March 2023 archive of Pastor's Notes

March 2023 archive of Pastor's Notes

Palm Sunday

Posted by Maria Franxman on 3/31/23

Palm Sunday begins Holy Week. I find most Catholics love this Sunday. First, we get palms! Some of you will braid them (probably during my homily) to stick behind your home crucifix or some other visible place to help you remember. Jesus entered to cheers of joy, cheers of ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Lent

Posted by Maria Franxman on 3/24/23

In the Gospel this weekend, we hear of the Lazarus being raised from the dead. He was in the tomb 4 days. There are many things we can learn from this amazing experience. Jesus demonstrates by His mastery over even death that He is indeed ‘the Way, the Truth, ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Lent

Posted by Maria Franxman on 3/16/23

Examination of Conscience according to the Seven Deadly Sins The history of Seven Deadly Sins goes back at least to Pope St. Gregory the Great (590-604 ad). While the list itself is not strictly biblical, the Bible reveals all seven areas as affronts to God. This is a helpful ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Lent

Posted by Maria Franxman on 3/10/23

THE ORDER OF PENANCE – A TIMELINE OF EVENTS AND DEVELOPMENT Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions – Webinar Handout 25 October 2022

Institution              [Jesus said to his disciples:] “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; whose sins you shall retain, they are retained” (John 20:22-23).

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2nd Sunday of Lent

Posted by Maria Franxman on 3/03/23

Starting on Ash Wednesday, the Prayer of Absolution that a priest prays with, for, and over a contrite penitent changed. The Rite for Penance was recently revised and updated with a new translation. Similar to 2011 when the prayers of the Mass were updated with a revised translation of ... Read More »


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