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Pray With Fr. Eric:

We are strong in Christ Jesus whose love is beyond measure. During this time when we are physically separated, we can still join in prayer. We pray for God’s protection for our families, our parish and especially for those on the front lines of the battle. During this time I am setting special hours when I am committing myself to be in the prayer chapel of my home. Join me in prayer and spirit any of these times. 7:00-8:00AM; 11:00AM-Noon; 3:00pm Chaplet of Divine Mercy; 5:00-6:00pm and 9:00-930pm. Send any special prayer requests to parish office.
May God Bless you abundantly.

Reflection from Dcn Rick:

May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ rest upon you and all your loved ones.
What a time we find ourselves in. So much suffering and stress. But, in my conversations with family and friends there seems to be a slowing down, less hectic pace and a more reflective spirit. God is working most profoundly during this tumultuous time; weaving his peace, mercy and love throughout people’s lives. I pray all is well for you and your family.
During this period, we are offered a unique opportunity to do some self-reflection. What is it in our life which needs a big dose of God? This time offers us an opportunity to lean on the Lord’s strength; allow him to carry us and rest in his peace. Our relationship with the Lord is much the same as any other relationship; it requires communications, a sharing – agape. But, like any other relationship we have. that communication must be two ways – talking and listening. Our prayers are oftentimes filled with us talking. We need to be still and silent and allow the Lord to talk with us. He has much to say, but only if we are silent and willing to listen to him.
Take some time each day to be silent with the Lord – say 10-15 minutes. Try to do this first thing in the morning, before you do other prayers, reading or activities. This will make the silence easier since our mind will not be filled with other thoughts. Say a simple prayer to begin and focus on your breathing to relax. Maybe 10 deep breaths sensing the Lord filling your whole being. When thoughts or distractions slip in, gently with a simple prayer (i.e., Jesus, I trust in you, etc.) push it aside. Not harshly, but with great care and sensitivity to the importance of the distraction and willingness to come back to it later. Give the Lord some time and your soul some space for God to talk to you.
May the love our God rest upon you giving you peace and hope!
Blessings, Deacon Rick
Blessings,
Deacon Rick Vogel

Last Week's

How should we approach this Lenten season?  How about if we consider the following:
 – “If today you hear his voice harden not your heart.”  These are words that lead us to selflessness.  How we achieve that path is up to us, as we carry our cross to Calvary.  Are we brave enough to drink from Jesus’ cup, personally committing ourselves to walk in constant prayer?
 – “Seeing is believing“, this statement couldn’t be any truer today; with our world in turmoil, attacked from several fronts.  How we approach this moment in time will determine our spiritual strength.  Act and carry ourselves with kindness and compassion.  Trust in Jesus & walk with him day by day.
 – “Do as I say not as I do“.  This phrase may be confusing to most people who hear it.  We have a tendency to be compassionate but it is not easy for us to be forgiving.  We may say “be more compassionate” but then ourselves act without compassion.  Jesus is asking us to think past our emotions.  He wants us to be forgiving and not allow the situation to govern our response.  In this manner, we will gain the kingdom of heaven, our burden is lightened, and our path smooth.

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FROM THE V ENCUENTRO TEAM  (resources in English and Spanish)

The entire National V Encuentro Team holds you and your communities in prayer during this time of uncertainty. To assist your ministries during this difficult time, we have compiled a list of resources provided by our partners and Catholic organizations that are meant to assist Hispanic/Latino pastoral ministers, parents, and Catholics.
It is available in English Spanish
Sections include: ·         
Masses Online English Spanish
Online Prayer Opportunities English Spanish
Resources for prayer, worship and Mass in the home English | Spanish
Prayer Resources for Catholics, parents and pastoral leaders English | Spanish
Online resources for Parents English | Spanish
Faith Formation Resources English | Spanish
Resources for Children English | Spanish
Resources for Pastoral Juvenil, Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry and Campus Ministry English | Spanish
Resources for Persons with Disabilities English | Spanish
Mental Health Resources English | Spanish
Tools for Ministering Online English | Spanish

We are continuously adding content as we receive it. Please send us any resource or links that may benefit our Hispanic/Latino Catholic Community (English and Spanish) and the Catholic community at large.
FROM TERRI PASTURA – PRAYER AND CATECHETICAL RESOURCES, HOLY SPIRIT PARISH, AVON LAKE, OH
Act of Spiritual Communion
Lenten Message for Today
Pope Francis Speaks on Confession when a Priest is not Available
Mass with Pope Francis
Daily Mass from St. Joseph, Avon Lake
Daily Mass from Bishop Barron’s Chapel
Televised Masses around the Diocese of Cleveland
Televised Masses from around the United States
Order of Mass for Young Disciples/Act of Spiritual Communion
Order of Mass/Act of Spiritual Communion
Daily Readings Calendar from USCCB
Daily Readings Video Refelction from USCCB
3 Minute Daily Retreats from Loyola Press
Bishop Barron Daily Lenten Reflections
Dynamic Catholic Best Lent Ever Videos
Daily Prayer – Liturgical Training Publications
Give Us This Day – Liturgical Press
Magnificat Magazine
The Word Among Us Magazine
Art and Faith – Loyola Press
Divine Mercy Chaplet – EWTN
The Rosary – CatholicTV
Stations of the Cross (Written or Audio)/Stations with Mary – Creighton University
Recommendations for Popular Movies to Watch at Home
Faith@Home Cleveland – Formed.orgFormed.org HSP Connction – Books, Movies, Study Materials for all Ages

Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 80: Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Psalm 91: You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,  will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”