Weekend of February 3 & 4th 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Barona: Daily Rosary and Mass: Wednesday through Friday. Rosary at 7:45 AM, Mass at 8:00 AM.
Weekends: Saturday, 5:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 AM.
Confessions: Saturday, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Adoration: 1st Thurs. of the month (6:00 PM) and 1st Fri. of the month (8:00 AM).
Viejas: Weekends: Sunday, 10:00 AM.
Confessions: By appointment.
Sycuan: Weekends: Sunday, Noon.
Confessions: By appointment
PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM Gilbert Rodriguez, Tom Hyde, Carol Lane, Anita Curo, Sue Kierig, Martha Boone, A. J. Samot, Angelo Samot, Lourdes Adora, Donna Berardi, Secora Nelson, Daniel Vicaldo, Kash Osuna-Sutton, Gabe Dowell, Diana Pico, Clayton Curo, Bobby Malibago, Dolly Albano, Ray Mayor, Mike Montes, Judy Bonnell, Bobbie Turner
Please check prayer list and add names as desired.
Mass Intentions – Feb. 4, 2018
Weekend Masses: Sunday, 8:00 AM John and Dora Curo Sunday, 10:00 AM Community of Viejas Sunday, Noon Community of Sycuan
A Vocation View: Proclaiming the gospel is our Christian mission. Jesus proclaimed the Good News and healed because he was rooted in prayer. Take Jesus’ lead – pray!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION SCHEDULE
Barona: Classes for Grades K – 8 at Barona meet on Thursdays, at 2:30 and 3:30.
Viejas: Classes meet on Wednesdays, 3:30, Kateri Hall.
Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 PM – Parish Financial Meeting, Ed Nolan’s office
Ash Wednesday, February 14:
Barona 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM Sycuan 5:00 PM Viejas 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 11 – Tuesday, March 13 – Parish Lenten Retreat, Club House
“Our life’s journey: a Gift from crib to cross - Guided by His Resurrected Spirit.”
The focus of this scriptural based retreat is an inter-active prayer-filled experience including presentations/guided reflections with use of religious art and symbols.
Fr. Joe Miller, SVD and Esther Delao are looking forward to sharing this Lenten experience with you!
Tuesday, March 13 - Session followed by Confessions
Abstinence from meat for all Catholics 14 years and older on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent.
Fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This means all are obliged not to eat in between meals and the main meal is not to equal the two smaller meals. For health reasons, this obligation is dispensed. If you are over fifty-nine this obligation is optional.
JUST A REMINDER
Ed Nolan’s days on the reservations will be Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week. He will still be available for Children’s Masses, and will have some availability for anniversaries and funerals.
FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
If you are one of those people who surfs a lot on your TV, there is no doubt (especially if you have cable) that you have hit more than once on one of those healing-prayer services. Evidently these are quite popular and I’m sure very credible in the eyes of many viewers.
Why is this so? It is so because there exists in our world today (as ever before) so much pain, so much suffering. People everywhere are looking for cures, looking for healing, and they will try to find them anywhere, even from those strange-looking religious figures who fill our tv screens.
So there is no question that suffering enters our life, just as it enters the life of many other persons. In the Old Testament we find instances of individual and national suffering. Perhaps the most obvious suffering individual is Job, who suffered so much and so intensely that he almost despaired. Yet, though his life was one of suffering, Job never lost his trust in God. Scripture tells us Job cursed the day he was born yet he stayed with the Lord, trusting in God’s providence and love. And although he understood that it was the Lord who gave and the Lord who took away, in the end Job blessed the Lord, and determined to accept his suffering and his pain.
Centuries later, when Jesus walked this earth, he was certainly aware that many people suffered pain from sickness and other physical ills. Fortunately our loving Lord helped many who suffered by healing them. We don’t know how many people were healed by Jesus (some scholars estimate the number to be in the tens of thousands), but when we read the Gospels we come away with the impression that while he was with us, Jesus was either curing someone, or on his way to a healing, or coming home from one. And as we know from the Scriptures, he even raised at least three people from the dead.
What kind of people did Jesus cure? We don’t know too much about them, but one thing is sure: some of them asked Jesus to cure them, to let them see, or walk, or hear again, and some of them, such as those nameless persons who formed the crowds who hung around the houses or other areas where Jesus was staying, did not even ask. Yet the healings happened; over and over again Jesus performed miracles of healing.
Do you think that perhaps the same wonderful events could still happen in our world today? Would Jesus, could Jesus, still cure, still heal us perhaps of our ills, our sicknesses, our pains? The answer, obviously, is yes, a thousand times yes!
Yet people today (and this might include you) do not ask for healings, do not dare to ask, perhaps because they feel too unworthy. Could it be that these people fail to realize, or fail to remember, that Jesus is most compassionate towards the hurting, that Jesus sought out the suffering, so that he could heal them or help them in every possible way? These poor sufferers (and maybe you are one of them) might also fail to understand that Jesus is all powerful, that his healing is still available, and that all we have to do is ask Jesus to remove our pains, our sufferings, and even our sins through the sacrament of Reconciliation. Do we not read in the Gospels that Jesus often linked forgiveness of sins with physical healing? He is truly our most compassionate and loving Savior.
Let me make one more somewhat disassociated lesson from this Sunday’s gospel. It applies to one particular class of people in the audience: married men. In the first part of today’s story where we have the story of an important healing done by Jesus, did you notice who was healed? None other than Peter’s mother-in-law! That little human interest story might help in establishing your special priorities, and give you more love and peace at home.
It’s one of those added blessings which cost little and do much for you and yours.