many resources:


LENT RESOURCES ON FORMED.ORG


Need a Spiritual Director—

but can’t find one?

 

Want to journey deeper into your faith—

but aren’t sure which way to turn?

 

It’s truenot all of us have access to our own spiritual directors.

 

But we are not without spiritual direction!

 

Ancient masters from the Eastern and Western Church

left us directions to follow

that are just as valid today as they were 1,500 years ago.

 

And who better to guide you through it than

two modern spiritual fathers—

one from the East and one from the West?

 

Join Fr. Joseph Matlak and Fr. Joshua Voitus

every week as they

unpack the timeless wisdom of our forebears in the Faith

and show you how it points you towards a greater Christian life.


Click the link below for the:

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION PODCAST



FREE

EXCELLENT

LENTEN WORKBOOK


During Lent, we're asked to focus on

prayer, fasting, and almsgiving

rather than

all the activities we’re usually focused on.



It seems straightforward enough to say this,

but we usually do our best when we have a plan.



It's a common misconception about Lent:

that we should be miserable for 40 days.


But, really, that’s not the right way to look at it.


Lent is a time to

  • Try to be our best selves
  • Take up disciplinary practices that lead us toward God
  • Leave behind habits that distract us from God


Receive a FREE 28 page workbook

filled with ideas to do during Lent:



Click below to receive the:

FREE LENTEN WORKBOOK!!!




ETERNAL REST


Do we reflect on how to understand and prepare for death?


We all have very real questions about death.



What happens when we die?


What does Scripture teach about death?


How do we prepare for the life to come?


Explore the mystery of death, dying, everlasting lifethe last things:


in Eternal Rest: The Art of Dying Well


through Augustine Institute's Eternal Rest, a new four-part film series.



Learn the Church’s teaching about

death and God’s response to it

with wisdom and truth, gentleness and compassion.


Click below to watch a trailer for:

THE ART OF DYING WELL


Click below to see how to order an:

ETERNAL REST STUDY GUIDE



DO ALL GOOD PEOPLE

GO TO HEAVEN?


Good people go to heaven when they die, right?


Well, according to the Gospels, not exactly.


Fr. Mike Schmitz points to at least four things

Christ says we need for salvation:

1. Baptism (John 3)

2. The Eucharist (John 6)

3. Faith (Romans 10:9)

4. Doing the Father’s will (Matthew 25:31-46)


None of those are “be a good person”; and it’s probably better that way because,

especially today,

everyone has a different idea of what is good.


Click below to watch Fr. Mike Schmitz explain:

DO ALL GOOD PEOPLE GO TO HEAVEN?

Here! in Cincinnati - with incredible speakers!

If you've never been to one,

this is THE year to go!!


WHEN: March 25th, 2023


WHERE: at Cintas Center on Xavier's Campus in Cincinnati


 We encourage every man in our family of parishes to attend!

Join other men - traveling from across the country to be here!


Inspirational speakers, fellowship, networking and spiritual growth. 

Ladies, there are no better gifts

for the men in your life than opportunities to grow in their Faith!

Consider for Valentine's Day - A ticket to a day with men

 Featured Power Speakers include:


Jonathan Roumie

actor playing Jesus in The Chosen series


Father Robert Spitzer

from EWTN



Archduke of Austria Christian Habsburg-Lorraine.

Grandson of Blessed Karl ("almost" recognized as a saint)

Historic occasion: This will be his first speech EVER in the U.S.


Beloved Bishop Earl Fernandes

from Columbus Ohio.


Our own Archbishop Dennis Schnurr


Bengals football players and staff.

LIVE panel discussion of


Jeff Schiefelbein

motivational speaker


Fr. Jonathan Meyer

Pastor and Author

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Emceed by (our own*) very dynamic,


Fr. Ethan Moore


(*assisted with RCIA at St. Thomas More as a seminarian)

NEW!!!

