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March: Dedicated to St. Joseph
The month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph. The entire month of March falls during the liturgical season of Lent which is represented by the liturgical color purple — a symbol of penance, mortification and the sorrow of a contrite heart.
Feast of the Month
As we continue our journey "up to Jerusalem" during the month of March, three prominent ideas are proposed for our contemplation by the liturgy of Lent: the Passion and Resurrection of Christ, baptism, and penance.
The Solemnity of St. Joseph (March 19) is a special landmark this month in which we will celebrate the great honor bestowed upon the foster father of Jesus. Also the Solemnity of the Annunciation (March 25) when we ponder Our Lady's fiat. And if you are Irish (who isn't), St. Patrick's feast is another cause for a joyful celebration.
Did you know that solemnities that fall during Lent are treated as Sundays of Lent in that your Lenten fast can be broken on the solemnities during Lent?
The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of March are:
1. Second Sunday of Lent, Sunday
3. Katharine Drexel (USA), Opt. Mem.
4. Casimir of Poland, Opt. Mem.
7. Perpetua and Felicity, Memorial
8. Third Sunday of Lent, Sunday
9. Frances of Rome; St. John Ogilvie (Scotland), Opt. Mem.
15. Fourth Sunday of Lent, Sunday
17. Patrick, Opt. Mem.
18. Cyril of Jerusalem, Opt. Mem.
19. Joseph, husband of Mary, Solemnity
22. Fifth Sunday of Lent, Sunday
23. Turibio de Mogrovejo, Opt. Mem.
25. Annunciation of the Lord, Sunday
29. Palm Sunday, Sunday
Focus on the Liturgy
The Gospel readings for March are taken from St. Mark and St. John. All are from Year B, Cycle 1 of the Lectionary.
March 1st – 2nd Sunday of Lent - The Gospel relates the story of the Transfiguration of our Lord on Mt. Tabor. (Mark 9:2-10)
March 8th – 3rd Sunday of Lent - The Gospel is about Christ driving the money changers from the temple. (John 2:13-25)
March 15th – 4th Sunday of Lent - The Gospel tells about Nicodemus nocturnal visit to Our Lord. (John 3:14-21)
March 22nd – 5th Sunday of Lent - Jesus says that "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified." (John 12:20-33)
March 29th – Palm (Passion) Sunday - The reading of the Passion. (Mark 14:1-14:47)
The Holy Father’s Prayer intentions for March
General: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Missionary: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always. (See also www.apostleshipofprayer.net)
A Time of Penance and Promise
Here and there in the stark March landscape, a few plants and trees are beginning to give evidence of the new life that winter’s frost and chill had concealed from our eyes. The Church’s vibrant new life has been obscured, too, by the austerity of the penitential season of Lent. But that life is indisputable, and it will burgeon forth on Easter as Christ coming forth from his tomb!
At the beginning of this month we will embark on our journey to the cross by receiving ashes and donning the purple of penance. We will reflect on our mortality ("Remember man thou art dust") and the shortness of life ("and to dust thou shall return"). We will heed the call, "Now is the acceptable time, now is “the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).” Just like Our Lord's earthly life every moment of our lives is leading up to the last moment—when for eternity we will either go to God or suffer the fires of hell.
Let us not tire of doing our good works and penance, but continue with the enthusiasm of the catechumens on their way to Easter and Baptism. May our Lenten observance be a joyful journey — and not a forced march. The Solemnity of the Annunciation bravely appears during Lent; a pure white flower in the purple Lenten landscape. It seems to be, at first glance, a Christmas feast, but upon reflection we grasp that the feast is intimately linked to the Paschal mystery. For what Christ inaugurated at His incarnation in accepting to offer himself for the human race, he will complete in his sacrifice on the cross.
As the weeks of Lent progress let us not tire of doing our good works and penance, but continue with the enthusiasm of the catechumens on their way to Easter and Baptism. May our Lenten observance be a joyful journey — and not a forced march.From: www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/overviews/months/03.cfm
The Year of Consecrated Life
The Year of Consecrated Life, announced by Pope Francis, begins on the first Sunday of Advent 2014 and runs through February 2016. Resources will be available on the diocesan website and Facebook page for individuals, parishes, and others who wish to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life. The resources and special events will provide an opportunity to see how men and women religious live.
Women of Grace One Day Conference
Sat, Mar 7, 9:00am-4:00pm
with Johnnette Benkovic
at St. Thomas More Parish, Bethel Park
412-833-0031, ext. 447
Divorced, Widowed, or Separated? The loss of a spouse through separation, divorce, or death is a traumatic experience. Many people who have suffered this loss feel left out by their church, uneasy around married friends, unsure of themselves, and uncertain about their future. The Beginning Experience weekend is intended to help widowed, divorced, or separated people who would like to pass through the grief and begin to move forward with their lives. Come to a safe place. Travel from heartache to hope accompanied on the journey by individuals who have suffered loss as well.
The next weekend will be Mar 20-22 at the Gilmary Retreat Center in Moon Twp., PA. Payment arrangements and possible financial assistance are available. For more information, explore our website www.BeginningExperience.org or make a confidential call to Mary at 412-523-2405 or Steve at 412-367-4948.
Pilgrimage to Medjugorje
May 26 to Jun 4, 2015
Spiritual Directors: Rev. Joseph M. Mele, Rev. Kim J. Schreck
For more information please call Cathy Howe at 412-278-4673 or Chuck Wysor at Ambassador Travel Service at 412-366-7200 or Mary Ann Sarver at 412-486-8874. Visit Mother’s Pilgrims web site at www.motherspilgrims.com. Space is limited.
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