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The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has received a gift from Mr. Louis Kubacki of Plainfield, Illinois. Mr. Kubacki has spent years compiling his project, “Quotes for Sunday Bulletins.” In an act of stewardship, he has offered this incredible work to the diocese at no cost.

Adult Confirmation at Pentecost:  Bishop Paprocki invites Catholics who are catechized but not confirmed (i.e., who have received catechetical formation and the sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist) to complete the Sacraments of Initiation by celebrating Confirmation at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. Confirmation of catechized Catholics will be celebrated on Pentecost Sunday, June 9, 2019  The registration form along with an original baptismal certificate should be returned to the Office for Catechesis by May 28, 2019.  If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Gallo Callan, secretary, Office for Catechesis, at 217-698-8500, x137 or . Information and registration form can be found on our website at www.dio.org/catechesis/adult-confirmation.html.

The Diocesan Black Catholic Commission is looking for individuals to serve in this important ministry.  If interested, have individuals call Donna at 217-321-1161. 

Legal Clinic:  Attorneys from the Immigration Project are available to answer immigration questions.  Consultants are available on March 22 at the Catholic Charities office, 120 S. 11th St, in Springfield.  To schedule an appointment, email Immigration Project at or call Immigration Project on any weekday, 10 am to 4pm, except Wednesdays and holidays at 309-829-8703.  If no answer, please leave a message with your name, number and reason for calling. 

Mark your calendar for Life Advocacy Day at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 10:00-1:00.  Lunch will be provided.  For more information, and to register to attend the event, go to: https://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html  

Are you experiencing shame, sleepless nights, guilt, or other negative emotions after abortion?  You are not alone.  Call our toll-free Project Rachel helpline for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5. 

The world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima, that has been traveling worldwide for over 70 years, will be in the Springfield area from March 19 – March 29.  Please plan to attend one of the scheduled visits. You can view the current schedule on the Marian Center Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MarianCenterSpringfield. Contact Donna Berte for updates at 217-622-8576 and the individual parish for details.   Learn more about the statue at www.fatimatourforpeace.com or www.bluearmy.com.

Bulletin Shorts for Lent in Year C – 2019
As well as the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays in Year A

PRINTING NOTE:  Check with the pastor or pastoral administrator about which readings will be used for the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent in order to choose the appropriate bulletin shorts. 
¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   The Readings for Year A   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨ 
When we celebrate the three scrutinies with the elect, the Church requires we use the Lectionary Year A readings.  These ancient biblical texts – Woman at the Well, Man Born Blind, and Raising of Lazarus – are so apt for our Christian formation, they can be used every Lent, replacing the Year B and Year C texts even if the scrutinies are not celebrated. 

About Scrutinies.  We celebrate three rites of scrutiny with the elect in the midst of Lent on the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays to uncover and then heal what is sinful and wrong.  As we strengthen them, we look within ourselves, within the Church, and into the world for the same uncovering and healing. 

Third Sunday of Lent – 24 March 2019 – Year A gospel of the Woman at the Well 
Exodus 17:3-7.  Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9.  Romans 5:1-2, 5-8.  John 4:5-42. 
Seeking water.  A hot day.  A thirsty throat.  A deep well.  How is our thirst slaked?  Often with help.  The woman helped Jesus with a drink.  Jesus offered the woman living water. 

  • What does the living water of Baptism still do in me? 
  • How will I support the elect – those who celebrate the Scrutiny today and long for Baptism at Easter – this day and week? 
  • I will do this mercy work, giving drink to the thirsty, by _______________? 

Annunciation of the Lord, Solemnity – Monday, 25 March 2019 
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10. Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11.  Hebrews 10:4-10.  Luke 1:26-38. 
Pondering.  Wouldn’t it be something to be visited by a talking angel?  Surely, some pondering would follow.  Why?  What?  How?  Like Mary. 

  • How will I stop being afraid? 
  • In God’s message to me, to what will I say yes? 