Inspiring Promo Video Released


Host Anne Desantis does an incredible job getting

inside information on what to expect for the

2023 National Men's Conference on March 25th in Cincinnati. 


Click below to watch the interview:


MEN'S CONFERENCE PROMO VIDEO


Click here now for:

NATIONAL MEN'S CONFERENCE TICKETS



SPECIAL PRAYERS


SHORT SIMPLE PRAYERS



During Lent sometimes we just need short, simple prayers to remain close to God during our busy days.


Here are some short, simple prayers from Hallow that you can say to feel connected to God during Lent this year:




  • “God, may Your light guide my day, and your spirit bring me peace. Amen.”


  • “God, may my sacrifice of today of (state your Lenten sacrifice) remind me of my dependence on You for all the blessings I enjoy. Amen.”


  • ”May I stand in solidarity today with all my brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. May we be united in your love, and may I work to build your kingdom here on earth.”


  • “Heavenly Father, I’m truly sorry for the moments today where I missed the mark. I ask for your forgiveness and the strength to better follow Your call tomorrow. Amen.”


  • ”God, I lift up (name of the person you’d like to pray for) today. I ask that you bless them abundantly today and throughout Lent. Amen.”


  • “Oh Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything. Amen.”





NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL

NEW WEEKLY INFO

Sheltering the homeless: Jesus showed me the way


Throughout her life, Annmarie Zullo has been

captivated by the quest for home.

She’s experienced the loving mercy of God,

who’s always provided for her.

Today she shares her testimony of God’s providence

in her own life, and how she’s been able to

share her blessings, alongside her parish community,

by helping shelter a Ukrainian refugee family.


Click the link below to read:

ANNEMARIE'S STORY


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OUR BISHOPS SPEAK


In this week’s video, Archbishop Gustavo Garcilla-Siller,

archbishop of San Antonio,

recalls a moving experience during a

celebration of Mass of ministering to children

and their families suffering through

the aftermath of the Uvalde school shooting.


Click the link below to watch his testimony:


ARCHBISHOP GARCILLA-SILLER'S TESTIMONY



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Do This in Remembrance of Me:

A Step-by-Step Walk through the Mass



Father Luke introduces us to the Liturgy of the Word,

the cycle of readings,

and the relationships between the various readings. 


Click below to read his overview:

FR. LUKE ON THE LITURGY OF THE WORD


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NEW!!! EUCHARISTIC PRAYER COMPANION


Click the link below to download the new (pdf)

Eucharistic Prayer Companion

corresponding with the Lenten Sunday Mass readings

and the week’s particular work of mercy.


NEW!! EUCHARISTIC PRAYER COMPANION FOR LENT

Registration for the Congress

Launches 


With all the grace Our Lord wants to pour

over the United States through

the National Eucharistic Revival and 2024 Congress,

the devil is working overtime to

disrupt this endeavor anywhere he can.


Please take a moment to pray for everyone involved

in coordinating and executing this historic occasion of grace.

Below is a list of specific intentions where your prayers are most needed.


Please pray for: 


• The technology that will process registrations

Congress volunteers

• Event organizers and administrative staff

• All those considering attending

• All those who God is calling to attend the Congress,

especially those who must make sacrifices to attend

• The pilgrims as they prepare for the National Eucharistic Procession


Thank you for your ministry as a Prayer Partner of the Revival.

Your intercession makes a real difference!

WILL YOU BE THERE?


We hope you can join us in July, 2024

for the 10th National Eucharistic Congress.


At this historic event, you will directly experience

the fruits of your intercession and see the

impact your ministry has made all over the country.

Click the link below to REGISTER

REGISTRATION FOR 10TH

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONFERENCE

QUIZ! FOR THE WEEK


What is the origin of the

St. Michael prayer?

 

Scroll down to find the answer!


HUMOR HIGHLIGHT



DONATION!



Father O'Malley answers the phone.



"Hello, is this Father O'Malley?" 


