Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017 is the official start of Lent.  According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops the theme for Lent in 2017 is “Give Up, Take Up, Lift Up!”

They continue…”During Lent, take inspiration from the words of Saint Paul (2 Cor 8:9) and contemplate his invitation to live a life of evangelical poverty.  Embrace the Lord’s call to being the blessed poor by “giving up” material things, including food, superfluous to your basic needs; “taking up” charitable habits directed to helping and caring for others; and “lifting up” those in need through giving alms, through praying for them, and by participating in devotional practices.”

Ashes will be distributed during the 8:00 AM Mass, 12:05 PM Mass and the 7:30 PM Mass at Mother of Divine Providence Church.

Please remember to check last week’s bulletin (available here online) and keep the Lenten calendar handy in your home so that you and your family may participate in as many Lenten events as possible.     Let’s be sure to make this a very good Lent!

 

 

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by Susan Dugary

LET US LOVE AS GOD LOVES

DEACON GREG MASKARINEC’S HOMILY

7TH SUNDAY ON ORDINARY TIME


One of my favorite movies is Miracle, the true story about the US men’s ice hockey team in 1980 that was put together to do the impossible:  to win an Olympic gold medal.  The coach told his players, “You think you can win on talent alone?  Gentlemen, you don’t have enough talent to win on talent alone.”  in addition to talent, two other ingredients were necessary to bring home the gold medal:  personal sacrifice and teamwork.  And so the coach put his players through a grueling conditioning program that made them better physically fit than any of their opponents.  If you’ve seen the movie you probably remember the coach calling his players back on the ice after a lackluster effort in an exhibition game where he had them do wind sprints on the ice…”again”, “again”, “again”. He also developed an unselfish cooperation among a bunch of testosterone-filled young men, many of whom had been college rivals and didn’t like each other.  The players thought the coach was unrealistic, obsessed, and even crazy.  In the end, the US men’s ice hockey team achieved the goal for which the team was created.   They beat the Soviets and then Finland to clinch the Olympic gold medal. Continue reading

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by Susan Dugary

This Week @ MDP: Sharing God’s Love <3

This week our PREP (CCD) children sent St. Valentine’s cards to our sick and home-bound parishioners.  Messages included, “God loves you and we are praying for you!” and the staff favorite: “When God made you, it was love at first sight!”

Here at MDP, we share God’s love!

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by Lauren Joyce

“Love God and do what you like.”

Saint Augustine said that the Christian life can be summoned up in one phrase, “Love God and do what you like.”  It sounds good, doesn’t it until you realize that it is filled with responsibility and consequences. “Love God and do what you like.” When we realize how much God has loved us, the one desire of our life is to answer that love; this becomes our greatest task and primary focus in all the world, for it presents us with the obligation to love the way God loves.

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by Father Cioppi

Confession, Communion, Prayer

“Keep your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care.” In these hystercial times, we all want to keep our families safe.

The Book of Isaiah reminds us when we find our lives steeped in the darkness of sin or we find ourselves stuck in an attitude of gloom and doom, to “share your bread with the hungry.”

Jesus reminds us that we are “the salt of the earth.” But what if salt goes flat? There are three demonstrations of ‘Spirit and power’ that you can do to keep your faith active and effective: Confession, Communion and Prayer.

  1. Confession keeps us working on a life of virtue rather than a life stunted by vice.
  2. Communion transforms our earthly life into the Divine Life able to attract others away from sin.
  3. Prayer assures a deep and lasting relationship with Jesus Who is the Face of God.

No where does it say that it will be easy. It depends on how strong our earthly desires have become. Relying on good Christian practice will ignite a desire to share with others the Good News we have been given freely and unconditionally.

“So that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God,” do not be afraid to take up the Cross of Virtue every day consciously and joyfully.

May our families always be defended by God’s protection and by our example in virtues: Confession, Communion and Prayer.

 

 

 

 

 

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by Father Cioppi

This Week @ MDP: First Reconciliation!

Nearly 50 of our parish children received the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) for the first time this week, together with their families.  May our parishioners always be close to God’s mercy in this sacrament of forgiveness!

Here at MDP, we celebrate God’s mercy!

Weekly Confessions @ MDP are 4:00-5:00pm in Church, or by appointment if you call the parish office at 610-265-4178.  God is waiting for you in this experience of mercy and grace!

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by Lauren Joyce

Jesus calls us to become better for the sake of the lost

The Beatitudes serve as a code of moral attitudes based in the Ten Commandments that guide us to true and lasting happiness.

Jesus reminds us that all other desires in this world are fleeting. The only real sense of happiness, our only true peace in life is what we will find by putting into practice the commandments in this way.

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by Father Cioppi

This Week @ MDP: Catechist Receives 40-Year Award!

Many congratulations to Vic Limongelli on his 40th year serving as a CCD/PREP Catechist (teacher)!  Catechist awards were conferred by His Excellency Archbishop Chaput in January at the Cathedral.

Here at MDP, we teach God’s truth to our children!

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by Susan Dugary

“Come after Me!”

“The Lord is my light and my salvation.”

In order for the Lord to become a light in our life, we have to remember what Jesus did in the Gospel of John: He first ‘withdrew,’ and from that stillness He begins to preach, “repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

These are not just words however, Jesus tells Peter and Andrew, “come after Me.” “Come after Me” means that God reaches through the words of your mouth and into your heart and once He has your attention, He fills you with the grace and the courage to convert from sin repent and accept being reconciled with God.

If you do this. If you allow God to reach in and hold your heart; if you do this in Love for Jesus, you can gladly proclaim to each other and to the poor, “The Lord is my light and my salvation” and they would believe you; they would begin to seek Him out.

 

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by Father Cioppi

Ordinary Time – How Extraordinary!

Deacon Greg Maskarinec’s Homily – Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christmas has come and gone.  The parties are over, the shopping is behind us, the decorations have been taken down, and all the cookies have been eaten…I’m living proof of that!  And today we find ourselves at the beginning of what the Church calls “Ordinary Time”.  Ordinary usually means mundane or commonplace.   But if this is our expectation of Ordinary Time then we are in for  a surprise.  You see, there is nothing mundane or commonplace about Ordinary Time.

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by Susan Dugary