Fourth Sunday of Lent – 31 March 2019 – Year A gospel of the Man Born Blind 
1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a.  Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6.  Ephesians 5:8-14.  John 9:1-41. 
Seeking light.  It is easy to comprehend that the blind cannot see.  But blind or sighted, today’s gospel is more about insight into the invisible.  Christ is the Illumined One we seek – not only in what we see but also in what we hear, touch, taste, and feel. 

  • Because of Baptism, how will I bear the light of Christ in life this week? 
  • How will I support the elect – those who celebrate the Scrutiny today and who seek the Light – this week? 
  • I will do this implied work of mercy, giving light and heat to the needy, by ___________? 

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 07April 2019 – Year A gospel of the Raising of Lazarus 
Ezekiel 37:12-14.  Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8.  Romans 8:8-11.  John 11:1-45. 
Seeking new life.  To the sisters and friends of Lazarus, his illness and death caused great grieving.  The gospel point today:  It is never too late to spend time with the dying and those who care for the dead. Because of Jesus, death, we know, is not the final end. 

  • Who needs assurance that those who die “will see the glory of God”? 
  • How will I support the elect – those who celebrate the Scrutiny today and seek death to sin – as I prepare for my own death? 
  • I will do this mercy work, praying for the living and the dead, by ___________? 

¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   The Readings for Year C   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨ 
When the scrutinies are not celebrated with the elect, the Lectionary readings for the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent in Year C, though not required, may be used.  The Year A readings, however, may always be used in every year on these Sundays. 

Third Sunday of Lent – 24 March 2019
Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15.  Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11.  1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12.  Luke 13:1-9. 
Cultivating the ground.  Have you ever felt unproductive at work or at home?  Just like a tree bearing no fruit?  We can cut our losses and chop it to the ground.  Or we can spend one more year to cultivate and fertilize, to seek goodness and right living. 

  • What year’s extension is God giving me? 
  • How will I let God, the Gardener, tend to me this Lent? 
  • What needs to be pruned away so life returns? 

Annunciation of the Lord, Solemnity – Monday, 25 March 2019 
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10. Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11.  Hebrews 10:4-10.  Luke 1:26-38. 
Pondering.  Wouldn’t it be something to be visited by a talking angel?  Surely, some pondering would follow.  Why?  What?  How?  Like Mary. 

  • How will I stop being afraid? 
  • In God’s message to me, to what will I say yes? 

Fourth Sunday of Lent – 31 March 2019
Joshua 5:9a, 10-12.  Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7.  2 Corinthians 5:17-21.  Luke 15:1-3, 11-32. 
Longing to eat with pigs.  It seems inconceivable that some would be so hungry they would long for the slop and husks in the pig sty.  That is part of the gospel story today.  It is also the story for 12% of citizens and, worse, 18% of children who suffer food insecurity in our own United States.  The prodigal son in the story comes to his senses and returns to the compassion of father and home. We are urged to be that smart, to step away from prideful behavior and return to the Father of all life. 

  • What gets in the way of attending to God’s compassion? 
  • How can I rejoice when God cuts a prodigal one some slack? 
  • I will do this mercy work, giving food to the hungry, by ___________? 

 

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 07April 2019 c
Isaiah 43:16-21.  Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6.  Philippians 3:8-14.  John 8:1-11. 
Writing on the ground.  It is amazing how, first silence, then well-chosen words can defuse the riled-up crowd.  Jesus does it today.  A woman is spared shameful treatment by the mercy and compassion and forgiveness of the One.  Perhaps we can spend the rest of Lent by not picking on others and looking more within.  For the face of mercy is consolation, silence, and compassion. 

  • What stones, intended for another, will I lay down? 
  • Who needs my compassion? 
  • I will do these mercy works, comforting the sorrowful and forgiving injuries, by _________? 

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord – 14 April 2019
Procession:  Luke 19:28-40.  Mass:  Isaiah 50:4-7.  Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24.  Philippians 2:6-11.  Luke 22:14–23:56. 
Waving branches and standing at the Cross.  We are pulled today toward two extremes.  The utter joy of welcoming the true King in procession and the extreme grieving under the Cross.  But we know the end of this story.  The King is not dead! 

