Bulletin – 2nd Sunday of Lent in a Pandemic

ZOOM MASS THIS SUNDAY! February 28, 2021 at 10 A.M. CST. All are welcome! Invite a friend! Link will come out on Saturday.

Reminder of the Ashes Ritual on Sunday–if you would like to participate, bring a fire-proof container, a palm from last year and a slip of paper with something on it that you are trying to do to better yourself this Lent. At the Offertory, we will burn our offerings and then after Communion time, we will bless ourselves and each other if others are with us.

A reminder about Communion and this is especially for those new to us. In this time of pandemic when we can’t be together, I invite you to bring your own bread, wine or juice and as always, we will bless the elements together and through our combined prayer and the power of Jesus’ Spirit, he will be present to us, in our faith. You of course can abstain if you wish.

A personal thank you to Michael Maher and his crew for representing our parish in our annual Home Delivered Meals for February ministry once again this year!

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Dear Friends,

This Sunday we will again, have our monthly Zoom Mass–I am looking forward to seeing as many of you that can make it! It will be good to at least be together in this way! Do invite someone new to join us if you wish–all are welcome, you know!

Our Scriptures are challenging us this week as we attempt to understand the mind of our good God in light of the seemingly, tyrannical God of the Old Testament who asks Abraham for the life of his only son.

Come; ponder these mysteries with us!

Peace and love, stay well and safe, Pastor Kathy

P.S. Please be in touch if I might help you in any way or if you would just like to chat. 507-429-3616 or aaorcc2008@gmail.com

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Readings:

  • Genesis 22: 1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18
  • Romans 8: 31-34
  • Mark 9: 2-10

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Bulletin – Ash Wednesday and First Sunday of Lent in a Time of Pandemic

Dear Friends,

The holy season of Lent is almost upon us with Ash Wednesday starting us off tomorrow. Joan Chittister tells us that Lent is about becoming, doing and changing whatever it is that is blocking the fullness of life in us right now. Have we let relationships with family members or friends go by the wayside? Have we let care for ourselves go–exercising regularly, eating in a more healthy way, reaching out beyond ourselves, Sister Joan asks.

Catholics have in the past, often looked at Lent as a time to “give up” something with the intent of becoming a stronger, better person. In more recent years, we all have been encouraged to “give to” rather than, “give up” something and I would suggest that we look at what is needed within us as individuals and do something to make that a reality. We have been invited to use the Lenten calendar from Habitat for Humanity as a way to help those who have less. Maybe you have wanted to do some regular spiritual reading….And in the end, do what is most meaningful for you!

Friends, when we meet for our Zoom Mass this month, February 28, at 10 A.M. CST, we will do an “Ashes Ritual” as we won’t be meeting in person on Ash Wednesday–tomorrow. You are probably already thinking about what you might want to do to better yourself during this next 40 days and I will share readings for tomorrow and Sunday at the end of this.

If you can’t be with us for the Zoom Mass on the 28th of this month, you can perform the following ritual tomorrow. If you can be with the community via Zoom, we will do this together then.

Take some of last year’s palms and place in a fire-proof container. To this, take a small piece of paper and write on it something that you want to do this Lent to help make you a better person. If more than one person is in your home, you can use the same container. We will burn the contents together at the Offertory time and then sign ourselves with the ashes after Communion. If you can’t be with us on the 28th, do the ritual when best for you. I give my sister-priest Alice credit for this idea.

Wishing each of you peace and love, stay well and safe as we all await our vaccinations! Pastor Kathy

P.S. Call me 507-429-3616 or email, aaorcc2008@gmail.com if you need me or just want to chat, if I don’t get to you first!

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Readings for Ash Wednesday:

  • Joel 2: 12-18
  • 2 Corinthians 5: 2–6:2
  • Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-18

Readings for 1st Sunday of Lent

  • Genesis 9: 8-15
  • 1 Peter 3: 18-22
  • Mark 1: 12-15

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Bulletin – 6th Sunday in [Extra]Ordinary Time in a Pandemic

NO MASS THIS SUNDAY IN PERSON, 2-14-21, BUT SAVE 2-28-21 FOR OUR NEXT ZOOM MASS!

Sunday is “heart” day!

The holy season of Lent begins this next Wednesday, February 17, 2021. We will have a special ashes service at our next Zoom Mass on February 28th.

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Dear Friends,

We continue in this [Extra] Ordinary Time being challenged to follow our brother Jesus–to say as he did in this week’s gospel– “I am willing” to do what is needed. In these difficult times, let us be clear on what being Jesus’ follower means–doing what in our hearts and minds we know is the right thing.

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Peace and love, Pastor Kathy

P.S. If I can be of any help, or you would just like to chat, please be in contact, aaorcc2008@gmail.com or by phone, 507-429-3616.

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Readings:

  • Leviticus 13: 1-2, 44-46
  • 1 Corinthians 10: 31-11: 1
  • Mark 1: 40-45

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Bulletin – 5th Sunday in [Extra] Ordinary Time in a Pandemic

NO MASS IN PERSON THIS WEEK, FEBRUARY 7, 2021

Mark your calendars for February 28, 2021 for next Zoom Mass–special ashes ceremony at this Mass–Lent begins February 17, 2021.

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Dear Friends,

We continue these next two Sundays in [Extra] Ordinary Time–moving ever closer toward the holy season of Lent of which Sister Joan Chittister says, quoting the prophet, Joel, “Rend your hearts, not your clothing.” In other words, Lent is a call for each of us to live anew–with a new heart.

But, we leave that for now and continue in the journey which is ours today. This week’s readings are very much about walking in faith, trusting that our loving God knows what is best for each of us, calling us to new ideas, perhaps.

Wishing each of you peace and love–stay safe and well….Pastor Kathy

P. S. As I reach out to you during each month, I become aware of your needs and of how I might help. In between my calls, if needs arise, or you would just like to have an ear and a heart to share with, please don’t hesitate to get in touch–aaorcc2008@gmail.com or 507-429-3616.

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Readings:

  • Job 7: 1-4, 6-7
  • 1 Corinthians 9: 16-19, 22-23
  • Mark 1: 29-39

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Bulletin – 4th Sunday in [Extra] Ordinary Time in a Pandemic

Dear Friends,

NO MASS IN PERSON THIS SUNDAY–January 31, 2021.

Mark you calendars for Sunday, February 28, 2021 for our next Zoom Mass–consider inviting a friend!

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We continue on this week with [Extra] Ordinary Time–always a challenge! We will have the good fortune of a homily from Pastor Dick Dahl this week which I will send out on Saturday.

This week’s readings encourage us to follow “the prophet[s]” in our midst and “harden not our hearts” when we hear and see them, the psalmist instructs. Paul suggests that “married people” can’t give their full attention to God, but I beg to differ–it is all in one’s perspective! Jesus, through his good actions for one in trouble in today’s gospel shows us the way we are to be in our world, comforting where we can.

Peace and love,

Pastor Kathy

P.S. Call me, 507-429-3616 or email, aaorcc2008@gmail.com if I can help in any way.

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Readings:

  • Deuteronomy 18: 15-20
  • 1 Corinthians 7: 32-34, 35
  • Mark 1: 21-28

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