Pope Francis on Praying the Way of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross, an ancient tradition going back to the fourth century when Christians went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land can be rich, deep, and meaningful, but at the same time we can lose sight of their significance and how to relate them to our everyday lives.
Here are 8 reasons from our Holy Father on why we should pray the Stations of the Cross.
1. They Allow Us to Place Our Trust in Him
The Cross of Christ contains all the love of God; there we find his immeasurable mercy. This is a love in which we can place all our trust.
2. They Put Us into the Story
“And you, who do you want to be? Like Pilate? Like Simon? Like Mary?” Jesus is looking at you now and is asking you: do you want to help me carry the Cross? How will you respond to him?
3. They Remind Us That Jesus Suffers with Us
The Cross of Christ bears the suffering of mankind, including our own. Jesus accepts all this with open arms, and say to us: ‘Have courage! You do not carry your cross alone! I carry it with you.
4. They Compel Us to Action
The Cross of Christ invites us also to allow ourselves to be smitten by his love, teaching us always to look upon others with mercy and tenderness, especially those who suffer, who are in need of help.
5. They Helps Us Make a Decision for or Against Christ
The Cross reveals a judgment, namely that God, in judging us, loves us. Let us remember this: God judges us by loving us. If I embrace his love then I am saved, if I refuse it, then I am condemned, not by him, but my own self, because God never condemns, he only loves and saves.
6. They Reveal God’s Response to Evil in the World
The Cross is the Word through which God has responded to evil in the world. Sometimes it may seem as though God does not react to evil, as if he is silent. And yet, God has spoken, he has replied, and his answer is the Cross of Christ.
7. They Give Us the Certainty of God’s Love for Us
What has the Cross given to those who have gazed upon it and to those who have touched it? What has the Cross left in each one of us? You see, it gives us a treasure that no one else can give: the certainty of the faithful love which God has for us.”
8. They Guide Us from the Cross to the Resurrection
The cross teaches us that evil shall not have the last word, but love, mercy and forgiveness.
MASS INTENTIONS & DAILY READINGS
Rosary at 11:50 a.m.
Tues. February 23rd: ferial
12:05 pm: Merrill Emerick +
Isaiah 1.10, 16-20, 27-28, 31 ++, Ps. 50.8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23, Matthew 23.1-12
Wed. February 24th: ferial
12:05 pm: Leonard & Eileen Cusack +
Jeremiah 18.18-20, Ps. 31.4-5, 13, 14-15, Matthew 20.17-28
Thurs. February 25th: ferial
12:05 pm: Francesco Valentini +
Jeremiah 17.5-10, Ps. 1.1-2, 3, 4+6, Luke 16.19-31
Fri. February 26th: ferial
12:05 pm: Constancio Gonsalves +
Genesis 37.3.4, 12-13a, 17b-28, Ps. 105.16-17, 18-19, 20-21, Matthew 21.33-43, 45-46
Sat. February 27th: ferial
5:15 pm: Leo & Victoria Stang +
Micah 7.14-15, 18-20, Ps. 103.1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12, Luke 15.1-3, 11-32
Readings for Third Sunday of Lent - Sunday, February 28th
1st Reading: Exodus 3.1-8a, 13-15
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 103.1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8+11
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10.1-6, 10-12
Gospel: Luke 13.1-9
Eucharistic Ministers & Ministers of the Word
For next weekend –
February 27th & 28th
5:15 pm – Manuel Mairena, Sheila Spencer
10:00 am – Gilda Benincasa, Ann Gilbride, Steven Hozjan, Myrna Anacta
Ministers of the Word
5:15 pm – Fernando Curcione, Sheila Brown-Vitullo
10:00 am – Arlene Perry, Sheila Brown-Vitullo, Michael Bachan
Please note: Eucharistic Ministers & Ministers of the Word. If you cannot be present, please get a replacement to cover your ministry.
Welcome to Our Parish Family
February 21st, 2016
Kingsleigh Addison Elizabeth Hills
daughter of Chris & Tracy
Rhyan Lilah Jeffers
daughter of Devon & Lisa
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
EVERY FRIDAY DURING LENT
BEGINNING AT 7:00 P.M.
February 26th - Choir
March 4th – Lector’s
March 11th – R.C.I.A.
March 18th – African Catholic Community
is lit this week
In Memory of Adolf Winkler
at the request of his wife Stephanie
HOLY NAME YOUTH CHOIR
Do you love singing? Maybe you play an instrument? Are you interested in learning more about music? Are you between the ages of 11-20?
Why not join the Holy Name Youth Choir! An opportunity to share your gifts and talents with others!
Our next rehearsal is Saturday, February 20 at 4pm in the church.
If you have any questions, please contact Jason & Andrea Cannon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The children participating in the Children’s Liturgy Program on Sunday, February 28th will be baking pretzels, and that the baking of pretzels is a Lenten tradition in the Church, dating back to the Middle Ages, when monks would bake the pretzels as a form of mid-Lenten treat for the people. The shape of the pretzels is the shape of human arms crossed in prayer.
Please make a note:Archdiocesan Day of Confession Wed. March 9th- 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm individual confession.
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Sunday, March 13, 2016 is ShareLife Sunday
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HOLY NAME CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Holy Name Catholic School is accepting Full-day Kindergarten Registrations. Children born in 2012 are eligible to begin Junior Kindergarten beginning September 2016. Parents can complete their application via the Student Online Application Registration Website at http://soar.tcdsb.org. If you need further information, please contact the school at 416-393-5215 and speak with the secretary.