  • How can I clear my schedule so I can celebrate all the rites of the Paschal Three Days? 
  • How will I embrace the elect in these final days before Easter Baptism? 
  • With so many mercy work options, this week I will ___________? 

The Paschal Triduum – 18-21 April 2019 
Praying in the Paschal Triduum, the Easter Three Days.  The very heart of the liturgical year is from Holy Thursday evening through Good Friday and Holy Saturday to Easter Sunday beginning in the night and spilling into the day.  We want to, we need to be present and active for each liturgy these days.  Jesus Christ, who did something so totally new by defying death, is with us now and always.  Let us mold ourselves to him.  Let us come and pray with others. 

Legal Clinic:  Attorneys from the Immigration Project are available to answer immigration questions.  Consultants are available on March 22 at the Catholic Charities office, 120 S. 11th St, in Springfield.  To schedule an appointment, email Immigration Project at or call Immigration Project on any weekday, 10 am to 4pm, except Wednesdays and holidays at 309-829-8703.  If no answer, please leave a message with your name, number and reason for calling. 

Mark your calendar for Life Advocacy Day at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 10:00-1:00.  Lunch will be provided.  For more information, and to register to attend the event, go to: https://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html  

Are you experiencing shame, sleepless nights, guilt, or other negative emotions after abortion?  You are not alone.  Call our toll-free Project Rachel helpline for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5. 

Bulletin Shorts for Lent in Year C – 2019
As well as the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays in Year A

Second Sunday of Lent – 17 March 2019 
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18.  Psalm 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14.  Philippians 3:17–4:1.  Luke 9:28b-36. 
Escaping to pray.  Jesus did it again.  He stepped away from the hubbub of life to pray.  He took three friends who were drowsed by sleep on this retreat.  But pray he still did.  And God spoke from the cloud. 

  • How is prayer filling my lenten retreat, my lenten journey? 
  • With whom will I go for some quiet and prayer? 
  • What am I doing to listen for God’s voice? 

Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – Tuesday, 19 March 2019 
2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16.  Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29.  Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22.  Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a.  OR Luke 2:41-51a. 
Dreaming.  Whether in the night or in the day, dreams may be ways for God to speak.  Not always.  But at times, surely!  Saint Joseph teaches us to pay attention.  Sometimes, the goodness of God comes in dreaming. 

  • How will I attend to God’s voice, whether awake or asleep? 

PRINTING NOTE:  Check with the pastor or pastoral administrator about which readings will be used for the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent in order to choose the appropriate bulletin shorts. 
¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   The Readings for Year A   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨ 
When we celebrate the three scrutinies with the elect, the Church requires we use the Lectionary Year A readings.  These ancient biblical texts – Woman at the Well, Man Born Blind, and Raising of Lazarus – are so apt for our Christian formation, they can be used every Lent, replacing the Year B and Year C texts even if the scrutinies are not celebrated. 

About Scrutinies.  We celebrate three rites of scrutiny with the elect in the midst of Lent on the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays to uncover and then heal what is sinful and wrong.  As we strengthen them, we look within ourselves, within the Church, and into the world for the same uncovering and healing. 

Third Sunday of Lent – 24 March 2019 – Year A gospel of the Woman at the Well 
Exodus 17:3-7.  Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9.  Romans 5:1-2, 5-8.  John 4:5-42. 
Seeking water.  A hot day.  A thirsty throat.  A deep well.  How is our thirst slaked?  Often with help.  The woman helped Jesus with a drink.  Jesus offered the woman living water. 

  • What does the living water of Baptism still do in me? 
  • How will I support the elect – those who celebrate the Scrutiny today and long for Baptism at Easter – this day and week? 
  • I will do this mercy work, giving drink to the thirsty, by _______________? 

Annunciation of the Lord, Solemnity – Monday, 25 March 2019 
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10.  Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11.  Hebrews 10:4-10.  Luke 1:26-38. 
Pondering.  Wouldn’t it be something to be visited by a talking angel?  Surely, some pondering would follow.  Why?  What?  How?  Like Mary. 