"It is." 


"This is the IRS. Can you help us?" 


"I can." 


"Do you know a Ted Houlihan?" 


"I do."

 

"Is he a member of your congregation?" 


"He is." 


"Did he donate $10,000 to the church?" 


"He will."

 

GOSPEL READING REFLECTION

For February 26, 2023


FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT


Year A -   Mt 4:1-11

 

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God is merciful to sinners.


"It is written:

The Lord, your God, shall you worship

and him alone shall you serve.”


  • According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in these three temptations Satan seeks to compromise Christ’s “filial attitude toward God” which “recapitulate the temptations of Adam in Paradise and Israel in the desert” (CCC 538).
  • “Filial attitude toward God” means seeing oneself as a child of God. “Recapitulate” means to relive or to go back to in a new way.


  • Adam was the son of God (Lk 3:38). Israel as a whole is God’s “first-born son” (Ex 4: 22). Now Satan says three times to our Lord, “If you are the Son of God . . ..”
  • The devil attempts to tempt Jesus by saying, in effect, This God you fancy is your father will not provide for your material needs, will not protect you from death, will not give you everything.
  • Adam fell from trust in God his father.
  • Israel fell countless times in trust in God in the desert.


  • But Jesus Christ, the Incarnate God the Son, could not fall, even though he could suffer great hunger, face a painful death, and be rejected by those who owed him everything.


ANSWER TO QUIZ



The prayer to St. Michael

is part of the Leonine Prayers,

which were once routinely said at the end of Mass.



Pope Leo XIII ordered them to be prayed after Low (simple) Mass


for the Church's liberty when temporal authorities

were suppressing the Church’s rights.


The St. Michael prayer was not originally

included

but added a couple years later

following a mysterious and powerful vision

he is said to have experienced

after celebrating Mass one day at the Vatican.


Though the exact occurrance is unknown,

accounts say that

appearing pale and fearful as he stood near the altar

the Holy Father beheld a harrowing vision

of demons gathering on Rome.


He quickly composed the St. Michael prayer and

added it to the Leonine Prayers.


Although no longer obligatory after Mass,

pontiffs, bishops and especially exorcists

promote the St. Michael prayer

as a powerful defense against Satan’s forces. 



Pray the St. Michael prayer!

Pray it for the protection of the Church,

for our country, for your family, for yourself.


Here it is:


St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and

do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,

by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan

and all the evil spirits who prowl

about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.





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BOOK

RECOMMENDATION

 

We need to be armed for battle!



At all times, and especially during these crazy times in this vale of tears,

we need to lay our foundation in Christ Jesus.

Spiritual reading helps us build and strengthen that foundation.

This week's recommendation is:

 

40 Days to Peace and Union with God

Lent Year A: A Journey in Prayer

Through the Daily Gospels


by Fr. John Bartunek

 Fr. John Bartunek offers stirring meditations

to guide you in mental prayer

―the prayer of the saints.


This practical companion helps you actively engage

in this essential prayer form and

cultivate a true friendship with Christ.


It will also teach you to rest in God’s love and

receive healing, grace, peace, and joy during this sacred season.


Every saint and renowned spiritual director throughout the ages

has said the same thing:

If we desire to become saints, we must spend time daily in meditation.


This life-changing book will irrigate the soil of your soul and enliven your faith,

giving you a heightened spiritual maturity and

a greater share in the abundant life. 


It features:

  • A three-step guide to daily mental prayer with short explanations
  • The “Five-R method” for meditative prayer (Who knew it could be so easy?)
  • Daily inspirations from Scripture and the saints stir your thirsty heart in prayer
  • Reflections to help you develop a truly personal relationship with God
  • Introspective questions to help you converse with God and “go deeper” in your faith journey
  • Tips for persevering in prayer during difficult times and for making resolutions


We pray you will be excited to embark on purposeful

spiritual reading as a way to build a more prayer-filled,

Christ centered life.