DIOCESE OF PALM BEACH CONTINUES TO MONITOR DEVELOPMENTS RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS
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Important Message From Bishop Barbarito
All Roman Catholic Churches in the Diocese of Palm Beach will be closed to the public effective Friday, March 20, 2020 until further notice. The celebration of Mass by our Priests is not suspended and will continue on weekdays and Sundays, even though public participation is excluded.
Someone will be available in the parish office to arrange for assistance if needed, and for the availability of a priest for confession or anointing of the sick. Funerals, weddings, and baptisms, that cannot be postponed, will be accomodated, provided the necessary precautions of limited attendance and recommended distancing are followed. Confirmations will be rescheduled.
Please keep in mind that the Diocese will follow all public directives, guidelines, precautions and procedures.
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Link to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website
Florida Department Of Health Guidelines
The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness. Wash your hands with soap & water. Cover your coughs & sneezes with your arm, not your hands. If you're sick, stay at home & avoid crowds.
Know the symptoms of #COVID19:
- Shortness of breath
If you're experiencing these symptoms, contact a medical professional and visit the Florida Department of Health website for more info.
Link to Florida Department Of Health Website
GENERAL PREVENTION CHART
LOURDES GROTTO & PRAYER GARDEN
CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS
Thank you for your support in our efforts to build a Grotto and Prayer Garden to honor our patroness, Our Lady of Lourdes. As the Parish continues its mission, please consider supporting the building of the Lourdes Grotto and Prayer Garden so we could secure all the needed funds for its completion. The Blue envelopes for this purpose could be found in Church. Please, continue supporting this lasting memorial of our faith and devotion to Blessed Mary. We rely solely on your generous contributions and prayers to bring to completion this wonderful testimonial of our Catholic faith.
Pavers ----------------------------------------- $150 each
For Naming and Memorial Opportunities Please contact the Parish Office at (561) 483 2440
Meditations From The Lenten Retreat
The First Meditation focuses on what we can learn from Jesus' agony in relation to the human will. Jesus is true God and true Man, so He has a human will, a human nature. In His agony in the garden of Gethsemane, we can learn how to imitate Jesus's exercise of His human will in relation to God's will. He empowered our human will to always do God's will; to be prompt in serving God's will whatever it takes.
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In the Second Meditation Jesus felt, in His human nature, what sin has done to humanity, and He agonized for all the sin of humanity, past, present and future. Please take time and prayerfully follow the meditation. May God bless you, and make your lenten journey a meaningful and fruitful one.
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Spiritual Rain During a Spiritual Drought
During this trying time of spiritual drought, because of the lack of availability of the Church to the public for Mass and prayer, Fr. Joepel is doing a Vlog as often as possible to help us maintain our link to Our Lady of Lourdes, as well as for our spiritual edification. I hope you will take advantage of his efforts, and communicate this information to others.
Click to view Video - Be Hopeful, God is in control
Click to view Video - Praying the Angelic Trisagion, Let us pray
The Angelic Trisagion Prayer
Click to view Video - Viral to virus, Stay focused, God Reigns
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LENTEN FASTING AND ABSTINANCE
The following regulations regarding fasting and abstinence are observed in the United States.
Individuals between 18 and 59 are obliged to fast – eat one full meal – on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Eating two smaller meals is permitted if necessary to maintain strength but eating between meals should be avoided.
Catholics from 14 years old until death are bound to practice abstinence.
These obligations, however, do not apply to those whose health or ability to work would be seriously affected.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Holy Week by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
General Audience, 8 April 2009
Holy Week, which for Christians is the most important week of the year, gives us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the central events of the Redemption, to relive the Paschal Mystery, the great Mystery of faith. The solemn liturgical rites will help us to meditate more vividly on the Passion, death and Resurrection of the Lord in the days of the Holy Triduum of Easter, the cornerstone of the entire liturgical year. May divine grace open our hearts to an understanding of the invaluable gift of salvation, obtained for us by Christ's sacrifice.
We find this immense gift wonderfully described in a famous hymn contained in the Letter to the Philippians (cf. 2: 6-11), upon which we have meditated several times during Lent. The Apostle concisely and effectively retraces the mystery of the history of salvation, mentioning the arrogance of Adam who, although he was not God, wanted to be like God. And he compares the arrogance of the first man, which we all tend to feel in our being, with the humility of the true Son of God who, in becoming man does not hesitate to take upon himself all human weaknesses, save sin, and going even as far as the depths of death. This descent to the ultimate depths of the Passion and death is followed by his exaltation, the true glory, the glory of love which went to the very end.
And it is therefore right as St Paul says that "at Jesus' name every knee must bend in the heavens, on the earth and under the earth, and every tongue profess that Jesus Christ is Lord" (ibid., 2: 10-11). With these words, St Paul refers to a prophecy of Isaiah in which God says: I am God... to me every knee shall bend in Heaven and on earth (cf. Is 45: 23). This, Paul says, applies to Jesus Christ. He truly is, in his humility, in the true greatness of his love, the Lord of the world and before him every knee bends. (. . . ) Together with Blessed Mary we shall enter the Upper Room, we shall remain at the foot of the Cross, we shall watch in spirit beside the dead Christ, waiting with hope for the dawn of the radiant day of the Resurrection.
IF SOMEONE IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 911
Florida Abuse Hotline: 1-800-962-2873
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Victim Assistance Coordinator 561-801-0999
ARE YOU AN ACTIVE PARISHIONER?
A Parish is not simply a "branch office" of the Church, nor a periodic audience of people, nor an occasional public; but it is a formally organized social group. It is a portion of a Diocese under the authority of a priest legitimately appointed to secure in virtue of his office for the faithful dwelling therein, the helps of religion.