  • How will I stop being afraid? 
  • In God’s message to me, to what will I say yes? 

Fourth Sunday of Lent – 31 March 2019 – Year A gospel of the Man Born Blind 
1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a.  Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6.  Ephesians 5:8-14.  John 9:1-41. 
Seeking light.  It is easy to comprehend that the blind cannot see.  But blind or sighted, today’s gospel is more about insight into the invisible.  Christ is the Illumined One we seek – not only in what we see but also in what we hear, touch, taste, and feel. 

  • Because of Baptism, how will I bear the light of Christ in life this week? 
  • How will I support the elect – those who celebrate the Scrutiny today and who seek the Light – this week? 
  • I will do this implied work of mercy, giving light and heat to the needy, by ___________? 

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 07April 2019 – Year A gospel of the Raising of Lazarus 
Ezekiel 37:12-14.  Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8.  Romans 8:8-11.  John 11:1-45. 
Seeking new life.  To the sisters and friends of Lazarus, his illness and death caused great grieving.  The gospel point today:  It is never too late to spend time with the dying and those who care for the dead. Because of Jesus, death, we know, is not the final end. 

  • Who needs assurance that those who die “will see the glory of God”? 
  • How will I support the elect – those who celebrate the Scrutiny today and seek death to sin – as I prepare for my own death? 
  • I will do this mercy work, praying for the living and the dead, by ___________? 

¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   The Readings for Year C   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨ 
When the scrutinies are not celebrated with the elect, the Lectionary readings for the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent in Year C, though not required, may be used.  The Year A readings, however, may always be used in every year on these Sundays. 

Third Sunday of Lent – 24 March 2019
Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15.  Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11.  1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12.  Luke 13:1-9. 
Cultivating the ground.  Have you ever felt unproductive at work or at home?  Just like a tree bearing no fruit?  We can cut our losses and chop it to the ground.  Or we can spend one more year to cultivate and fertilize, to seek goodness and right living. 

  • What year’s extension is God giving me? 
  • How will I let God, the Gardener, tend to me this Lent? 
  • What needs to be pruned away so life returns? 

Annunciation of the Lord, Solemnity – Monday, 25 March 2019 
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10.  Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11.  Hebrews 10:4-10.  Luke 1:26-38. 
Pondering.  Wouldn’t it be something to be visited by a talking angel?  Surely, some pondering would follow.  Why?  What?  How?  Like Mary. 

  • How will I stop being afraid? 
  • In God’s message to me, to what will I say yes? 

Fourth Sunday of Lent – 31 March 2019
Joshua 5:9a, 10-12.  Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7.  2 Corinthians 5:17-21.  Luke 15:1-3, 11-32. 
Longing to eat with pigs.  It seems inconceivable that some would be so hungry they would long for the slop and husks in the pig sty.  That is part of the gospel story today.  It is also the story for 12% of citizens and, worse, 18% of children who suffer food insecurity in our own United States.  The prodigal son in the story comes to his senses and returns to the compassion of father and home. We are urged to be that smart, to step away from prideful behavior and return to the Father of all life. 

  • What gets in the way of attending to God’s compassion? 
  • How can I rejoice when God cuts a prodigal one some slack? 
  • I will do this mercy work, giving food to the hungry, by ___________? 

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 07April 2019 c
Isaiah 43:16-21.  Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6.  Philippians 3:8-14.  John 8:1-11. 
Writing on the ground.  It is amazing how, first silence, then well-chosen words can defuse the riled-up crowd.  Jesus does it today.  A woman is spared shameful treatment by the mercy and compassion and forgiveness of the One.  Perhaps we can spend the rest of Lent by not picking on others and looking more within.  For the face of mercy is consolation, silence, and compassion. 

  • What stones, intended for another, will I lay down? 
  • Who needs my compassion? 
  • I will do these mercy works, comforting the sorrowful and forgiving injuries, by _________? 

