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  • Holy Week Schedule

    Thursday, 3/29
    7:00 PM - Mass of the Last Supper

    Friday, 3/30,
    12:15 AM - Stations of the Cross
    7:00 PM - Veneration of Cross / Holy Communion

    Saturday, 3/31
    8:30 PM - Easter Vigil

    Sunday, 4/1
    7:30, 9:00 & 11:15 AM - Easter Sunday Masses

  • Bp. Barron's Lent Reflections

    • Friends, our Gospel for today contains one of the most beautiful and terrible summations of the Christian message: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it...
  • Today's Readings

    • Reading 1  Jer 31:31-34
      Responsorial Psalm  Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15.
      Reading 2  Heb 5:7-9
      Gospel  Jn 12:20-33
  • Reflection

    "Now there were some Greeks among those who had come to worship at the feast. They came to Philip and asked him, 'Sir, we would like to see Jesus.'" It has begun. News of Jesus has spread beyond native-born, Aramaic-speaking Jews. We don't know if the Greeks mentioned here heard of Jesus from fellow travelers or if news of this intriguing rabbi had reached all the way to their home. What we do know is that this interaction spurred an interesting comment from Jesus: "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified." In other words, it has begun. The time has come for the message to move beyond the geographic bounds of Israel.

    But what does this message require? The Gospel is clear: "he said this indicating the kind of death he would die." A grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies to its life as only a seed. A caterpillar takes on the appearance of temporary death in order to transform into a butterfly. In the Gospels, sacrifice and death are a way of becoming something more than you were before.

    This Lent, new life can come from our sacrifices. When we enter into the season with Jesus, our difficulties can transform our perspective. "Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit."

    As we abstain from meat and fast from eating between meals, we can grow in compassion for the hungry. We can give alms of our time, sacrificially spending time with the lonely, the sick, and the marginalized. Our little Lenten "deaths" -- death to unnecessary preferences, death to selfish living, death to ignorance of other's pain -- can bring new life to the world long after the season is over. This is the invitation this Sunday and every Lenten season, to begin anew from death to life.