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Second Sunday of Lent: The Transfiguration of ChristAre we human beings "good" or "bad?" The answer is both. We have the potential for great righteousness and great evil, but most of us live somewhere in-between. If we are going to make the season of Lent a time of "sharing who we are," what is it that we share?

Lent is a penitential season and the Lenten color, purple, signifies repentance. However, the season becomes distorted if we see it only as repentance. Many people give up something for Lent, a favorite food or luxury, but what good is "giving up," if we do not also "give to?" We need to add something.

Let's look at both of these. We do need to give up, get rid of those things that make our lives less than their best. We need to turn ourselves around at times, for we are fallible and often make misjudgments, pursuing wrong or inadequate goals. Should we be sorry and repent at times? Yes! But what parent would want a child to constantly be lamenting his or her failings and endlessly saying, "I'm sorry?" Parents and God seek a rewarding life, a productive life for those we love.

Lent calls us to find our genuine, whole selves. In the process we turn away from those things that are counterproductive or unworthy, but we seek primarily to turn toward what has true value. Who are you really? What could you become, with God's guidance? There is a lot of good in everyone, often more than we give them credit for. We all have within us the seeds that can prodce beautiful growth.

Getting to know who we are — self-discovery — is a good thing to add to our Lenten obervance. The objective is not to draw up a balance sheet of the good and bad within us. It is rather an effort to "ac-cent-thu-ate the positive and e-lim-in-ate the negative." We are called to be all that we are able to be as God's children.

 

The First Sunday of Lent: The Temptation of ChristIn the dramatic production of a growing faith: Jesus is the star actor, God is the author & producer, and all of us are the supporting cast. The audience is the world around us, listening to hear what God has to say and watching how we respond to His word. Lent is a sharing experience. We share who we are and God shares who He is. Faith grows, as we come to know God. None of us, of course, can comprehend the totality of God’s providence, but in Jesus Christ, God reveals what is needed for our faith and life.

God wants to be known and it is possible for us to experience God’s presence. We all have an inner longing and an awareness of the truths of God’s creative plan for us as people made in His image. This awareness and longing has been put into words at different times throughout human history. Hebrew scripture does this in the Ten Commandments, and in the words of the prophets. Jesus gave us the words of parables, and the Sermon on the Mount. God shared himself most fully in the person of Jesus, who he was and how he responded to those around him. In all these we have God, sharing with us and becoming known to us.

What do we discover about God and life in this self-revelation? First of all, our God-given life does have meaning. Life has a purpose, and we are a part of that. Just as Jesus brought home to an oppressed and disheartened people, we can provide new vision that enriches our world’s inner being.

God is love and we are called to love. God is unqualified truth and each of us is called to be perfectly honest and transparent in our words and actions. God set our lives in order and values every part of that order and life. Like God, we should accept and value everyone. God was present to us in Jesus and we should truly be present to one another in love and caring. God’s fullness is revealed in us and can be seen by others through us.

crossSunday, February 14 - First Sunday of Lent

Reading 1: DT 26: 4-10, Reading II: 1 ROM 10:8-13,
Gospel: LK 4:1-13 (24)

7:30 am    Fr. Brailsford        For the People
                 
& Dea. Suley        of the Parish
9:00 am    Fr. Defayette        Larry Rilla
9:00 am    Msgr. Kazista        (RW)
Jim Hamill †
                  & Dea. Suley
10:30 am  Fr. Defayette        Fr. Michael Blackwell †
12:15 pm   Fr. Brailsford        George Bork †

                  & Dea. Suley

4:00 pm    Msgr. Kazista        (RW)  Intention Announced at Mass

Monday, February 15 - Weekday (President's Day)
Reading: LV 19: 1-2, 11-18, Gospel:  MT 25:31-46 (224)
9:00 am                                  Mary Senick Dorrity

Tuesday, February 16 - Memorial of the Seven Holy Founders
of the Servite Order
Reading: IS 55: 10-11, Gospel:  MT 6: 7-15 (225)
9:00 am                                  Patrica Heaney

Wednesday, February 17 - Weekday
Reading: IS 55: 10-11, Gospel:  MT 6: 7-15 (225)
9:00 am                              Jim Garritty
3:00 pm                             (RW)  Anna Swab

Thursday, February 18 - Weekday

Reading: EST C: 12, 14-16, 23-25, Gospel:  MT 7: 7-12 (227)
9:00 am                              Jim Hamill

Friday, February 19 - Weekday
Reading: EZ 18: 21-28, Gospel: MT 5: 20-26 (228)
9:00 am                              Msgr. Roger Roensch

