Embracing the Church as our means to holiness

Sunday, February 19, 2017

In today's reading from Leviticus, God says to Moses that he should teach the people this: "Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy."

We often speak of our call to holiness and how we can try to achieve that. One very important way is by embracing the Catholic Church with her Sacraments and teachings same as a child embraces and loves his or her mother, and that is with trust and confidence. Will that make us holy like the Lord? No, but it will offer us the means for sanctifying grace, perseverance, and the understanding it is God and God's wisdom that we must embrace and follow.

Jesus told us Holiness for us means we need to attempt to separate ourselves from those things and thoughts and ideas, which can be viewed as not holy in the Eyes of God. Difficult, yes, but yet that is what we must try to do.

With sincerity, we practicing Catholics strive for holiness and yet sometimes we fail to love God and love our neighbor, as we ought to. But like a good, faithful mother, the Church through the Sacrament of Confession is there for us. In the Church's confessional, Jesus awaits us, listens to us, picks us up, dusts us off and forgives our failures. With the priest's words of Absolution, we receive the blessings of God's mercy and sanctifying grace, and once again our path towards personal holiness continues…

Please help us to help others. St. Joseph the Worker Church needs and depends on your presence, prayers and financial support to continue being that beacon of Jesus's light, hope, mercy and love. Bring someone to Jesus by inviting a friend or family member to join us for Mass. Please, also offer a prayer for me – I count on your prayers. Thank you, for your support and kindness.

Pax Christi,
Fr. Kenneth Nobrega

Ash Wednesday
Our Lenten season begins on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. In order to offer ample opportunity for our parishioners to begin Lent by assisting at Mass, St. Joseph the Worker Church will be offering four Masses with the distribution of Ashes.

Ash Wednesday Mass schedule:
7:30pm (Spanish)

Special Sunday Vigil Mass offered for healing.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
4:00pm Vigil Mass – Fr. Kenneth Nobrega

Mass intention will be offered for "healings" of all those present.

Following the Mass, Fr. Kenneth Nobrega will pray over individuals for healings and for deliverance from spiritual oppression. Please invite your family and friends.

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat
April 28-30 (English)

Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. The weekend offers a supportive, and non-judgmental environment to transform the pain of the past into love and hope. We encourage women, men and couples to attend.

Space is limited. Sign up NOW! All inquiries are completely confidential.

For Retreat Details Contact:
Kim Fuentes: 209/465-5433 or kfuentes@stocktondiocese.org stocktondiocese.org/Project-Rachel
Gloria Maldonado: 510/384-6875 or gloriamaldonado375@sbcglobal.net www.afterthechoice.org

Co-sponsored by the Diocese of Oaklands After the Choice Ministry and the Diocese of Stockton's Project Rachel Ministry.

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