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord – 14 April 2019
Procession:  Luke 19:28-40.  Mass:  Isaiah 50:4-7.  Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24.  Philippians 2:6-11.  Luke 22:14–23:56. 
Waving branches and standing at the Cross.  We are pulled today toward two extremes.  The utter joy of welcoming the true King in procession and the extreme grieving under the Cross.  But we know the end of this story.  The King is not dead! 

  • How can I clear my schedule so I can celebrate all the rites of the Paschal Three Days? 
  • How will I embrace the elect in these final days before Easter Baptism? 
  • With so many mercy work options, this week I will ___________? 

The Paschal Triduum – 18-21 April 2019 
Praying in the Paschal Triduum, the Easter Three Days.  The very heart of the liturgical year is from Holy Thursday evening through Good Friday and Holy Saturday to Easter Sunday beginning in the night and spilling into the day.  We want to, we need to be present and active for each liturgy these days.  Jesus Christ, who did something so totally new by defying death, is with us now and always.  Let us mold ourselves to him.  Let us come and pray with others. 

Celebrate National Catholic Sisters Week with the Dominican Sisters!
Moms and their pre-teen daughters can enjoy a Mother-Daughter Tea & Tour, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24 at Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W Monroe St, Springfield 62704. This includes an interactive, kid-friendly tour of Sacred Heart Convent Chapel followed by some tea (or lemonade)—and the sisters’ secret-recipe sweets. Daughters will go home with a goody bag and one of the sisters’ secret recipes to try at home. This is offered at no cost you; pre-registration is required at www.springfieldop.org/ncsw. For more information call 217-787-0481.

Adult Confirmation at Pentecost - Bishop Paprocki invites Catholics who are catechized but not confirmed (i.e., who have received catechetical formation and the sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist) to complete the Sacraments of Initiation by celebrating Confirmation at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. Confirmation of catechized Catholics will be celebrated on Pentecost Sunday, June 9, 2019  The registration form along with an original baptismal certificate should be returned to the Office for Catechesis by May 28, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Gallo Callan, secretary, Office for Catechesis, at 217-698-8500, x137 or . Information and registration form can be found on our website at www.dio.org/catechesis/adult-confirmation.html.

Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF): Cycle 2 courses are available online from the VLCFF initiative of the University of Dayton. Registration for courses opens Jan. 23, 2019 and closes Mar. 6 2019. The courses run Mar. 10 – Apr. 13, 2019 at a cost of $50 per course/$40 per seminar. New courses and seminars have been added which include Ministering in Times of Scandal & Division, Emotional Intelligence and its impact on Faith Formation, Introduction to Pastoral Care, The Mass and Catechesis is...1.1 To register or get more information visit the VLCFF webpage:  https://vlcff.udayton.edu/calendar/?lang=en#cycle_2_2019_English

Summer Internship ~ Totus Tuus of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is hiring summer staff for the 2019 Totus Tuus season! I am looking for college students and seminarians who are committed disciples of Jesus Christ and who are willing to travel around the diocese spreading God’s love. This summer’s theme is the Sacraments and the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. Dates are May 31 – July 27. Training is provided at our local retreat center and there is a break over the Independence Day holiday. More information and applications are available at https://www.dio.org/youthministry/staff-information.html or call Kyle Holtgrave at (217) 698-8500, ext. 154.

The Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities to Worship and Participate Fully in the Life of the Parish and Community of Faith: The diocesan accessibility policy has been revised and approved.  The policy on Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities to Worship and Participate Fully in the Life of the Parish and Community of Faith, Book Five, Policy §750 Accessibility Policy can be found at www.dio.org/policy/book-five.html .  Please review and contact Karla Crews, Associate Director for Special Needs, Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries, with any questions or for assistance at 217-698-8500 ext. 173.  

Immigration Project – Legal Clinic: Attorneys from the Immigration Project are available to answer immigration questions. Consultants will be available on March 22 at the Catholic Charities office, 120 S. 11th St, in Springfield. Interested individuals need to contact Immigration Project to schedule an appointment. Email Immigration Project at or call Immigration Project on any weekday, 10 am to 4pm, except Wednesdays and holidays at 309-829-8703. .  If no answer, please leave a message with your name, number and reason for calling. 