Saturday, February 20 - Vigil of the Second Sunday of Lent

Reading 1: GN 15: 5-12, 17-18, Reading II: PHIL 3: 20-4:1, Gospel: LK 9: 28b-36 (27)
4:00 pm    Fr. Brailsford        Confessions
5:00 pm   Fr. Brailsford        Mary MacDonald

                 
& Dea. Suley

Sunday, February 21 - The Second Sunday of Lent

Reading 1: GN 15: 5-12, 17-18, Reading II: PHIL 3: 20-4:1,

Gospel: LK 9: 28b-36 (27)

7:30 am    Fr. Defayette        For the People of the Parish

9:00 am    Fr. Brailsford        Intention Available

                  & Dea. Bieberich

9:00 am    Fr. Beal                 (RW)  Intention Announced at Mass

10:30 am  Fr. Defayette        Anna Haggerty Gaffigan †

                  & Dea. Suley

12:15 pm   Fr. Defayette        Jose L. Janes Sr †

4:00 pm    Msgr. Kazista        (RW)  Intention Announced at Mass


Celebrants
subject to change. Riderwood Masses in italics.

To obtain a Mass intention for deceased, living, and other special intentions, please contact the parish office (301-236-5200). 

Low Gluten hosts will be available at 9:00 am and 10:30 am Masses on Sunday. 

† - The person is deceased.

Please keep the following members of our parish community in your prayers!

For the sick, especially: Laverne Brooks, Linda Bussink,  Connie Cholewinski, Thomas Curro, Jan Delfin, Joe Easley, Michael Finnegan, Pat Flick, Isabella Giang, Jack Gilder, Margaret Gilder, Richard Keffer, Emma Roman, Lisett Terranova, Madeline White, Alvin Whitley,  and those who have no one to pray for them. May Jesus, the Divine Physician, grant His healing grace to these, our brothers and sisters; and may our prayers bring them encouragement and hope.

For all the prayers written in the Book of Intentions: The Book of Intentions, located near the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our Church, is there for Parishioners to write their cares and concerns to our lord through the intercession of our Blessed Mother. Please remember all these special intentions in your prayers.

Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them, and their families, as they perform their duties. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

For the souls of our faithful departed, especially: Thelma Arseneau, Warren Bunker, Andrew Burlas, Kathleen Bursley, Martha Doyle, Jim Garritty, Jim Hamill, Thomas Hearl, Sharon Kemp, Dr. Michael Kurilla, Mary MacDonald, Allen Partington, Jeffrey Peacock, Augustine Ramirez. May their souls, and the  souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, Amen.


If you wish to place someone on the Prayer list, please call the Parish Office at 301-236-5200. Names will be included for 6 weeks, and can be renewed if the family desires.

Riderwood/Resurrection Catholic Community

February 10, 2016

 

Ash Wednesday

Today, the Church begins its Lenten journey.  During these forty days, the Church accompanies those preparing for the Easter sacraments.  These weeks are an intense time of prayer, fasting, and spiritual enrichment.  We join the elect in ridding ourselves of sin through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving so that we too might be renewed and share in the joy of the Resurrection.  Choose a Lenten discipline that will draw you into the heart of Christ. 
Savor Lent!

 

Path of Life

O God of reconciliation, you are rich in kindness and slow to anger.  In your mercy, you sent your Son, Jesus, to show us the path of life.  As we begin our Lenten journey, give us the courage to walk with Christ.  May our fasting, prayer, and almsgiving create a deep hunger for you, O Lord, and perfect the love we have for you and our neighbors.  In this acceptable time, grant us clean hearts and fill us with the love of your Holy Spirit so that we may show mercy to all those we meet.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

The Communion Service on Friday, February 12thin the Village Square Classroom at 12:45pm has been Cancelled.

 

There will be no Mass at Arbor Ridge on Monday, February 15tht,

due to the President’s Day Holiday.

 

Beginning Tuesday, Febrary 16th, we are pleased to be able to offer a 6 week Lenten Bible Course on  the “Acts of the Apostles:  The Good News of the Early Church” presented by Deacon David Suley.  Come and join us as we study the fascinating story of the birth of the Church.  In the Acts of the Apostles, Jesus departs, the Spirit descends, and a new dynamic faith is born.  It will be held from 3:00pm-4:30pm on Tuesdays, February 16, 23, March 1, 8, 16 and (Wednesday) March 22nd from 1:00 – 2:30pm. Place to be determined based on attendance. Cost is $10 for the book.  Please call Louise Locke at 301-572-8439 to register.

