Don’t Give Up Chocolate For Lent

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Sign up for BEST LENT EVER, a free email program from Dynamic Catholic. Lent comes every year. It’s meant to be a time when we invite God to help us become the-best-version-of-ourselves. But for many of us, Lent isn’t a transformative experience. It’s just a time when we give up chocolate or something else we enjoy, then go back to it at Easter. This year, you can change that with BLE. You’ll receive daily emails with short inspirational videos, practical tips for your everyday life, and real-life stories to encourage you in your journey. All you have to do is sign up at DynamicCatholic.com/BestLent.

 

Make Lent 2018 Your Best Ever with FORMED!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 is not only Valentine’s Day, but more important to our faith, it’s Ash Wednesday. The beginning of 6 weeks of Lenten disciplines. Do you sometimes just stumble through Lent without having a plan? Does Easter come and leave you wondering what happened to the time? Finally, there’s a way to not stumble any more. Furthermore, there’s a way to make a plan that’s easy yet unbelievably rewarding! Why not use this time to learn more about the Saints? Learn more about the faith? Take a leap into the beauty of Catholicism with FORMED!

What IS FORMED?

FORMED is the revolutionary digital platform. It gives our parish unprecedented access to video-based study programs, feature films, audio presentations, and eBooks. And not from just anywhere. From the Church’s foremost presenters. With this in mind, please know this is not just for adults. There are great offerings for youth! Furthermore, it’s available to you 24/7!

  • 300+ episodes of video-based study programs
  • 35+ feature films and movies
  • 45+ audio presentations
  • 25+ eBooks
  • Available in English and Spanish!

FORMED IS AN UNPRECEDENTED PARTNERSHIP OF THESE APOSTOLATES:

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Did You Know?

Did you know that Assumption is a FORMED subscriber? What does this mean for Assumption Parishioners? It means it’s an absolutely GREAT benefit to you. Assumption pays for the subscription saving you hundred of dollars! What’s more, it gives all parishioners access to watch or listen to hundreds of titles of the best Catholic books, videos and CDs available! With this in mind, why not get the family involved and watch a Catholic movie together?

Grow In The Faith!

FORMED offers many options:

  • STUDY which includes faith formation, Bible study, current topics and excellent youth options.
  • WATCH features movies, documentaries, apologetics and youth options (not to mention great family options!).
  • LISTEN offers talks, audio dramas and audio books.
  • READ which includes fiction, non-fiction and books for Youth.

See just a few titles offered on FORMED:

How Do You Access FORMED?

It’s easy! Simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to FORMED.org
  2. Click on Register
  3. Enter Assumption’s Parish code: BRWB4Y
  4. Create your FREE account by entering your email address.

FORMED and Lent Go Hand-In-Hand!

Take advantage of this wonderful cost-saving opportunity to access the great titles on FORMED for free this Lenten Season. And grow in your faith at the same time!

 

Pope Francis’ 2018 Prayer Intentions

Please remember to keep the Holy Father’s prayer intentions included with your daily prayers throughout 2018. Each Sunday during the Angelus address, he will request prayers for specific people and situations that are of deep concern to him and the universal Church.

Click here to access and download the 2018 monthly prayer intentions!

 

The Group Rosary Brings Forth Numerous Graces!

Group Rosary prayer is the best way to pray the Rosary. In Sacred Scripture, Our Lord says: “For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”Matthew 18:20

This verse is often quoted to show the power of group prayer. This certainly includes praying in a group Rosary but is not exclusive to the Rosary. Furthermore, many popes have encouraged group Rosaries.

Group Rosaries are Powerful

To further demonstrate that the group recitation of the Rosary is indeed powerful are the words of Blessed Pope Pius IX, “Give me one million families praying the Rosary and the world is saved.”

He also said, “If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, in your country, assemble every evening to recite the Rosary.” This theme of families, groups, countries and even armies praying together is carried forward by the words of Pope St. Pius X. He said, “Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”

Clearly these Pontiffs were encouraging, no beseeching, people to pray the Rosary together in groups. The Rosary is not only efficacious for personal spiritual growth and special graces. The Rosary is also powerful enough to end war and even save the world!

Please join our voices together in a Group Rosary every Saturday and Sunday:

5:00pm before the 5:30pm Masses Saturday and Sunday evenings
8:30am before the 9:00am Mass Sunday morning

All ages (from infant to adult) are encouraged to join as it’s never too early and it’s never too late to start praying the Rosary! If you’ve forgotten how to pray the Rosary, the Group Rosary recitations are the best way to re-learn. Fall in love with the Rosary all over again. Please join us.

When battered by life’s storms, or immersed in a dense fog of suffering and uncertainty, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the circumstances.

Yet with words that echo through thousands of years into the corners of our hearts, the Lord says to us, “Do not fear: I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10).

He speaks these words not as one who merely observes our pain, but as one who experienced immense suffering. And the very wounds that bear witness to his suffering indicate the essence of our identity and worth: we are loved by God.

Reflecting on the healed wounds of the Risen Christ, we see that even our most difficult trials can be the place where God manifests his victory. He makes all things beautiful. He makes all things new.

Our Mission from Christ: Go

He is always with us. Jesus promised this when he gave the disciples the same mission he gives to each of us: Go.

Go be my hands and feet to a world enslaved by fear. Go to the woman who is unexpectedly pregnant and fears the future. Go to your friend who fears reprisal at work because he takes a stand for the protection of human life. Go to your aging parent in failing health who fears being a burden. And go to others, too, for their support.

We don’t need to have everything figured out. We can simply follow the guidance of Our Blessed Mother, the first disciple: “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). Walk with each other. Do not be afraid to embrace God’s gift of life. Whatever storms or trials we face, we are not alone. He is with us.

“Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

 

NABRE © 2010 CCD. Leccionarios I, II y III, Comisión Episcopal de Pastoral Litúrgica de la Conferencia Episcopal Mexicana, © 1987, Fifth Edition, September 2004. Copyright © 2017, USCCB, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.

Mark Your Calendars to Pray for Lives Affected by Abortion

2018 Nine Days for Life – January 18th through January 26th

All life is precious!

Since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision 45 years ago, more than 58 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion. In addition, the lives of millions of parents have been shattered as well.

In prayerful recognition of these lost and broken lives, the U.S. Bishops invite Catholics and others nationwide to participate in Nine days of prayer, penance and pilgrimage (January 18th – 26th). Click the link for details or to set up to receive the daily novena in English and Spanish each day by email, text or through the organization’s app.

As Pope Saint John Paul II reminds us in The Gospel of Life, we are asked not only to love and honor human life, but also “to work with perseverance and courage” to establish “a new culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love.” (no 77)