Mark your calendar for Life Advocacy Day at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 10:00-1:00.  Lunch will be provided.  For more information, and to register to attend the event, go to: https://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html  

You’re invited to attend the next Luncheon4Life, Friday March 15, 11 :30am-1:30, The Chase Park Plaza Hotel, 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd, St Louis. Guest speaker - Michaelene Fredenburg, CEO/President, Life Perspectives.   RSVP is required.  Send RSVP to or call Joan Kane 618-781-5107, by FRIDAY, March 8th. 

Saturday, March 9, 2019 – Rosary and Pro-Life Stations of the Cross, St. Agnes Parish, Springfield, 9:00 am.  Come and pray for an end to abortion.  For flyer and further information go to the following website:  http://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html

Gambling is a social justice issue.  The proliferation of gambling sites in Illinois has adversely affected the lives of individuals, family members, and the community.  In an effort to understand and identify the overlooked cost of the state’s massive gambling expansion the Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries is asking people to share with us your story about how gambling and/or video gambling — and possibly addiction — has affected you or someone you know.  Submissions are confidential.   If you’d like to tell us something else about video gambling that’s not related to addiction, please email us at

Are you experiencing shame, sleepless nights, guilt, or other negative emotions after abortion?  You are not alone.  Call our toll-free Project Rachel helpline for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5. 

Bulletin Shorts for Lent in Year C – 2019
As well as the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays in Year A

Ash Wednesday – 06 March 2019 
Joel 2:2-18.  Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17. 2.  Corinthians 5:20–6:2.  Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18. 
An urgent journey.  We step out today on a journey, one that is urgent.  It is a 40 Day lenten trip for those who share in Baptism and those who seek it.  It makes our way to a gracious and merciful God who, in truth, travels with us. 

  • How will I, like God, be gracious and merciful this Lent? 

First Sunday of Lent – 10 March 2019 
Deuteronomy 26:4-10.  Psalm 91:1-2, 10-11,12-13, 14-15.  Romans 10:8-3.  Luke 4:1-13. 
Facing temptation.  Temptation gets right in our face.  It also hides around the corner.  From Eden, down to today.  Each of us and all of us deal with this allurement – even Jesus, who is like us in all things but sin.  We can resist it all, as Jesus did, by faithful adherence to God who is always faithful. 

  • What will I do to resist the coaxing allurement of what is tempting me? 
  • How can I pray for help this Lent? 
  • How will I confess faith in God, and not the evil one, today? 

Second Sunday of Lent – 17 March 2019 
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18.  Psalm 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14.  Philippians 3:17–4:1.  Luke 9:28b-36. 
Escaping to pray.  Jesus did it again.  He stepped away from the hubbub of life to pray.  He took three friends who were drowsed by sleep on this retreat.  But pray he still did.  And God spoke from the cloud. 

  • How is prayer filling my lenten retreat, my lenten journey? 
  • With whom will I go for some quiet and prayer? 
  • What am I doing to listen for God’s voice? 

Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – Tuesday, 19 March 2019 
2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16.  Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29.  Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22.  Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a.  OR Luke 2:41-51a. 
Dreaming.  Whether in the night or in the day, dreams may be ways for God to speak.  Not always.  But at times, surely!  Saint Joseph teaches us to pay attention.  Sometimes, the goodness of God comes in dreaming. 

  • How will I attend to God’s voice, whether awake or asleep? 

PRINTING NOTE:  Check with the pastor or pastoral administrator about which readings will be used for the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent in order to choose the appropriate bulletin shorts. 

¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   The Readings for Year A   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨ 
When we celebrate the three scrutinies with the elect, the Church requires we use the Lectionary Year A readings.  These ancient biblical texts – Woman at the Well, Man Born Blind, and Raising of Lazarus – are so apt for our Christian formation, they can be used every Lent, replacing the Year B and Year C texts even if the scrutinies are not celebrated. 

About Scrutinies.  We celebrate three rites of scrutiny with the elect in the midst of Lent on the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays to uncover and then heal what is sinful and wrong.  As we strengthen them, we look within ourselves, within the Church, and into the world for the same uncovering and healing. 