The faithful are called parishioners, and they become parishioners by acquiring a domicile or a quasi-domicile within the geographical boundaries or territory of the Parish.
Parishioners could be active parishioners or non active parishioners, and the question of parishioner status is important because parishioners look to their Parish for many services:
parishioner tuition rates in our Catholic schools; the use of our facilities for liturgical services such as baptisms, weddings and funerals; and certification as eligible sponsors at Sacramental celebrations.
These rights and services within the church bring with them certain obligations, as in any form of community.
To be considered “active,” a parishioners must be registered in the parish; attend Mass faithfully; support the life of the parish by sharing time and talents in service, and sharing treasure (tithing) to build up the community. Active participation in Christian Stewardship makes you an ACTIVE parishioner.
2020 Diocesan Services Appeal
Thank you to all of you who have supported the DSA in the past, and have helped our Parish to meet its goal. The funds collected helped our Diocese of Palm Beach in assisting those in need the most, and provided funding for the various programs throughout the Diocese, from Catholic Charities to Seminarians formation. Please, consider participating in such a charitable endeavor as an expression of personal gratitude for the Lord’s countless blessings.
Our goal for this year is $177,000. No matter how large or small the amount, your participation will help our Catholic Church build a better world, as Christ taught us.
Please click HERE to read letter from Bishop Barbarito
We publish the Banns of Marriage for:
Bryan Schmidt & Bridget Gramlic - Sept 26, 2020
Robert Calabro & Diana Nin - Nov 21, 2020
Brett Morreale & Amanda Valdalez - Nov 21, 2020
VOCATIONS CHALICE PROGRAM
Contact the Knights of Columbus, Jack Viadero, at (561) 483-2440, to receive the Vocations Chalice to pray throughout the week for vocations.
St. Bernadette's Place
Wednesdays 10:00 - Noon
St. Bernadette's place is our Parish Food Pantry, and it is supported by the generosity and donations our parishioners. We are happy to provide assistance to those who live within the Parish community boundaries. If you are requesting assistance please provide:
- Picture I.D with your current address - e.g. Drivers's License
- One additional form of documentation with your address
We thank all our parishioners who support us with their donations of imperishable items and financial assistance. May you be richly blessed. Christ's Poor & Hungry Apostolate.
WILLS & BEQUESTS
A Bequest, a gift of money or assets left through your will, is vital to your Parish Church and the people the Church serves. It is a unique gift and an investment in the future. By leaving a bequest you are making a lasting difference in the life of the Parish community.
Our Lady of Lourdes welcomes charitable donations made by bequest through your Will or through Trust. In remembering our Church you also leave a lasting legacy.
There are various forms of bequests that you may make. For example, the proceeds of an unrestricted bequest may be used where needed, whereas a restricted bequest specifies the use of the donation. Bequests may come in the form of a specific dollar amount, securities, real estate, tangible property, and retirement account assets. A residuary bequest allows Our Lady of Lourdes to receive all or a percentage of your estate after all obligations have been met. If a Will or Trust already exists, an amendment can be done by an attorney through a document called a codicil, which adds a new bequest.
Our Lady of Lourdes is a charitable, not-for-profit institution; therefore, all bequests are fully deductible for estate tax purposes.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a program designed to instruct children in kindergarten through 5th grade on Sunday during the readings and homily of the Mass. The children are escorted out of the Church after opening prayers, just before the first reading, to a room behind the sacristy – The Holy Family Room. There, the children hear and learn about the same readings the adults hear during Mass. The difference is that the readings are then worded in language that the children can readily understand. They learn the background and/or reasons for the readings and what they mean. In addition, Church etiquette is stressed.
If you are interested in participating in the program, either as an instructor or aide, your stepping forward would be greatly appreciated and welcomed.
Please contact the Main Office in the CFC Building with your name and contact number. We look forward to hearing from you.
ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED
Serving the Altar during Mass is an awesome privilege that allows Altar Servers to grow closer to God in a very unique way. Not many people could be that close to the holy sacrifice of the Mass when it is offered by the Priest but Altar Servers and clergy.
Altar Servers should be Baptized and have received their First Communion. The minimum age is 8 or in 3rd grade.
Boys and girls who wish to become Altar Servers should be mature enough to understand their responsibilities, and to carry them out with reverence.
Don’t miss this great honor. Call the Religious Education Office at 561 483 2440 ext 1429.
USHERS NEEDED - 5PM MASS
Volunteering is a rewarding way to serve your community. It challenges your spirit, fills your heart and enriches your life. Yours may be a renewed sense of purpose or possibly work to fill idle moments. Maybe it’s the opportunity to touch someone on a heartfelt level and be touched in return. Consider becoming a Church usher and greeter at the 5:00PM Mass. If you would like to serve and coordinate the Ushers at the Mass, please contact the Parish office at (561) 483 2440.
Mar 15, 2020 Mar 22, 2020 Mar 29, 2020
ADVERTISE IN OUR BULLETIN
Support our Parish by Advertising your Business in our Parish Bulletin.
DID YOU KNOW...The weekly bulleting of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church is provided by J.S.Paluch Company to us at no cost. The bulletin is solely funded by the support of the local business community through business sponsorships. In order to continue to receive this complimentary bulletin, and many of the other benefits J.S.Paluch provides our church, we are looking for additional sponsorships to fill up the open space on our three sponsorship pages.
If you own a business, know of someone who does, or just want to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or special occasion, please consider promoting the business or event in our church bulletin.
For more information on the sponsorship program, please contact our J.S.Paluch representative, Mr. Patrick Falco. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or directly by phone at 910-200-8383. We thank you for your consideration and support.