On the 3rd, 4th, & 5th Sundays in Lent, those preparing for Baptism receive the Rite of Scrutiny. These prayers & blessings are intended to uncover & heal all that is weak, defective, or sinful in the hearts of the Elect (those to be baptized), & to strengthen all that is upright, strong and good. They deliver the Elect from the power of Satan and protect them in Christ Jesus. Let us pray for Tyler Hardtke, Amy Police and Dan Condol in these final weeks, that their hearts are open to the sacramental graces they will receive through Baptism (Tyler), Confirmation and First Eucharist (Tyler, Amy and Dan) as well as all who will be entering the Church at Easter.
The holy season of Lent is nearly upon us. If you find any palms from last year or nail crosses that you’ve been forgetting to return, it’s time to recycle! Containers will be at the church doors for the palms; take the nail crosses directly into the sacristy before or after Mass.
Join Art & Environment next Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 10:15 AM in Church as we begin our study of the Readings and Rites of Lent. All are welcome as we look to Scripture and the Sacramentary for inspiration for our church environment during the holy season of Lent.
Christians at Risk: Helping Mid-East Christians Rebuild Homes and Communities. St. Malachi Parish is partnering with the Knights of Columbus to enable Christian Refugees in Syria and Iraq to return to and rebuild their homes & communities that were destroyed by the Islamic State.
It costs about $2,000 to resettle one family. Offering envelopes are available at the main doors of church and the St. Malachi shrine for you to contribute to the St. Malachi Parish Lenten Project. Your donation will help the Mid-East Christians return home. Please make your check payable to St. Malachi Parish and write Lenten Project on the memo line. Return offerings on Holy Thursday, March 29 ,2018 or Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.
You will hear the Gospel story of Jesus inviting his disciples into a great mystery with curious pronouncements: Those who love their lives just as they are will lose them. If a grain of wheat dies, it will bear much fruit…What does Jesus mean? The climactic event of Jesus’ passion & death is drawing closer; a time when the great confrontation between Jesus & the powers of darkness take place. When Jesus is lifted up, he will draw all to himself. The Christian steward knows life can’t be lived in complacency. We are called to die to self, bear more fruit, be raised up with Jesus. Jesus brings discomfort to those who are comfortable. Jesus urges us to give witness in his name. How will we respond?
Come, experience God’s mercy this Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at our annual diocesan-wide “Evening of Confession.” St. Malachi and all churches in the diocese will have Confessors available from 5:00-8:00 PM.
Experience God’s loving mercy. In the words of Pope Francis, “God never tires of forgiving us.” This is an excellent Lenten practice as we prepare for Easter.