Third Sunday of Lent – 24 March 2019 – Year A gospel of the Woman at the Well 
Exodus 17:3-7.  Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9.  Romans 5:1-2, 5-8.  John 4:5-42. 
Seeking water.  A hot day.  A thirsty throat.  A deep well.  How is our thirst slaked?  Often with help.  The woman helped Jesus with a drink.  Jesus offered the woman living water. 

  • What does the living water of Baptism still do in me? 
  • How will I support the elect – those who celebrate the Scrutiny today and long for Baptism at Easter – this day and week? 
  • I will do this mercy work, giving drink to the thirsty, by _______________?  

Annunciation of the Lord, Solemnity – Monday, 25 March 2019 
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10.  Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11.  Hebrews 10:4-10.  Luke 1:26-38. 
Pondering.  Wouldn’t it be something to be visited by a talking angel?  Surely, some pondering would follow.  Why?  What?  How?  Like Mary. 

  • How will I stop being afraid? 
  • In God’s message to me, to what will I say yes? 

Fourth Sunday of Lent – 31 March 2019 – Year A gospel of the Man Born Blind 
1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a.  Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6.  Ephesians 5:8-14.  John 9:1-41. 
Seeking light.  It is easy to comprehend that the blind cannot see.  But blind or sighted, today’s gospel is more about insight into the invisible.  Christ is the Illumined One we seek – not only in what we see but also in what we hear, touch, taste, and feel. 

  • Because of Baptism, how will I bear the light of Christ in life this week? 
  • How will I support the elect – those who celebrate the Scrutiny today and who seek the Light – this week? 
  • I will do this implied work of mercy, giving light and heat to the needy, by ___________? 

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 07April 2019 – Year A gospel of the Raising of Lazarus 
Ezekiel 37:12-14.  Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8.  Romans 8:8-11.  John 11:1-45. 
Seeking new life.  To the sisters and friends of Lazarus, his illness and death caused great grieving.  The gospel point today:  It is never too late to spend time with the dying and those who care for the dead. Because of Jesus, death, we know, is not the final end. 

  • Who needs assurance that those who die “will see the glory of God”? 
  • How will I support the elect – those who celebrate the Scrutiny today and seek death to sin – as I prepare for my own death? 
  • I will do this mercy work, praying for the living and the dead, by ___________? 

¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   The Readings for Year C   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨ 
When the scrutinies are not celebrated with the elect, the Lectionary readings for the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent in Year C, though not required, may be used.  The Year A readings, however, may always be used in every year on these Sundays. 

Third Sunday of Lent – 24 March 2019
Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15.  Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11.  1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12.  Luke 13:1-9. 
Cultivating the ground.  Have you ever felt unproductive at work or at home?  Just like a tree bearing no fruit?  We can cut our losses and chop it to the ground.  Or we can spend one more year to cultivate and fertilize, to seek goodness and right living. 

  • What year’s extension is God giving me? 
  • How will I let God, the Gardener, tend to me this Lent? 
  • What needs to be pruned away so life returns? 

Annunciation of the Lord, Solemnity – Monday, 25 March 2019 
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10.  Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11.  Hebrews 10:4-10.  Luke 1:26-38. 
Pondering.  Wouldn’t it be something to be visited by a talking angel?  Surely, some pondering would follow.  Why?  What?  How?  Like Mary. 

  • How will I stop being afraid? 
  • In God’s message to me, to what will I say yes? 

Fourth Sunday of Lent – 31 March 2019
Joshua 5:9a, 10-12.  Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7.  2 Corinthians 5:17-21.  Luke 15:1-3, 11-32. 
Longing to eat with pigs.  It seems inconceivable that some would be so hungry they would long for the slop and husks in the pig sty.  That is part of the gospel story today.  It is also the story for 12% of citizens and, worse, 18% of children who suffer food insecurity in our own United States.  The prodigal son in the story comes to his senses and returns to the compassion of father and home. We are urged to be that smart, to step away from prideful behavior and return to the Father of all life. 

