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PROVINCIAL POST: GOOD FRIDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION PDF Print E-mail

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Today’s Paschal Triduum reflection is from Fr. Dennis Gallagher A.A.,
Provincial Superior of the Assumptionists in North America

In a normal year, the world never fails to offer examples of human tragedy or natural disaster to sharpen our focus and deepen our meditation on the Cross. This year of pandemic is different only insofar as the sufferings are universal in scope and more immediately personal. None of us has been spared the loneliness, the disconnection and the sadness brought on by the world health crisis. If the effort to relate to the pain of the Cross has usually required some kind of imaginative projection, it has a different aspect this time around. The cross that we have been asked to bear puts us in right alignment with the mystery of our crucified God.

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CAMPUS MINISTRY NEWSLETTER - REND YOUR HEARTS PDF Print E-mail

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A Letter from
Emily McCall

Rend Your Hearts

“Yet even now,” says the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Joel 2:12-13

As I sit here this Holy Week and I reflect on the past few weeks of Lent it seems as though it's passed by in the blink of an eye. To be honest, this Lent has been difficult for me. I haven’t been as steadfast in my Lenten offerings and fasts as I desired. I have felt overwhelmed and distracted by upcoming decisions and transitions in my life, making it hard to be present to the present moment and tempting me to cling to those things in which I seek false comfort. Yet even now in these last few days of Lent, I have the hope that Christ can bring about deep change within my heart.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 April 2021 19:01
 
HOLY THURSDAY PDF Print E-mail

Today, Holy Thursday, we celebrate the Mass of the Last Supper. Please join us!

Mass will be at 7:00 PM at St. Joachim Chapel.

It will also be live-streamed through our YouTube Channel and Facebook page.

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HOLY THURSDAY PDF Print E-mail

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Today’s Paschal Triduum reflection is from Fr. Dennis Gallagher A.A.,
Provincial Superior of the Assumptionists in North America

For so many of the Catholic faithful, the celebration of Holy Thursday arrives in the midst of a whole year of “fasting” from the Eucharist. This has been a fast imposed in the interest of public health, but it constitutes, in the order of truth, the greatest of all the pandemic deprivations.

Normally, fasting means the voluntary sacrifice of lesser goods for the purpose of attaching ourselves more firmly to a greater good. What can it possibly mean, then, to “fast” from the greatest of all goods? It means to do without something so much at the heart of our Catholic life that we are left, in its absence, as mere shadows of our true selves. In this respect, there are no substitutes. If we have reason to be grateful for our technology, the “watching” of Mass is so far from the real thing as to belong to a different order of reality.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 April 2021 10:44
 
Bishop Barron on the Power of the Cross PDF Print E-mail

Pain. It is a feeling that everyone knows. We have all experienced it differently to varying degrees and at different points in our lives. It’s not something you can escape. Why is it that the Church focuses on a man in the most excruciating pain possible?

Bring to mind this image of a man on a cross and let’s reflect on this image with Bishop Barron:

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Last Updated on Sunday, 28 March 2021 17:23
 
FR. RON BECOMES A 3RD DEGREE KNIGHT OF COLUMBUS IN EL PASO PDF Print E-mail

FR. RON BECOMES A 3RD DEGREE KNIGHT OF COLUMBUS IN EL PASO

From left: Fr. Ron Sibugan - Chaplain Council 2592, Ray Aguilar - Grand Knight Council 2592 of St. Francis Xavier church, Fr. Mark Salas-State Chaplain

Last Updated on Friday, 26 March 2021 14:36
 
DAY 3 - PRAYING WITH THE PSALMS PDF Print E-mail

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Last Updated on Thursday, 25 March 2021 12:25
 
Palm Sunday and Easter Triduum Schedules PDF Print E-mail

All our Masses will be at St. Joachim Chapel (Parish Center).

Those who cannot join us for Palm Sunday and would like to have palms, you can pick up blessed palms at St. Anne Church after the 12:30 PM Mass.     

On Good Friday, April 2, at 12 noon, we will have the Stations of the Cross outside (weather permitting). We request those attending to observe social distancing and we encourage everyone to wear a face mask.  

Remember that on Easter Sunday we will only have two Masses: 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM. Since we cannot still have Holy Water in holy water fonts because of the guidelines, we will have water in small plastic containers blessed during the Easter Vigil. You can pick one at St. Anne Church after the 10:00 AM Mass. 

The Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil Liturgies, as well as the 8:00 AM Easter Sunday Mass will be live-streamed through our YouTube Channel (St Anne St Patrick) and Facebook page (StAnneStPatrick).

A blessed Easter Triduum to all of you!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 25 March 2021 10:36
 
Saint Joseph: ‘A Righteous Man’ PDF Print E-mail

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Our weekly reflections are courtesy of Pflaum Weeklies of Bayard USA - an Assumptionist sponsored ministry.

If someone were writing a description of you, what would be the first word they would choose? Would they describe your appearance? Your job? Your personality? Or would they describe your character?

One of the first things we learn about Saint Joseph is that he was “a righteous man” (Matthew 1:19). Some translations say that he was a “just” man, which essentially means the same thing.

What does being “righteous” or “just” actually mean? Some synonyms include virtuous, upright, decent, worthy, ethical, and principled. Basically, it means that Joseph was what we would call a “good man.” It doesn’t mean that he was without flaws or faults. He might have snored or retold the same stories or even got upset at times. What it does means is that he was a man who could be trusted to keep his word, be honest in his business dealings, and err on the side of kindness.

Since we know so few details about Joseph, the fact that his character is the primary way he is described tells us not only that the writers of the Gospels thought his character mattered, but also that his character was his outstanding characteristic. We have no idea of his age or his appearance, but we know he was a “good man.” To be known for 2,000+ years as a genuinely good person might just be the best description any of us can hope for.

Quotation

Go, then to Joseph, and do all that he shall say to you;
Go to Joseph, and obey him as Jesus and Mary obeyed him;
Go to Joseph, and speak to him as they spoke to him;
Go to Joseph, and consult him as they consulted him;
Go to Joseph, and honor him as they honored him;
Go to Joseph, and be grateful to him as they were grateful to him;Go to Joseph, and love him, as they love him still.

–Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Prayer

Saint Joseph, you know what it is like to live as a good person in trying times. Help us to find our own central core of decency and never compromise our values.

Amen.

 
DAY 2 - PRAYING WITH THE PSALMS PDF Print E-mail

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Last Updated on Thursday, 25 March 2021 12:25
 
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