 

On Wednesday, February 17th at 12:00 Noon in the Chapel, there will be a Winter Retreat with Gordon Creamer – “Embraced by God’s Love:  A Year of Mercy”

 

The second collection at the Sunday, February 14th Masses will be to offset the costs of the snow removal after the blizzard we had.  The cost was over $13,000 and all the churches lost collections due to the fact that no one could attend Mass due to the snowstorm.

 

*Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) on Comcast #291 or HD #799.

Sunday Mass broadcast at 12am,8am,12pm & 7pm.And 10:30am from the Shrine

on #23.  *Watch Mass Sundays (9am&4pm) and Wednesday (3pm) on Channel 975.

Arbor Ridge too.*Visit the website www.Riderwoodlife.org Click Clubs & then

 

Catholic Community at Riderwood.

WEDNESDAY WISDOM Riderwood/Resurrection Catholic Community February 10, 2016   Ash Wednesday Today, the Church begins its Lenten journey.  During these forty days, the Church accompanies those preparing for the Easter sacraments.  These weeks are an intense time of prayer, fasting, and spiritual enrichment.  We join the elect in ridding ourselves of sin through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving so that we too might be renewed and share in the joy of the Resurrection.  Choose a Lenten discipline that will draw you into the heart of Christ. 
Savor Lent!       Path of Life O God of reconciliation, you are rich in kindness and slow to anger.  In your mercy, you sent your Son, Jesus, to show us the path of life.  As we begin our Lenten journey, give us the courage to walk with Christ.  May our fasting, prayer, and almsgiving create a deep hunger for you, O Lord, and perfect the love we have for you and our neighbors.  In this acceptable time, grant us clean hearts and fill us with the love of your Holy Spirit so that we may show mercy to all those we meet.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.  
  The Communion Service on Friday, February 12thin the Village Square Classroom at 12:45pm has been Cancelled.   There will be no Mass at Arbor Ridge on Monday, February 15tht, due to the President’s Day Holiday.   Beginning Tuesday, Febrary 16th, we are pleased to be able to offer a 6 week Lenten Bible Course on  the “Acts of the Apostles:  The Good News of the Early Church” presented by Deacon David Suley.  Come and join us as we study the fascinating story of the birth of the Church.  In the Acts of the Apostles, Jesus departs, the Spirit descends, and a new dynamic faith is born.  It will be held from 3:00pm-4:30pm on Tuesdays, February 16, 23, March 1, 8, 16 and (Wednesday) March 22nd from 1:00 – 2:30pm. Place to be determined based on attendance. Cost is $10 for the book.  Please call Louise Locke at 301-572-8439 to register.   On Wednesday, February 17th at 12:00 Noon in the Chapel, there will be a Winter Retreat with Gordon Creamer – “Embraced by God’s Love:  A Year of Mercy”   The second collection at the Sunday, February 14th Masses will be to offset the costs of the snow removal after the blizzard we had.  The cost was over $13,000 and all the churches lost collections due to the fact that no one could attend Mass due to the snowstorm.   *Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) on Comcast #291 or HD #799. Sunday Mass broadcast at 12am,8am,12pm & 7pm.And 10:30am from the Shrine on #23.  *Watch Mass Sundays (9am&4pm) and Wednesday (3pm) on Channel 975. Arbor Ridge too.*Visit the website www.Riderwoodlife.org Click Clubs & then Catholic Community at Riderwood.

ASH WEDNESDAY, February 10          

6:30 am, 9:00 am, 3:00 pm (RW), 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm       Ash Wednesday Masses 

1:00 pm       Liturgy of the Word & Distribution of Ashes (RW)

PALM SUNDAY, March 20

7:30 am, 9:00 am, 9:00 am (RW), 11:00 am, 12:45 pm, 4:00 pm (RW)       Palm Sunday Masses

Monday, March 21          

7:30pm       Chrism Mass at St. Matthew’s Cathedral

HOLY THURSDAY, March 24 

3:00 pm        Mass (RW)

7:30 pm       Holy Thursday Masses followed by Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11pm

GOOD FRIDAY, March 25        

3:00 pm (RW), 7:30 pm       Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion

11:00 am – 12:00 pm       Confessions

3:00 pm        Stations of the Cross

HOLY SATURDAY, March 26  

12:00pm       Blessing of Easter Food and Baskets

12:30pm        Rehearsal for RCIA/RCIC

                    No Confessions or 5pm Mass

8:00 pm       Easter Vigil Mass

EASTER SUNDAY, March 27

7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 9:00 am (RW), 11:00 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:30 PM (CCWDC), 4:00 pm (RW)        Easter Sunday Masses