  • What gets in the way of attending to God’s compassion? 
  • How can I rejoice when God cuts a prodigal one some slack? 
  • I will do this mercy work, giving food to the hungry, by ___________? 

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 07April 2019 c
Isaiah 43:16-21.  Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6.  Philippians 3:8-14.  John 8:1-11. 
Writing on the ground.  It is amazing how, first silence, then well-chosen words can defuse the riled-up crowd.  Jesus does it today.  A woman is spared shameful treatment by the mercy and compassion and forgiveness of the One.  Perhaps we can spend the rest of Lent by not picking on others and looking more within.  For the face of mercy is consolation, silence, and compassion. 

  • What stones, intended for another, will I lay down? 
  • Who needs my compassion? 
  • I will do these mercy works, comforting the sorrowful and forgiving injuries, by _________? 

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord – 14 April 2019
Procession:  Luke 19:28-40.  Mass:  Isaiah 50:4-7.  Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24.  Philippians 2:6-11.  Luke 22:14–23:56. 
Waving branches and standing at the Cross.  We are pulled today toward two extremes.  The utter joy of welcoming the true King in procession and the extreme grieving under the Cross.  But we know the end of this story.  The King is not dead! 

  • How can I clear my schedule so I can celebrate all the rites of the Paschal Three Days? 
  • How will I embrace the elect in these final days before Easter Baptism? 
  • With so many mercy work options, this week I will ___________? 

The Paschal Triduum – 18-21 April 2019 
Praying in the Paschal Triduum, the Easter Three Days.  The very heart of the liturgical year is from Holy Thursday evening through Good Friday and Holy Saturday to Easter Sunday beginning in the night and spilling into the day.  We want to, we need to be present and active for each liturgy these days.  Jesus Christ, who did something so totally new by defying death, is with us now and always.  Let us mold ourselves to him.  Let us come and pray with others. 

Mark your calendar for Life Advocacy Day at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 10:00-1:00.  Lunch will be provided.  For more information, and to register to attend the event, go to: https://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html  

Legal Clinic:  Attorneys from the Immigration Project are available to answer immigration questions.  Consultants are available on March 22 at the Catholic Charities office, 120 S. 11th St, in Springfield.  To schedule an appointment, email Immigration Project at or call Immigration Project on any weekday, 10 am to 4pm, except Wednesdays and holidays at 309-829-8703.  If no answer, please leave a message with your name, number and reason for calling. 

The Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities to Worship and Participate Fully in the Life of the Parish and Community of Faith: The diocesan accessibility policy has been revised and approved.  The policy on Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities to Worship and Participate Fully in the Life of the Parish and Community of Faith, Book Five, Policy §750 Accessibility Policy can be found at www.dio.org/policy/book-five.html .  Please review and contact Karla Crews, Associate Director for Special Needs, Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries, with any questions or for assistance at 217-698-8500 ext. 173.  

Gambling is a social justice issue.  The proliferation of gambling sites in Illinois has adversely affected the lives of individuals, family members, and the community.  In an effort to understand and identify the overlooked cost of the state’s massive gambling expansion the Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries is asking people to share with us your story about how gambling and/or video gambling — and possibly addiction — has affected you or someone you know.  Submissions are confidential.   If you’d like to tell us something else about video gambling that’s not related to addiction, please email us at

You’re invited to attend the next Luncheon4Life, Friday March 15, 2019, 11 :30am-1:30, The Chase Park Plaza Hotel, 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd, St Louis, MO.  The guest speaker is Michaelene Fredenburg, CEO/President, Life Perspectives.   RSVP is required.  Send RSVP to or call Joan Kane 618-781-5107, by FRIDAY, March 8th. 

Saturday, March 9, 2019 – Rosary and Pro-Life Stations of the Cross, St. Agnes Parish, Springfield, 9:00 am.  Come and pray for an end to abortion.  For flyer and further information go to the following website:  http://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html

Are you experiencing shame, sleepless nights, guilt, or other negative emotions after abortion?  You are not alone.  Call our toll-free Project Rachel helpline for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5. 

 

 

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