<MP>Thursday, 9 April 2009

  • From: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 18:56:11 -0500

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     From Father Pat Umberger

L E N T    P A G E S
Visit my "Lent" page for lots of good information ....  a count-down 'til
Easter, Lenten Reconciliation (including a very portable "Credit Card to
Heaven" to take with you, an Examination of Conscience .... all you'll need
to go to Confession except the sins.  Visit our on-line Stations of the
Cross too, illustrated by the kids of Saint Pat's School.  Our Stations and
Reconciliation aids are available both in English and Spanish.  Follow the
link from: www.frpat.com 

O N - L I N E    S T A T I O N S    O F    T H E     C R O S S
Visit my on-line Stations of the Cross.  I wrote the text for children and
adults alike.  The Stations were illustrated by the children of Saint Pat's
School. They're available in English and Spanish as well. Visit the Stations
every day during Lent.  I think you'll like them a great deal.
Here's the link: www.frpat.com/stations.htm 


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St. Casilda (11th century) 
Some saints' names are far more familiar to us than others, but even the
lives of obscure holy persons teach us something. 
And so it is with St. Casilda, the daughter of a Muslim leader in Toledo,
Spain, in the 10th century. Casilda was herself raised as a Muslim and
showed special kindness to Christian prisoners. She became ill as a young
woman but was not convinced that any of the local Arab doctors could cure
her. So, she made a pilgrimage to the shrine of San Vicenzo in northern
Spain. Like so many other people who made their way there-many of them
suffering from hemorrhages-Casilda sought the healing waters of the shrine.
We're uncertain what brought her to the shrine, but we do know that she left
it relieved of illness.   For more, follow the link below:

Saint of the Day: http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/SaintofDay/ 

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"This day shall be a memorial feast for you, which all your generations
shall celebrate with pilgrimage to the LORD, as a perpetual institution."
~Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14

So when he had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined
at table again, he said to them, "Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me 'teacher' and 'master,' and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I,
therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash
one another's feet. I have given you a model to follow, 
so that as I have done for you, you should also do." ~John 13:1-15

Scriptures: http://www.nccbuscc.org/nab/

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As we begin the Sacred Triduum with Holy Thursday we reflect on service.
This morning, at the Mass of Chrism, we celebrate priesthood, priestly vows
are renewed and oils are consecrated for the use of the faithful throughout
the Diocese or Archdiocese. Tonight, at the Mass of the Lord's Supper, we
wash feet, Jesus sign of service found in John's Gospel.  We reflect upon
the institution of the Eucharist too, how Jesus gave his total self for us,
and how the bread and wine used at Mass becomes really and truly His Body
and Blood, given for us and given to us to give us the strength to follow in
His footsteps!

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I pray that I may be of service to others.  I pray that I may wash the feet
of others but attending to their simplest needs.  I pray that I may receive
the strength to do this through receiving the Eucharist.

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Mary requests prayers for a friend's son who needs to be in rehab, that it
will become reality. Debbie asks prayers for her son in law who has a
disease that is attacking his kidney. Terri asks for prayer for her new baby
niece who was born prematurely and has a heart problem.

Beryl asks prayers for a special intention. Helen-Ann asks prayers for two
special intentions. Nancy from PA requests prayers for all those in RCIA who
will be entering the Church at the Easter Vigil that they will be filled
with the Holy Spirit and the hope of their own Resurrection. Judy asks
prayers for a special intention.

Kristine asks prayers for someone who needs help with his drug addiction.
Marilynn asks prayers for two special intentions. 

We pray for unity in our country and that we may build a Culture of Life. We
pray for the safety of our troops, their safe return and their families at
home.  We pray for a deep and profound respect for life, and for the courage
and willingness to stand up for life. We pray for one another, for those who
have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. Have a
good day!

May God Bless you and those you love, and keep you safe!

Father Pat

      "Be still and know that I am God." ~Psalm 46:10

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