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Holy Family Parish 763 E. Main Street, Little Falls, NY 13365
St. Joseph Church 36 N. Helmer Ave., Dolgeville NY 13329
Holy Family Parish – Mass Schedule: Saturday Vigil: 4:00 PM – Sunday: 10:30 AM
Tuesday & Thursday: 12:10 PM unless there is a funeral
Sacrament of Reconciliation-Saturdays – 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
St. Joseph – Mass Schedule : Sunday: 9:00 AM
Holy Family Parish, Little Falls and St. Joseph, Dolgeville will gather this weekend
February 22/23, 2020 to celebrate the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. All are welcome to join us.
Faith Formation Classes – Grades 6-10, resume in March
Grades 1-5, resume in March
RCIA Classes – Sunday, February 23
7th SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME
This weekend we conclude our readings from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount with two of his most challenging teachings. He tells us that if someone slaps us on one cheek we are not to retaliate but to turn the other cheek. He then tells us that we are to love not only our family and friends, but we are also called to love our enemies. Most people would hate their enemy and fight back against anyone who attacks them. But Jesus tells us no. These are very difficult teachings, but Jesus tells us that the only way to defeat evil is by doing good.
The practice of using ashes at the beginning of the penitential season of Lent goes back to the early church. The ashes remind us that we are all sinners and in need of God’s mercy. The ashes that are used on Ash Wednesday come from the burning of the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. It adds another layer of meaning to this rich rite, reminding us of where we are headed – to the glory of Easter. Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence (see this weekend’s bulletin insert for more about fasting and abstinence).
Prayer, fasting, and acts of charity, or almsgiving. We know the meaning of Lenten discipleship in terms of these three traditional practices. Lenten discipline is about returning, about making our way back to the Lord. Prayer, fasting, and acts of charity help us on this journey. We need the Lord to remind us of his everlasting mercy, of his covenant with us, and of his forgiveness. Lent is the time for us to remember who we are called to be, God’s chosen people, a people called to be different, a people called to service to others.
The Christian churches of Little Falls will share simple lunches together on the Wednesdays of Lent. The first one will be at 12:00 noon at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Wednesday, March 4. Holy Family will host the second lunch on March 11 in the Parish Hall. All people, regardless of their religious affiliation, are invited to attend. A complete schedule is included in this weekend’s bulletin insert.